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New Haven Public Schools Equity Transformation and Minority Talent Development and Recruitment Grants Press Release

For Immediate Release:

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New Haven Public Schools

Keisha Redd-Hannans




New Haven, CT


There is a very tangible and clear divide that exists within our nation, state, city, district, and community. The vast disparities in equity within New Haven Public Schools are the leading or root cause of the opportunity gap that exists within our community.


Over the past several years, NHPS has been working on multiple fronts to review, understand, and address the systemic inequities and structures that affect our students, staff, and families.


To that end, the New Haven Board of Education is proud to announce that The William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund has awarded NHPS two grants; the Equity Transformation Grant and the Minority Talent Development and Recruitment Grant.


The Equity Transformation Grant for $141,500.00 will allow for equity and inclusion training by the Winter’s Group. The Winter’s Group is a well-established team of experienced diversity, equity, and inclusion strategists. The ultimate goal of this training is to raise awareness of cultural biases that preserve barriers to student achievement.  With a greater understanding of the role, that everyone plays in sustaining unconsciously biased systems we can productively and instructively begin to remove those barriers for students.


The Minority Talent Development and Recruitment Grant for $100,000 will assist NHPS to establish a Teacher Certification program for our current Paraprofessionals who desire to become certified teachers for the district. In partnership with Elm City Communities the grant will also provide housing assistance, homeownership training, and financial literacy.


Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc. is the fiscal sponsor for both grants.

Founded in 2004, Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc. (HHYEP) is a statewide minority-owned college access organization that supports communities, districts, parents, and students throughout the State of Connecticut.


We are extremely happy to receive these grants and we are looking forward to engaging in the work ahead to close the opportunity gap.


All press inquiries should be directed to Assistant Superintendent, Keisha Redd-Hannans at 475-220-1017 or


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Keisha D. Redd-Hannans

Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership

New Haven Public Schools

54 Meadow Street

New Haven, CT 06519