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 Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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