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Where We Teach: Elementary Education in Connecticut

Mar 16, 2015

Last year, we hosted our first “Where We Teach” panel. It was built out of a very practical need: we have a daily talk show that airs at 9:00 am, and often discuss education issues. But a core group of people aren’t available to talk at 9:00 am - teachers.

So, we wanted to bring together a panel and audience of teachers to talk about the challenges and struggles, as well as the achievements and victories that they deal with everyday. It’s a chance for us to ask one simple question: What’s it like to be a teacher today?

For our second Where We Teach panel hosted last week, we decided to focus on elementary education - in part because so much of the focus of the media on schools tends to be on the high school years.

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GUESTS:

  • Norma Ferguson - 4th grade teacher at Metacomet Elementary School in Bloomfield
  • Michelle McKnight - 6th grade math intervention specialist at Bennett Academy in Manchester
  • Douglas Kaufman - Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at UConn's Neag School of Education
  • Jodi Kabat - 3rd grade teacher at Burns Latino Studies Academy in Hartford

John Dankosky, Catie Talarski, Heather Brandon, and Lydia Brown contributed to this show.

For more on elementary education, "180 Days: Hartsville" premieres on Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00 pm on CPTV.