Hartford public schools


District Model for Excellence


 Hartford Public Schools is a school district serving the city of Hartford, Connecticut. Hartford Public Schools is the largest public school district in Connecticut, serving 46 magnet and non-magnet schools in the district.The District Model of Excellence is Hartford Public Schools’ road map to success: Teaching & Learning, Family & Community Partnerships, Operational Effectiveness, and School Climate & Culture.

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As part of the district’s innovative urban school reform initiative to close achievement gaps and enable students to participate in a global economy, the district converted the Human Resources Department into the Office of Talent Management & Labor Relations (OTM-LR).  The key approach of OTM-LR is to partner with each school’s Human Capital Manager – the Principal – to improve student learning by attracting, developing, and retain high-quality teaching talent.

The Office of Talent Management & Labor Relations will ensure that each school is led by an effective leader and that each leader has the support to develop and retain highly qualified teachers — from recruitment to induction and ultimately through their career path development.



We will employ effective, efficient, and collaborative processes and systems for staffing of qualified educational personnel; collection and communication of employee performance data; guidance and support with performance management; and recruitment, induction, and retention of new talent.

• Recruitment and Selection

• Assignment and Staffing

• Induction

• Compensation and Benefits

• Performance Management

• Professional Development

• Differentiation and Career Management

• Preparation and Licensure


Teaching is our society’s noblest profession, requiring enormous skill, passion, innovation, commitment, and knowledge. Nothing is more important to the future of our children than our teachers.  Effective teaching is the key to closing our achievement gaps and readying our students for college and lifelong learning.

All Hartford Public School teachers must be licensed by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE).  There are two pathways to eligibility for educator certification in Connecticut:  eligibility based on program preparation or eligibility based on teaching experience.  Please visit the Connecticut State Department of Education website (http://www.ctcert.org) to learn more about each type and which certificate you should pursue based on where you are in your career.


Regardless of citizenship status, please know your rights:

For families: www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/immigrants-rights

For staff and partners: www.aclu.org/other/faq-educators-immigrant-students-public-schools

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at 860-695-8400.


The Welcome Center is a one-stop shop for families where people walk out feeling much better– more enriched, informed, and better prepared than when they walked in.  Our Superintendent, Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, has dreams and targets for our children. The education of each child is so important, and we know that reaching these targets and achieving these dreams are dependent upon family engagement.  The Welcome Center is here to support you in the day-to-day living of your family, to help you assess your needs, and to answer your questions.  Let us help you be a strong and full partner in your child’s education.

Our Diversity

Our Principals

Our Students

Our Community Partners

About Us

We seek to satisfy families beyond their expectations by linking students, parents, principals, teachers, employees, and the community to available resources and ensure accurate information and quality assistance for all.

 Educating Hartford’s children is too important a job for schools to do by themselves. We consider families to be full partners in their child’s education.

Our Mission 

Our mission is to inspire and prepare ALL of our beautiful and capable students to meet success in and beyond school. We are proud of the diversity of our school district, made up of multiple cultures and more than 80 spoken languages.

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The Office of Talent Management                                960 Main Street – 9th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103 

School Hours

M-F: 8am – 4pm
Weekends: Closed

Phone & Email

860-695-8454 talent@hartfordschools.org


“Ensuring that our schools are safe places for students, staff, and visitors is our highest priority. We want every student participating in our Early Start, Credit Recovery, and Summer Bridge programs to be present and ready to learn in a safe environment.”

 The recent reports of potential sweeps by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are concerning and may create anxiety among students, families, and communities. We will continue to protect the rights of all we serve, regardless of their immigration status.

As we have stated before, we will continue to serve all children and families, regardless of immigration status, in order to fulfill our mission and comply with our legal responsibilities. Hartford Public Schools does not collect immigration status information from any of our families.

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez




Teachers & Staff

Teacher Starting Salary

Career opportunities

Location: 960 Main Street – 9th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103 

Telephone: 860-695-8454

Email: talent@hartfordschools.org

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm


It is the policy of Hartford Public Schools to provide equal opportunity for all individuals in education and employment. The Board prohibits, at any district school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying, targeted at any student by anyone, based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal Code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics (Board Policy 5145.3 and 4030 through 4032).