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"Why We Need Kids as Leaders…to be more awesome."

So began one of our Launch scholar’s presentations to James Roy, Executive Director of Northeast Park Hill Collective Impact Initiative. James invited Launch scholars to identify needs in the community that his organiza...

November 16, 2017

What is your name?

Janeel Williams GIbson. My son Jakhi is in 4th grade in the Launch program at Stedman.

Can you tell me about who Jakhi is as a student and a young man?

He is a pretty amazing. He’s my only child so we have a close bond. He’s just a really good, well rou...

What is your name? Nick Washington

Where were you born? New Orleans          

Where are your parents from? New Orleans

When was the last time you were in New Orleans? I went last year for Mardi Gras for the big parade.

What was good about your childhood...

October 17, 2017

The personalized, student-centered, competency-based, deeper learning (the list goes on) movements talk a lot about student agency. Some think of this as ‘having voice and choice.’ More sophisticated definitions conceive of agency as a student’s ability to direct their...

October 12, 2017

What we’re doing is not working.

“We” means the global we: the education sector. What we’re doing in education is not working. If our goal were what it once was - educate a relatively homogeneous population so that we can effectively sort children into appropriate domai...

October 8, 2017

What is your name? Leila Musiwa. 

Tell me about your family.

My dad was born in Burundi but his dad is from Congo. My mom is from Congo. Me and my sister were born in Tanzania. My little brother and sister were born here. I admire my mom and my dad. They help me. I have...

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Our education system needs nothing short of transformation. Transformation awakens with honesty and emerges through learning. Honesty, because we cannot solve a challenge we do not name. As James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Learning, because we cannot do what has not been done before if we are not striving for improvement at every step or wiling to change what we think we know in response to what we discover along the way. This blog is about honest learning: telling the stories of what we discover and how we change on the path to doing what has not been done before. We make our learning public because this is how we are accountable to the students and families we serve, and how we seek to help our fellow educators and advocates in their own efforts toward transformation.