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Hartford Officials Sign ‘Synergistic’ Plan

HARTFORD — Hartford Public Schools will be a laboratory for the University of Hartford as officials on Wednesday move forward to “synergize” reform efforts in city schools.

During a ceremony at the Betances Early Reading Lab School on Charter Oak Avenue, Superintendent-designate Christina Kishimoto and University President Walter Harris signed an agreement  to implement a partnership that allows University students, faculty and staff to engage in classroom and administrative research.

In return, Hartford School officials and teachers are allowed to take professional development classes and collaborate with university faculty. Students would continue to take college-level courses.

Officials said the goal of this first-ever system-wide affiliation is to increase educational and research opportunities that benefit University and HPS students and faculty.

“I believe that, working together, we can make Hartford a national leader in education reform.  We can be a leader in quality education within an urban environment,” said President Harrison (seated on the right in photo). “This is a dream I believe we all share.  With today’s signing, I believe it is a dream within reach!”

As part of this agreement, Hartford students will continue to enroll in college-level courses at the University. In addition, University education majors will have priority placement in Hartford schools for internships and teaching positions, clinical placements, and other training opportunities. Also, Hartford Public School administrators and faculty will be able to take courses at the University.

“This partnership with the University of Hartford provides our teachers the opportunity to have their practice informed by the research of the university faculty,” Dr. Kishimoto said.(seated center and next to Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra in photo) the university faculty would likewise use applied practice by our teachers to inform their research.”

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