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SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE     November 2014


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Vol. 6, Issue No. 49

                        November 20,  2014

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on Thursday, December 4, 2014.




Community Workshops on Transition Conclude

Outreach Will Continue; Setting Priorities Next

At The Village Monday, Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez invited feedback on her transition report.


At different points on the map, Clark School in the northeast and The Village on Wethersfield Avenue, Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez this past week delved into and wrapped up a planned series of five interactive information sessions on her transition team's report. A common chord from the community has been eager anticipation – and optimism – that equity issues, especially in the lowest-performing neighborhood schools, are job one




Trinity Report Looks at Choice Participation

SES and Special Needs Indicators Go Under the Microscope


Editor's Note:  This article is part of a continuing series examining equity concerns in Greater Hartford.  Whether the focus is the achievement gap across towns or the variability in student performance across schools, many facets make this topic compelling.  There is, however, a need to define just what is meant by equity, which we will explore on an ongoing basis.


A Trinity College report has found that 2012 applicants in Grades 3-7 for the State-run regional choice voluntary integration program tended to come from specific academic and socio-economic backgrounds, with some very interesting findings.  The report provides a useful perspective on who chooses in Hartford – and clearly points to both the need for more research and the need for policy change to make access more equitable




Board Ratifies Principal Appointment, Hears Common Core and Teacher Concerns

Principal Melony Brady-Shanley Confirmed for HPHS-Nursing and Health Sciences

Principal Melony Brady-Shanley

and a mentor, Principal John Laverty

Thirteen years ago, Melony Brady-Shanley began her Hartford career as an elementary school teacher, growing into leadership coach and dean of students posts.  Then, this year, she decided to move from her founding principal role at the very successful Annie Fisher STEM magnet school, to accept the challenge of becoming a neighborhood high school principal.



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ConnCAN report: 40,000 CT students in low-performing schools; what will be done?


Hartford Performs' new Executive Director, Rie Poirier- Campbell, will be welcomed at a reception tonight, on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at The Bushnell; here's the RSVP info.




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Burns Latino Studies Academy is hosting a celebration with Rosie Perez on Saturday, November 22, 2014 – from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  See the details.


The Hartford Board of Education's next workshop will be Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at Milner School, 104 Vine Street.  Topic: Data Wise.






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