The “Land of Steady Habits” offers a solid base of practical industries – finance, insurance, manufacturing – but also the chance to make profound difference. Many are hard at work narrowing the gap between the state’s wealthy suburbanites and its urban residents.

Education Pioneers’ work in Connecticut is focused on the state capital of Hartford*, with some placements in other parts of the state, specifically Bridgeport and New Haven on the southern end of the state near New York City.

Despite high average per-pupil funding in Hartford and across the state, Connecticut’s urban schools face wide disparities and stark achievement gaps. However, innovative partnerships and approaches are emerging throughout Connecticut, thanks in part to concentrated advocacy efforts from organizations like Achieve Hartford.  

In Harford, the majority of the city’s children are served by Hartford Public Schools, where efforts to end desegregation have been underway since 1996 and administrators and supporters have developed “portfolio” of school options to better serve the predominantly low-income student population, despite a history of unstable district leadership.  Hartford houses both the the State Department of Education and and the Office of Early Childhood.  


Education Pioneers has been working in Connecticut since 2013 to supply local organizations with the talented people they need to achieve their goals.

  • 5  partner organizations, including the Hartford Public Schools , advocacy organization Achieve Hartford, and youth development agency Our Piece of the Pie.
  • EP Fellows in Hartford work on strategic projects that make a difference, including: conducting research and constructing a performance management plan and dashboard to help Achieve Hartford measure its progress , enhancing digital learning and infrastructure as well as creating new strategies to empower teachers and school leaders to improve persistently low performing schools for the Connecticut State Department of Education, and researching best practices and new opportunities for growth and development of academic and school programming for Our Piece of the Pie.  

  • Several of EP’s Connecticut-based alumni have remained to contribute to this region on an ongoing basis, including: 2013 Fellow Jen Clessas, District Support Manager with the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) and 2013 Fellow Mike Kent, consultant to the Connecticut State Department of Education Turnaround Office.


*Please note: In 2017 we only expect to offer the Visiting Fellowship in Hartford.

Local Contact

Jacqueline Bennett (Director, Greater Boston & Connecticut),


Achieve Hartford
All Our Kin
Faith Acts for Education
Hartford Public Schools
Our Piece of the Pie


The Prudential Foundation
The Booth Ferris Foundation
Public Square Partnership
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