Stimulating Excellence: Unleashing the Power of Innovation in Education

The United States is facing one of the worst financial crises of recent history. But we are experiencing a quiet crisis, as well—one that has been building in our nation’s classrooms and schools for decades. We are failing to prepare the next generation of Americans as citizens, thinkers, and graduates prepared for success in a global society. Yet, even amid this crisis, there are reasons for optimism. Recently, a new generation of social entrepreneurs has begun to transform public education with innovative solutions that have extraordinary potential to serve American students more effectively and efficiently. Programs like Teach For America, College Summit, New Leaders for New Schools, the Knowledge is Power Program, among others, are part of a growing movement to use new methods to deliver a higher-quality education to every student—particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. These innovators have challenged our understanding of “business as usual” in American public education by introducing new philosophies, methods, and expectations for the education of our nation’s students.

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