Educational Improvement

The Memorial Fund supports district-wide instructional improvement, leadership among superintendents, principals and teachers primarily through a long-standing partnership with the Connecticut Center for School Change (Center).  

The Center is a statewide organization that supports pre-K to12 educational reform through a system-wide, integrated approach focused on improving instructional practice and building leadership at all levels, from teachers to superintendents.  There are three major components of the Center’s work: leadership development, technical assistance, and policy research.

While the Center works statewide, at least 50% of its program effort is directed to priority school districts and transitional school districts as identified by the State Department of Education.

The Connecticut Center for School Change, established in 1994 by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, became an independent 501(c)3 organization in January, 1999.