Great Expectations

Our three-part documentary series titled Great Expectations: Raising Educational Achievement, highlights models for closing Connecticut’s achievement gap while raising educational achievement for all students.

The documentary film Great Expectations takes us into schools where visionaries are creating successful models for educational systems that raise achievement for students of all income levels. These leaders understand the importance of high-quality early childhood education programs, having highly-effective teachers in every classroom at all grade levels, and implementing policies and taking innovative approaches to revamp the curriculum and culture of the lowest performing schools. Great Expectations shows us that closing the gap and turning around failing public schools is critical not only for the lives of individual students and their families, but for the future of this country.

Produced by: Build Pictures
Viewable on:
The Sundance Channel

The documentary has been awarded:

  • Boston-New England Emmy Award Winner for Education/Schools Program
  • Platinum Best of Show Winner for the 2012 Aurora Awards; and
  • Gold Plaque Educational/Documentary Series for the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards

Episode 1: A Stronger Start for Our Kids

Episode 2: Fostering Great Teachers & Leaders

Episode 3: Turning Schools Around