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Team Effort Helps Save Injured Hawk At Trinity College

 

On Monday, July 17, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) science teacher Jared Lewis noticed an injured red-tailed hawk near McCook Hall at Trinity College. Lewis was on Trinity’s campus for the HMTCA summer science program. He called Campus Safety and Robert Cotto, Jr., the Director of Urban Educational Initiatives, at Trinity College. And that led to a team of people working together to help the injured raptor.

The young hawk was hopping around on the ground near McCook and trying to avoid people. Upon further inspection, it appeared the hawk had an injured left wing.

Unsure of who to contact, Cotto and security officers Jeff LeBreque of Trinity College and Edwin Santiago of Hartford Public Schools made several calls to local bird rescue centers. The State of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website offered these contacts as suggestions of people trained to handle distressed birds.

Finally, Grace Krick from “A Place Called Hope” raptor center answered Cotto’s call. Being in Deep River, CT, which is almost an hour away from Trinity College, she asked for pictures of the injured hawk. Within minutes, Grace had a volunteer, Nick D’Onofrio, in the Hartford area at Trinity College to collect the bird. Nick safely collected the young male hawk and without too much distress.

 

If the hawk can be quickly rehabilitated, then it will be released back near Trinity College. But it is likely that the hawk will be released to another location so it does not directly compete with its adult kin for food and space. Red-tailed hawks are territorial by nature.

A decade ago, there were very few urban red-tailed hawks. Now they are all around Hartford, including around Trinity College. Being in such close proximity to people, the red-tailed hawks can face a variety of dangers. But that also means they can sometimes get a helping hand, or wing.

 

For more information:

Dealing with Distressed Birds: CT DEEP Website

A Place Called Hope: A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers along with donations of time, supplies and money from our supporters. One of the goals at A Place Called Hope, Inc. is to teach the public how to protect and respect wildlife, in particular Raptors. You can learn more about the organization here: http://www.aplacecalledhoperaptors.com/

Written All Over My Face: A Talk With Dr. Daren Graves

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Join us for a light dinner and a talk with Dr. Daren Graves who will share his story entitled, “Written All Over My Face: A Black Man’s Toll of Teaching White Students About Racism”. The story is featured as a chapter in the recent volume, Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counternarratives of Critical Practice.

When: Wednesday, June 7 @ 6 p.m.

Where (New location!): Hallden Hall, Dangremond Family Commons, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

(Building # 18 & 19 on campus map)

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Who: Open to the public.

Let us know you are coming! (RSVP on the form below)

 

About Daren Graves (from Harvard Graduate School of Education):

Daren Graves is currently the director of the Urban Master’s Program at Simmons College. As a teacher educator, he is committed to preparing teachers who see urban youth as assets in the teaching and learning process. His research interest involves the interplay of school culture and racial identity on the academic performance of Black adolescents. Graves’ research has given him an understanding of the issues that Boston-area youth face inside and outside of their school environments. Graves previously served as Assistant Director at Simmons College Upward Bound in Boston, where he helped coordinate the academic and college preparation components of this federally funded after-school and summer program.

About the book (from Routledge):

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Confronting Racism in Teacher Education aims to transform systematic and persistent racism through in-depth analyses of racial justice struggles and strategies in teacher education. By bringing together counternarratives of critical teacher educators, the editors of this volume present key insights from both individual and collective experiences of advancing racial justice. Written for teacher educators, higher education administrators, policy makers, and others concerned with issues of race, the book is comprised of four parts that each represent a distinct perspective on the struggle for racial justice: contributors reflect on their experiences working as educators of Color to transform the culture of predominately White institutions, navigating the challenges of whiteness within teacher education, building transformational bridges within classrooms, and training current and inservice teachers through concrete models of racial justice. By bringing together these often individualized experiences, Confronting Racism in Teacher Education reveals larger patterns that emerge of institutional racism in teacher education, and the strategies that can inspire resistance.

 

 

 

Hartford-Area Summer Youth Programs 2017

Every year, parents and educators ask us about summer programs for youth in Hartford and the region. So here’s a running list of programs and information booklets. Did we miss any?

 

Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, Hartford Public Schools, and Career Beginnings, List of Enrichment Programs

Download (PDF, 530KB)

 

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Summer Programs Directory 2017 (coming soon!)

http://www.hfpg.org/about-us/publications-documents/

Summer Programs Directory 2016

 

Hartbeat Ensemble, Youth Play Institute

Download (PDF, 1.81MB)

HMTCA Student, Abigail Dresser, Performs with the Trinity College Instrumental Ensemble

On April 27, Abigail (Abi) Dresser, a senior-class student at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), and Briana Daley ’18, performed with the Trinity College Instrumental Ensemble. Abigail is the first HMTCA high school student to be part of the Trinity College Instrumental Ensemble.

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The Performances

The Instrumental Ensemble recital on April 27, 2017 included a performance by Abi on violin and Trinity College student Briana Daley ’18 on the flute, as well as Coordinator Nancy Curran on the harpsichord. They played two pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) entitled La Cupis and La Marais.

Last December 2016, Abi, Briana, and Nancy also performed together. This marked the second semester that Abi and Briana performed together for the Ensemble. Reflecting on her work in the Instrumental Ensemble, Abi stated it has been, “a great learning experience and something I have enjoyed going to every week.” (Watch part of the December recital here or below.)

The Partnership

As one aspect of the partnership between Trinity College and HMTCA, an interdistrict magnet school, Abi applied for and enrolled in Music 101. Her professor for the introductory course, John Platoff, noticed her musical skill and recommended that she tryout for the Instrumental Ensemble (Music 105), which was under the direction of Nancy Curran.

At first, Nancy was reluctant to accept a high school student. But having played violin for fourteen years, Abi demonstrated that she had the skill, maturity, and persistence required to participate in the Instrumental Ensemble. After seeing her audition, Nancy was very “enthusiastic” to have her join the Ensemble.

From September to April: The Instrumental Ensemble

Since September, the Instrumental Ensemble has met once a week to rehearse. Every week, Abi walks across the street to Trinity College for reheasal from HMTCA, which is located at the Learning Corridor. For Abi, the best part of the class was performing in recitals last December and this April. The most challenging was, “making sure my sound fit the two other instruments playing with me.”

Ensemble Coordinator Nancy Curran called Abi an “accomplished violinist”. In addition, she noted that Abi worked well with her Trinity partner and she, “was willing to take on the challenge of studying and performing French Baroque music, which is very difficult stylistically to play.”

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 A Bright Future For Abi

After graduating from HMTCA this spring, Abi hopes to continue playing violin and studying music, perhaps as a minor. Having successfully completed Music 101 and Music 105 at Trinity College, she will have two possible course credits towards that goal. After college, she hopes to go into, “business, more specifically finance or possibly a real estate lawyer.”

Her musical partner, Briana Daley ‘18 wished her well in the future. Briana stated, “It has been an honor to rehearse and perform with Abi these past two semesters. She is an extremely talented musician, whose positive attitude and love for music shows every day. I know that a bright future is in store for her, and I wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors! She will be greatly missed.”

 


This video clip was from the December 2016 performance of the Trinity College Instrumental Ensemble recital. The players include (from left to right) Nancy Curran, coordinator, Abigail Dresser, HMTCA ’17, and Briana Daley, Trinity ’18.

 

 

SAGA Fellows Program: Looking for applications for 2017-18

SAGA Innovations (http://sagainnovations.org)

 

The 2017-2018 SAGA Fellows program is a 10-month, full-time, post-grad service opportunity in an underserved Chicago or New York City public school. As a SAGA Fellow, you will serve as a tutor and mentor to the same 14 students every day in groups of 1 Fellow: 2 students. Want to transform American public education? Want to eliminate, not narrow, the achievement gap? Then apply to be a SAGA Fellow TODAY! http://sagainnovations.org/apply-now/join-our-revolution

LEARN Disability Summit for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators – March 11, 2017 at Mohegan Sun Convention Center

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The Disability Summit will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center from 10:00am-4:00pm. This event is free and open to all families/caregivers of children with disabilities, students, and professionals who support students with disabilities from birth to age 21.

The event will connect families and educators with state and community resources by hosting 70 community organizations and breakout workshop sessions on informative topics. Workshop sessions include topics such as “Respite Care 101,” “Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Home,” “Transition 101,” “Lighten Up: Student Panel Talking About Life with a Disability.”

All event attendees will receive a free Materials Bag with information and free giveaways. We are seeking to attract 700 attendees! Please visit our website for more info/directions to the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. www.learn.k12.ct.us

Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Upcoming Information Sessions 2017

 

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The Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy is an interdistrict magnet school located at Hartford’s Learning Corridor (53 Vernon Street, Hartford, CT, 06106) which is adjacent to Trinity College. The middle and high school enroll students from grades 6-12. The school features a unique partnership with Trinity College that includes programs between the two schools. Learn more about the school at the following information sessions:

December 7 @ 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 28 @ 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 4 @ 9:00 a.m.

Monday, February 13 @ 6:30 p.m.

HMTCA Twitter:

HMTCA Facebook page here.

Community Conversations: Early Learning Success through Collaboration – January 9, 2017

Community Conversations:  Early Learning Success through Collaboration

Strategies To Prepare All Children To Be Successful In School

Sheraton Hartford South, Rocky Hill, CT

January 9, 2017 (8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

A free forum showcasing how community engagement, collaboration, and innovation can be harnessed to develop our youngest children into our strongest students.  Co-sponsors include:  The CT Early Childhood Alliance, CT Parent Power, CT Center for the New Economy, CT Family Resource Center Alliance, and the Teachers Policy Institute.

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Parents, policymakers, and practitioners will learn about practices and new strategies that are working well to address the unmet needs of families with young children. The agenda includes:

Plenary Roundtables with Parents, Community Leaders, and Practitioners:  Opportunities and challenges—what children need to start every day ready to learn.

 Deeper Dive Breakout Sessions: Strategies to address early learning, early reading success, 21st century community schools, implicit bias, positive student behavior development, and other critical topics.  Sponsors and presenters include:  Yale’s Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, CT Voices for Children, CT  Early Childhood Alliance,  Parent Power, CT Family Resource Center Alliance, CT Center for the New Economy, Everyday Democracy, and others.

Plenary Lunch “Ed Talk”:  Featuring special guest Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig (pending final confirmation)

Julian Vasquez Heilig is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University, Sacramento; California NAACP Education Chair; and author of CloakingInequity.com and numerous academic publications.  His work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Education Week, and other print media outlets. He has also appeared on local and national radio and TV including PBS, NBCLatino, Univision, NPR, and MSNBC.

Town Hall Panel Discussion:  Audience Q&A.  What was learned? What are some next steps?

This forum is free and open to the public.  To register visit: https://www.regonline.com/communityconversations

Connecticut’s new Teachers Policy Institute (TPI) is a research and innovation forum created by members of the Connecticut Education Association to advance equity and opportunity for all of the students teachers serve every day.  TPI undertakes research and action promoting equity and opportunity for all students in Connecticut public schools.  Visit teachers-policy-institute.org for more information.

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