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Doug McCurry

Co-Founder at Achievement First, Inc.
Overview
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Education
Career History
Non-Profit Donations & Grants
Political Donations
Awards & Honors

Doug McCurry

Co-Founder at Achievement First, Inc.

Overview

Notable Companies
Achievement First, Inc.

Amistad Academy Inc.
Awards
2
Number of Relationships
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Co-Founder at Achievement First, Inc.

Regional Superintendent at Amistad Academy Inc.

Founder at The Specialized Packaging Group, Inc.

Co-Founder at Amistad Academy Inc.

Senior Adviser at Achievement First, Inc.

Chief Operations Officer at Achievement First, Inc.

Academic Dean at Amistad Academy Inc.

Chief External Officer at Achievement First, Inc.

Chief Academic Officer at Achievement First, Inc.

Principal at Amistad Academy Inc.
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October 21, 2016
The New York Times
December 17, 2015
The Guardian (London)
October 13, 2014

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Educational Background

MA in Educational Administration 
Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology. Teachers College sees its leadership role in two complementary arenas: One is as a major player in policy-making to ensure that schools are reformed and restructured to welcome all students regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. The other is in preparing educators who not only serve students directly but coordinate the educational, psychological, behavioral, technological, and health initiatives to remove barriers to learning at all ages. For more than 100 years Teachers College has continued to: Engage in research on the central issues facing education Prepare the next generation of education leaders Educate the current generation of leaders in practice and policy to meet the challenges they face Shape the public debate and public policy in education Improve practice in educational institutions
BA in History and Journalism 

Career History

Co-Founder
2003 - Current
n 1998, a group of New Haven founders came together with a clear goal in mind: to prove that urban students can achieve at the same high levels as their affluent suburban counterparts. Confronted by the popular attitude that demographics were destiny, we decided that the best way to address the problem was to change the system. We set out to create a public charter school—Amistad Academy—that would enable its students to achieve at high levels. Over the last 10 years, Amistad Academy has produced Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) results that have shattered the notion that "those kids can't learn." For the past seven years, Amistad Academy students—100 percent of whom are selected by blind lottery, 78 percent of whom receive free and reduced lunch and 98 percent of whom are African American or Hispanic—have beat state averages in reading and math, demonstrating that they can achieve on par with their wealthiest peers statewide. In June 2003, we created a separate 501(c)3 non-profit, Achievement First, with the goal of using Amistad Academy's knowledge and best practices to have a greater impact. We opened the second school, Elm City College Preparatory, in 2004 and expanded the model to include elementary grades. In fall 2005, under the leadership of New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, Achievement First expanded into Brooklyn. One of Klein's core reform strategies was to locate high-performing public charter schools in New York's lowest-performing districts. Achievement First opened two new schools in central Brooklyn—Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School and Achievement First East New York Charter School. The Brooklyn network continued to grow in 2006 with the opening of Achievement First Bushwick Charter School and Achievement First Endeavor Charter School, followed in 2008 by Achievement First Brownsville. Thanks to changes in Connecticut charter law, we were also able to open Amistad Academy High School and Amistad Academy Elementary School, paving the way for Connecticut's first K to 12 public charter school. Achievement First's Connecticut network was able to expand into Bridgeport with a new middle school in 2007 and, in 2008, into Hartford with new elementary and middle schools. Achievement First has grown into a network that includes 22 schools in four cities. In 1999, Amistad Academy opened with 84 fifth and sixth graders. Now, in the 2012-13 school year, Achievement First is serving 7,000 students in grades K to 12.
Co-Founder
Current
AMISTAD ACADEMY, INC. WAS INCORPORATED TO FOCUS ON STREGTHENING THE ACADEMIC AND CHARACTER SKILLS NEEDED FOR ALL STUDENTS TO EXCEL IN TOP TIER COLLEGES, TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD, AND TO SERVE AS THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE SCHOOL SERVES STUDENTS FROM LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT. THE SCHOOL OPERATED CLASSES FOR STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELFTH GRADES.
Faculty Member
Prior
PROVIDENCE DAY SCHOOL EXISTS TO INSPIRE IN ITS STUDENTS A PASSION FOR LEARNING, A COMMITMENT TO PERSONAL INTEGRITY AND A SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$100 +
2008
n 1998, a group of New Haven founders came together with a clear goal in mind: to prove that urban students can achieve at the same high levels as their affluent suburban counterparts. Confronted by the popular attitude that demographics were destiny, we decided that the best way to address the problem was to change the system. We set out to create a public charter school—Amistad Academy—that would enable its students to achieve at high levels. Over the last 10 years, Amistad Academy has produced Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) results that have shattered the notion that "those kids can't learn." For the past seven years, Amistad Academy students—100 percent of whom are selected by blind lottery, 78 percent of whom receive free and reduced lunch and 98 percent of whom are African American or Hispanic—have beat state averages in reading and math, demonstrating that they can achieve on par with their wealthiest peers statewide. In June 2003, we created a separate 501(c)3 non-profit, Achievement First, with the goal of using Amistad Academy's knowledge and best practices to have a greater impact. We opened the second school, Elm City College Preparatory, in 2004 and expanded the model to include elementary grades. In fall 2005, under the leadership of New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, Achievement First expanded into Brooklyn. One of Klein's core reform strategies was to locate high-performing public charter schools in New York's lowest-performing districts. Achievement First opened two new schools in central Brooklyn—Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School and Achievement First East New York Charter School. The Brooklyn network continued to grow in 2006 with the opening of Achievement First Bushwick Charter School and Achievement First Endeavor Charter School, followed in 2008 by Achievement First Brownsville. Thanks to changes in Connecticut charter law, we were also able to open Amistad Academy High School and Amistad Academy Elementary School, paving the way for Connecticut's first K to 12 public charter school. Achievement First's Connecticut network was able to expand into Bridgeport with a new middle school in 2007 and, in 2008, into Hartford with new elementary and middle schools. Achievement First has grown into a network that includes 22 schools in four cities. In 1999, Amistad Academy opened with 84 fifth and sixth graders. Now, in the 2012-13 school year, Achievement First is serving 7,000 students in grades K to 12.

Political Donations

$250
2012
Former President of United States

Awards & Honors

University of North Carolina - Distinguished Young Alumnus Award
Grant/Fellowship
University of North Carolina - Morehead Scholar

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