Joan Hurley

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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 July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 3, 2021

Expert Q&A: Focusing on Teacher Well-Being Benefits Students

For more than 35 years, Donna Housman has been helping young children, their teachers and their caregivers build their emotional intelligence. At the Housman Institute,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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