This summer, I'm working to build a new independent non-profit high school from scratch. The Grammaticus intends to place students at the intersection of Philosophy and Innovation so that they're rooted in purpose but empowered to change the world. For this summer, I will help them pilot their two summer school courses - "When 'I' Became A Grammatical Fiction" (Gr. 11 English), and "The Rise and Fall of Human Nature" (Gr. 12 Philosophy). I will also act as the Prinicpal for the school, working towards being authorized by the Ministry of Education to grant Ontario Secondary School Credits.
About a year ago me and a partner had an idea to solve the educational resource gap between dense urban centers and rural areas in developing economies. Our thought was that expecting each rural village to afford to raise the funds to build their own facilities was impractical. Taking a cue from the magic school bus, we thought "What if villages didn't have to build their own school? What if we could build a single school and bring it to several villages?". And with this thought our classroom-inside-a-bus concept was born. We call it TOTO Express (long story on how we got that name I can get to later).
Picture yourself walking up to a set of heavy ornate doors, pulling one open to pass through and emerging into an expansive dazzling foyer. You note a rich plush carpet beneath your feet as your gaze slowly lifts upwards, tracing a grand sweeping staircase, to a decadent chandelier.
There are a few things I am known for, both amongst my good friends and anyone who talks to me for more than 30 seconds. One: the volume of my voice. Two: extreme enthusiasm. Three: my obsession with healthy food. It is this last part of what I am known for, or who I am, that drove me to attend the GSB.
This summer, I am working at the Innovation Center at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (a.k.a. CMMI) in Baltimore, MD. The Innovation Center was established under the Affordable Care Act in 2010 with the authority and directive to "test innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures, while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for those who receive Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP benefits." The Innovation Center serves as a place where CMS can model ways to transform our fragmented fee for service healthcare system into a system that provides seamless, coordinated care for beneficiaries that will ultimately improve quality and reduce costs.
“Really?! Where is Bhutan? And what do you do there again?” This is the most frequent reaction that I receive this summer when I mention my internship with Mountain Hazelnuts to my friends. I am spending my 2 months in Lingmethang, a small village in Eastern Bhutan, following steps of many other GSBers.
This summer, I was accepted into the Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship - Bay Area Cohort. Education Pioneers is a national fellowship program focused on building the pipeline of top leadership and management talent in education for positions outside the classroom.
This summer I am working with real estate developer Related California in a couple of projects. One of them is the redevelopment of an affordable public housing site in Sacramento.
This summer I'm working as an Education Pioneers Graduate Fellow at Teach For America (TFA). My work is to revise two specific parts of our selection process: how we measure critical thinking and how we measure leadership. These two pieces of the process are important because they are good predictors of a teacher's ability to create a transformational environment in the classroom; they are able to teach not only academic content, but also 21st century skills, such as problem solving and how to work collaboratively. "Transformational Change" is one of TFA's core values, and it stands for expanding educational opportunity in ways that are life-changing for children and transforming for our country.
As the title suggests, the theme of my summer is jobs – specifically, transitional job creation for the Bay Area’s neediest adult groups. Through REDF, a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy firm that funds new social enterprises, I am spending my summer at Goodwill of Silicon Valley, where I am tasked with helping launch a new social enterprise.