Hartford Public Schools Superintendent-Designate Christina Kishimoto, and University of Hartford President Walter Harrison will sign an agreement to establish a relational framework for research, education and innovation between the two institutions. A signing ceremony to formalize the agreement will take place on Wednesday, June 15 at 11 a.m. at the Betances Early Reading Lab School, 42 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford.
To exemplify the type of collaborative initiatives expected to grow out of this affiliation, guests will be able to observe a first grade classroom at the Betances Early Reading Lab School where University students are working with children and hear HPS and University faculty describe plans for ongoing research in early literacy.
Hartford Public School students and faculty may benefit from enrollment in University courses while University education students may be afforded priority placement in Hartford schools. The Institute for Translational Research, established in 2010 at the university, will bring public school and University faculty together to determine what research is needed and to ensure that research activities are relevant to the Hartford Public Schools. These activities will build on existing partnerships at Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School, Betances Early Reading Lab School, Global Communications Academy, Montessori Magnet School at Annie Fisher, University High School of Science and Engineering, and Weaver High School, among others.