Stamford Achieves, the non-profit organization whose mission is to close the achievement gap and to ensure a quality education for all Stamford Public Schools students, today announced its 2014 Priorities. In making the announcement, the Executive Director of Stamford Achieves, Linda Levy, said the Priorities focus on three key areas: Advocacy, Student Support Services, and Family Support and Engagement. “Stamford Achieves will continue to highlight

The first key area of the 2014 Priorities will focus on Advocacy. “Our goal is to continue to highlight the persistent achievement gap,” said Director of Advocacy and Education, Andy Sklover. Advocacy initiatives will include engaging and educating the community, raising expectations for Stamford Public Schools, assessing and promoting effective resources, and demanding measurable and achievable results. Among its advocacy programs, Stamford Achieves sponsors a continuing series of Success Symposiums that bring together educators, administrators, parents and other engaged parties to discuss issues. Promoting student voice is another key advocacy initiative. A recently produced video, featuring students discussing the achievement gap, can be viewed on the Stamford Achieves YouTube Channel at:

The second area of the Priorities will promote Student Support Services. Initiatives will encourage reducing student-to-guidance counselor ratios, increasing the number of high-quality weekend and summer programs, providing high-speed Internet access, and the maximization of new technologies for teaching and learning. In 2014, Stamford Achieves will expand its successful summer program, At the Beach and In the Sea, run in collaboration with SoundWaters, and made possible by a major grant from The Fairfield County Community Foundation, to include Grade 4 as well as Grades K-3. Beyond Limits Scholars Program (BLSP), a pilot summer bridge program for students entering high school, will be introduced in collaboration with Stamford Public Schools.

The last key area of the Priorities will highlight Family Support and Engagement through Parents for the Educational Achievement of Kids (PEAK), a program that teaches parents how to effectively advocate for their children, and supports parents in their efforts to achieve a higher level of engagement within the educational system. By partnering with community centers, Stamford Achieves provides training sessions to help parents understand the intricacies of the school system, including how to participate in meetings at school.

“By communicating our 2014 Priorities, said Sklover, “We hope to bring additional awareness not only to the persistent achievement gap, but also to the programs that are having a sustainable and demonstrable impact on closing that gap.” Stamford Achieves will update its Priorities annually to highlight the work that needs to be done and the gains that have been made.

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