Meet Our “Team & Family”: Laneka Walker

on May 26, 2015
When Laneka was in middle school, she dreamed of becoming a defense attorney. She never imagined that she would one day find her passion teaching physics in the same building where she attended eighth-grade classes. Born and raised in Hartford,...
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Building Student Leaders: An AF First-Grader Inspires a Crowd of 1,500 in Hartford

on May 14, 2015
On May 7, more than 1,500 parents, students, educators and supporters came together in Hartford. With dynamic speakers, chants and music, people from across Connecticut called on legislators to provide a great education for every child. Several...
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Paving the Way to Equity in Victim Services

on April 29, 2015
Danielle Sered is the Director of Common Justice, an innovative victim service and alternative-to-incarceration program based on restorative justice principles. Earlier this month, Common Justice—a Vera demonstration project—hosted “Paving the Way to...
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Developing Life-Long Readers: Five Resources for Elementary Reading

on April 15, 2015
At Achievement First, we know how important it is to make sure students get off on the right foot and establish strong reading habits. Our teachers engage their students in various forms of text and teach them not only how to analyze a text and read...
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Why I Teach: A Teacher-In-Residence's Story

on April 08, 2015
Samantha Jones is a teacher-in-residence at AF Bushwick Middle. At the AF Bushwick Middle retreat, our principal Mike Rosskamm asked us to speak about the “big why”: Why do we teach at AF Bushwick Middle? I immediately thought of two of my brothers...
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Inspired in Memphis: AF Parents Participate in BAEO Symposium

on April 01, 2015
For the third consecutive year, several Achievement First parents attended the Black Alliance for Educational Options Symposium. The symposium, held this year in Memphis, is designed to inform, inspire and empower African-American parents, educators,...
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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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