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Who We Are


A Fresh Approach to Educational Reform

The Connecticut Center for School Change works to ensure that all students – regardless of income, ethnicity, language, race, zip code, disability – have equal access to and experience of a high-quality education and are supported in achieving at high levels.

The Center partners closely with school districts across Connecticut to assist them in creating policies, practices, and structures that support large-scale instructional improvement aimed at reducing gaps and raising achievement for all students. These partnerships help district leaders develop leadership capacity, analyze data, develop and implement coherent improvement strategies, align resources, engage stakeholders, sustain improvements, and hold staff members accountable for improved system and student performance.

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 acts as advisors, thought partners, coaches, and critical friends to its partner districts.

Established in 1994 by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the Center became an independent 501(c)(3) organization in January 1999.