About RISE


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

Our Story

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.

RISE’s aspirations are embodied in our name; as a network, we believe that through new resources, data-driven innovations, improved systems, and educator empowerment, we can help all students succeed.

  1. RESOURCES: Mobilize resources through targeted investments and collaboration.
  2. INNOVATION: Promote data-driven inquiry and innovation in response to shared, complex challenges.
  3. SYSTEMS: Strengthen systems and structures to achieve scalable and sustained impact.
  4. EMPOWERMENT: Empower educators to drive improvements through peer learning and collective responsibility.

In 2019, the RISE Network expanded to include nine school districts across Connecticut, serving 14,000+ students across ten high schools.

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Our Annual Report

Learn more about RISE’s impact and get inspired by compelling stories from our school and district partners.

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