Students and Teachers Present to the Community at a Hands-on Exploration Event Focusing on the Work of High School Centers of Innovation

Students and Teachers Present to the Community at a Hands-on Exploration Event Focusing on the Work of High School Centers of Innovation

On the evening of June 16th, 2016, students, teachers, and principals from the Journalism and Media Magnet Academy, Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, and Bulkeley High School, as well as leaders and students from the Hartford Public Schools Internship Program gathered at the Journalism and Media Magnet Academy to share with community members hand-on experiences with the work and practices of High School Centers of Innovation.
Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez (r.) welcomes community members to the event.
The presenters were joined by over 40 members of the community who were eager to learn first-hand about the work going on in our High School Centers of Innovation.  Visitors participated in a station-rotation, hands-on experience and learned about Student-owned Learning, Blended Learning, Internships, and Project-based Learning.
Academy of Engineering and Green Technology students share their experiences with Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez and visitors.
From HPHS’ Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, students Jazmine Brown, Khalil Bradley, Shae-Mour Pinnock, Paulo Alcantara, Laura Webster, and Shyesha Washington gave detailed presentations and held a Q&A session about their work on the wind turbines and solar generators they built for two villages in Nepal; their work and prize won (for grit and perseverance) at NASA’s Lunar Rover competition in Alabama; and their competition successes in First Robotics (coming in in 45th place in the nation in a field of about 200 teams.)  Each student reflected upon self-reliance, teachers guiding them toward discovering their own solutions to problems, and increased confidence.
Bulkeley High School students, teachers and Principal Gayle Allen-Greene guide visitors through an interactive learning experience.
Bulkeley High School’s work in Blended Learning was presented by students Myra Gonzalez, Julio Gonzalez, and Amber Smith. After an online, live learning game demonstration presented with help from teachers Kim Childress and Paul Griswold, and hosted by Principal Gayle Allen-Greene, the students answered audience questions about how their practice of Blended Learning has advanced their learning in dynamic and practical ways.
After a presentation about the Hartford Internship Program, posing for a portrait are (left to right) Tamara Mitchell, Gil Martinez, Ashley Floyd, Shemar Samuels, and Rich Davis from Capital Workforce Partners.
Students Ashley Floyd of the Journalism and Media Magnet Academy and Shemar Samuels of Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, and Gil Martinez, Executive Director of Hartford Public Access Television  shared their powerful stories of personal growth due to their internship experiences. Tamara Mitchell, the District Business Partnership Coordinator and NAF District Coordinator for HPS College & Career Readiness, and Rich Davis from Capital Workforce Partners also delivered a presentation about the many opportunities available for the juniors and seniors at Hartford Public Schools and the impact and growth of the Hartford Internship Program.
Journalism and Media Magnet Academy students impress the visitors with their confidence, maturity, mastery of their disciplines, and clear paths toward college and career.
The students from Journalism and Media Magnet Academy shared a brilliant discussion with the audience about what project-based learning has meant to them and how it has led to their independence, self-expression and confidence.  JMA faculty members Mallory Mason and Paul Pfeffer collaborated with students on a video documentary which describes the work (which you may watch, below.) The students from JMA are filmmakers, animators, and journalists, and are all rising seniors: Michael Martin Jr., Xyania Clarke, Madyson Frame, Cyncere Preston, Nea Asberry, and Nicole Ellis.

Parents and visitors were wowed by the presentations and by the students, and they look forward to more events like this one in our next school year.

Click here for more information about our High School Centers of Innovation, and stay tuned for more information about upcoming events at Hartford Public Schools.

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