Fairfield University Music Program Director, Dr. Laura Nash, Named 2009 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Connecticut Professor of the Year

Submitted by Nancy Habetz on November 19, 2009

pr_lnash09Dr. Laura Nash, whose musical interests know no bounds and who has worked tirelessly to bring music to inner city classrooms, has been named the 2009 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Connecticut Professor of the Year. The honor was announced today at an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the Willard InterContinental, followed by an evening reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library Exhibition Hall.

In 2003, Dr. Nash created the “Music for an Urban District” program with a $670,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which she received in collaboration with the Bridgeport Public Schools. She designed the program to allow faculty from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield to mentor Bridgeport teachers while providing year-round professional development, including multicultural and technology workshops, needed equipment, and an intensive weeklong summer institute. Among the many success stories to emerge is the African drum circle that was so popular, Ms. Fran Russell, a middle school teacher, had to add practice times before school. The group was invited to represent Connecticut in a national showcase of best practices in music in Washington, D.C.

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