Meet the Residency Program 2016-17 Cohort

The Residency Program for School Leadership is designed for principals, assistant principals, coaches and teacher leaders committed to re-imagining the educational experience for students and staff in the highest-need public schools in our communities. The Residency Program works from the belief that truly transformational leadership changes in schools can impact our national crisis. Our program focuses on the vital technical skills of school leadership: observation and feedback, data-driven instruction, leading professional development, designing school-wide systems, and personal organization and time management. The other half of our program focuses on people leadership: communicating with emotional intelligence in order to motivate and inspire, creating the conditions for adults to learn and grow, managing difficult conversations, and more. 

This year, our residents range from a “classic resident” who was a teacher last year and is transitioning into leadership, to an assistant principal and current principals. We work with leaders in other charter networks and traditional public school districts in Connecticut and Springfield, MA. Our residents have chosen to tackle a broad range of priorities based on their specific school needs. For example, one resident has worked to transform his team’s thinking around the purpose of student work and their ability to use student work to drive instruction by implementing a Looking at Student Work protocol. This principal has reformed teacher mindsets around the use of rigorous, grade-level materials and teachers are now using grade level standards to plan and execute lessons. Another leader is doing great work to improve literacy instruction in grades K, 1 and 2 at her district school. She has revamped the literacy block to include guided reading and is providing training and support to teachers on implementing guided reading. We are so thrilled to partner with and learn from these leaders! 

Meet our 2016-2017 Cohort:

Click here to learn more about our leaders. For more information about the Residency Program, visit our website

Way Back Wednesday: Halloween Edition

It seems crazy that Thanksgiving has already come and gone, and that the end of the year is fast approaching. But before we get too much further into the holiday season, we have to go back and celebrate some of the amazing costumes we saw at Halloween. We love to see our teachers, leaders and students getting into the spirit and showing off their creative sides! Here are some moments of joy from dress up days around our schools. You can click the photos to enlarge and learn more. 

Want to know more about our joyful school cultures or what it's like to work at an AF school? Check us out on The Muse!


There are hundreds of words we could use to describe how we feel about our Team & Family. But right now, there's only one word that matters: Gratitude.

Thank you for all of the ridiculously hard and tremendously important work that you do. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

Check out the gallery below to see just a small selections of words of thanks that our teachers have shared.