Author: Linda Conner Lambeck

Failing Bright Kids: Connecticut Schools Struggle to Retain Gifted-student Programs

August 4, 2011

Nigel Hayes, 9, of Frenchtown Elementary School in Trumbull, looks forward to Wednesdays. That’s when he and 23 other fourth-graders identified as academically gifted in the district converge on Middlebrook School to spend the morning exploring issues not addressed in their assigned classrooms. One recent day, they were investigating the relationship between red knot birds and horseshoe […]

A Tale of Two High Schools

June 8, 2011

Warren Harding High School has clear hallways, new academies and a new principal who stands at the front door each morning to greet students. Bassick High School has committees, 15 of them, that some would say are working at breakneck speed to reinvent the school’s culture and curriculum by the fall. Both schools, buoyed by federal School […]

UConn Steps in to Help Bassick High Turn Things Around

February 1, 2011

Widline Guerrier, 17, a Bassick High School senior in Bridgeport, wants more challenge. She is tired of friends picking on where she attends high school and insinuating her courses are less rigorous than theirs. Judy Whittingham, a parent with three children at Bassick, wants books that go home with students, even if they have to […]