Hi—Andrew here. I'm a Partner for School Redesign at CityBridge Education in Washington, D.C. I help educators apply design thinking and racial equity work to solve problems in public schools and to dismantle oppression.
At CityBridge Education, I co-lead School Retool, a professional learning experience that introduces the fundamentals of design thinking to school leaders as they launch small and fast experiments to solve institutional problems. I also co-design and co-lead the Breakthrough Design Fellowship for school faculty, which merges the consciousness of racial equity work with the creativity of design thinking using the Equity X Design framework. Finally, I coach leaders and teams on the strategy and change management to realize their school redesign visions.
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 part of the inaugural cohort of Summit Learning Third-Party Partner trainers; and I'm a member of the Transcend Education Yellow Hats League.
Previously at CityBridge, I led the Education Innovation Fellowship, a nationally recognized program for D.C. public school teachers that cultivated skills in design thinking, intentional equity, personalized learning, and adaptive leadership.
I was formerly the Deputy Director of School Partnerships at New Classrooms Innovation Partners, where I helped design support and implementation for the nationally recognized Teach To One: Math personalized learning program.
I began my career in education as a Teach For America corps member, but my work is informed by experience working at the intersection of science, communications, and public policy. Before teaching, I was the founding Managing Editor of ScienceProgress.org.
While I taught 7th-grade English/Language Arts in Prince George’s County, Maryland, I divided my time between planning & delivering lessons, tinkering with edtech tools, and writing about what I learned as a co-editor of the “EdTech 101” blog on TFAnet.org.
During my time in PGCPS, I was a co-winner of the first Prince George’s County / TFA Social Innovation Challenge with an on-demand teacher professional development platform for data driven instruction. I also co-organized the first EdCampDC—an “unconference” of nearly 300 teachers, entrepreneurs, and policy professionals who designed and delivered their own professional development.
My writing has appeared at EdSurge, TheBillfold.com, and TFA’s Pass The Chalk blog. (I should mention that all opinions expressed on those sites and this one are entirely my own.)
Always passionate about building and making, I’ve taught myself the basics of programming languages including Python, Processing, and R. I’ve also learned to bake bread, play piano, and build things that flash and beep using the Arduino electronics prototyping platform.
If it’s useful, there’s more info available in a LinkedIn-style format.
You can reach me at appratt [at] gmail [dot] com.