Design Thinking with the Opportunity Academies

Transforming schools is big work, but it starts at the level of individuals. Earlier this month, we facilitated a workshop at Ballou High School with more than fifty educators from the four DCPS Opportunity Academies: Ballou STAY, Luke C. Moore, Roosevelt STAY, and Washington Metropolitan. The purpose of this experience was to introduce staff and…

25 in Five: A Letter from our CEO

Dear Friends, On January 1, 2017, we launched CityBridge Education, a nonprofit enterprise dedicated to advancing equity and opportunity for all children. CityBridge Education will pursue this goal through school creation—incubating and launching new schools and transforming existing ones, in partnership with the traditional public (DCPS) and charter sectors in Washington, D.C. Our goal: 25…

“Kids just don’t like the program”: Adjusting Mindsets Around Blended Learning Implementation

Four years ago, before I was hired at my school, administration purchased a reading program. The idea, I suppose, was that our reading achievement data wasn’t as high as we wanted it to be. The school implemented it with several teachers who were already on board with a blended learning implementation in their classroom. Reading…

Announcing CityBridge’s 16 New Breakthrough Schools: D.C. Winners

Last night, more than 200 educators, thought leaders, and funders gathered in Mundo Verde Public Charter School‘s beautiful zócalo (public square or gathering place) to celebrate the announcement of nearly $650K in seed grants to 16 DCPS and public charter schools in Washington, D.C. These awards mark the third round of CityBridge Education’s Breakthrough Schools: D.C. school…

With Gratitude to Kaya Henderson

On Wednesday, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the Chancellor will be stepping down, effective October 1. It is a tremendous loss for our city, and for our part at CityBridge, we wish we could have had the benefit of her wise and steady leadership for as long as…