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Hartford Public School System

June 15, 2011 President Walter Harrison and then Hartford Superintendent designate, Christina Kishimoto, signed an affiliation agreement formalizing existing relationships and providing structure for future collaboration.  The affiliation grew out of many long-standing and important partnerships between University faculty and individual Hartford schools, reaching back to the founding of the University.  What is unique about this particular affiliation is its system-wide approach, encompassing all the Hartford Public Schools and multiple University colleges: Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP), Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), Arts and Sciences (A & S), Hillyer College, the Hartt School, and possibly others.

New and innovative research initiatives are coordinated and facilitated through the University’s Institute for Translational Research (ITR) that is housed in ENHP.  Chartered in 2010, the ITR promotes academic excellence through relevant, community-engaging research and scholarship. Translational research seeks to identify and help answer important questions on teaching and learning and jointly develop strategies that lead to relevant outcomes to benefit learners and inform the practices of faculty and administrators in both the HPS and the University.

At the district level, the University was invited to place two members on the committee for Strategic Operating Plan #3, College and Career Readiness.  Joan Pedro, ENHP Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Suzi D’Annolfo, ENHP Coordinator of School Partnerships currently serve on the committee.

In a district-wide effort focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the Hartford Public Schools joined the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions and other community partners to plan and hold the Connecticut STEM Conference at the Connecticut Science Center in September 2012.  Nearly 300 administrators, teachers, college faculty, and community stakeholders took part in the day-long program of lectures and workshops on STEM education. Registration is now open for the 2013 Connecticut STEM Conference.  Explore conference offerings.

University students and faculty are also involved in the following collaborative initiatives with the HPS faculty and students:

Annie Fisher STEM in partnership with Elementary Education faculty and students to advance STEM education from an early age through college.


John Tapper, Assistant Professor
College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Lou Manzione, Dean
College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture (CETA)

Melony Brady, Principal
Annie Fisher STEM

Betances Early Literacy Program -  to investigate potential effects of intensive professional development and family involvement on student literacy learning (PK-3). 


Theresa Abodeeb-Gentile, Assistant Professor
College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Billings-Forge Neighborhood After School Program, in collaboration with faculty from the Department of Education, ENHP, has initiated research in best practices and its effect on student behaviors.  Preliminary findings and the transfer of those best practices to the school setting are in progress. 


Megan Mackey, Assistant Professor
College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Sheetal Sood, Assistant Professor
College of Education, Nursing and Health Professios

Educational Main Street (EMS) through its long standing (24 years) partnerships with HPS, community organizations and local businesses engages University students in in-school and after-school service and research opportunities. more


Mary Christensen, Assistant Professor and Director, EMS
College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Montessori Magnet School at Annie Fisher in partnership with the Association and Montessori Internationale Montessori Training Center of New England ENHP is involved in an elementary education masters program with a Montessori concentration.

Paige Bray, Assistant Professor
College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) is located on the University campus.  As a (9-12) Early College Model, the school is fully engaged with all aspects of the University of Hartford’s seven colleges through dual enrollment, an annual faculty Community of Practice model, and open campus exchanges, including use of the university library, campus transportation, University secondary education, Health Sciences and Engineering majors full access to the University High School. Two members of the UHSSE School Governance Council are Alan Hadad, Dean of Magnet Schools and Suzi D’Annolfo, ENHP Coordinator of School Partnerships.


Suzi D’Annolfo, ENHP Coordinator of School Partnerships

Matt Folam, Principal UHSSE