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Monday, March 16, 2015

Staff and Parents from Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School attended Sheff Advocacy Day

Posted by Jenna Tenore in General  |  Post a comment

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, representatives from Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School in East Hartford, CT, attended an organized Sheff Advocacy Day at the Legislative Office Building.  The morning began with a formal program which was organized by John Humphries from Sheff Movement Coalition.  Mr. Humphries prepped the group on how to approach legislators and advocate on behalf of magnet schools.  Participants were given a folder of information, starter/opening questions, and then were pointed in the right direction for their respective representatives.

The group discussed the impact and importance of magnet schools and the diversity, opportunities, and connections that are a large part of the school culture.  Family engagement and efforts to connect with families from different communities was also discussed.  The legislative aides were pleased to hear that Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School has held family activities in different communities including Hartford.  Staff and parents were able to attend this advocacy day together and speak on behalf of the programs offered at Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School.

Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, a Reggio
Emilia-inspired program for students in pre-kindergarten through grade3, is a collaborative effort between Goodwin College and LEARN.  The curriculum is aligned with Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards as well as the Common Core.  Developmental domains include: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy and Mathematics.  Units of study follow the project-based approach in which children’s interests are taken into account and long-term studies evolve, encompassing social studies, science, technology, literacy and mathematical skills.

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