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When we opened the first Achievement First school, Amistad Academy, we set out to prove that all students—regardless of zip code, class or life circumstances—can achieve at high levels, graduate from college and become leaders of our communities. Then and still today, we view this as the civil rights issue of our time. Over the last 10 years, the Achievement First network has grown from 84 students at Amistad Academy in New Haven to 3,700 students at 15 academies in Brooklyn, NY and in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, CT. In 2009, we will welcome nearly 5,000 students to Achievement First schools where they will benefit from a longer school day and year, outstanding teachers who give as much as they demand, a rigorous, college-prep curriculum, extra support for struggling students, and a school culture where it is cool to be smart and everyone is a part of one big family. The hard work of our teachers and students is paying off. In New York City, both Achievement First Crown Heights and Achievement First Endeavor received straight “A”s on the recently released New York City Department of Education Progress Reports (only these two schools had the two years of testing data required to receive Progress Report grades). Achievement First Crown Heights was in the top four percent of all New York City schools, and Achievement First Endeavor was in the top one percent. In fact, Achievement First Endeavor was the fourth highest-performing school out of nearly 1,100 K-8 schools in New York City. In New Haven, Achievement First’s eighth graders posted results that were more than double their New Haven peers and bested statewide averages in all subjects—again proving that the achievement gap can be closed. Amistad
Academy High School’s inaugural 10th-grade students achieved 93 percent proficiency in math and 100 percent proficiency in all three other subjects—reading, writing and science. Their reading, writing and science results placed them ahead of high school students in many of Connecticut’s wealthiest communities, including Madison, Greenwich, Guilford and Westport. The U.S. Department of Education has taken note, and Amistad Academy was recently highlighted as one of seven schools in the country that are models for closing the achievement gap. As our scholars continue to grow and learn, so do we. This year we are focused specifically on improving reading achievement, especially in the middle schools, and on becoming more effective in our coaching and development of teachers. We know it is the dedicated people who work at Achievement First schools that make the real difference in the lives of our kids. As a growing network, we are focused on recruiting, training, celebrating and retaining the finest educators in the country. We have also learned that we must make equal investments in systems to support their success—from curriculum and assessment materials to operations, finance and technology. We would like to thank you for supporting our growth and success over the last 10 years. We believe more than ever that giving our children— all our children—a great education is an economic and moral imperative. We are eager to work with other schools, districts and change agents in the broader public education community to deliver on this promise. The more we do this work, the more optimistic we become about the potential of our collective commitment to make a real difference in the lives of kids and in the future they will build.
Dacia M. Toll Co-CEO
Doug McCurry Co-CEO
William R. Berkley Board Chair
Some people Say that you can’t fix public education in thiS i think they have it exactly country until you fix poverty. backwardS. we can’t hope to public education.
really fix poverty until we fix – Joel klein, nyc SchoolS chancellor
Closing The Achievement Gap
When we fail to educate urban children, the outcome is predictable: third graders with poor skills become middle schoolers with third-grade skills, and then high school students without the ability to succeed in college or to compete in today’s economy. Nationwide, our public education system is still failing the vast majority of low-income children and their communities. The consequences of this failure are disastrous across the board: increased poverty, crime and incarceration, and decreased productivity and quality of life. The achievement gap in education is America’s most vexing social problem—the modern frontier of the civil rights movement. THE MAGNITUDE OF THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP IS CAPTURED IN A FEW DAUNTING STATISTICS. Fourth graders growing up in low-income communities are already three grade levels behind their peers in high-income communities. About 50 percent of them will not graduate from high school by the time they are 18 years old. Those who do graduate will perform on average at an eighthgrade level1. Only one in 10 will graduate from college2.
According to the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), at the time of high school graduation, the gap in achievement in our country between black and white students is approximately four grade levels. In 2004, African Americans were 54 percent more likely (and Hispanics 140 percent more likely ) to drop out of high school than white students. African-American students are three times more likely than white students to be placed in special education programs, and are half as likely to be in gifted programs in elementary and secondary schools3. Our country as a whole is falling farther behind our international peers. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 15-year-olds in the U.S. rank 24th out of 29 industrialized countries in math performance, and 15th out of 29 countries in reading.
National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2005 Mortenson, Tom. “Family Income and Higher Education Opportunity,” Postsecondary Education Opportunity, 2005 Teachers College, Columbia University
Our Mission and Vision
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 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 for our communities. Achievement First will continue to create public charter schools that close the achievement gap, while also looking to partner with other like-minded, reform-oriented organizations to maximize our collective impact. Together, we will continue our work until every child is given access to a great education and enjoys the real
if we Succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itSelf iS Sure to follow. -Sir John lubbock, lord avebury
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In 1998, a group of New Haven founders came together with a clear goal in mind: to prove that urban students can achieve at the same high levels as their affluent suburban counterparts. Confronted by the popular attitude that demographics were destiny, we decided that the best way to address the problem was to change the system. We set out to create a public charter school—Amistad Academy—that would enable its students to achieve at extraordinarily high levels. Over the last 10 years, Amistad has produced Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) results that have shattered the notion that “those kids can’t learn.” For the past seven years, Amistad students—100 percent of whom are selected by blind lottery, 78 percent of whom receive free and reduced lunch, and 98 percent of whom are AfricanAmerican or Hispanic—have beat state averages in reading and math, demonstrating that they can achieve on par with their wealthier peers statewide. In June 2003 we created a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit, Achievement First, with the goal of using Amistad’s knowledge and best practices to have a greater impact. We opened the second school, Elm City College Prep, in 2004 and expanded the model to include elementary grades.
In the fall of 2005, under the leadership of New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, Achievement First expanded into Brooklyn. One of Klein’s core reform strategies was to locate high-performing public charter schools in New York’s lowest-performing districts. Achievement First opened two new schools in central Brooklyn—Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School and Achievement First East New York Charter School. The Brooklyn network continued to grow in 2006 with the opening of Achievement First Bushwick and Achievement First Endeavor, followed in 2008 by Achievement First Brownsville. Thanks to changes in Connecticut charter law, we were also able to open Amistad High School and Amistad Elementary, paving the way for Connecticut’s first K-12 public charter school. Achievement First’s Connecticut network was able to expand into Bridgeport with a new middle school in 2007 and, in 2008, into Hartford with new elementary and middle schools. Achievement First has grown into a network that includes 15 academies, nine charters and four cities. In 1999, Amistad Academy opened with 84 sixth graders. Now, in the 2008-09 school year, Achievement First is serving 3,700 students in grades K-11.
Our Program Elements
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WE’RE A NON-PROFIT WE’RE PUBLIC Students are selected by lottery, and significant efforts are made to encourage as many students and communities as possible to join the lottery pool. We serve special education students, English language learners, talented and gifted students, and everyone else who comes through the blind lottery to our schools. Results are not achieved by cultivating the best students—they are achieved by cultivating all students. EFFECTIVE OPERATIONS Achievement First teachers and principals are supported by an outstanding operations team that works hard to handle most non-instructional tasks (busing, food service, facilities, field trips, budget and finance, state reporting, etc.). We apply the same approach to operations that we do to school development: implement processes based on our best knowledge and then continuously hone the process in operation. When the system works efficiently in one location, we bring other locations online one by one until all are operating efficiently. PARENTS AS PARTNERS At Achievement First schools, a three-way partnership—students, teachers and parents—requires teamwork to achieve academic breakthroughs and ensure that all children are achieving their best. Parents, students and school staff all sign a contract that outlines their shared commitment to hard work and consistent support of one another. POWERFUL USE OF DATA Achievement First’s rigorous, college-preparatory core curriculum clearly outlines the essential knowledge and skills that students need to master at every grade level. Every six weeks, teachers give interim assessments (unit tests) that measure how much students have learned. These results are uploaded to Achievement First Athena, our interim assessment platform, so that teachers and principals are able to review the data together and create a plan that targets whole class, small group and one-on-one instruction to ensure that every student masters the material. Athena has greatly improved our teaching by allowing teachers and principals to track performance from one interim assessment to the next and to drill down to individual student needs.
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TEACHERS ARE PLATINUM At Achievement First schools, teachers are platinum: they are treated as respected professionals and are held to high standards of performance and integrity. We invest in our talent, support everyone’s development and reward outstanding performance. Our faculty is recruited from across the country to ensure that scholars are taught by knowledgeable, committed and talented professionals. Achievement First teachers receive more than quadruple the typical amount of professional development. Principals spend almost all their time observing, teaching and coaching in the classrooms. TEACHERS WHO KNOW AND CARE Unlike schools with a thousand or more students, Achievement First schools are small learning communities in which teachers and leaders know the names of all students (every academy has fewer than 400 students). Our schools use a co-advisor system in which a class of 25-27 students is coadvised by two teachers; the advisors work hard to develop meaningful relationships with all the students in their advisory. SCHOOL LEADERSHIP Since the Achievement First operations and central teams take almost all non-instructional matters off the principal’s plate, the principal serves as a true instructional leader— working intensely with teachers, analyzing student performance data, observing classes, giving feedback, modeling excellent lessons and planning standards-based units together with teachers. Principals also have hiring and firing power for all employees in the building. Lastly, every principal at Achievement First teaches a class, sending a powerful message that teaching is what is valued most at an Achievement First school.
education iS the moSt powerful weapon which you can uSe to change the world. -nelSon mandala
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COLLEGE EXPECTATIONS At Achievement First, we continuously expose scholars to college. In our achievement-oriented culture, it is cool to be smart and all students work hard to climb the mountain to college. Achievement First’s academic program puts every student on a college preparatory track, starting with kindergarten. The names of our classes are college names; instead of asking Ms. Smith’s class to line up, a teacher might say, “Wake Forest, line up.” Students make field trips to colleges, hear speakers talk about college, write research papers on colleges and, most importantly, master a college-preparatory curriculum. MORE TIME ON TASK Our school day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with tutoring available during and after school, an average of one to two hours of homework per night, and an intensive independent reading program so that students will READ, READ, READ both at home and at school. All students attend our three-week, extended-year Summer Academy. ACADEMIC STANDARDS Achievement First’s academic program has borrowed from the best practices of high-performing schools across the country. Every class has a New York or Connecticut state-standards-based focus. Teachers understand that “covering material” is not our goal; what is important is how well students master the standards. INTENSIVE INTERVENTIONS We realize that some students will need even more time and extra support. These students receive small group instruction or tutoring during the school day, before and after-school, and/or on Saturdays. Both teachers and students believe that we need to do “whatever it takes” to make sure all students learn. CHARACTER EDUCATION Achievement First lives by the REACH values (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work), which help create a positive, achievement-oriented school culture. Values and good behavior are taught as explicitly as academics, and we all work together as one team and family.
Our Core Values
We live by our core values, which inform and guide all aspects of our work—from the classroom to the central office—and help create a positive, achievement-oriented school culture. Achievement First’s core values are: RESULTS WITHOUT EXCUSES OR SHORTCUTS Achievement First sets ambitious, clearly measurable goals to deliver on the promise to provide all students with an outstanding education. When we fall short of these goals—which we sometimes do—we tackle this challenge head on and are willing to change the way we do things in order to achieve the excellence our students deserve. PEOPLE MATTER, MIGHTILY Achievement First knows that the most important factor affecting the achievement of our students is the quality and commitment of our teachers and leaders. We aggressively recruit talent, select carefully and heavily invest in our people so that they can, in turn, make a real difference in the lives of our students. EXCELLENCE IS A HABIT Baked into Achievement First’s culture is a relentless pursuit of excellence, and we do not settle for “so-so” from students or staff. SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF We believe that countless unseen or overlooked details are the difference between mediocre and magnificent. TEAM AND FAMILY This work is a team sport; everyone shares in Achievement First’s collective success while celebrating the individual strengths and differences of each person and school. FIRST THINGS FIRST The needs of students always come first. WHATEVER IT TAKES Achievement First gives 100 percent every day and goes the extra mile to make the difference in every student’s life. MANY MINDS, ONE MISSION Together with parents, partners and supporters, Achievement First works to improve the communities in which we work. EVERYTHING WITH INTEGRITY The REACH values are not merely posted on the wall for students; they drive the words and actions of all members of the Achievement First team.
a teacher affectS eternity. he can never tell where hiS influence StopS. -henry adamS
Our Teachers & Parents
“I went into teaching because I love kids and believe in the transformative power of education. However, in my old school I felt like I was working in isolation. I would work so hard to help my students achieve things that even they did not think possible, and then I would watch them go down the hall or to the next grade and there was no continuity. Now I finally work in a school with colleagues who share my expectations, and I am constantly amazed at how much I learn from them. Working with a great team of teachers means I am always getting better and stronger as an educator. I am excited to come to work and feel like my work is really valued. Most importantly, I now see my students growing, year after year, in the care of other great teachers.” MATT TAYLOR Amistad Academy Middle School teacher (2003-2005), Amistad Academy Middle School principal (2005-current)
“I have always wanted to give my children the best education possible, even though I cannot afford private schools. Since my daughter started at an Achievement First school, her behavior and academics have improved tremendously. Achievement First schools are places where children are encouraged to satisfy their hunger to learn.” MARILYN VEGA Parent
“Achievement First has great professional development. For the first time in my teaching career, I have ongoing opportunities to understand, refine and reflect on the tools I use in my classroom. At Achievement First, we had three weeks of professional development before school even started. Every Friday is a half day so that teachers have time to work on everything from improving our reading instruction to school-wide behavior plans. I am growing as a teacher every day.”
“The best gift I can give my daughter is a good foundation for a better education. This is what made me look to Achievement First.” JOHN KAKU Parent
YVETTE MERRITT Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School founding teacher (2006-current)
education iS not received. it iS achieved. -anonymouS
Growing up with Amistad
Many talented scholars have come through Amistad’s doors since 1999 as part of their climb up the mountain to college. Kiara, Albert, Kiamesha, Kaylani and Jared are six examples who illustrate Amistad’s impact, what Amistad alumni have accomplished and how they work to give back.
Albert Maldonado Amistad Class of 2003
Through Albert’s involvement with the Amistad alumni program, he interned with the New Alliance Bank and the Grand Avenue Village Association. Albert has also taken advantage of alumni programs such as SAT prep classes, week-long college tours to Maryland, Washington, DC, and North Carolina, and an overnight retreat in his junior year to set goals and prepare for his senior year in high school. To stay connected to Amistad, he has mentored current scholars and led group sessions on the college admission process. AMISTAD ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL Class of 2003 One of three students in advanced geometry Earned academic honors Participated in soccer and varsity basketball
Kiara Fuller Amistad Class of 2002
Kiara is an active Amistad alum, hosting overnight visits for current Amistad students to Connecticut College and leading alumni group sessions on private school life and the college process. She has also taken advantage of Amistad alumni resources such as academic counseling, SAT prep classes, an internship program, and workshops on financial aid and essay writing. AMISTAD ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL Class of 2002 Earned academic honors Qualified for the REACH Award THE HOPKINS SCHOOL Class of 2006 Participated in the Concert Choir Member of Amnesty International, S.U.R.E (Students United for Racial Equality) and the Spanish Club Ran varsity track and tutored middle-school students CONNECTICUT COLLEGE Class of 2010 Member of the Advisory Board for Student Counseling Chair of Umoja, the Black Student Union Chair of the Gospel Choir Leaves in January 2009 to study abroad in Vietnam
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL OF WEST HAVEN Class of 2008 Earned academic honors Participated on the varsity football team Volunteered with local political campaigns WESLEYAN Class of 2012
Kiamesha Holland Amistad Class of 2003
Kiamesha has taken full advantage of Amistad alumni resources around career services, interning at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New Haven Pediatrics. As an alumna of Amistad, she also participated in a four-day, summer pre-college retreat to the University of New Haven to jumpstart her college application process. Kiamesha continues to tutor Amistad scholars during Saturday Academy. AMISTAD ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL Class of 2003 Earned academic honors Qualified for the REACH Award Participated in dance HILL REGIONAL CAREER MAGNET SCHOOL Class of 2008 Earned academic honors while working three jobs Starred in the school production of Dream Girls Interned at Yale Hospital in the Neo-natal Unit SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY Class of 2011
kaylani will graduate from the univerSity of connecticut
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Kaylani Rosado Amistad Class of 2004
Though away at boarding school, Kaylani has been an active participant in the Amistad alumni program. She has taken advantage of SAT prep classes, overnight retreats, high school support and academic counseling, and the internship program. Kaylani continues to lead alumni group sessions on private school life and the college process. AMISTAD ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL Class of 2004 Earned academic honors Started rowing lessons with the Yale crew team Participated in dance WILLISTON NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL Class of 2009 Participated in rigorous dance and choreography program Member of the Diversity Club Member of the Chamber Singing Group Toured prospective students UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT Class of 2012
albert will graduate from weSleyan
kiameSha will graduate from Southern connecticut State univerSity
kiara will graduate from connecticut college Jared will graduate from new york univerSity
kaylani will graduate from williSton northampton School
albert graduated from notre dame high School of weSt haven
Jared Bailey Amistad Class of 2002
kiameSha graduated from hill regional career magnet School
kiara graduated from the hopkinS School
“Amistad Academy teachers care. That is what kids need—teachers who go the extra mile. At Amistad, the faculty inundated us with the idea of going to college. Most kids do not think about college until high school, but we were cheering ‘go to college’ in our morning assembly in sixth grade.”
albert & kiameSha graduated from amiStad academy middle School kaylani graduated from amiStad academy middle School
kiara & Jared graduated from amiStad academy middle School
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
In New York City, our oldest elementary students (third graders) had their first chance to take state tests. Ninety-nine percent of them passed the New York State Math exam, while 84 percent passed the New York State English Language Arts exam. Our oldest Brooklyn middle school students (seventh graders) outperformed their Crown Heights peers by 25 percentage points in reading and 30 percentage points in math. Both Achievement First Crown Heights and Achievement First Endeavor received straight “A”s on the recently released New York City Department of Education Progress Reports (only these two schools had the two years of testing data required to receive Progress Report grades). Achievement First Crown Heights was in the top four percent of all New York City schools, and Achievement First Endeavor was in the top one percent. In fact, Achievement Endeavor ranked number four among nearly 1,100 K-8 schools in New York City. Achievement First’s New Haven eighth graders, our oldest middle-school students, posted results that were almost double their New Haven peers and bested state-wide averages in all three subjects (reading, writing and math) with 77 percent proficiency in reading, 93 percent proficiency in math and 96 percent proficiency in writing. Amistad Academy was recently highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education as one of seven schools in the country that are models for closing the achievement gap.
Amistad Academy High School showed exceptional results in its first year of testing, with the inaugural 10th-grade students achieving 93 percent proficiency in math and 100 percent proficiency in all three other subjects—reading, writing and science. These results position Amistad High’s New Haven students as number one in the region for reading and number two for writing, outperforming students in both Madison and Guilford, CT.
From June 2008 to August 2008, we grew by 45 percent and are now supporting 3,700 scholars on their climb up the mountain to college. In the 200809 academic year we added three new academies, moved into six new facilities, expanded to offer 11 new grades, hired and trained 170 new teachers and leaders, and added more than 1,200 new students to the Achievement First family. Just over three years after expanding into New York City, Achievement First now serves 2,100 students at five Brooklyn charter schools. Achievement First was pleased to open Achievement First Brownsville in 2008. After a long campaign and with a lot of help, Achievement First Hartford Academy opened in August 2008 with 252 scholars, bringing our total Connecticut enrollment to 1,600.
Amistad Academy Middle
SCHOOL LEADER MATTHEW TAYLOR GRADES SERVED 5-8 # OF STUDENTS 286
Amistad Academy Middle School, the Achievement First flagship, opened in New Haven in 1999 and celebrates its 10th year of operation in the 2008-09 academic year. The school was profiled in the PBS documentary “Closing the Achievement Gap” (2004) and was named Connecticut’s 2006 Title I Distinguished School after having the greatest student performance gains of any middle school in the state. The school gathers every week for Morning Circle, where students are recognized by teachers and peers for academic achievement and strong character skills. Town Meetings take place every six weeks and build school spirit with music, skits, cheers, awards and the announcement of the most recent classroom winner of the highly coveted Homework Championship Cup. Amistad Middle’s robust after-school enrichment program, Encore!, offers students daily expert instruction in theater, karate, dance, orchestra, volleyball, step team, graphic design, and other arts and athletic activities.
Amistad Academy Elementary
SCHOOL LEADER TISHA MARKETTE GRADES SERVED K-2 (GROWING TO K-4) # OF STUDENTS 257
Amistad Academy Elementary opened in New Haven in 2006 as the long-awaited elementary expansion of the flagship Amistad Academy Middle School. At the beginning of the elementary school’s first year of operation, only four percent of kindergarten scholars were reading at or above grade level; by the end of the year, the percentage had risen to 99 percent. The key to Amistad Elementary’s success is a school culture built on a strong foundation of sharing and caring, working hard, reflecting and having fun. Every 2006
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tion with a chant called “Are you going to have fun today?” For teachers, collegial observation is common, and “best practices” are constantly shared.
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SCHOOL LEADER JEFF SUDMYER GRADES SERVED 9-11 (GROWING TO 9-12) # OF STUDENTS 126
In August 2006, Amistad Academy High School opened as the first high school in the Achievement First network. Amistad High focuses on its own set of core values—Grit, Independence, Judgment, Integrity and Citizenship—and holds students to high academic standards. Acceptance to a four-year college is a pre-requisite for graduation, and every student must take at least two Advanced Placement (AP) courses, AP History and AP Biology. Evidence of Amistad High’s academic rigor can be found in its 10th-grade scores on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT). In their first year of testing, students achieved 93 percent proficiency (Level 3 or higher) in math and 100 percent proficiency in all three other subjects—reading, writing and science. These results position Amistad High’s students as number one in the region for reading and number two for writing, outperforming students in both Madison and Guilford. Amistad Academy High School provides many exciting enrichment opportunities and activities for its students. Athletic offerings include basketball, lacrosse, pep squad, women’s volleyball, squash and athletic conditioning. Students can also participate in theater, creative music, debate and a literary magazine. The school’s chess club recently placed third in the state. During the summer, students are required to participate in an enrichment activity grounded in academics or community service.
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Elm City College Prep Elementary
SCHOOL LEADER MORGAN BARTH GRADES SERVED K-4 # OF STUDENTS 268
Elm City College Preparatory Elementary School opened in New Haven in 2004 and was the first Achievement First school with an elementary program. Four years later, the elementary reading curriculum continues to center around a three-hour, sacred reading block that uses a phonics-based literacy program and text-rich classrooms. Immersed in sounds and words, students are quickly provided with a solid, early foundation for more advanced reading. At Elm City Elementary, teachers find creative and funny ways to encourage and reward hard work, like reading sleepover nights and special days with themes like wacky hair.
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SCHOOL LEADER MARC MICHAELSON GRADES SERVED 5-8 # OF STUDENTS 214
In the 2008-09 academic year, Elm City Middle’s fifth graders are the first scholars in the network to have graduated from an Achievement First elementary school and move up to an Achievement First middle school. While incoming fifth graders have historically averaged two years below grade level, many of these students are more than a full year ahead. Elm City Middle boasts a particularly “warm demanding” culture, where respect, teamwork and achieving one’s best are the gold standard. As with all Achievement First middle schools, students at Elm City Middle look forward all year to the end-of-year college field trips—a critical component of the college-focused curriculum. Elm City’s fifth-grade scholars visit Temple University in Philadelphia, sixth graders travel to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, seventh graders visit Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta, and eighth graders visit the University of California at Berkeley. During these trips, students tour the campuses, attend lectures, participate in mock interviews with admissions staff and stay in the dormitories. While the college visit is the core of each trip, students’ horizons are broadened in countless other ways. For example, sixth graders go camping, hiking and biking through
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Acadia National Park, and many eat their first lobster!
Crown Heights Elementary
SCHOOL LEADER MIKE KERR GRADES SERVED K-4 # OF STUDENTS 420
Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School opened in central Brooklyn in 2005 as one of the first two Achievement First schools in New York City. The elementary program has a special school culture that pairs fun incentive programs with a thoughtful emphasis on diversity, conflict resolution and personal enrichment. Students can earn “paw prints” (the school’s mascot is the cougar) and redeem them for special events and activities at weekly Funtastic Fridays. In the school’s Problem Solvers Newsletter, students write letters about challenges they face, and a rotating team of student editors publish their responses in the newsletter. During Summer Academy (which is required for all students), after their core math and reading blocks, students can participate in 2005
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SCHOOL LEADER ORPHEUS WILLIAMS GRADES SERVED 5-8 # OF STUDENTS 327
Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School balances fun and excitement with discipline, reflection and focus. The school hosts a challenge event each month that fosters healthy competition, like a Book Bowl that quizzes students on books they have read or a Multiplication Tournament that pits new winners against former champions. Among the school’s many character development initiatives, the Natural Born Aces (NBA) program is unique. This program helps male scholars who are on the cusp of becoming Aces (getting straight “A”s) achieve their goal with the help of team goal-setting, emotional support from peers and candid conversations about the formation of their identity as young, African-American males. After-school activities include a documentary film club, art club, orchestra, step team, track and basketball. Last year, the school was proud that both its boys’ and girls’ basketball teams placed second in the New York C Charter School Athletic League.
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East new York Elementary
SCHOOL LEADER DENNISTON REID GRADES SERVED K-4 # OF STUDENTS 421
Achievement First East New York Charter School opened with kindergarten and first grades in the fall of 2005. The cornerstone of the school culture is the value of team and family as embodied by the “wolf pack” (the school’s mascot is the wolf). Students earn their way into the pack by demonstrating citizenship, hard work and achievement. Teachers work hard to make sure parents are part of the pack, too. The weekly parent newsletter includes a “test busters” column, and there are regular workshops on how to reinforce aspects of the Achievement First program at home. Teachers and parents share a common language around educational goals. Like other Achieve2006 2005
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offers unique enrichment activities. Students can participate in kung-fu, basketball, yoga, track, step team, dance team, chorus, guitar club and African
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animation studio to develop the storyline, characters and dialogue for a short animated film.
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SCHOOL LEADER LIZETTE SUXO GRADES SERVED K-3 (GROWING TO K-4) # OF STUDENTS 334
Achievement First Bushwick Charter School opened with the elementary program in the fall of 2006, followed one year later by the middle school program. The elementary school serves the largest Hispanic population in the Achievement First network. As a result, a substantial portion of the school’s leadership, operations and teaching staff is bilingual, and all materials sent home to parents are written in Spanish and English. The school celebrates the cultural heritage of students and families with a yearly multi-cultural showcase and potluck dinner. Like their cousins at other Achievement First elementary schools, Bushwick scholars enjoy REACH Circle and a host of fun enrichment activities, including martial arts, drama club, dance club and chorus. The school has partnered with local arts organizations for lessons in music, the guitar club is funded through the Little Kids Rock Foundation and the Piano School provides lessons at a reduced rate.
SCHOOL LEADER AMY D’ANGELO GRADES SERVED 5-6 (GROWING TO 5-8) # OF STUDENTS 178
At Achievement First Bushwick Middle School, teachers strive to build student buy-in, nurture close partnerships with students and parents, and make sure that expectations set at school are upheld at home. Like other Achievement First middle schools in New York, Achievement First Bushwick scholars have 90 minutes of math instruction and more than two hours of reading instruction every day. Scholars can serve as representatives on the Principal Advisory Board, a
NOTE: These students have only been enrolled for one year at Achievement First.
group of students that oversees and rules on “cases” which include students who are close to meeting
homework goals but have not made the cut-off for the
end-of-the-year field trip. Running, basketball, dance and jazz orchestra are among the school’s other activities. Like all Achievement First schools, Achieve-
ment First Bushwick Middle finds creative ways to
recognize and reward achievement. Red carpet events are used to honor Aces (students who receive
straight “A”s in a trimester) and students participate in
a Scholar Dollar auction in which all items are focused on “quality time” with teachers.
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SCHOOL LEADER ERIC REDWINE GRADES SERVED 5-7 (GROWING TO 5-8) # OF STUDENTS 259
Achievement First Endeavor Charter School opened with fifth grade in central Brooklyn in the fall of 2006. It was recently ranked the fourth best K-8 school in all of New York City (out of nearly 1,100 schools!) on the NYC DOE Progress Reports. Character building is at the heart of the school’s teaching philosophy. Students participate in daily advisories that address peer interaction, conflict resolution and personal growth. Students are pushed out of their comfort zones and into situations that allow them to build confidence. For instance, sixth graders went camping and explored caves on last year’s end-of-year school trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Through the school’s Kindness Campaign, students are rewarded for acts of kindness with Mardi Gras beads. Achievement First Endeavor is proud of its teams and clubs, especially the Rhythm and Funk Jazz Band and the boys’ basketball team, which won the NYC Charter School Athletic League Championship.
SCHOOL LEADER DEBON LEWIS GRADES SERVED 5-6 (GROWING TO 5-8) # OF STUDENTS 160
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy’s 2007 startup marked an important milestone in Achievement First history—the first expansion of our Connecticut family beyond New Haven. This took some cunning and courage, so it is fitting that the school’s mascot is the Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Lion. For scholars, the lion symbolizes a school culture that takes great pride in personal achievement, teamwork
NOTE: These students have only been enrolled for one year at Achievement First.
and strong community bonds. Students gather on Friday afternoons for Pride Circle, where individuals are recognized for academic accomplishments and acting in ways that show the REACH values (Respect, En-
thusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work). Achievement First Bridgeport Academy scholars are particularly enthusiastic about reading and music.
Students spend a portion of every day “independent hunting” (an activity otherwise known as independent reading) and the school boasts a talented Lion Jazz
Ensemble. As a special treat for family and friends, the Lion Jazz Ensemble performed a concert last June at Bridgeport’s illustrious Downtown Cabaret Theater.
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SCHOOL LEADER GINA MUSUMECI GRADES SERVED K-1 (GROWING TO K-4) # OF STUDENTS 178
Achievement First Brownsville Charter School opened with kindergarten and first grades in August 2008 and is not wasting any time putting scholars on the path to college. The math curriculum focuses on problem solving and introduces pre-algebra concepts starting in kindergarten, and teachers are implementing a new reading program that incorporates oral language development by focusing on visual cues. To stimulate student interest in writing, each child works on a writing portfolio that allows scholars to see their own progress over time. At Achievement First Brownsville, teachers understand the importance of celebrating early milestones in student achievement. Individuals are recognized for being able to count to a designated number, and the community celebrates when
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all students in a class can count to that number. This builds a sense of personal success and community pride. The school has ambitious goals for partnering with parents, including four curriculum nights focused on finding ways to help children at school and home. The school also hosts bi-monthly coffee events that allow parents to drop in for more casual meetings with school leaders and teachers.
2009 at the end of their firSt year.
SCHOOL LEADER CLAIRE SHIN GRADES SERVED K-1 (GROWING TO K-4) # OF STUDENTS 168
Achievement First Hartford Academy opened with kindergarten, first and fifth grades in August 2008 as
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part of Superintendant Steven Adamowski’s ambitious reform plan for the district. At the elementary school, a tremendous focus is placed on reading, which occupies three hours of instruction per day broken into alternating blocks of small group instruction. Vocabulary building is an important part of the reading curriculum as well. Kindergarteners and first graders have started working on a giant vocabulary wall that
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will eventually engulf an entire hallway. Teachers and students start the day with Morning Motivation, which includes recognitions and shout-outs and often ends with the principal sharing an example of great student work. At Achievement First Hartford Elementary,
teachers do not just preach constant learning—they
practice it. Teachers frequently demonstrate effective teaching practices for each other, and every teacher
is assigned a coach from the school leadership
team. Teachers meet with their coaches on a weekly basis to identify strengths and strategies for teaching improvement.
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SCHOOL LEADER JEFF HOUSE GRADES SERVED 5 (GROWING TO 5-8) # OF STUDENTS 85
At Achievement First Hartford Middle, the backbone of the daily program is a schedule that provides three-and-a-half hours of literacy instruction for every student, in the form of a 90-minute literature class, a 30-minute reading skills block and a 45-minute “literacy workshop” where students at similar reading levels receive targeted instruction in small groups.
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Students also receive 90 minutes of math instruction and 45 minutes of history and science instruction daily. All of this intellectual activity is offset by a 45minute daily physical education class. One hour is set aside every Friday afternoon for community-building activities. The school is also excited to begin a fledgling after-school program that will grow in proportion to the school until scholars are participating in a full array of sports teams, music and arts opportunities, and academic clubs.
Our Central Finances
2007-2008 UNAUDITED FINANCIALS (Fiscal Year Starts July 1st)
Central Office Expenses By Functional Area
15% 16% 20%
Curriculum, Prof. Dev. & School Support Development & Community Relations Talent Development & Recruiting General, Administrative & Finance Operations & IT Depreciation
Achievement First Central
SOURCES OF REVENUE Management fees Philanthropy Other Total 2,014,487 3,656,442 260,166 5,931,094
EXPENSES Personnel expenses Non-personnel expenses Depreciation expense Total 3,759,595 1,845,973 139,656 5,745,223
Revenues Expenses (including depreciation) Net income 858,614 558,445 300,169
Rendering of new facility for Achievement First Endeavor
*Athena™ is Achievement First’s custom-built, web-based interim assessment platform, providing performance data analysis and knowledge management for teachers and school leaders to create data-driven instructional battle plans as they help every student climb the mountain to college. Athena is a stand-alone software platform that is independently managed from Achievement First’s central operations.
Our School Finances
BASED ON 2007-2008 FUNDING AT FULL ENROLLMENT Achievement First operates college-preparatory public charter schools at a per-student cost equal to or less than that of its host public school districts in New York and Connecticut.
new York Achievement First School Model
Connecticut Achievement First School Model
Revenue Philanthropy Revenue Federal Revenue State
Facility Operating Expenses Non-Personnel, Non-Program Expenses Non-Personnel Program Expenses Personnel Expenses
Host District Expenses
**Does not include transportation or food service costs, charter/contract/foster care payments, and non-public school and FIT payments.
Achievement First is incredibly grateful for the support of our host districts in helping us bridge the facilities challenges that accompany our growth. Thanks to the leadership of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, all New York Achievement First schools have been provided with public school buildings at virtually no cost. We are also thankful for partnerships with Bridgeport Public Schools and Hartford Public Schools and their provision of free facilities and support for our expansion to new communities. As we continue to grow, Achievement First is in the midst of building a comprehensive K-8 facility for Amistad Academy in New Haven—funded through a combination of private philanthropy and a $24MM state facility bond—and one for Achievement First Endeavor in Brooklyn. The new facility for Achievement First Endeavor will house 700 K-8 students from the Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant communities. Thanks to the partnership of Civic Builders and the Department of Education, as well as the Robin Hood Foundation’s cultivation of donor-advised gifts from Atticus Capital and the Pfizer Foundation, Achievement First has raised nearly all of the funding needed to complete the project in time for the 2009-2010 school year. We continue to ramp up our fundraising initiatives to secure the remaining $2MM and welcome your support. 33
only the educated are free.
We are profoundly grateful and appreciative of the support displayed by our many benefactors—your gifts sustain and inspire our aspiring scholars and dedicated teachers. Thank you!
INDIVIDUALS Anonymous Nancy Ahern Bruce and Christine Alexander Steve Anbinder Carl and Betsy Anderson Elaine Appellof Dr. Walter and Mrs. Diane Ariker Mary Arnstein Jon Atkeson David and Beth Atlas William B. Avery and Linda C. Andros Francis and Eve Barron Polly Barry and Richard Clarida Henry and Nancy Bartels Richard and Ilene Barth Myrna Baskin Dr. Eric and Mrs. Ethel Berger William R. Berkley Girish Bhakoo Diahann Billings Burford Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Boas Marx G. Bowens III Nicole Brower Carmen Bowser Jonathan Brandt Eric and Wendy Bronstein Drs. David and Charlotte Brown William R. Bruner Peter and Nancy Buck Robert and Holly Burt Khephra Burns Julie Burton Guido and Anne Calabresi Kim and Sally Campbell Lawrence Caruso Nicole Campbell Iris Chen Tom Chiappetta and Pat Tyre Gail S. Citrin Elizabeth Clark Henry Clark Mayree C. Clark Brian and Christina Clarkson Paula Cleary and Paul Ferrall Ann and Richard Cohen David L. Cohen Dr. William Cohen Brian and Karen Cohn Michael and Joyce Critelli
Jim Cullen William Curran Kevin and Katrin Czinger Anthony Davis Geoffrey and Mary Davis Henry Davis Phoebe Davis Carolyn Downey Susan B. Dunn John and Dawn Egan Emily Eisenlohr Eric Epstein Daniel and Elizabeth Esty John and Katharine Esty Ruth Feldman Richard and Marissa Ferguson Stephen and Jo Ann Flaum Sarah Flynn Lawrence and Megan Foley George Fox Catherine Frantzis Stephen and Linda Friedman Chris and Toddie Getman J. Colin Gibson Chip and Margie Gillis Susan and Michael Glick Gary F. Goldring Bonni Gould William and Jean Graustein Adam and Carolyn Greene Ike and Lesley Goff Mark Gudis and MaryGrace Gudis Allen Hadelman Jim and Melinda Hamilton Todd and Leslie Hammer D. Alan and Marcella Harris Mike Harris Robert and Kristy Harteveldt James and Ann Healey William and Judy Heins Carlton and Letamarie Highsmith Dick and Angelica Hinchcliff Kenneth M. Hirsh Norman and Sandra Jellinghaus Judge Clarance and Marueen Jones Paul Tudor and Sonja Jones Harold and Margaret Kamins Warren and Allison Kanders Michael and Shelly Kassen Jean Kelley Shannon Kete John and Barbara Kimberly Rebecca Kirk and Stephen Fair Lee Ann Kline Nat Klipper Katherine A. Knetzger Herbert Kohler Jr. Harvey Koizim Carol Kranowitz Carlene Kulisch Andrew Lachman Christopher J. LaCroix Vivian Lau
Molly Le Van Martin and Andrea Levine Robin and Barbara Levine-Ritterman David Levinson Dr. Benjamin and Mrs. Ruth Littman Emily Littman-Eisen Robert Locascio Kevin and Erika Long Henry Lord Norman and Susan Louie Janet Magid Stephen and Susan Mandel Grant McCracken Doug McCurry Andrew J. McEntire Brian Meacham Drs. Jerome and Roslyn Meyer Stephan Mongillo Emerson Moore III William Moyes Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Netter Leo and Libby Nevas Herbert Newman William and Catherine Nietzel Harold and Sandra Noborikawa Ted and Amy Orenstein Peter and Beverly Orthwein Sharon Oster and Raymond Fair Suzie H. Pascutti Josh and Sharon Polan Leonard and Ellen Polaner Doug Polley Shaka Rasheed Barry and Sherri Raifaisen Brett Rosen and Debra Wattenberg Gerald Rosenberg and Cheryl Wiesenfeld Carol Ross Harvey Ruben and Diane Ruben June Sachs Jonathan Sackler and Mary Corson Shelly Saczynski Art Samberg Jennifer L. Schiff Gabriel Schwartz Sarah Sherwood Bruce and Pamela Simonds Andrew and Candace Smoller Christopher Sommers Lawrence and Joyce Stupski Patricia and Stedman Sweet Janet Tanner Nicholas W. Tiller Dacia Toll Kenneth and Kathleen Tropin Alexander and Dale Troy Cheever Tyler Phillipp and Donna Villhauer Giselle Wagner David Wassong Roy Walzer Jon and Jill Weiner Elliot Wilcox Tiger and Caroline Williams
F. Perry and Pamela Wilson Stephen Wizner Hope Woodhouse and Richard Canty Brian and Anne Young Joe and Sue Zaccagnino CORPORATIONS American View Productions Carmen Anthony Restaurant Group Goldman, Sachs & Co Kuckly Associates Pitney Bowes Towerbrook Foundation United Illuminating Company Yale New Haven Hospital Yale University Yannix Management, LP Greenlight Capital FOUNDATIONS The Achelis and Bodman Foundations The Annie E. Casey Foundation The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Breakthrough New Haven The Carson Family Charitable Trust Cerimon Fund Charter Oak Challenge Foundation The Clark Foundation The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven The Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation Fairfield County Community Foundation GRO Foundation H. A. Vance Foundation Henry E. & Nancy Horton Bartel Trust Independence Community Foundation Kneisel Family Foundation Lone Pine Foundation The Louis Calder Foundation Marx Family Foundation Michael and Susan Dell Foundation The Moody’s Foundation NewAlliance Foundation New Profit New Schools Venture Fund New York City Center for Charter School Excellence Newman’s Own Foundation The Ohnell Family Foundation The Olson Foundation The Polaner Family Supporting Foundation Robin Hood Foundation The Seedlings Foundation The Shumway Capital Foundation Silverleaf Foundation Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation Steven A. & Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation Target Take Charge of Education The Tiger Foundation The Vranos Family Foundation The Walton Family Foundation The William H. Pitt Foundation United Illuminating Foundation William C. Graustein Memorial Fund Woodward Fund
We are recognizing gifts of $100 or greater received between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.
Boards of Directors
Achievement First Board of Directors
WILLIAM R. BERKLEY CHAIR W.R. Berkley Corporation,
Chairman and CEO
Achievement First Bushwick
DEBORAH SHANLEY CHAIR School of Education, Brooklyn
STEVE ANBINDER TREASURER First Marblehead, Vice
Chairman of the Board of Directors
SHANNON KETE TREASURER Goldman Sachs, Chief of
Staff, US Private Wealth Management
ANDREW BOAS Carl Marks Management Co., LP, General
YVETTE BEST Parent Representative IRIS CHEN I Have A Dream Foundation, CEO/President HARRIS FERRELL Achievement First Athena, President MALDA HIBRI Highbridge Captial Management, LLC, Senior Vice
DOUG BORCHARD New Profit, Inc., Managing Partner &
Chief Operating Officer
KEVIN CzINGER Miles Electric Vehicles, President/CEO BARRY FINGERHUT Fingerhut Management Corp, Director CARLTON L. HIGHSMITH Specialized Packaging Group, CEO JUDGE CLARANCE JONES Judicial Branch, State of
Connecticut, Superior Court Judge
JALAK JOBANPUTRA New Venture Partners, Principal EMERSON MOORE III TMP Worldwide, Associate JUDITH M. RODRIGUEz NYC Comptroller’s Office, Community
JAMES PEYSER New Schools Venture Fund, Partner STEFAN PRYOR City of Newark, Deputy Mayor for Commerce and Economic Development LYSTRA M. RICHARDSON Southern Connecticut State
University, Professor - Dept. of Educational Leadership
Achievement First Crown Heights
L. PRISCILLA HALL CHAIR Brooklyn Supreme Court, Chief
JON D. SACKLER Bouncer Foundation, President JENNIFER SMITH TURNER Girl Scouts of Connecticut, CEO
SUzIE HAHN PASCUTTI TREASURER VIVIAN LAU Serengeti Asset Management, LP, Founding Partner ETHEL PHILLIPS Parent Representative CHRISTOPHER SOMMERS Greenlight Capital, Analyst GABRIEL SCHWARTz Goldman Sachs, Managing Director DACIA TOLL Achievement First, Co-CEO & President KELLY WACHOWICz I-Star Financial, Inc., Vice President,
New Business Initiatives
Achievement First Brownsville
KELLY WACHOWICz CHAIR I-Star Financial, Vice President
of New Business Initiatives
CHRYSTAL STOKES WILLIAMS TREASURER American
Express Company, Director Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions
HOLLY WASHINGTON JPMorgan, Vice President
SEAN ANDREWS Prospect Park YMCA, Vice President of
NICOLE CAMPBELL Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation,
Senior Program Officer
Achievement First East new York
ANTHONY DAVIS CHAIR Anchorage Capital Group, LLC,
MAX POLANER Achievement First, Chief Financial Officer ERNEST HART Columbia University, Assistant Vice President
for Employee and Labor Relations
JON ATKESON TREASURER Fortress Investment Group,
RICHARD BUERY Groundwork Inc., Executive Director &
DIAHANN BILLINGS BURFORD City Year New York, Deputy
Director of External Affairs
J. COLIN GIBSON Citi Global Wealth Management, Director TARA GRIFFIN-MCCLAIN Parent Representative NATALIE WILTSHIRE Achievement First, Director of New York
Achievement First Endeavor
Shaka RaSheed CHair JPMorgan Asset Management,
Achievement First Bridgeport
andReW BoaS CHair Carl Marks Management Co., LP,
SaRah CuRtiS Bey TreaSurer Estee Lauder, Marketing
SheLLy kaSSen TreaSurer Town of Westport, Selectman diCk FeRGuSon NewCity Foundation RiChaRd kaLt CRN International, Inc.,Vice President kaRen MCintoSh McGivney Community Center, Inc.
khephRa BuRnS Author & Playwright JuStin Cohen Eton Park Capital Management, Investment
ChRiStopheR GRoWney Clearwater Analytics, Co-Founder
and Vice President of Business Development
Leo nevaS Nevas, Nevas, Capasse & Gerard, L.L.P., Partner RoBeRt SCinto Scinto, Inc. Real Estate Development, Chairman
eLana kaRopkin Achievement First, Assistant Superintendent FRanCeS MeSSano Monitor Group, Associate CLaiRe RoBinSon Moody’s Investors Service, Senior
Amistad Academy & Elm City College Prep
aLexandeR tRoy CHair Troy Capital LLC, CEO WiLLiaM F heinS TreaSurer Private Investor JudGe CLaRenCe JoneS viCe CHair Judicial Branch,
State of Connecticut Superior Court Judge
May taLiaFeRRoW-MoSLeh Parent Representative
Achievement First North Crown Heights
CHarTer reCeNTlY approved iN 2007-2008
Wanda FeLton CHair Helix Associates, Managing Director haSoni pRattS TreaSurer Empire State Development
Corp, Director of External Relations
haRoLd BRookS Parent Representative anne tyLeR CaLaBReSi Community Activist JoyCe CRiteLLi Philanthropist katRin CzinGeR Philanthropist MayoR John deSteFano Board of Education Representative diCk FeRGuSon SeCreTarY NewCity Foundation aLLen hadeLMan Hadley, Inc. MeLinda haMiLton Retired, Trilogy Enterprises CaRLton L. hiGhSMith Specialized Packaging Group, CEO JaiMe kinG Teacher Representative andReW LaChMan Connecticut Center for School Change,
deniSe GoRdon Deloitte, HR Manager MaShea aShton NYC New Leaders for New Schools,
Matt kLein Blue Ridge Foundation, Executive Director LeSLey eSteRS RedWine Achievement First, Director of
Achievement First Hartford
BRuCe douGLaS CHair CREC, Executive Director Steve haRRiS viCe CHair Community Leader John MotLey SeCreTarY/TreaSurer MotleyBeup,
M. ann Levett Board of Education Representative Roxanna Lopez Teacher Representative pauL MCCRaven New Alliance Bank, Sr. Vice President ShaRon oSteR Yale School of Management, Dean patRiCia pieRCe Yale University, Major Gifts Senior Associate
doMiniC BaSiLe Teacher Representative andRea CoMeR City of Hartford, Executive Assistant and
Hartford Board of Education, Member
aLexiS hiGhSMith Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc., Attorney CoLLeen paLMeR Monroe Public Schools, Superintendent MaRShaLL RuBen Ruben, Johnson & Morgan, P.C., President JiM WiLLinGhaM Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc.,
President and Chief Executive Officer
LyStRa M. RiChaRdSon SCSU, Professor - Dept. of
CaRoLine WiLLiaMS Event Coordinator RoLan younG Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C., Senior Partner
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