Where Integration Meets Innovation

Photo_Website_Hartford ConferenceWhere Integration Meets Innovation
Creating, Sustaining and Improving Dynamic & Diverse Public Schools for the 21st Century
Hartford, CT
November 8-9, 2013
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This interactive 2-day conference brings together parents, educators, scholars and activists who aspire to build innovative, racially and culturally diverse public schools that prepare children for learning, work and life in the 21st century. During our two days together, we will:

  • Visit inspiring, groundbreaking schools and see 21st century integrated education in action
  • Learn about ways parents and educators can affect policy and inform the national conversation about education
  • Listen to each other’s stories about local challenges and work collaboratively toward solutions
  • Celebrate our successes and talk about how to replicate them
  • Hear about new research on the benefits of diversity and practice using this knowledge to inspire action
  • Discuss controversial, crucial topics–race, inequality, bias–in a safe space
  • Explore lesson plans and curriculum that build 21st century skills and harness the potential of diversity
  • Grow a network of people who share a commitment to educating students for a diverse and changing world
  • Create innovative ways of working together after we go home
Why Hartford? Hartford is the site of a nationally heralded system of magnet schools that draw racially, economically and culturally diverse student bodies from dozens of cities and towns throughout the region. The region’s Open Choice program also enables students from Hartford to attend suburban schools. Learn more about school integration efforts in the Hartford region.
Our conference has three components:
  1. Friday, November 8th – Magnet School Visits and Lunch Panel (9:00am-2:30pm)
  2. Friday, November 8th – Opening Session, Workshops and Reception (5:30pm-8:30pm)
  3. Saturday, Nov. 9th – Main Conference  (8:00am-6:30pm)

We anticipate a smaller audience on Friday morning/afternoon (the school visits and lunch panel will help provide important context for attendees traveling to Hartford for this conference), so please do not be discouraged from attending if you cannot make it on Friday!

Parking and Transportation
Questions about parking and transportation? Click here.

The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Click here to register.

Hotel Accommodations – Click here to access ONI’s room block 
We have set up a room block at the Holiday Inn Hartford East at a rate of $84 a night + taxes and fees. This hotel offers free parking and internet. To take advantage of our conference rate, visit the hotel’s website (enter the code ONE) or call the hotel at 860-528-9703 (mention that you are part of the One Nation Indivisible room block). The Holiday Inn Hartford East has graciously agreed to extend the cutoff date to November 1st. Please book your room soon!

Sponsors and Supporters
Where Integration Meets Innovation is made possible through the generous support of:

To learn how you can support this event, please contact us.

Presentations and Resources 
Click here to see our offering of post-conference resources. Contact us if you’d like to contribute.