HPS Engages with Students, Families & Community: Our New Three-Year Plan

HPS Engages with Students, Families & Community: Our New Three-Year Plan

Hartford Public Schools launched an effort to deeply engage our students, families, staff, and community partners in our Three-Year Strategic Operating Plan update for the district. These conversations and feedback sessions help ensure that we fully understand the challenges and needs of our students and families as we continue to shape and finalize the plan for 2021-2024.

The three-year plan builds on our District Model for Excellence, our roadmap for student success that was established in collaboration with the community in 2017-2018. The plan update outlines major actions and goals for the future, including how we allocate federal resources to best serve all our students and provide equitable access to education and supports.

Series of Engagements

In addition to sharing a survey with families, we hosted a series of virtual engagement sessions with the HPS community to describe major goals and receive feedback.

The engagements included:

April 7

Community Conversation & Feedback Session: What Your Child Needs to be Successful Over the Next Three Years
with Student Governance Councils, PTOs, and HPS families

During this hour-long session, Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez presented an overview of the three-year plan and goals. HPS Family and Community Partnerships Chief Nuchette Black-Burke, with the help of our partners at LINCSPRING, invited SBC and PTO members and families to express their hopes and dreams for student learning using the Pear Deck interactive tool (see below). The session concluded with families taking a survey about the district’s major priorities.

Watch the recorded session:

Watch the video with Spanish audio here.


April 8

Student Strategy Engagement Focus Group

Forty HPS students in Grades 6-12 participated in a virtual strategy session, sharing their needs and aspirations for the future with the Superintendent and HPS team. Using a Jamboard (see below), they expressed a wide range of goals for their learning and development, including financial literacy, more world language courses, college prep and AP courses, hands-on work experiences, life skills, and managing stress, among others.

All-Call for Community Partners: DME – The Next Three Years

Thirty of our community-based partner organizations joined the Superintendent and HPS team for a virtual session to learn about the strategic plan and goals, and share their thoughts about the future of HPS via the Pear Deck tool and a survey.