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Hall Of Famers Inducted

by Staff | Oct 11, 2017 9:47 am | Comments (3)

Contributed photoGateway Community College submitted the following release.

More that 200 from the Greater New Haven community gathered in the Curran Community Center at Gateway Community College on Oct. 5 to celebrate six new inductees at the Gateway Community College Foundation’s 20th Hall of Fame Induction and Celebration.

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Language and Learning: Home, School, and Community

by Josiah Brown | Oct 2, 2017 6:02 am

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Josiah Brown, a volunteer member of the board of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, sent this account of an event in which the Coalition was involved.

On Thursday, September 29, the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) hosted a forum on “Language and Learning: Home, School, and Community,” at the Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School.  Co-sponsored also by the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS) and the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, the event featured a panel of the following speakers:

  Ann Anderberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU)
  Marilyn Calderón, M.Ed., Executive Director, Connecticut Parent Power
  Luis Chavez-Brumell, Manager, Young Minds & Family Learning Department, New Haven Public Library

(Another invited speaker, Coral Ortiz – the Hillhouse H.S. 2017 valedictorian and a former member of New Haven and Connecticut Boards of Education – appeared despite not feeling well, but she was encouraged to go home and rest.)

The moderator was Abie Benítez, Ph.D., Director of Instruction & English-Language Learning, NHPS; Madeline Negrón, Ph.D., another Director of Instruction who oversees early childhood for the district, offered opening remarks.  (Both colleagues are officers of CALAS, as well.)

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Literacy Coalition News

by Josiah Brown | Sep 14, 2017 5:37 am

Josiah Brown, a volunteer member of the board of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, submitted this report.

The Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven is welcoming a new colleague to its volunteer board of directors: J. Gregory McVerry, assistant professor of education at Southern Connecticut State University.  Having earned his Ph.D. at UConn in Educational Psychology, Cognition Instruction and Learning Technologies through a program recognized for “new literacies,” Greg McVerry is a former K-12 public school teacher, including five years teaching sixth grade.  He characterizes himself as “a teacher and researcher interested in the intersection of literacy and technology.”  At Southern, he says, “I teach early reading, children’s literature and new literacies classes.  I was also the literacy and technology coordinator for Gear Up.”

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