Dr. Mark Benigni, Meriden’s superintendent of schools, will teach a course on “Child, Family and School Relations” at the Meriden campus of Middlesex Community College. The course, which will be offered during the spring 2011 semester, will be open to students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education academic program, as well as to the general public. Registration information can be found at www.mxcc.commnet.edu.
The second-year level course examines the understanding and guidance of child behavior, and reviews how schools can develop and improve working relationships with families. The goal is to find ways to involve and engage parents in their child’s education beyond simply attending parent-teacher conferences. Dr. Benigni plans to have guest lecturers address his class throughout the semester, helping bring varying perspectives to the discussion.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to teach right here at the college’s downtown Meriden’s campus,” Dr. Benigni said. “This is a great course for students looking to enter the field of education, or for anyone who already works with families and children. The child, family, school paradigm is one of the most important relationships in any child’s education, and will affect his or her entire outlook on learning. As a society, we must always be open to having these three parts work together as effectively as possible.”
Dr. Jonathan Daube, president of Middlesex Community College, welcomes Dr. Benigni to the Meriden campus. “We are working to create a vibrant college campus and to attract quality instructors such as Dr. Benigni. Our students and others who take this course will benefit from his direct involvement in the education field, and from his real-world experiences working with families and children.”
Dr. Benigni has served as mayor of Meriden, principal at Cromwell High School, and adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University. Additionally, he has taught and lectured on various educational topics at Central Connecticut State University and at the University of Hartford.
Founded in 1966 as a branch campus of Manchester Community College, Middlesex Community College is an independent member of the Connecticut Community College System. The school offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs on its three locations: the main, 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center campus, and the shoreline campus in Old Saybrook. The college promotes understanding, learning, ethics, and self-discipline by encouraging critical thinking. Current enrollment exceeds 2,950 full and part-time students, and 1,600 continuing education students.