270 Strategies helps campaigns, companies, and causes build winning campaigns and put their ideas into action by helping organizations engage everyday people in their work. 270 finds people who care about the same things clients do — whether they have common values or common goals — and connect with them in a meaningful way. In 270 Strategies’ first five years, they have partnered with nearly 300 clients across a variety of sectors, worked with established organizations to make them more efficient, and helped innovators and thought leaders build campaigns and companies from the ground up.
Achievement Prep is a K-8 college preparatory school located east of the Anacostia River in Ward 8 of Washington, DC. Achievement Prep aims to close the achievement gap and address the educational needs in its community, and has been recognized for its immediate impact in closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students in Washington, DC.
A non-profit organization consisting of a research and development institute and a public charter preschool with campuses across Washington, DC, AppleTree Institute aims to close the achievement gap before students enter kindergarten by providing the most underserved three and four year olds with the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to thrive in school. AppleTree educates 2000 children at seven preschool sites across Washington, DC.
CWC aims to create a national network of high-achieving, community-based public schools that reflect the abundant socioeconomic, racial, and cultural diversity of their surroundings. CWC schools exemplify an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student’s abilities, confidence, and sense of responsibility for themselves and their community. In this spirit, they work conscientiously to build strong communities both within and outside of the classroom. CWC is the first national school network with a commitment to economic and racial diversity.
Launched in 2004 by school founders and leaders, the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools aims to improve opportunities and outcomes for students by supporting the development, growth, and sustainability of quality chartered public schools in Washington, DC. The Association serves all DC public charter schools, which account for 46% of the total public school enrollment in the city.
DC Prep is a charter management organization serving over 1700 students in preschool through 8th grade at five campuses in Washington, DC. DC Prep’s mission is to bridge the educational divide in Washington, DC by increasing the number of students from underserved communities with the academic preparation and personal character to succeed in competitive high schools and colleges. DC Prep approaches their mission by focusing on rigorous academic and character education for all of their students.
Digital Pioneers Academy is a college preparatory middle school (6th-8th grade) for students from Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, DC, opening in 2018. DPA’s mission is to develop the next generation of innovators. DPA’s main objective is to prepare students to meet or exceed the highest academic standards, while cultivating the strength of character necessary to both graduate from four-year colleges and thrive in 21st century careers.
DCI was founded as a cooperative, collaborative venture between five language immersion public charter schools. As an accredited International Baccalaureate World School, DCI offers advanced Spanish, Chinese, and French language instruction to students in a technology-rich learning environment. DCI serves more than 400 students in grades 6-12.
EdFuel is a mission-driven non-profit that provides leadership and talent development tailored to the education sector. EdFuel helps great education organizations, including districts, charter management organizations, and education-focused non-profits, increase their capacity and effectiveness by maximizing their best asset: their employees.
Education Reform Now is a national 501c3 organization that cultivates and supports leaders who champion America’s public schoolchildren. Education Reform Now aims to make progressive leaders the champions of high quality public education.
The Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School prepares 350 culturally diverse elementary school students in the District of Columbia to be leaders, scholars and responsible citizens who are committed to social justice. Stokes teaches children to think, speak, read, write and learn in two languages: English and French or English and Spanish. With a dual focus on academic excellence and community service, the Stokes School accomplishes its mission by creating an environment of achievement, respect and non-violence.
Equity in education refers to all students receiving the same caliber of education regardless of their race, ethnicity, economic status, special education status or other factors. Equity Reports give our schools, families, and communities transparent and comparable information related to equity across all DC schools. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), DC Public Schools (DCPS), and the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), in consultation with charter schools and the Deputy Mayor for Education, partnered to create these Equity Reports.
The Expectations Project empowers people of faith to shine a light on education inequality through prayer, compassionate service, and faithful advocacy.
FOCUS supports the diverse set of public charter schools in DC by advocating for and strengthening autonomy, equity, and quality. FOCUS advocates for polices to support charter schools, elevates data on school quality, and provides school services to strengthen school performance.
Ingenuity Prep offers an educational program that prepares students for mastery of rigorous core content and a broader set of 21st century civic leadership competencies. With a career ladder that provides for strong mentoring of early career teachers, Ingenuity Prep offers an innovative approach to teacher development. Additionally, through utilizing digital content and multiple teachers in each classroom, the school is able to ensure that a high level of differentiated, small-group instruction meets students’ individual learning needs. With approximately 290 students in PreK3 through 2nd grade, Ingenuity Prep serves a student population with among the highest percentage of students designated as “at-risk” of any public charter school in the city.
For more than 55 years, Ivymount has created nationally recognized programs and partnerships for people with autism and special needs as well as their families. The goal in all of their programs is to help children, students, and young adults achieve their highest level of development and independence. In addition to creating their own education and outreach programs, Ivymount forms partnerships with other organizations and researchers – often functioning as a training site – to ensure that this innovative and intensive approach is widely disseminated and influences the larger field of special education and support services.
KIPP is the nation’s largest network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools, with 200 schools across the country educating 80,000 students. The KIPP DC network currently serves over 5,700 students at 16 schools on six campuses in Washington, DC.
The mission of Lee Montessori Public Charter School is to foster a lifetime love of learning and cultivate independence among DC schoolchildren, using the student-centered Montessori method, an evidence-based approach to closing the opportunity gap. Lee Montessori’s vision is to create racially and socioeconomically diverse schools for public preschool- and elementary-aged children that foster the physical, social, emotional, and academic growth of students.
My School DC is the common application and common lottery for the District’s public school options. Since its launch in December 2013, thousands of families have used My School DC’s online platform to learn about and apply to public schools across the city. The common lottery is designed to simplify the process for families, match students with the schools they want most, and maximize the number of students who are matched with a school they choose.
Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning school offering project-based learning in a dual language (Spanish and English) immersion setting. Mundo Verde is also Washington’s first “green” public charter school. Mundo Verde aims to foster high levels of academic achievement among a diverse group of students by preparing them to be successful and compassionate global stewards of their communities.
New Classrooms is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing personalized learning to more students across the country. “Teach to One: Math” is New Classrooms’ flagship school-based learning model. The New Classrooms founding team includes many leaders and original members of School of One, New York City’s award-winning personalized educational program that was named one of the Top 50 Inventions of 2009 by TIME.
The mission of the North Star College Preparatory Academy for Boys is to create a boy-friendly pedagogy-informed academic environment within which young men are equipped with the academic skills, social competencies, and character development necessary to navigate life challenges, attend and complete the college of their choice, and return to become the premier agents of social change within and for the communities they serve. North Star aims to develop a school environment that reimagines, redesigns, and recreates the student experience for Black and Latino boys specifically.
PAVE is a DC-based nonprofit that connects, trains, and empowers charter parent leaders to give families in DC a voice and choice in the vision for education in our city. Founded in April 2016 with an all-parent governing board, PAVE is dedicated to creating an environment where the vision for education in DC is created with children and families, not for them. We aim to shift the dynamic so that communities and parents are partners in creating great schools.
A new nonprofit started by partners of Bellwether Education, Promise54 provides talent services with a bedrock of diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to bolster schools’ performance and organizational effectiveness. Promise54 will enable organizations to deliver on the promise of educational opportunity for all students, symbolized by the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.
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Relay is a national, accredited, nonprofit institution of higher education serving 2,000 teachers and 400 school leaders across the United States. Relay’s mission is to teach teachers and school leaders to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life. Relay aims to become the place where a new generation of continuously-improving, results-focused individuals can fulfill their destiny in the world’s greatest profession.
Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of public elementary charter schools serving primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited. Rocketship believes truly transformative schools do more than educate students; they empower teachers, engage parents, and inspire communities. With the recent addition of a DC campus in Ward 8 – Rocketship Rise Academy – and a second school slated to open east of the river in Ward 7 in Fall 2017, Rocketship is making a positive impact locally.
The mission of School Leader Lab is to support schools and their networks in sustaining and growing high-quality schools through one of their most important assets – leaders. School Leader Lab partners with schools to strengthen their instructional leadership bench – by developing exceptional teams and by building organizational capacity for leader development.
Founded in 1989 with a goal of eliminating educational inequity, Teach For America (TFA) enlists, develops, and mobilizes future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. TFA recruits and selects top college graduates, who serve as teachers in public or public charter K-12 schools in select underserved communities. Since its founding, TFA has enlisted over 53,000 teachers and has grown to serve 53 communities. TFA has 150 corps members and nearly 2,800 alumni within the Washington, DC region.
Through the leadership of authentic men and women, boldly committed to creating an inclusive and equitable world for all, Teach to Lead (T2L) envisions a world relieved of its most pervasive and systemic troubles. Toward this end, T2L offers highly rigorous and personalized one-to-one or small group coaching programs designed to address a leader’s entire being as they nurture new habits and skills that enable them to increase their effectiveness while embracing the core leadership values of love, integrity, grit, humility, trust and service.
Thurgood Marshall Academy is a college-preparatory public charter high school located in Ward 8’s historic Anacostia neighborhood. The school provides a high-quality education, with a focus on law and social justice, for all students. The education students receive at Thurgood Marshall Academy extends far beyond the classroom. Enrichment opportunities include tutoring and law-based programs at the District’s leading law firms, recreational and educational activities with adult mentors, engaging afterschool programs, and service projects to improve the local community.
TNTP’s mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. TNTP works at every level of the public education system to create engaging classrooms, focused schools, and strategic school systems. Since 1997, TNTP has partnered with more than 200 public school districts, charter school networks, and state departments of education. Today, TNTP is active in more than 30 cities.
Two Rivers is a high-performing Expeditionary Learning charter school in Washington, DC. Two Rivers’ mission is to nurture a diverse group of students to become lifelong, active participants in their own education, develop a sense of self and community, and become responsible and compassionate members of society. The school currently serves a diverse group of students in preschool through 8th grade across two campuses.
Urban Teachers aims to solve the critical challenge of teacher quality in urban areas by equipping new teachers with the tools they need to make an immediate difference in student learning. Since its founding in 2009, Urban Teachers has grown from training 39 new teachers to serve 11 schools to training over 500 teachers to serve 93 schools.
The Ward 8 Parent Operator Selection Team (POST) is a panel of parents who are issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for a school to operate adjacent to the military base in Ward 8. This new school will serve both military families and families from the surrounding community.
Washington Leadership Academy is a public charter high school dedicated to providing scholars the knowledge, skills, and habits required for success in college and lives of public leadership. WLA combines a technology-rich environment with opportunities for real-world application, offering a four-year computer science program, internships throughout the school year, and personalized academic content.