Parkland Students: Speak Up, New Haven

by Christopher Peak | Apr 25, 2018 7:48 am | Comments (2)

Christopher Peak PhotoThe 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.

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Equity and Digital Literacies

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 Christopher Peak | Apr 12, 2018 8:04 am | Comments (1)

Christopher Peak PhotosSome 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.

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