An Afternoon with the Science Explorers Club

on December 09, 2015
Kat McKim is the Director of After School Programming at AF East New York Elementary and shares this story about the joy of one of the clubs at her school. At Achievement First East New York Elementary, learning doesn’t stop at the end of the...
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Teacher Voices: Building Relationships in the Classroom

on December 02, 2015
Erin Thomas is a teacher at AF Crown Heights Middle School and recently shared her story on the Center for Transformative Teacher Training blog.  Building relationships with my students is the crux of the culture in my classroom. My students know...
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Open Letter: "Why Are We Worth Less?"

on November 18, 2015
In an open letter to the Connecticut General Assembly first read at the #FightForFairnessCT March in Bridgeport, AF Amistad High freshman Anthony asks for fair and equitable funding for the state's public charter school students.  Dear Members of...
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Parent Voices: Our Students Deserve a Great Education

on November 12, 2015
Jessica Ramos is a parent at AF Bushwick Elementary and Middle. Ian opinion piece for El Diario NY, she calls for better support for English Language Learners and all students in New York City schools. Here, she shares her story for English...
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Why I Rally: Fighting for What's Possible

on October 28, 2015

Monique Johnson is the music teacher at AF Brownsville Elementary in Brooklyn. Last week, she spoke to a crowd of 3,000 fellow educators at the Teacher Rally for School Equality. She shared her story and why she believes it's so important for...

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Growing Up Hispanic: The Dangers of "Covering"

on October 14, 2015
As part of their Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, The Cervantes Society of the Courts of the State of New York invited AF Brooklyn High senior Ariella, along with her sister Esther, to speak. Below is an excerpt of Ariella's remarks on her...
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Why I Rally: DJ Jazzy Jeff On Access to a Great Education

on October 06, 2015
Last week, acclaimed musician and producer DJ Jazzy Jeff visited AF Brownsville Elementary and Middle, meeting with our "Team & Family" and observing a music class. Today, we're honored that he's joining us to stand up for students everywhere as we...
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Our "Team & Family": Taking a Stand Against Cancer

on October 01, 2015
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle recently shared the story our AF Bushwick Middle "Team & Family" joining together to support research to end childhood cancer. At AF, our students are the next generation of leaders, and we are proud to follow their example...
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A Student’s Story: Exploring Physics at Yale

on September 23, 2015
Wid is an AF Amistad High senior. For his summer program, Wid worked with the physics department at Yale University. To read more about our students’ experiences with summer programs, click here. My time at Yale this summer was more than just an...
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Taking Time for Growth and Reflection: Five Resources for Improving Your Instruction

on September 16, 2015
At Achievement First, we are deeply committed to creating a thriving culture of growth and reflection, and we want to make sure all of our teachers have the tools they need to build their careers. Each week, our school teams spend one afternoon...
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