An Alumna Reflects: Why I’m a Proud AF Graduate and a Prouder College Student

on August 27, 2015
Kiera is a rising sophomore at Brooklyn College and a Class of 2014 AF Brooklyn High graduate. This summer, she returned to AF to intern with the network support operations team and offered her thoughts on how her time at AF has shaped her college...
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AF in the Community: Ice Cream for a Dream

on August 18, 2015
Nick Lebron grew up in Hartford and now works as a community engagement associate for all of Achievement First’s Hartford schools. Elfrida Debow is an AF parent ambassador whose daughter attends AF Hartford High. This summer, Achievement First...
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A Student’s Story: Summer@Brown

on August 12, 2015
Ryana is a rising senior at AF Amistad High. As a part of AF’s commitment to supporting students on the path to college, we provide each student with the opportunity to complete a summer program. For her summer program, Ryana attended Summer@Brown. ...
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A Student’s Story: Kindergarten is the First Step on the Path to College

on August 05, 2015
Sameika is a rising junior at AF Brooklyn High and worked as a summer intern at Achievement First. To some people, kindergarten might seem like a place where students can go during the day, where they will be able to learn the difference between red...
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Diversity & Inclusiveness Matters: A DSO’s Story

on July 31, 2015
Shirley Harrell is the director of school operations at Elm City College Prep Elementary. One of the great things about Achievement First is that each of us brings something different to the table. Before I joined the Elm City College Prep “Team &...
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Parents are Partners: Building Relationships at AF North Brooklyn Prep Elementary

on July 22, 2015
Vanessa Santiago is the parent of a rising second-grader at Achievement First North Brooklyn Prep Elementary. I know that with a great education, my daughter Evelyn can have a better chance at success in her adult life. Even in her first year at AF...
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Developing Talent: Enabling Our Teachers to Grow Rapidly Creates Better Schools

on July 08, 2015

Doug McCurry is the co-CEO and Superintendent of Achievement First.

As I’ve been helping regional superintendents and school leaders get ready for next year, a few interesting insights have emerged. I’m noticing that schools that have a strong track...

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Meet our "Team & Family": Megan Martin

on July 01, 2015
When Hurricane Katrina forced Megan to leave her college campus at Tulane University, she headed north for a semester at Fordham University and fell in love with New York City. She applied for a teaching position and has been educating children there...
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The Importance of Understanding: Five Resources for Cultivating Diversity & Inclusiveness

on June 24, 2015
The 2014-15 school year has come to an end, but we know the process of learning and growing never stops. At Achievement First, we are deeply invested in professional development, and we want to make sure that everyone has resources to build their...
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Meet an AF Parent: AF Bushwick Elementary’s Juana Zapata

on June 17, 2015
When her daughter, Ayanna, was in pre-kindergarten at a public school, Juana couldn’t help but feel frustrated with her behavior. Ayanna naturally had a lot of energy, and it was a challenge for her to focus in the classroom. So Juana’s...
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