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The Connecticut Center for School Change (the Center) is an educational not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve teaching and learning and reduce achievement gaps in Connecticut schools. We work to ensure that all students—regardless of income, ethnicity, language, race, zip code, or disability—have equal access to and experience of a high-quality education, and are supported in achieving at high levels. We believe that educational excellence and equity for all students requires strong leadership, organizational focus, and a coherent, system-wide theory of action that shapes beliefs and guides the behaviors of individuals and teams across the district.
The Center serves its partner districts in a variety of ways and works to build organizational capacity and develop leadership for a range of stakeholders. The Center’s work includes designing professional development systems, conducting external reviews, providing executive coaching, and promoting innovative educational reform using contextually appropriate strategies and tools. The Center has extensive experience working with all district stakeholders from parents to superintendents and boards of education. The Center's staff members act as advisors, thought partners, coaches, and critical friends to our partners.
The Center’s body of work, experience, and the expertise of its staff make it uniquely suited to support districts addressing the educational inequities which are at the heart of Connecticut’s wide gaps in achievement. Based on our mission, we focus on working with Alliance Districts, the thirty lowest-performing districts in the state. Current partner districts include: Bridgeport, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, and Stratford.