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Manchester Team Gives Family Engagement Presentation

A contingent representing Manchester Public Schools gave a presentation on “Family and Community Engagement” at a Convention held Nov. 21-22 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton.

The convention is an annual event sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and the Connecticut  Association of Public School Superintendents.

Representing Manchester were Superintendent Matt Geary and Chris Pattacini, chairman of the Manchester Board of Education. Anchoring the presentation was Scott Ratchford, director of the district’s Office of Family and Community Partnership.

Joining in the presentation were Doug Edwards, the founder and Program Director of Real Dads Forever, a Manchester-based Fatherhood Strategies Development organization; Patrice Nelson of the Connecticut Center for School Change; and Sara Sneed of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The Manchester School system has been awarded a $700,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to further their work in Family and Community Partnerships.

Ratchford and the Manchester team discussed  the challenges and success the district has undertaken as well as research and best practices in engaging families and community to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap.

“We have already made strides in building bridges and creating partnerships from across Manchester that will strengthen our community and benefit our children,” Ratchford said. “We have a great deal more to do but are confident that by working together the children of Manchester will be better prepared to be productive scholars and citizens.”

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