Andrew Plemmons Pratt is a white anti-racist ally and a Director of School Launch and Incubation at CityBridge Education. His work is grounded in the belief that schools are institutions that can either teach and reinforce racism and bias, or that can disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression. He works with teams building the disruptive schools.
At CityBridge, Andrew coaches and advises school entrepreneurs as they translate their visions for new schools into a coherent model, strategic plan, and charter application. Formerly, he co-designed and co-led the Breakthrough Design Fellowship for school faculty, which merged the consciousness of racial equity work with the creativity of design thinking. He also co-led School Retool, a professional learning experience that introduces the fundamentals of design thinking to school leaders as they launch small and fast experiments to solve institutional problems. He has also coached leaders and teams on the strategy and change management necessary to realize their visions for school redesign. From 2015-2016, Andrew led the CityBridge Education Innovation Fellowship.
Before joining the organization, he was Deputy Director of School Partnerships at New Classrooms Innovation Partners, where he worked with schools in three states and the District of Columbia to implement the nationally recognized Teach To One: Math personalized learning program. Andrew taught seventh grade English as a Teach For America corps member in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Before moving into education, he was the founding Managing Editor of ScienceProgress.org, the science and technology policy magazine published by the Center for American Progress. He holds a B.A. in English and American studies and an M.A. in English, both from the University of Virginia.