Hi—Andrew here. I’m a white anti-racist ally and a Director of School Launch and Incubation at CityBridge Education in Washington, D.C. My work is grounded in the belief that schools are institutions that can either teach and reinforce racism and bias, or that can disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression. I work with teams building the disruptive schools.
At CityBridge, I coach and advise school entrepreneurs designing new models for public schools in D.C. Formerly, I co-designed and co-led the Breakthrough Design Fellowship, which merged the consciousness of racial equity work with the creativity of design thinking. I also co-led multiple cohorts of School Retool and coached leaders and teams on the strategy and change management necessary for school redesign. From 2015-2016, I led the CityBridge Education Innovation Fellowship.
As a white man working in education, I firmly believe that doing this work requires me to acknowledge the skin I’m in and to use the privilege I have in American society to work for educational justice—more on that in this post.
I’m an alum of the 4.0 Schools Essentials training; I am a 2018 Summit Learning Certified Support Partner for school leader coaching; I’m a member of the Transcend Education Yellow Hats League; and I’m certified in teaching the equityXdesign framework.
I was formerly the Deputy Director of School Partnerships at New Classrooms Innovation Partners, where worked I with schools in three states and the District of Columbia to implement the Teach To One: Math personalized learning program.
I began my career in education as a Teach For America corps member in Prince George’s County, Maryland, teaching 7th-grade English/Language Arts. Before that, I worked at the intersection of science, communications, and public policy as the founding Managing Editor of ScienceProgress.org.
You can reach me at appratt [at] gmail [dot] com.