New Haven, Connecticut – The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is proud to announce that “Part 3: Turnaround Schools” of the documentary series, “Great Expectations: Raising Educational Achievement”, has been awarded an Emmy Award in the category of Education/Schools Program.  The organization was honored with the prestigious award on Saturday, June 1 at the 36th annual Boston-New England Emmy Awards.

The series highlights models for closing the achievement gap while raising educational achievement for all students, and emphasizes the need for school reforms in Connecticut. Emmys were awarded to Steve Simmons, series Executive Producer; Jonathan Robinson, Producer/Director/Cinematographer; and Dana Rae Warren, series Supervising Producer/Writer.  The award-winning segment discusses the need to turn around low-performing schools and investigates innovative approaches to revamping leadership, policies and culture to improve student outcomes.

“We are extremely proud of this award,” said Steve Simmons, CCER Board Chairman. “Particularly in a year that has seen so much progress for education reform.”

The documentary was produced to raise awareness about the achievement gap in Connecticut and the need to make changes to improve student achievement. It aired on CPTV at the start of the 2012 legislative session, which produced a landmark education reform bill.


About the Connecticut Council for Education Reform

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is a statewide, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works to close the achievement gap and raise academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut. The achievement gap is the disparity in academic achievement between children from low-income families and children of color and their peers. We do our work primarily by advocating for state policies and state and local practices that research shows have the best chance of raising achievement for high-need student populations. We support reforms that advance best practices and innovations in education to ensure that every child has an exceptional education. Through public awareness, education, and engagement, we seek to broaden support for these efforts and affect long term sweeping change in the public education system. Our Board of Directors is comprised of prominent business and civic leaders who are deeply committed to our mission.


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