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The resources below will be key throughout your fellowship.



What is a Theory of Change?

We introduced the basic idea of a Theory of Change at the August 7 Kick-Off. We will dig into Theories of Change at Workshop 1 in order to understand how they can help you make visible the interlocking components of your school. Here are some additional resources for further reading:

  • Abrams Elementary example for mental health (Google slide). This is the example you saw for on August 7.

  • How to create a Theory of Change (pdf). This step-by-step document explains a process for creating a Theory of Change for a school. We will use this process beginning in September to help teams develop Theories of Change describing how the components of their school operate in relation to a challenge area. This slide presentation provides more detail on how to develop a TOC.

  • “Pro High” school Theory of Change example (pdf). This is an example of a Theory of Change that attempts to describe multiple areas of work in a school. Fellowship teams will create simpler and more focused TOCs that look at one challenge area, not the whole school.

What is design thinking?

Design thinking is a creative process for In the Design Fellowship, we do equity work and design thinking work together. Many methods that we come from organizations that specialize in design thinking or human-centered design work. Here are some introductory tools for learning the basics of design thinking:

  • Design Thinking Bootleg + PDF: A compact summary of design thinking “modes” and a variety of methods, from the Stanford

  • Equity-Centered Design Framework: Similar in spirit to equityXdesign, another set of mindsets and tools for naming and mitigating bias in design work.

  • Design Kit: This website is chock full of simple methods and protocols for the different stages of human-centered design.


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.