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SMC Presenting at New England Conference on Multicultural Education Conference

Wednesday October 8, 2008
Connecticut Convention Center

The Sheff Movement coalition will present two workshops at the New England Conference on Multicultural Education (NECME) on Wednesday, October 8 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The theme is “Best Practices in Multicultural Education: PK-12 and Higher Education.”


The Sheff Movement Coalition: Organizing Parents Across District Lines

The Sheff Movement Coalition is working to engage parents and teachers in both city and suburban towns in support of the two way voluntary integration programs developed in response to Connecticut’s 1996 Sheff v. O’Neill decision. This panel will review the latest progress in the Sheff remedial orders, and will highlight some of the successes of the coalition’s organizing and public education efforts. Philip Tegeler, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Washington, DC; Dennis Parker, American Civil Liberties Union, New York City; and Elizabeth Horton Sheff, Hartford, CT.

40 Years of Project Choice and Project Concern

This session will include a screening of a recently completed 30-minute documentary on the experiences of alumni in the Hartford interdistrict school program, Project Concern, founded in 1966, which was renamed Project Choice in 1997 and has become an integral part of the remedy in the Sheff v. O’Neill school integration case. The session will also include a discussion of the latest developments in the Project Choice program, including efforts to expand suburban seats offered for the program. Liz Dupont-Diehl, Sheff Movement coalition, Hartford, CT, and Nessa Oram, Capitol Region Education Council, Hartford, CT.