About Connecticut

Since Teach For America - Connecticut first opened its doors in 2006, we've been inspired by the incredible work and progress happening here. Teachers, principals, system-leaders, and sector leaders alike continue to surpass limitations and demonstrate what's possible for kids here.

Despite the tireless efforts of so many, educational inequity remains a problem in Connecticut. In 2015, only 21 percent of students in low-income schools met or exceeded expectations in math, and only 38 percent in reading. Parents, community members, non-profit organizations, and schools in Connecticut have cried out at the injustice of educational inequity and are committed to addressing it in significant ways. These dedicated champions have been and continue to be integral to our partnership with the communities in which we work. It is clear that Connecticut students deserve more and Teach For America - Connecticut is part of a thriving network of partners committed to giving all students the opportunities, access, and life choices they deserve. 

In 2016 we launched our city model and now have three vibrant teams working in Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport. These teams are fostering authentic partnerships with leaders and organizations in their cities to build coalitions. They are working in partnership with students, families, educators, and community leaders to develop a contextualized vision for student success. The result? Deeper relationships, stronger network, greater impact.  

Our network extends beyond city limits as more than 800 alumni and corps members are contributing to long-term leadership in classrooms, in school and district leadership, in nonprofits, and across sectors to influence positive progress toward our state’s promise an excellent education for all kids. 

A growing number of examples prove that when students’ needs are supported, when they are held to high expectations, and when their leadership is recognized, all students have the potential to succeed. Alongside our school communities and in partnership with equity champions across the state, we are working to ensure that these examples are no longer the exception, but the rule.


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