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…

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…

And the Winners Are…

Drumroll, please…the winning ideas from Startup Weekend EDU D.C.: Next Gen Schools! The teams were lined up, the mic check was done, more than 50 people had arrived to watch, our judges were in place—and our emcee, Caroline Hill, started the slow clap announcing the kickoff to Sunday’s final Startup Weekend EDU D.C.: Next Gen…

Disrupting Education: Startup Weekend EDU D.C.

Early in the tech industry’s meteoric rise, it brought us the concept of the startup. Traditionally, we picture startups as small organizations, headquartered in garages, with lots of promise and little certainty. And we know that sometimes, on the power of an idea, those startups become billion-dollar companies like Apple or Hewlett-Packard. What we often…

Rethinking American Schools

The world looks very different today than it did when our current school system was designed. Ours is no longer an agricultural economy; we rely on skills over content knowledge; we carry computers in our pockets. And, as times have changed, our school systems’ shortcomings are showing. In order to serve all students in the…