Building Future Leaders: Five Resources for Character Education

on April 16, 2014
At Achievement First, we work to make sure all students gain the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges, to succeed in a competitive world and to serve as the next generation of leaders in our communities. That’s why we...

AF Parents Inspired at BAEO Symposium

on April 09, 2014
Several Achievement First parents attended the 2014 Black Alliance for Education Options Symposium in New Orleans. The symposium is designed to inform, inspire and empower African-American parents, educators, elected officials, clergy and emerging...

A Dean’s Story: Helping Students Discover a Lifelong Love of Reading

on April 02, 2014
Katie Parente is an academic dean at AF Bridgeport Academy Middle. There are many moments during the day when I stop and say, “Wow! I can’t believe that just happened, how cool.” One of my favorite such moments was one where I was surrounded by a...

Understanding Middle School Students: When Character Skills Don’t Always “Click”

on March 26, 2014
Erin Crespi is director of school operations at AF Brownsville Middle. The school currently serves students in fifth and sixth grades, and will grow to serve students in grades five through eight. As school leaders and teachers, we spend a lot of...

Inspired in Albany: AF University Prep High Freshmen Remember Trip to the Capital

on March 19, 2014
Emmanuel and Susan are freshmen at AF University Prep High. During a field lesson, they traveled to a public charter school rally in Albany, toured the State Capitol and went on a college visit. Below are excerpts from stories Emmanuel and Susan...

An Inside Look: Teacher Development at Elm City College Prep Middle

on March 12, 2014
Robert Hawke is an academic dean at Elm City College Prep Middle. This is an excerpt from a post that initially appeared on Robert’s blog, Hawke Talke. At Elm City College Prep Middle, we spend a lot of time thinking about teacher development. We...

Helping Students “Opt In”: Quick Tips From an AF Dean

By:Edward Eckert on March 05, 2014
At Achievement First, we are constantly providing professional development so that teachers can improve their instruction. Below, read some helpful tactics AF Bridgeport Academy Dean Edward Eckert recently shared with his school’s "Team & Family." W...

At AF Aspire Elementary, Parents are Partners

By:Jaclyn Schorr on February 27, 2014
Jaclyn Schorr is a social worker at AF Aspire Elementary. This year at Achievement First Aspire Elementary—a new school in the Achievement First network—we are invested in promoting family engagement in our school community. Teachers and leadership...

Achievement First Students Show Leadership and Perseverance Inside and Outside of the Classroom

By:Japera Parker on February 19, 2014
Japera Parker is a teacher at AF Hartford Academy Middle. Students in Achievement First schools work hard in the classroom every day. Our AF Hartford Academy Middle students are proud to say they are "the hardest-working students in Connecticut."...

Meet an AF Parent: Five Questions with BAEO Fellow Aphia Griffiths

By:Aphia Griffiths on February 12, 2014
Aphia Griffiths is a parent at AF Bridgeport Academy Elementary. 1. How did you become a BAEO Bailey-Sullivan Advocacy Leadership Fellow, and what does the fellowship mean to you? I was nominated for BSALF by the Achievement First “Team & Family.”...