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    Four years ago, in 2009, New Haven School Change was launched with a landmark teachers’ contract.

    With that contract, New Haven became the first city in the nation to work toward school reform with teachers and not against them. We are still the only city in the nation to do so.

    Over the past two weeks, there have been two developments that will further strengthen School Change in New Haven.

    Last week, the New Haven Public Schools were awarded a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund innovative teacher development.

    And just one week prior to that, the teachers’ union ratified a new contract--the first since the landmark contract four years ago--that builds on the progress that has already been made.

    This contract and the grant award both have a strong focus on professional development and will ensure that our kids have superior teachers, amazing learning experiences and a top-notch education.

    To read more about the new teachers’ contract, go here.

    For more information about the Gates Foundation grant, go here.

    Coat Drive to Benefit Homeless Shelters

    Donate a coat and be entered for the chance to be the person who turns on the lights at New Haven’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Green

    This past Monday, the City of New Haven launched a Coat Drive to benefit the homeless shelters that operate in the City. Especially during these tough economic times, there is a real need for donations of warm clothes for the homeless among us, which includes many children.

    Donations of new or gently used and clean coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for men, women and children are being requested.

    The Coat Drive will run from Monday, November 18th through Monday, December 2nd, with donations being accepted between the hours of 9 am and 4:30 pm at the Coat Drive drop-off location at New Haven City Hall (in the Youth Services office on the first floor).

    Any person who donates will be entered into a drawing for a chance to “turn on the lights” at New Haven’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 5th at 6 pm on the New Haven Green. The winning donor will be notified on Tuesday, December 3rd.

    I encourage everyone to remember those who need assistance.


    Nov 21 - 24.Holiday Bazaar at Trinity on the Green. 12pm.

    Nov. 22. Neighborhood Music School Bach’s Lunch Concert-A Quartet of Voices from Renaissance to Romance. 12:10pm. www.neighborhoodmusicschool.org

    Nov.22. Neighborhood Music School Faculty Fridays Concert-Pleasant Moments. 7:45pm. www.neighborhoodmusicschool.org

    Nov. 22-24. Mamma Mia. Shubert Theater. www.shubert.com

    Nov. 22. Chris Dingman's The Subliminal and the Sublime Firehouse 12. $12/$18 8:30/10pm. http://firehouse12.com

    Nov 22-Dec 31. Fantasy of Lights. Lighthouse Point Park.For hours & fees visit http://www.eastersealsgoodwill.org/fantasyoflights

    Nov. 23. NHSO: The Princess & The Firebird. Woolsey Hall. 7:30pm. www.NewHavenSymphony.org.

    Nov. 23. Bill Burr. SCSU Lyman Center for the Arts. 8pm. http://tickets.southernct.edu

    Nov. 23, 3 pm. Cake Decorating Workshop for adults. Mitchell Library. tasting and demo from Frosting Fashions by Maria. www.nhfpl.org


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