Rallying with Hundreds to Protect Hope in Rhode Island

on March 27, 2015
Elizabeth Winangun is Achievement First’s associate director of community engagement for Rhode Island. Earlier this month, I stood side by side with other members of our Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Team & Family, and students and...
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Raising the Bar: Encouraging Students to Complete Top Quality Work

on March 18, 2015
Doug McCurry is the co-CEO and superintendent of Achievement First. At Amistad Academy Elementary and Elm City College Prep Elementary, teachers have teamed up to focus on top quality work. They co-designed professional development and coaching...
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Meet our “Team & Family”: Tsehaia Brown

on March 05, 2015
When Tsehaia visits the schools under her direction, she relishes the opportunity to step back and think about how different systems or procedures can improve each school. In working with operations staff throughout New York, Tsehaia can learn from...
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Raising the Bar: Defining and Demanding Excellence from our Students

on February 18, 2015
Doug McCurry is the co-CEO and Superintendent of Achievement First. At Achievement First, we’ve recently focused on shortening data cycles through weekly quizzes and daily redo, while also aggressively monitoring student work. During this time, I’ve...
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Developing Problem-solvers: Five Resources for High School Math

on February 04, 2015
At Achievement First, we help our students build strong foundations in science, math, engineering and technology by enabling them to engage with several techniques for solving rigorous problems. Below are five high school math resources recently...
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Meet Our “Team & Family”: Crystal Ward

on January 14, 2015
When Crystal Ward taught sixth-grade science and social studies at a turnaround school in Washington, D.C., she noticed the students who thrived in her classroom were asked to leave almost all of their other classes because of misbehavior. To...
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A Bake Sale for Malala: Character Development Builds Leaders at AF Bridgeport Academy Middle

on January 06, 2015
Katie Parente is an academic dean at Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle.  We’ve told our kids countless times, “Your academics matter a lot, you’ve got to be an analytical thinker and you’ve got to know your stuff, BUT if you don’t have...
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Why I Teach: An AF Amistad High Teacher’s Story

on December 23, 2014
Kate Stasik is a Literature II teacher at AF Amistad High. My journey to teaching was a roundabout one: I became a teacher because my mom told me not to. More precisely, I became a teacher because my mom is a teacher and so she told me not to pursue...
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“Team & Family”: Hundreds Gather For AF Providence Family Game Night

on December 16, 2014
Elizabeth Winangun is Achievement First’s associate director of community engagement for Rhode Island. Recently, Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary hosted our first Family Game Night. When I initially met with our social worker...
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An AF Amistad High Student’s Letter: “Give More Students the Tools to Succeed”

on December 10, 2014
AF Amistad High senior Nakida explains why she rallied #ForEveryChild on the New Haven Green last week. A version of this letter appeared in the Connecticut Post. When too many people look at a person of color, they don't see possibility. Instead,...
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