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In 2016, the West Hartford Public Schools kicked off a commitment to building our capacity for cultural competence. Achieving equity and excellence requires complex work. WHPS educators remain steadfast in our efforts to ensure equitable opportunities and support for each and every student. As West Hartford continues to see steady changes in our culture and climate, the drive to clear paths requires an adjusted lens through which we see; a shift in how we think; and measures to become more culturally responsive. The Equity for Excellence Election Day Professional Development is the result of the on-going persistence of our district’s social justice advocates to identify, disrupt and dismantle systemic inequities that exist within our organization.


Workshop Information

The Election Day Equity for Excellence Professional Development workshops are facilitated by WHPS certified staff and community partners. A preview of workshop topics relevant to equity, diversity and inclusion is made available to you to consider 1 morning choice workshop and 1 afternoon choice workshop. Participants are strongly encouraged to consider one less familiar workshop, intended to stretch your thinking and learning, and one workshop that aligns with your personal/professional interest and need.

Online Registration opens on Wednesday, October 16th at midnight and closes on Wednesday, October 23rd. An overview of the day, including registration details and logistics, will be provided during individual school faculty meetings in October.

Keynote Speaker

Iran Nazario

Iran Nazario
Founder/CEO Peace Center of CT, Inc

Special Guest

Vernon Riddick, Jr

Chief Vernon Riddick, Jr.
West Hartford Police Department


The Equity and Diversity Council (EDC) gratefully acknowledges the support of WHPS administration, faculty, staff and community partners.

Executive Team 
Pk-12 Extended Leadership Team Equity and Diversity Council (EDC) School Representatives
Professional Learning and Evaluation Committee (PLEC)

Professional learning opportunities provided by:
WHPS Workshop Presenters
WHPS Community Partner Presenters

Made possible by the offices of:
Curriculum Instruction and Assessment
Facilities and Plant Services
Information Technology
Human Resources
Nutrition Services
Pupil Services

Special Thanks
Conard High School Administration, Faculty and Staff
WHPS Paraprofessionals and Teaching Assistants
West Hartford Police Department
WHPS Graphic Design Artist

In Community
The Bridge Family Center
Fern Street Food Ministry
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
The Peace Center of CT
West Hartford Adult Education
CT Parent Advocacy Center
Foundation for the West Hartford Public Schools
National Conference on Community and Justice
Planning Across the Spectrum
YWCA New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Service

In Partnership
State Education Resource Center (SERC)
The WHPS-SERC partnership will deepen our racial equity work throughout the year. 

Election Day 2019