Joan Hurley

Guest Blogger

Teacher

Hartford, Connecticut

Joan Hurley is a fifth grade teacher who has served urban and suburban children and their families for 26 years. She teaches for the Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford, Connecticut, at the University of Hartford Magnet School, a nationally recognized Magnet School of Excellence.

As a result of the landmark civil rights case, Sheff vs. O’Neill, CREC runs a system of 18 interdistrict magnet schools, all of which achieve at high levels and meet judicially-mandated racial and economic integration standards. Joan is passionate about social justice and believes it begins and is sustained within the hallowed halls of education.

Joan is the 2008 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, a mom of two beautiful boys and godmother to the daughters of two former students. She is a reader, and an enthusiastic proponent of teaching, learning and Captain Underpants.

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

What If We Radically Reimagined the New School Year?

Monday night I sat on my back patio staring up into a rare, starry Chicago night. I squinted and made out each point of The…

By Ashley McCall

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

No Justice for Kindergartners, Or Any Kids, This Year

Cheltenham School District just released a letter to the community confirming that after months of internal and external discussions, surveys of stakeholders, and feedback from the board,…

By Dan Schultz

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