International student art at the LOB
The artwork of students from 17 countries will be on display at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford through December. The exhibit is presented by the Norwalk-based nonprofit Creative Connections, in collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance and with the support of the Commission on Children. Congratulations to the driving force behind the project, Miguel Barreto, who is director of operations for Creative Commons—and a Danbury graduate of the Parent Leadership Training Institute!
More information | View the works online | View reception photos on the PLTI blog
Monday, December 2: New England States on Home Visitation
Representatives of the New England states will convene in Room 1-E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday afternoon, December 2, to discuss various aspects of home visitation, including policy, programs, data collection, systems reform, braided financing, and communications. Agenda as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday (PDF) | Watch on CT-N
'Here to Learn: Chronic Absence and the Achievement Gap'
With research showing that missing 10 percent of the school year—for any reason—can make it impossible for a student to master reading by the end of the third grade, the Commission and its partners held a public forum on November 12 to learn what's being done on the national, state, and local levels to improve attendance. Agenda, PowerPoint slides, and more
A public forum: 'Reading at All Costs'
Two national experts on the achievement gap in reading joined state officials, business leaders, educators, and parents on September 24 for a comprehensive look at where Connecticut stands in its long struggle to ensure all of its students can read. Video, PowerPoint slides, more
VIDEO: The latest on Connecticut's efforts to curb bullying
The Commission's Steve Hernandez appeared recently on Fox Connecticut's "Stan Simpson Show" to discuss ways to create safer schools. He noted that the state's 2011 anti-bullying law contains "a prompt to create a positive school climate that is focused on prevention." Watch the two segments here and here. | More on bullying
A look at the 'Color of Justice'
Studies have revealed that minority children in Connecticut enter the juvenile justice system at
a higher rate than their white peers and are treated more harshly there. Moreover, these differences don’t stem from how kids behave,
but from the decisions adults make. On Tuesday, September 17, the Commission will host a public forum on the issue.
Agenda and other documents
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