About Dorothy C. Goodwin School


Welcome to Dorothy C. Goodwin Elementary School!P. Dart

Greetings and welcome to the Goodwin website which we hope is helpful to you as you learn more about our learning community that supports nearly 160 students, pre-kindergarten through grade four. We are a diverse community near the University of Connecticut with over twenty different languages represented by our students and families. Our neighborhood school has a rich legacy of best-supporting all students by providing responsive, child-centered learning experiences resulting in confident, respectful, and engaged learners. Students are supported by caring, talented staff members in developmentally appropriate programs and classes. We are a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School in acknowledgment of our high-yield instructional practices and academic achievement and growth. In 2018, the Connecticut Association of Schools recognized Goodwin for Exemplary School Climate Practices. And in 2019, the CSDE shared that we were a School of Distinction.  Goodwin's PTO embraces a partnership with our families, staff, students, and community by providing support and opportunities to learn, play, and grow together.  Please reach out should you need help or have any questions regarding our school.

Peter Dart, Principal

U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools 201521st Century Skills

Goodwin School embraces the importance of 21st Century Skills which give students a voice, choice, and agency in learning, service, and play. Students participate in project-based learning units and are provided opportunities to participate in various clubs and activities where students can explore robotics and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related topics.

While Goodwin prepares students to be middle-school ready with college-career vision, we are a school that celebrates tradition, creativity and play. Year after year, our school-wide events and activities celebrate our students and families while providing opportunities to connect, build community, learn, and play. Goodwin's traditions include annual events such as the Trestle Tree climbing challenge, the annual water slide day, cross country skiing during PE class, and the spring Whale Bash Festival. Our active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is an important leadership group that supports our school and community in many ways.

D. C. GoodwinWho is Dorothy C. Goodwin?

The greatest satisfactions in life come out of doing something useful for somebody other than yourself. - D. C. Goodwin

Dr. Dorothy C. Goodwin was born in Hartford and was a Mansfield resident for over thirty years. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College in 1937 and earned her doctoral degree in agricultural economics from UCONN. She worked in and out of Washington, D.C. with the Institute of Public Affairs and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Goodwin served as the Director of Institutional Research and Assistant Provost while at UCONN. In 1974 Dr. Goodwin served five terms as State Representative for Mansfield.  Upon her retirement from the legislature, she was appointed to the State Board of Education and the Mansfield Housing Authority. On September 25, 1992, Northwest Elementary School has renamed the Dorothy C. Goodwin Elementary School in honor of her life-time service and advocacy.

Every year, students and staff celebrate and honor Dr. Goodwin by participating in service learning projects that encourage us all to do "something useful"  for our school and community.