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Center for Learning and Professional Education

Leslie Paguada, ’16, a graduate student in our early education program, gets real-world learning experience through our partnership with the Women’s League Child Development Center in Hartford.

The University-chartered Center for Learning and Professional Education focuses on scholarly activities that inform best practices and contribute to professional discourse around teaching and lifelong learning. It supports scholarly exchange and collaboration among University faculty and students and institutional partners in the Greater Hartford community.

As one of the only private universities in the country with two magnet schools on campus – the University of Hartford Magnet School and the University High School for Science and Engineering – the Center for Learning and Professional Education partners with local education and health care institutions to help answer important questions on teaching and learning and jointly develop strategies that lead to translational outcomes. Initiatives include:

  • Farmington Valley Transition Academy - Agreement benefitting ENHP Special Education Majors, FVTA Students, and Promoting Faculty Collaboration
  • Hartford Public School System – System-wide Affiliation Agreement Signed with Hartford Public Schools in June 2011.
  • Magnet Schools on Campus – University of Hartford Magnet School (Pre K-5) and the University High School of Science and Engineering (9-12).
  • Montessori Studies in partnership with the Association Montessori Internationale, Montessori Training Center of New England, and Montessori Magnet School at Annie Fisher.
  • Wintonbury – a collaborative agreement benefitting both University and Wintonbury students while informing the practice of professionals and leaders at both sites.
  • Training Partnership with Rwandan Teachers - Led by Joe Olzacki, director of the Rwandan teacher education program, ENHP faculty and area educators have engaged Rwandan teachers in a strong program of training courses and events designed to broaden their knowledge and skills. They, in turn, share their learning with their colleagues as leaders within the Rwandan schools. The University team is conducting month-long trainings bi-annually in Rwanda with the goal of educating a large percentage of Rwandan teachers over the next 10 years. View photos.


"Freedom and Responsibility" annual conference on October 30. Learn more and register.

For more information on the Center for Learning and Professional Education, contact Paige Bray, Associate Professor, Department of Education at or 860.768.4553.