May 30, 2017

CT News Junkie:
State Officials Say DeVos Should Have Done Her Homework

“Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman stood with members of the East Hartford community Tuesday to question whether U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had done her homework and invited her to visit the school she painted with such a broad brush last week.U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on February 23, 2017. Speaking in support of President Donald Trump’s budget in front of a House subcommittee, DeVos spoke last week of meeting a young man, “Michael,” who described East Hartford schools as “nothing more than adult day care … dangerous day care...”

CT Mirror:
English Learners: A Jumble Of Strategies Produces Distressing Results

“Enrique Sepúlveda had an unsettling experience while enrolling his daughter in school in Hartford, an urban district that has more students struggling to learn English than any other in Connecticut. “She speaks Spanish? Does that mean she needs services” he recalls the administrator asking in alarm after he and his wife said they spoke Spanish at home. “No. She is bilingual. That’s a good thing,” he responded. Sepúlveda, an associate professor of education at the University of Saint Joseph, has found through his research that students who feel their culture is embraced at school are more likely to be better learners…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.