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Learning Sessions & Classes

Hartford Parent University provides four learning sessions a year for parents to participate in classes of their choice. The learning sessions are provided in collaboration with Hartford Public Schools, community based organizations and partners. The sessions are usually held in October, December, January and March. To register for the learning sessions, please click on the online registration button at the top of the page.

Classes Offered
  • How can parents get engaged in their child's school
  • Knowing your rights as parents
  • Overview of Student Centered Learning
  • Community Organizing & Impact
  • Developing self-esteem
  • Understanding how trauma impacts learning
  • School safety
  • Navigating the Hartford Public Schools system
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying and it's effect on children
  • Understanding School Choice
  • School Governance Council roles & responsibilities
  • Parent Teacher Organization officer roles & responsibilities
  • Understanding the Planning and Placement Team Process (PPT) 
  • Understanding the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • The importance of voting and the election process

and much more.

Parent Leadership & Advocacy for Student Learning

We know when parents are empowered with knowledge they become effective leaders in their child's education and participate more in leadership roles in their child's school.

Hartford Parent University provides leadership training to parents who lead parent / teacher organizations and/or participate in governance councils at their child's school.

Parent Leadership Training

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

  • Leadership training is provided to Hartford Public Schools parent leaders who are leading a PTO to gain more knowledge on how to perform their duties as officers and work with the school on meeting student academic and social emotional goals for students to be successful. 

School Governance Council (SGC)

School Governance Councils (Councils) were created by Connecticut education reform law (Public Act 10-111) to enable parents, school staff, students (where appropriate) and community leaders to work together to improve student achievement in the state’s lowest performing schools. Councils serve in an advisory capacity and are charged with assisting the school administration in making programmatic and operational changes to improve the school’s achievement.

  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of the School Governance Council, Hartford Parent University provides training for parents who serve on the SGC for them to be more confident and knowledgeable to fully participate in the decision-making process of the School Governance Council. 

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