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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…

Teacher Mindsets Drive Classroom Change

One of the assumptions at the heart of programs like the CityBridge Education Innovation Fellowship is that teachers can make transformational changes to the way classrooms and schools operate. Well, actually, there are two parts to that assumption: the first is that we at CityBridge believe that teachers can play a pivotal role in redesigning…

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…

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…

How a Breakthrough School Beat Summer Learning Loss

Students in America lose an average of one month of learning over the summer. That’s not a lack of progress—that’s a backwards slide in math and reading, as if four weeks of hard work by students and teachers hadn’t happened during the school year itself. This summer learning loss “disproportionately affects low-income students”—like the students…

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…