Our Mission

The Connecticut RISE Network’s mission is to empower educators to achieve breakthrough results, helping all students realize and achieve their full potential.

Our Network

The Connecticut RISE Network is a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization. In 2015, public school teachers, counselors, and administrators across Connecticut came together with the Dalio Foundation to launch the RISE Network.  Sharing the urgent belief that we can do more to help students realize and achieve their full potential, RISE’s founding partners aspired to create a community built by educators, for educators, to advance shared goals to improve students’ college, career, and life outcomes. The idea was relatively simple - if we bring together talented and passionate educators across public school districts, then we can amplify our collective impact for students.

In 2019, RISE welcomed five new school partners to the RISE Network. Educators from Manchester, Middletown, Naugatuck, Brien McMahon and Westhill high schools join a tremendous group of educators from East Hartford, Maloney, Platt, Career, and Hartford Public High School who co-founded the RISE Network in 2015. The launch of these new partnerships officially expands the RISE Network to include nine districts and ten high schools, collectively serving 14,000+ students.

Our Approach 

RISE facilitates networked improvement communities, bringing together educators working in different contexts to advance shared goals.  Together, we build community, democratize innovation, and improve systems.

 Build Community  Democratize Innovation Improve Systems

We build community through in-person convenings, working groups, and quarterly Innovation & Learning Cycles.  We democratize innovation by piloting data-driven hypotheses, pursuing new ideas through the RISE Educator Innovation Fund, and implementing the RISE by 5 Strategy.  Through these undertakings, we look for ways to improve school systems and structures, leading to better outcomes for all students.