Mon, Apr 08


Derynoski Elementary School

Equity in Education

Join us for a FREE panel discussion with statewide experts talking about how Connecticut school districts and communities can create learning environments, from birth to high school, that are more equitable and lead to greater success for all students.

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Time & Location

Apr 08, 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Derynoski Elementary School, 240 Main St, Southington, CT 06489, USA

About The Event

Co-sponsored with the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington

This moderated panel discussion will focus on both theoretical and practical aspects of equity in schools, from early childhood to Grade 12, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

The panel will be moderated by Kerry Lord, the Director of Programs at the Connecticut Center for School Change. Over the last 28 years, Kerry Lord has enjoyed an exciting career as a public educator. As an elementary teacher in San Francisco, Kerry worked with the Exploratorium Science Museum and the San Francisco Modern Art Museum to incorporate art and science inquiry into the school curriculum. During her 10 years in the Bay Area, Kerry taught elementary and middle school and began her Administrative career as an Assistant Principal at the Middle level. As a school leader in Denver, Kerry served as a principal at the elementary level for 10 years, and then became the Executive Director at a K-12 Expeditionary Learning public school of choice. In 2009 Kerry was recognized by the Commissioner of Education for her school’s outstanding student growth. She was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to sit on the High School Graduation Guidelines Council, and contracted by the Colorado Department of Education to review school improvement plans for the alternative high schools in Denver. Kerry holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a Master’s in Education from San Francisco State University, and is an instructor for the Residency Program for School Leaders. Kerry is the project manager for the Center’s annual Equity Institute, works with district leaders to address systemic inequities, coaches and mentors school leaders, and facilitates communities of practice designed to support school leaders.

Panelists for the Equity in Education Community Forum are:

Dwight Sharpe was raised in Meriden, CT. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Central Connecticut State University in Elementary and Mathematics Education. Throughout his 13 year teaching career he's taught Preschool, Elementary, Secondary, and Collegiate aged students. He began his work as an Equity Coach in 2017 and recently took on the role as the District Equity, Restorative Practice and Social Emotional Learning Facilitator for Middletown Public Schools.

Miguel A. Cardona is a resident of Meriden, CT with his wife and two children. He has a Masters in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, 6th Year Certificate in Leadership, Doctorate in Education Leadership, and Executive Leadership Program (093) Certificate, all from UCONN. After teaching, Miguel was a principal for ten years. In 2012, Miguel won the National Distinguished Principal Award for the state of CT and the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Neag School of Education. He has been serving as Meriden Public School's Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for five years. Dr. Cardona serves as the co-chairperson of the CT Legislative Achievement Gap Task Force. He is also an adjunct professor of Educational Leadership at UCONN.

LaShawn Walwyn has been an educator since 1995. In that time, she has worked with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. She currently works with teachers as an instructional coach. She has a Masters of Science in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing a certification for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. LaShawn is a mother of three and currently lives in Southington with her husband and children.

Merrill Gay is the executive director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance where he led the effort to pass legislation creating the CT Office of Early Education. Prior to that he was the director of the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative for ten years. Merrill was a plaintiff in the CT Coalition for Justice in Education Funding lawsuit and currently serves on the New Britain Board of Education.

Jacob Werblow, Ph.D. is an associate professor in educational leadership at Central Connecticut State University and the 2016 Harber Fellow in Education at Wesleyan University. Previously, Jacob taught Sheltered English in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and helped create a locally-run charter school in Springfield, OR. Jacob’s research interest include: exploring the root causes of the achievement gap, parent engagement, and bilingual education.

​Madeline Negrón currently serves as the Chief of Academics, Teaching & Learning in the Hartford Public Schools. Her personal experience as an English language learner in the CT educational system has resulted in her passion for equity in schools. Dr. Negrón has over 20 years of public education experience, comprised of elementary and secondary instruction, as well as administrative site leadership, resulting in expertise in developing environments that set high expectations for ALL students. Prior to serving as a Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Negrón served as a Director of Instruction and Director of Early Childhood in the New Haven Public Schools. She also led one of New Haven’s largest magnet high schools, Hill Regional Career Magnet High School. She began her career as a bilingual teacher and has worked both as an assistant principal and principal at the middle school level and as a high school principal. She earned a BA in Spanish from Central Connecticut State University, a Master’s in Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Connecticut and recently completed the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Connecticut. In 2014, Dr. Negrón was awarded the LEAD CT Policy and Practice Fellow for proven results as an educational and selected as a distinguished group of fifteen school and district leaders in CT. In 2013, she was awarded the Educational Policy Fellowship Program fellow (EPFP) based on a record reflecting strong leadership abilities and a concern for improving the life chances of children and youth.

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