Less than 40% of students growing up in low income communities in Philadelphia are proficient in math and reading and 25% of our population has less than a high school diploma. At the current rate of improvement it would still take over 100 years for low-income Philadelphia students to catch up to their middle class peers. Our community is calling looking for you to change this.
We must come together and use our collective insights, experience and skills as members of the education, nonprofit, policy and corporate communities to create effective solutions. We are extending an invitation for community members to participate in an innovative pilot to support critical and innovative thinking, create solutions, and launch ventures that will positively impact students here in greater Philadelphia.
This is an unprecedented opportunity for professionals passionate about education to collaborate with like-minded peers and experiment with new ideas in a safe space. Our workshops will introduce you to a whole new set of problem solving and ideation techniques that you can apply to any challenge. The Innovation Program will help you form valuable connections with experts from education, policy, business and other sectors.
The workshop series consists of three workshops spaced out over a period of three months for 25-35 participants, providing opportunities to present and develop pitches in preparation for the final event in May.
We are seeking professionals who are deeply driven to fight educational inequity, open to taking risks, think big and are willing to commit themselves to launching a startup organization. We seek applicants with diverse experiences and from different sectors – education, nonprofit, policy, corporate and others.
Please see the Agenda & Program Page for an outline of the workshop series.