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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Developing Leaders: Amistad Academy Middle Students Speak Out Against Violence in Our Community

on June 10, 2015
Recently, the Amistad Academy Middle “Team & Family” was shaken by the death of a New Haven teenager named Jericho Scott. In response to this tragedy, a group of students rallied together to raise money for the Scott family, advocate for non-violence...
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Why I Became an AF Teacher-in-Residence: Two AF Parents’ Stories

on June 03, 2015
Kat McKim is the special projects coordinator & director of after school programming at Achievement First East New York Elementary School, where Morekwe McElveen and Mitsy Traore are kindergarten teachers At my school, I have been struck that two of...
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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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