• Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, but in communities like Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, and Windham the achievement gap is vast.

  • The progress we've made in the last five years with the help of district and state leaders proves that we can dramatically change our students’ prospects in years, not decades.

About Connecticut

In Connecticut, the opportunities available to students growing up in low-income communities compared to those available to their wealthier peers is vast. While nearly 60% of our white and affluent students in the tenth grade have the math skills and knowledge expected at their grade level, the same is true of just 20% of our students from low-income backgrounds, 20% of our Latino students, and 15% of our African American students.

The consequences of educational inequity in Connecticut are severe. We rank last among all states in terms of job growth. We have the second highest juvenile incarceration rate for Hispanic males and the third highest rate for African American males. We spend three times more on correctional facilities than we do on higher education.

While the movement towards educational equity in Connecticut can be daunting, our region is small enough—with 190,000 students growing up in low-income communities—that we can see significant change in very little time. Teach For America is part of a growing force of change-makers gaining momentum every day. We've helped overhaul teacher evaluation systems and our alternative teacher certification program. Recent legislative changes as a result of Race to the Top and emerging programs in Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven have already shown promising progress for Connecticut's students.

We know that all kids can achieve at the highest levels and that Teach For America can play a major role in ensuring their success. We are determined to build on the foundation of our first six years to push our impact to the next level and to fuel a movement for change that becomes truly unstoppable.

Connect With Us

New Haven
370 James Street
New Haven, CT 06513
Tel (203) 786-5498
Fax (203) 786-5497

Executive Director

Nate Snow
Nate Snow joined Teach For America as a Connecticut corps member.

He taught seventh and eighth grade English in the Bridgeport Public Schools and led his students to more than two years of reading growth.

Since 2009, Nate has been a member of the Connecticut regional team. Most recently, he was the managing director of development and worked with the regional advisory boards to grow funding of Teach For America’s work in Connecticut by more than 100%. Nate serves on the board of directors of Excel Bridgeport, a local educational organization working to influence change through direct partnership with students and parents.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Nate lives in Bridgeport with his wife, son and daughter. 

Regional Stats

2006
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
200
CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
530
ALUMNI IN THE REGION
65%
PERCENT OF ALUMNI IN EDUCATION
15
ALUMNI SCHOOL LEADERS
50
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
Data valid as of: Aug 2014