Mark Benigni and Barbara Haeffner on Education As The Great Equalizer

Key Points

  • Your senior population can really have a positive impact on your young people and vise versa.

  • It’s so important to keep an open mind and open doors for partnerships within the community. 

  • Every student needs and deserves an advocate.

Mark Benigni & Barbara Haeffner Podcast

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On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Dr. Mark Benigni, the award-winning superintendent of Meriden Public Schools and the co-author of the forthcoming book The Great Equalizer: Six Strategies to Make Public Education Work in America. We’re also joined by Barbara Haeffner, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Innovation at Meriden Public Schools and co-author. 

Together, they discuss Mark’s legacy in Meriden and the book’s strategies for reimagining and building a better public education. 


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