HPS Partners with TNTP to Strengthen Family Engagement with Distance Learning

HPS Partners with TNTP to Strengthen Family Engagement with Distance Learning

Hartford Public Schools Partners with TNTP
to Strengthen Family Engagement with Distance Learning

The new partnership will strengthen family and community engagement with distance learning and preparations for a return to school in the fall of 2020.


(June 19, 2020, Hartford, CT) – Hartford Public Schools announces a partnership with TNTP, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending educational inequality, to enhance student learning during the COVID-19 crisis.

As school districts across the country respond to the pandemic and distance learning, HPS and TNTP agree that it is crucial to closely collaborate with families as partners, so students can stay on track for their academic, college, and career goals. Research shows that increased family engagement in education is linked to better attendance, higher grades, higher test scores, and increased likelihood of high school graduation.

Through generous support from the Carnegie Foundation, TNTP is offering support to HPS on community engagement strategy and implementation over the next six months, rooted in their years of experience helping schools engage families effectively. Since 1997, TNTP has partnered with more than 200 public school districts, charter school networks, and state departments of education.

A first step in the partnership is a survey of Hartford families, staff, and community partners about distance learning, summer programming, and potential plans for returning to school in Fall 2020. HPS and TNTP will use results from these surveys to inform its Return-to-Learn and Accelerate model for the 2020-2021 school year.

“Our partnership with TNTP will help us deeply engage with our community to gather their input and feedback as we develop plans for the Fall 2020-2021 school year,” said HPS Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez. “This engagement is essential to providing the best practices for teaching and learning, as well as supports to our students during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.”

“Engaging with students, families, and the community is always essential for school systems, but COVID-19 has made it more important than ever,” said Daniel Weisberg, CEO of TNTP. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support Hartford Public Schools to navigate the current crisis and transform partnerships with families in ways that will boost long-term student success.”



John Fergus
Director of Communications and Marketing
Tel: (860) 996-0344

Ziba Kashef
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
Tel: (860) 559-6626