Achievement First
Respect - Enthusiasm - Achievement - Citizenship - Hard Work September 2011         


At Achievement First, we know that a great academic year starts with rigorous instruction. Here are reading and writing resources to help you start the year strong.

Elementary School

Set clear expectations for independent reading with this rubric.

Help your students to become star spellers with these activities.

Middle School

Teach your students about nonfiction text with this unit.

Discover the elements of writing instruction at Achievement First with this "vision of excellence" document.

High School

Plan units about universal themes in literature with this scope and sequence.

Prepare your students to be college-ready writers with this writing rubric.

To download more Achievement First resources in all subjects and grade levels, visit our newly updated resources page.


High School Open House, New York
September 29; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Brooklyn, NY

Visit the Achievement First high school in Brooklyn to observe teachers and scholars in a school known for college-preparatory instruction. Appropriate for teachers and school leaders in any grade level, participants will watch teachers deliver rigorous lessons while infusing joy into their classrooms.  Space is limited. RSVP HERE with your grade level and content area.


Throughout the year, our team visits cities across the country in search of the best teachers and school leaders. Below are cities we'll be visiting this month; please email us to learn more.

  • September 24 - Tulsa, OK
  • September 24-25 - Teach For America Texas School Leadership Summit, Houston, TX

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Achievement First is adding new grades and opening new schools!  Check out this article in the Connecticut Post, which describes the growth of Achievement First in Bridgeport and the positive impact our schools have had on student achievement. 

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2012-2013 High School Teacher
Start Date: July 2012

Achievement First teachers are platinum! Our teachers work hard to ensure that every student is prepared for a rigorous college experience. Achievement First supports these efforts with robust teacher professional development, including weekly coaching meetings, on-going planning sessions, and unparalleled learning opportunities. 

Achievement First's high schools in Connecticut and New York are expanding in 2012, and we are looking for great teachers to join our team. Learn more about our network of schools here or apply online today.


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Associate Director of ELA Achievement, Elementary
Start Date:

Achievement First's associate director of ELA achievement is an integral part of the elementary ELA team that works with principals, academic deans, and teachers to drive exceptional student achievement.  As part of this work, the associate director will undertake an ambitious curriculum development project to ensure that Achievement First ELA curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply, click here.

We are always looking for talented individuals to join our Network Support team. View current Achievement First Network Support opportunities here.

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The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children. We believe that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education.

Achievement First schools will provide all of our students with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges, to succeed in a competitive world and to serve as the next generation of leaders in our communities.

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