Westminster Crossroads Learning Program

In 2002, Westminster School allowed faculty member Todd Eckerson to create a nonprofit (501c3) organization known then as the Crossroads Cooperative Learning Program (CCLP). In essence, Eckerson became a loaned administrator to this startup whose early goal was to help Hartford Public High School improve its graduation rate.
Roughly 10 years later Westminster brought Crossroads “in from the cold” and made it an official part of the Westminster program (with the qualifying provision that it remains responsible for raising the money it needs to run its outreach efforts). This new incarnation of the original organization was renamed the Westminster Crossroads Learning Program in Hartford (WCLP).
WCLP’s goals are embodied in its mission statement:
The Westminster Crossroads Learning Program in Hartford (WCLP) represents Westminster’s effort to expand its commitment to the common good by extending its core value of community into the Hartford public schools and beyond. Further, WCLP seeks to provide Westminster with ongoing partnerships that reveal the essential perspective of Hartford’s residents, especially its young people. Ultimately, WCLP seeks broad kinship.

Programs and Initiatives

List of 5 items.

  • Bridge to Hartford

    Over the years, Crossroads has worked to help place students from Hartford-area schools into independent schools, mostly, but not exclusively, for postgraduate years.
    On the Hartford side, Crossroads has worked with students from Hartford Public High School, Weaver High School, Bulkeley High School, Windsor High School and New Britain High School. Crossroads has also worked with a number of students from outside the Hartford area.
    On the independent school side, Crossroads has helped place students at Cheshire Academy; Hyde School, Bath, Maine; Hyde School, Woodstock, Connecticut; Kent School; The Gunnery, Loomis Chaffee School; Salisbury School; Suffield Academy; Westminster School; and Wilbraham & Monson Academy.
  • Civic Engagement Course

    In 2013, Westminster School, via WCLP, instituted a required course during the fall trimester for all Fourth Formers titled Civic Engagement. The purpose of the course is two-fold: First, through a carefully selected series of lessons, Civic Engagement seeks to help Westminster students better understand who they are and for what they stand. Second, Westminster feels that it must teach its students, explicitly and intentionally, that they have an obligation to engage in their community.
  • Loaves and Fishes

    On the second Thursday of each month year-round, even in the summer, Westminster, through WCLP, commits to serving lunch at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Hartford. This initiative draws an eclectic combination of participants from the Westminster community including students, faculty, spouses, retired faculty, parents, alumni, etc.
  • School-Year After-School

    During the 2013-2014 academic year, WCLP committed itself to tutoring at both Jumoke Academy and Hartford Public High School (HPHS). A total of about 10 Westminster students participated at Jumoke while WCLP engaged the services of both a retired faculty member and a Westminster parent at HPHS.
    In 2014-2015, WCLP sent representatives to both Covenant Prep and HPHS in the fall and then to Covenant Prep and Jumoke Academy during both the winter and the spring. That spring, WCLP also conducted a SAT Prep class at the Academy of Engineering and Technology at HPHS.
    This year, 2015-2016, WCLP sends student volunteers to Covenant Prep on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and The Hartford Pre-K Magnet School on Wednesdays.
  • Spring Break in Hartford

    WCLP’s Spring Break in Hartford provides for volunteer opportunities during March vacation. Assistant Director Mary Eckerson has engaged a number of service projects at organizations like the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, Loaves and Fishes, and Ebony Horsewomen. Students also volunteer their time tutoring at various partner schools.

Generous Support

WCLP is made possible through the generous support of numerous Westminster alumni and parents, other individuals, foundations, and institutions. Their generosity enables WCLP to open new doors of opportunity for many young people in Hartford.

For more information
To learn more about the Westminster Crossroads Learning Program or to support its work, please contact Todd Eckerson.

Meet the Staff

List of 2 members.

  • Todd Eckerson 

    Director, Westminster Crossroads Learning Program (WCLP)
    (860) 408-3048
    Swan Award 1993
    CAIS Award 2006
    Swayze Award 2010
    O’Brien Award 2013
    Williams College - B.A.
    Wesleyan University - M.A.L.S.
    Wesleyan University - C.A.S.
    Year Appointed 1982
  • Mary Eckerson 

    Wesleyan University - M.A.L.S.
    Molloy College - B.A.
    Year Appointed 2014

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