In May, NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy firm working to transform public education for low-income children, hosted their annual conference. This year, the organization emphasized the importance of personalized learning and student agency in the classroom. Over 1,000 teachers , school leaders, and policymakers flocked to the Bay Area to learn best practices, hear student reflections, and take design features back to their own schools.
Not only did these educators have an opportunity to visit our schools during a deep-dive tour, one of our seniors at Summit Tahoma, Sofie Canela, was featured in a documentary during the event and participated in a panel.There, Sofie shared the story of her immigration to the United States when she was nine, and how she tirelessly worked to overcome a language barrier in order to excel academically. This fall, she will be the first in her family to attend college thanks to the support she received from her family, mentor, teachers, and friends.
Want to hear Sofie's story firsthand? Watch this video, made possible by NewSchools Venture Fund and StartupEd.