Hartford Superintendent to Receive Catalyst Award
HARTFORD, CT —Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D. is among the five winners of the 2015 Catalyst Award for Transformational Leadership. In its third year, the annual award from the Conference of Churches recognizes individuals whose leadership makes Hartford a thriving place for all residents. This year’s award celebrates leaders who are “harvesting hope through their inspiring efforts in the Asylum Hill neighborhood and beyond.” Thursday’s gala will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. @The 224 EcoSpace, 224 Farmington Avenue.
“I am honored,” said Narvaez. “But no one ever does the work of transforming schools alone. It’s inspiring to have the passion and hard work of our many community stakeholders and leadership recognized at this stage of our new vision and mission.”
Narvaez, who took the helm as Superintendent in 2014, led the district in an intensive strategic planning process that resulted in an innovative five-year plan that aims to create greater equity, and raise the standards of excellence, for all of the approximately 22,000 students in the district. The plan calls for a new K-2 literacy curriculum, High School Centers of Innovation designed to promote innovation and support our efforts to transform Hartford Public Schools into a student-centered learning system, and an Acceleration Agenda which, beginning with 6 schools is re-shaping education around student-centered learning, individualized student action plans for every child and strong supports for administrators in instructional leadership. Student-centered learning recognizes that students learn in different ways and as such, the district needs to change to meet those needs.
Recognized nationally as an expert in urban education and leadership development, Narvaez is formerly the Deputy Superintendent of School Support and Improvement for the Montgomery Public Schools in Maryland. “It is our job to inspire and make sure all students regardless of their backgrounds are prepared to create and lead their own success in school and beyond,” she said. “This is the mission of the new plan, which we have begun rolling out.” Narvaez said she and her administration look forward to collaborating with the community. “Everyone is a stakeholder in our schools.”
Also receiving the award are Diane Cantello from The Hartford, Floyd Green III fromAetna, Rev. Matt Laney from Asylum Hill Congregational Church, and Yvonne Matthews from the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association.