April 13, 2005
By JORGE AMARAL, Courant Staff Writer
Calvin E. Woodland has
had a long career as an administrator, counselor and professor
in higher education, working at community colleges from Daytona
Beach, Fla., to Newark, N.J.
But Woodland, the new president of Capital Community College
in Hartford, got a taste of working with younger students Tuesday
by serving as principal for a day at Greater Hartford Classical
He was one of 40 community leaders who shadowed the actual principals
of Hartford schools during the annual Principal for a Day program.
A variety of church, business and corporate leaders, police brass
and even a hip-hop DJ, Kid Fresh, took the district up on its
invitation and spent the day in the city schools.
"We want the people in Hartford to realize that education
is everyone's business," Jacqueline Hardy, senior director
of parent and community programs for the school system, said. "We
have great things going on every day, but unless people get in
there and see it, they'll never know."
The goals of the program are to improve the public perception
of the schools, provide positive role models for the students,
build and strengthen support for public schools, and provide
an inside experience with Hartford schools, students, and staff,
Woodland and Timothy Sullivan, principal of the Greater Hartford
Classical Magnet School on Woodland Street in the city's Asylum
Hill neighborhood, both said they enjoyed the experience.
"For most of us not involved in public education, it gives
us a firsthand look at the challenges at primary and secondary
schools," Woodland said.
Some of the other guest principals were Cathy Carpino, president
of the Hartford Federation of Teachers; George Bahamonde, president
of the United Way of the Capital Area; Hartford police Deputy
Chief Daryl K. Roberts; Hartford police Lt. Marc Rubera; city
council Minority Leader Robert L. Painter; council member rJo
Winch; Rosanne Druckman, executive director of the Hartford Consortium
for Higher Education; board of education Chairman Robert Long;
school board members Elizabeth Brad Noel and Michael Williams,
and the Rev. James Walker.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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