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Welcome to Design Fellowship

We are excited to collaborate and build with you over the next 4 months! During the fellowship, you will receive customized tools, coaching, and financial support to design, test, adapt, and scale a right-sized pilot solution. After the fellowship, you will have ongoing access to our tools, a vibrant community of designers, and the wider CityBridge network to help you implement and scale your idea.

We will add additional resources here in preparation for each workshop.

Workshop 4 – May 27

HOME BASE – Workshop 4 (links and resources for the day)

Workshop 3 – April 29

HOME BASE – Workshop 3 (links and resources for the day)

Workshop 2 – March 25

HOME BASE – Workshop 2 (links and resources for the day)

Workshop 1 – February 25

HOME BASE (links and resources for the day)

Kickoff – January 15

Questions? Contact us!



We will analyze empathy interviews during Workshop 1–see the prework for Workshop 1 for instructions. You do not have to analyze the interviews before Workshop 1, but you do need to have interview data for the workshop. These tools demonstrate a method for analyzing the interview.


Meet Our Facilitators

Kim Beck

Associate Director, Talent Development

As Associate Director, Talent Development on CityBridge’s Incubation Team, Kim Beck is a manager, coach, and workshop facilitator for educators and innovators serving the young people of DC.

With over 10 years of teaching experience, Kim is committed to helping students and teachers develop the knowledge and sense of belonging necessary to succeed in school and life. Prior to joining CityBridge, Kim was a Vice Principal at KIPP DC: Promise Academy, a Blue Ribbon school where she oversaw Kindergarten and 1st grade. Kim began her teaching career at KIPP DC as a founding elementary school teacher, ultimately becoming a dean and then Vice-Principal. Prior to teaching, Kim played professional basketball for the WNBA.

Kim holds a B.A. in History from George Washington University.



Andrew Plemmons Pratt

Andrew Plemmons Pratt

Director, Incubation

Andrew Plemmons Pratt is a Director of Incubation and leads the School Design Fellowship. The Fellowship is a year-long experience for district and charter school leaders to think deeply and dream big about how school has to change in order to create a more equitable future.

Andrew’s work is grounded in the anti-racist belief that equitable schools can disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression. At CityBridge, he has: coached school entrepreneurs on the development of successful charter applications; co-designed and co-led the Breakthrough Design Fellowship, which merged the consciousness of racial equity work with the creativity of design thinking; co-led local School Retool cohorts; and led the Education Innovation Fellowship.

Before joining CityBridge Andrew was Deputy Director of School Partnerships at New Classrooms; taught seventh grade English as a Teach For America corps member in Prince George’s County, Maryland; and was the founding Managing Editor of at 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.