At Achievement First, success is measured by “glows” and “grows.” When teachers get feedback from their coaches, they first go over what they did well—their “glows.” Once they review the positives, they discuss their “grows”—things that they can do better next time. This technique helps teachers recognize their strengths while continuing to grow professionally.
Staff at Achievement First are encouraged to spend time with each other outside of work, which they do often. Some staff favorites include happy hour, dinners, and yoga, as well as watching movies or heading to a museum together. People have also created their own teams, like a softball and dodgeball team, and their own clubs, like a running club. There’s something for everybody.
“The most rewarding part about being a teacher is when you probe the basic questions in order to lead the scholar to place the pieces of the puzzle and come to the conclusion themselves. It’s just the most joyous moment.”
“If you want to grow, if you want to be the best at what you do, if you want to be excellent, if you want to go above and beyond for kids, and if you realize that kids deserve a teacher who wants to go above and beyond for them—then this is the place for you.”