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Dr. William Silva (CT '97)


At the time of the Award, Dr. William Silva was:

Berlin High School
Berlin, CT

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

William (Bill) Silva is the Associate Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Schools.  He retired from his position as principal of Farmington High School in 2019. In 2018 he was named the 2018 Connecticut Association of Schools' High School Principal of the Year. At the time of his award, William Silva was a social studies teacher at Berlin High School. Multiculturalism was a central issue for William Silva, whose students received little exposure to diverse cultures. It was the main focus of his American Studies Program, a two-period, team-taught, interdisciplinary course in American art, history and literature. His students also explored multiculturalism in a course that he created entitled "Race, Gender and Ethnicity in American Culture." Each year, Dr. Silva helped coordinate Multicultural Week, a program that brings a series of speakers and performers to the school to share their knowledge and talents with the student body in the interest of fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. 

Additional Information


1978 Amherst College, B.A.; Yale University, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

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