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Guest Post: Transforming education faster bottom-up instead of top-down

By Tory Gattis, Social Systems Architect and Founder of OpenTeams This post is an attempt to introduce some controversial buzz into the conversations at the summit: Is it possible our whole approach to reforming education is wrong? And by wrong, I don’t mean failing – great things are definitely happening – but wrong in the sense that we’re making progress too slowly given the size and urgency of the problem. Even today, after […] Read more

Turn around a failing school, or start a new one? Yes.

In 2005, Shoemaker Middle School in tough west Philadelphia was a place the police knew too well. Its violence rate was staggering: 8 assaults for every 100 students, including attacks on teachers and a police officer. So, when a pair of beat cops strolled by in the fall of 2006 and found the school silent, they tried the doors, figuring it must have suddenly been closed. But the school hadn’t closed. It […] Read more

Learning about Locke

At Summit, you’ll have a chance to hear from Green Dot Public Schools—innovators working on the ground in Los Angeles to turn around one of the worst performing comprehensive high schools in the district. Read the LA Times’ ongoing reporting on Locke’s first year here. Read more