Supt. Harries meets with parents on listening tour

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
 
 
SUPERINTENDENT HARRIES MEETS WITH PARENT LEADERS FROM SCHOOLS ACROSS CITY, CALLS ON PARENTS, EDUCATORS & COMMUNITY TO WORK TOGETHER ON SCHOOL CHANGE
 
NEW HAVEN – Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries met with parent leaders from across the district on Thursday evening and engaged in discussion about how parents and school leaders can work together more fully to give all New Haven students the opportunity to rise.
 
Superintendent Harries met with New Haven’s active Citywide Parent Leadership Team Thursday evening at Wilbur Cross High School. The CPLT is an open group of parent leaders that aims to bring parents from schools throughout the district together to collectively tackle important issues and to work together to improve schools.
 
Thursday’s visit was one of the first stops on a listening tour that aims to engage parents and community around the collective mission of School Change. Harries has vowed to bring people together, from parents and local community organizations, to educators and school staff, to local, state and national leaders to continue momentum around School Change. At his introductory press conference last week, the superintendent chose two parent leaders – Mary Rosario from Fair Haven School and Yury Maciel-Andrews from East Rock School – to introduce him.
 
“The work of School Change is impossible without strong, collaborative partnerships with parents and community. New Haven has more than risen to that challenge. Now we must redouble our efforts and work together to deep and extend the efforts of school reform,” Superintendent Harries said. “From day one, I have sought and will continue to seek ideas and support parents as we strive to give all of our young people the opportunity to rise.”
 
Since taking office, the new superintendent has visited the New Haven Juvenile Review Board, the Police Department’s PAL summer camp, the parent leaders steering committee and a mid-summer training for parents on college and career readiness software. He also is meeting with elected leaders and even accepted a congratulatory phone call from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who affirmed the work of New Haven School Change.
 
On Thursday, Harries engaged in a discussion with parent leaders about priorities for the coming school year. He also took questions from parents and challenged them to think about and give feedback on three questions:
 
- What are 3 things to change in the district and what are 3 things to keep?
- What do you want me to do, as an individual, and what are you afraid I might do?
- What else do I need to know? 
 
 
Harries will release dates of future meet-and-greets as part of a listening tour in the coming weeks.