Community Forums return to csdnb

(NEW BRITAIN, CT) – Community Forums, hosted by Superintendent Nancy Sarra, are set to begin again with the first event of the school year on Tuesday, October 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at OIC of New Britain, located at 114 North Street. The “meet-and-greet” event is open to all CSDNB families, offering an opportunity for them to have their voices heard by the school district about issues that are important to them. The evening includes free dinner and child care for children five and older.

Community Forums are part of a larger project through the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in partnership with two non-profit organizations - Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnerships. The overall goal of the project is to help CSDNB and the New Britain community strengthen relationships and create partnerships that help students of all races, income-levels, languages, religions, and genders to graduate ready for life after high school. The project provides coaching support and grant money to help the district and community collaborate more effectively and regularly. The project will help families, students, community members, and local organizations come together to participate in district decisions and activities.

Specific goals of the Community Forums include:

1. Create two-way communication between the district and the community

2. Work together to find practical solutions to the problems that families face

3. Connect families with services to leverage all community assets to help children

4. Help parents understand how schools have changed

5. Help teachers see parents and community members as fellow-educators

6. Create a forum for conversations led by parents, community members, and students

7. Bring families, educators, and separate communities together

Spanish and Arabic translators will be on site. Future Community Forum dates include November 7, January 14, February 4, March 3, April 7, and June 2.