A look back at our advocacy journey
We have solidified our place on Hartford’s educational landscape as the premier crusading voice for high quality education. Our journey in advocacy began in 2008 by serving as a constructive friend in public education, shining a fact-based spotlight on the status of education reform in Hartford. Through our many publications, videos and events we sought to provide context for education issues and drive accountability for producing positive outcomes for the 23,000 students and their families in Hartford.
We started with a purpose to provide periodic performance reports, updates on the needs of individual schools, collect management and performance data and publish annual reports on school-by-school funding, resources strategies and results. Achieve Hartford took this approach in the early years, when we believed all the necessary conditions to advance education reform were in place.
While retaining the responsibilities of the Independent Evaluator, we began responding to the failure of shared accountability among all partners involved in the reform, attempting to re-establish and enforce that shared accountability.
Achieve Hartford! gradually transitioned from Watchdog to Critical Friend during the Kishimoto era, when we believed her lack of accountability to external stakeholders had driven the community to disengage from the reform. We continued this strategy at times during the Narvaez years, when we believed she was ready to partner and the community was not.
Community Partnership Activator
The Community Partnership Activator is similar to the Critical Friend, except here it is the district which has left the table and the community which remains. Again, the core strategy is directive accountability. The organization pushes other community organizations into action, partly by helping them develop plans and capacity. Achieve Hartford! sometimes took this approach in a limited fashion during the Narvaez years, when we believed the district to be disengaged.
ALL IN! Coalition Launched
Achieve Hartford launched the ALL IN! Coalition for College and Career Readiness to pull together engaged leaders from the public, corporate, nonprofit, higher education and philanthropic sectors to work together to help disadvantaged Hartford Public Schools high school graduates start and persist in post-secondary education.