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Reimagining our Schools: Desegregation and Innovation in the 21st Century


We are entering a new era of education and innovation. Please join us and help us prepare the next generation of learners.

“Reimagining Our Schools” is set for Tuesday, May 16, at the Garde Arts Center in New London. The event will focus on steps to end school segregation, as well as how innovation is helping prepare learners to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Later in the evening, there will be a special screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “Most Likely to Succeed,” a film recently featured at premier festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca.

There is no charge for either the conference or film portion of the event and all who are interested are encouraged to attend.

The conference portion of the event begins at 1 p.m. Speakers include:

· George Couros, an experienced educator, consultant, and the author of The Innovator’s Mindset. He is regarded as a leading mind on innovative teaching, learning, and leadership.

· Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. She has spent the past five years investigating how official action and policy has enabled segregation in schools and housing.

· Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank seeking to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad. He has been called the “intellectual father of the economic integration movement” in public schooling.

· Dr. Donna Elam, a nationally recognized authority in diversity and cultural competence research and training.

· Nathaniel Brown, a business consultant and lawyer whose focus is on the intersection of gender and the workplace.

“Most Likely to Succeed” will be screened at 6:30 p.m., following a light reception. The critically acclaimed documentary examines the history of American education and reveals “the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovation world.” The film also explores exciting new approaches that are transforming student learning methods. The film has been featured in limited screenings across the country and has been included in dozens of festivals. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on the topic of school. In the past year, more than 2,300 communities have booked a screening of “Most Likely to Succeed. 

Reimagining Our Schools is made possible with funds from a U.S. Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant that supports the development and growth of magnet schools across eastern Connecticut.

For information, contact Lisa Cooney at

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