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.
I am spending this summer interning at Five Acre Farms (FAF), a food startup in New York City. Five Acre Farms is a parent brand, and they work with local farms within 275 miles of the city to produce high-quality products that are sold in mainstream supermarkets.
On building a consulting business within a large arts non-profit organization.
This summer I'm working at EdSurge, an organization that provides ed tech insights for decision-makers. EdSurge helps educators discover the best products for their students; helps developers understand what educators and learners need; and helps investors make sense of the edtech market.
This summer, I am in Nairobi working for Dalberg Global Development Advisors.
This summer I'm working with the operations team at Rocketship Education to open a new elementary school, Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep, in San Jose, California.
For most of us, the word ‘franchise’ conjures up notions of American fast food chains like McDonalds, KFC and Subway. In the corporate world, franchising is an accepted and proven method for replication and growth. McDonalds, for instance, boasts over 35,000 franchise restaurants worldwide and plans to open nearly 1,600 new restaurants next year. But does the recipe for dishing out hamburgers in new geographies need to be excluded to commercial enterprises? Or, could the same principles for franchising burger businesses be applied to scaling social impact? This summer, I ventured to Cape Town, South Africa to find out.
I am spending 8 weeks in Ascuncion, Paraguay, working on a start-up called Elevate Academy. The goal of the company is to elevate the world by bringing business and leadership training to micro-entrepreneurs across the developing world.
According to new research from Stanford Graduate School of Business, awe makes people feel as though they have more available time. A sense of more time, the study shows, translates to a greater willingness to volunteer for a charity.