by Christopher Peak | Apr 25, 2018 7:48 am | Comments (2)
The kids at East Rock Community Magnet School wanted to know what it was like to live through a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and then emerge as leaders of a national movement.
The two students visiting from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wanted local kids to realize that they too have survived an epidemic of urban gun violence and could become activists as well.
Continue reading ‘Parkland Students: Speak Up, New Haven’
by Christopher Peak | Apr 24, 2018 8:26 am | Comments (36)
Tasked with cutting at least $14.3 million in next year’s budget, Superintendent Carol Birks said that multiple public schools will have to be closed and consolidated by summer.
Continue reading ‘School Closures Are Coming’
by Christopher Peak | Apr 18, 2018 1:28 pm | Comments (4)
During a recent lockdown drill, a classroom of New Haven students took the threat of an active shooter so seriously that they told the teacher to get out of the way and started barricading the door.
Continue reading ‘After Parkland, Schools Beef Up Security’
by Josiah Brown | Apr 13, 2018 10:21 am
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 Saturday, April 7, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) hosted a forum on “Equity and Digital Literacies.” Organized by SCSU Associate Professor of Education J. Greg McVerry – who is also a member of the board of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven – the event reflected the collaboration of co-sponsors the Mozilla Foundation, SCSU’s School of Education and Computer Science Department, the Connecticut Education Network, and the Literacy Coalition. The Saturday morning audience included educators from the New Haven Public Schools, public librarians (from New Haven’s Stetson branch), technology aficionados, parents, civic activists, and a peer mentor/academic coach (and aspiring early childhood educator) from SCSU’s Multicultural Center.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Apr 13, 2018 7:56 am
Daniel Hernandez Torres dropped out of school 14 years ago, but this June he plans to walk across a stage with his diploma in hand. He credits the support he received at New Haven Adult & Continuing Education Center for helping him achieve that goal.
Continue reading ‘Adult Ed Launches ‘No Excuse’ Campaign’
by Christopher Peak | Apr 12, 2018 8:04 am | Comments (1)
Some high schools put on an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet. Cooperative Arts High School is staging an immersive, site-specific, feminist rewrite of Hamlet.
Written by a drama teacher, Capillary Waves shoves Hamlet out of the spotlight and instead centers the story on Ophelia. In Shakespeare’s version, she’s the jilted lover who commits suicide. In Co-Op’s version, she’s the heroine who talks back to men, rescues Hamlet from his uncle’s plots and is ultimately murdered trying to save him.
Continue reading ‘#OpheliaToo’
by Markeshia Ricks | Apr 11, 2018 8:18 am | Comments (17)
Nineteen-year-old Tytainya Gaines is a certified emergency medical responder, and she’s working her way through an emergency medical technician program. On Tuesday she also became a licensed unarmed security officer.
Continue reading ‘13 Hillhouse Students Become Licensed Guards’
by Christopher Peak | Apr 10, 2018 7:53 am | Comments (3)
Most of Connecticut’s grade-schoolers were stumped by questions on a national math test; state officials are equally puzzled about what to do about it.
Continue reading ‘Connecticut’s Math Scores Don’t Add Up’
by Christopher Peak | Apr 9, 2018 6:57 pm | Comments (8)
Gov. Dannell Malloy declared in New Haven that investment in urban education paid off with six consecutive years of higher graduation rates. Under the next governor, who inherits a fiscal mess, will Connecticut keep it up?
Continue reading ‘Graduation Rate Hits High; Will $ Dry Up?’
by Christopher Peak | Apr 5, 2018 6:16 pm | Comments (5)
The Board of Education planned to renew $8.7 million in maintenance contracts this year, with only a small share going to locally-owned businesses, and even less to those owned by women and racial minorities.
Continue reading ‘Where Are The Minority Contractors?’