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Education Entrepreneurs: Simmons Lettre and Carrie Irvin

A year ago, a Charter Board Partners “team meeting” meant co-founders Simmons Lettre and Carrie Irvin gathering around Carrie’s kitchen table. Today, their seven-person team serves over 30% of DC’s charter schools by providing customized support on charter school governance. Their theory of action is simple yet powerful—great boards will lead to great schools.As a movement, we’ve often relied on the “superhero” school leader—someone who can simultaneously provide feedback on a mini-lesson, […] Read more

Lights, Camera, Action!

Education entrepreneurs are featured in several upcoming documentaries. Check out the trailer for The Lottery, directed by Madeline Sackler, which follows four families who enter the lottery for a spot at Harlem Success Academy – a high-performing public charter school operated by NewSchools portfolio venture Success Charter Network. Waiting for Superman premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for a US Documentary, as well as some critical acclaim. […] Read more

NewSchools Summit 2010: Let the Countdown Begin!

Welcome to the brand new NewSchools Summit Web site! We hope this site helps you navigate our flagship annual event before, during and after the in-person convening, and that this blog expands on last year’s (see 2009 posts below) by creating some momentum for the discussions that will take place in Washington, DC on May 12. Our team is hard at work planning the day, and we look forward to sharing more […] Read more