Friday, December 16, 2016

Teacher Spotlight on Evan Lee, Summit Rainier (San Jose) teacher




My name is Evan Lee. I mentor a whimsical, witty, and wild group of sophomores. I teach Math III to juniors and AP Statistics to seniors at Summit Rainier in San Jose. We learn how to use math to model the world around us and to draw conclusions about our society. I hope to build each of my student’s capacity to think logically and critically through the complexities of math. I began teaching after attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in hopes of becoming a doctor. At Hopkins, my passion for mentoring and giving back to my community flourished. After many inspiring experiences with my mentee and tutees in Baltimore, I decided to become a teacher. I was fortunate enough to return home to the Bay Area and join the Rainier community.

I have loved the opportunity to mentor a diverse group of individuals and strive towards a common goal of college and success in life. Seeing my original mentor group graduate and continuing to cultivate my relationships with them have given me the most happiness out of life so far. Everyday, I look forward to being a part of my current mentees’ high school journeys. I always wish that I had more time for 1-on-1 check-ins on Fridays to work, learn, and laugh alongside my mentees. They are so wonderful to work with, and I am so thankful to the Rainier community for allowing me to build these lifelong relationships.

Outside of teaching and mentoring, I lead a pretty simple life that consists of eating and lifting. I live to eat. I could stand at a taco truck and inhale tacos all night long; eat ten-course meals with my grandparents at our favorite Chinese restaurant; and down In-N-Out burgers after chaperoning school dances. At home, I enjoy watching cooking and eating shows and then honing my skills in the kitchen. To burn off calories, I hit the gym. The sport of powerlifting has been challenging yet rewarding. Just like my mentees and students do at school, I set a goal, make a plan, and work to achieve my lifting goals at the gym.

Cognitive Skills - What Are They?


Cognitive skills are the critical thinking skills that will stay with students long after they’ve forgotten content knowledge. These skills are transferable across all subjects and are vital to ensure success in college, career, and life.   For example, content learned in history isn’t necessarily applicable to science, but if we teach students how to analyze multiple perspectives, students can apply those skills in both history and science. Other cognitive skills include the ability to research, analyze information, problem-solve, develop an argument, and communicate effectively.
      
At Summit, students spend the majority of their time working on projects that develop their cognitive skills. Across their entire academic career at Summit, students are practicing and progressing across the same cognitive skills. We developed which cognitive skills we focus on and how they are graded in partnership with Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), ensuring alignment of the cognitive skills rubric to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and grade level competencies. If a student can master Summit's cognitive skills, they can adapt and succeed in our ever-changing world!
  

Summit Recognized as one of Most Innovative Schools in World


Our personalized learning model has been recognized in Business Insider's article on the 14 Most Innovative Schools in the WORLD!  Bill Gates commented that by taking an active role in their education, kids learn responsibility and self-reliance.

         

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Visits Summit Everest to Talk with Students & Teachers

Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with students and teachers at Everest to hear about their experiences with personalized learning and he shared his experience on his Facebook profile.

During his visit, Zuckerberg noted the accomplishments of our students and teachers when he said, “What students and teachers at Everest -- and all the Summit schools -- are doing is really special. They're making the most of the opportunities they have, but they also feel a responsibility to help shape the way kids everywhere learn. It makes me even more excited to bring personalized learning tools to as many students and teachers as we can.”

Check out a video of the conversation between Mark and Everest students & teachers here 
      

Faculty Profile: Jim Ohlinger, Math Teacher at Summit Olympus

         

Jim Ohlinger joined Summit this year after earning his teaching credential at Western Governors University. A baseball coach and father of four, Jim has spent much of his adult life supporting kids facing obstacles - All four of his children are adopted and three of them experienced challenging early years in Uganda. After understanding the important role an adult can play in a child’s development, Ohlinger decided to devote his career to teaching. Jim and his family are pictured above.

Where can you find him during the week? 
Working through complex math problems with students, and ensuring his students are empowered to solve problems independently and collaboratively.

What could you reach out to him for? 
Supporting students facing challenging or traumatic home and life situations.  Jim recommends focusing on giving struggling students a routine they can rely on, which provides them with a lot of comfort.

What is the best thing he has worked on this year?  
Participating in professional development program where he learned how to balance having high expectations for students while connecting with them and building trust. He has enjoyed implementing those lessons with his students who understand that he expects them to always be trying their best.

Why does he love working at Summit? 
He loves the opportunity to really get to know his students, particularly Friday mentor days where he can spend the entire day with his mentor group.

What can you he be found doing on the weekend?
Taking mini-vacations with his family.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Spotlight on a Summit Shasta (Daly City) Teacher & Student

TEACHER SPOTLGITH: CHELSEA WATTS


When did you join the Summit Community? I joined the Summit community this summer after teaching in Pacifica for a number of years.
What is your favorite thing about Summit Shasta:? While I miss my Pacifica family, I love Summit's innovative model and commitment to excellence for every student. Summit Shasta's diverse student population provides opportunities for powerful conversations around community, and how we can contribute as thoughtful members of society. I am so impressed by the students on this campus!
How does personalized learning help you and your students reach their long-term goals? Personalized learning provides students the opportunity to have a greater stake in their learning. Utilizing tools like the PLP, small group workshops, office hours, and dedicated teachers, Summit provides students the rare opportunity to make choices relevant to their academic and personal goals.
Why do you think it is important to work on cognitive skills? Cognitive skills can be applied across subject areas and any passion in life.  Rather than just focusing on content, something that does not bear the same universality, when we practice cognitive skills, we are practicing for life.
How does Summit Shasta model the college experience? The importance that we place on students owning their own education in many ways replicates what they will experience in college.  For example, offering office hours and guided workshops both build both habits of success and the skills needed to attack any content.
What is one random fact about you that you are really proud of or that you feel like you bring to your community? I am proud of the professional experience that I bring to Shasta. Summit schools often attract young teachers, many of whom are excited to help shape an innovative educational institution. With my many years of experience in a public school setting, I bring a different perspective to the table - one that I hope to use to make Shasta even better for our students. 
 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: JEREMY BOAC

When did you join the Summit Community? 2016- this year
What is your favorite thing about Summit Shasta?  My favorite thing about Summit Shasta is the trust in the students and students having the responsibility to do work on their own on laptops
How do you track how you are doing in your classes? On the PLP, I check to see what I need to be working on and where I am behind. I also check-in with my teachers in and outside of the classroom.
Why do you think it is important to work on cognitive skills? It is important to learn cognitive skills because it will help you focus on details and make your product even better. College will look at the details you put into work to see if you are working at a college level.
How is Shasta preparing you for college? Shasta is preparing me for college by always pushing me on the PLP and showing what I need to study. I take everything I learned on the PLP into the projects.
What is one random fact about you that you are really proud of or that you feel like you bring to your community? I love basketball and I will play on the Shasta team!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Summit Public Schools -- Our Results

Summit Supports Families with College Applications

Every Summit school shares the same mission-- to prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We believe students will be most successful if they attend a college that is the right fit for them academically, socially, and emotionally, and we provide resources, experiences, and guidance to help them find and get into their right fit college.
Mentoring Program
Every student is assigned a mentor, who is a faculty member at the school that is their coach, confidante, and advocate. Mentors check in individually with their mentees every week, and coach them to achieve their academic, personal, and college goals. At the start of every year, the student and parents will meet with their mentor to discuss college goals, and create a plan to help achieve those goals. Mentors also write college recommendations, and help guide their mentees through both the difficult decisions and celebrations on the pathway to college.
Study Trips to Colleges
Every year, Summit high school students visit colleges where they tour campuses, ask questions to current students, and get an overall taste of the college experience. Study trips at Summit middle schools vary from local colleges to community service excursions to other educational activities.
Summit Tahoma (San Jose) 11th grade students visiting UCLA
College Readiness Course

In 11th grade, all students take a College Readiness course during Expeditions. Expeditions are our elective courses, and are immersive experiences where students take a break from their core classes and focus on their electives for 2-week segments four times a year. In the College Readiness course, students build the foundation for strong college applications. Among many other activities, students will develop their list of best fit universities, learn about financial aid options, prepare for the SAT / ACT, and begin writing their personal essays. 
Additional Parent & Student Supports
In addition to the above supports, our schools host Parent Education Nights to help families understand college testing, applications, financial aid, and finding the best fit college. Colleges also come to our campuses, so that students can talk directly with them. All of our students also take at least 6 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which are college-level courses that may provide them college credits if they pass the year-end AP exam. Finally, faculty and students work together to develop a school culture that supports every student being college-bound and ready.  Read our Top 10 Tips for Applying to College to learn more about preparing for college.

Summit Alumnus Spotlight: William Teav, Class of 2015

William Teav, a rising sophomore majoring in engineering at Harvey Mudd College, one of the top-performing engineering schools in the country, said he successfully acclimated to college in his freshman year through a common rite of passage: overloading his schedule and losing a lot of sleep. Nevertheless, William said he was still able to join multiple clubs and sports, including stargazing, roller hockey, combat robotics, and an Asian Pacific Islander mentorship program.
He said one of the most important steps Summit took to help him prepare for his packed college life was teaching him time management. “We have so many classes in Summit, with so many projects,” William said. “It’s on us to manage our time, and this has helped me in college. I gained a habit of looking at these deadlines, and doing each part of these projects on time.”
William, who was awarded Summit Rainier’s Bulldog (the school’s mascot) of the Year award for his leadership, friendliness and hard work ethic, advises Summit students to join clubs. This is where you can meet friends and learn more about yourself, he said. Additionally, he encourages students to form a strong relationship with their mentor, because they may end up knowing you better than you know yourself. William, a first generation college student, said he probably would not have applied to Harvey Mudd had his mentor not told him about it.
Learn more about how William chose his college and major at an interview we did with him last spring.

Summit Public Schools Wins XQ Super School Project

Summit Public Schools is one of only 10 schools in America to be awarded $10 million from the XQ Super School Project for our proposed redesign of the American high school! Over the last year, Summit faculty and community partners put together a proposal for a new high school, largely based on the work that we do everyday with our students.
 
Winning the XQ project means that we’ll receive funding to help us launch a new high school, Summit Elevate, in Oakland, CA in the fall of 2018. The school will be a natural evolution of our personalized learning model, which empowers students to set individual goals, develop critical thinking skills and practice habits of success. We’ve grown a lot since we opened our first school 13 years ago and, in that time, we’ve learned so much about what enables our students to reach their full potential. We’re proud that we continue to be on the leading edge of this movement, and to continue this journey with our families as we help shape the future of American education.
A little about XQ
The XQ Super School project launched over a year ago with the aim of encouraging educators across the country to submit proposals for what they think high school should look like. The brainchild of Laurene Powell-Jobs—wife of the late Steve Jobs—the goal was to open up a dialogue that would push schools to think about what was possible and then offer the resources to turn that vision into a reality.
Over the past year, XQ received more than 1,000 concepts from applicants across the country, and a winner, we can now turn our idea into a new, academically challenging public high school. Meet the 10 XQ Super Schools

Monday, October 24, 2016

Summit is one of the 14 Most Innovative Schools in the WORLD!

Our personalized learning model has been listed as one of the 14 Most Innovative Schools in the WORLD! See the full list in the Business Insider. Summit Sierra is the first school listed. Be sure to click on the link within the article, to read what Bill Gates has to say about our model. 


       

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Host Live Video at Summit Prep

"Summit has one of the amazing personalized learning models that we've seen." Mark Zuckerberg
In May, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan did a live video stream at Summit Prep, our flagship school in Redwood City, to talk about the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s work in education. The aim of the organization is to "advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research, and energy." We were honored to have them join us at our school. Watch the video clip below of Mark talking about Summit’s personalized learning experience.

Summit Shasta Parent Laura Maloney Talks To Us About Her Son’s Mid-year Move to Shasta

While we often highlight our student and teacher stories, this week we are highlighting one of our parent’s stories. Meet Laura Maloney, who has a 10th grade son, William, at Summit Shasta in Daly Cioty.
What brought you to Summit Shasta and how has your experience been?

He was the one that came to me and told me he wanted to go to Shasta. He really had researched it. We went together to the open house and he switched in January on pretty short notice.

I have to admit that I was worried about the flexibility he’d have in a personalized learning environment. As a parent, it’s very hard to trust that your student is going to do what he has to do - especially when the structure is less “traditional”. It’s just hard to trust that process, so when my son said he wanted to switch schools because he wasn’t learning the way he wanted to, I was nervous.

I’ve been blown away with his progress - he’d caught up on the first semester within the first eight weeks. He’s been super positive about working on his own pace.

How has your son grown?

I have noticed him taking responsibility for personal growth. I really like the mentoring program because it’s one thing hearing something from your parent over and over again, but hearing it in school gives him responsibility for any changes he makes. Today, he’s a more independent learner - he understands the choices he’s making and has clear goals. 

I really think the Summit model prepares students for challenges you encounter in the real world. If you are going to fail, it’s a safe place for students to do it. They’ve plenty of support and it’s important for them to gain the skills that help them learn how to try something, fail at it, improve and then succeed at it. Learning at your own pace enables students to do that - it’s not as it used to be when students would take an exam, fail, but then have to move on with the rest of the class.

What are you most happy with?

The way the school has been able to empower him to take responsibility for his own learning, in a way that’s difficult for a parent to do. We all have our ups and downs and different motivations in life, and we don’t always move along at a steady pace  - giving students choices and flexibility in their educationhelps prepare them for the real world. In a traditional school setting, you don’t have that. 

I also love that he can get his work done without having to come home with 5 hours of homework. I think it’s important for students to pursue passions and have a life outside of school. His Personalized Learning Plan allows him that flexibility.

A Step-By-Step Look into Project Time by Stanford Professor, Larry Cuban

Stanford University professor emeritus, Larry Cuban, has written a multi-part blog post series about Summit schools called Summit Teachers Integrating Technology. Professor Cuban is a self-proclaimed skeptic of technology in the classroom, but has decided to shift his focus to writing about the "best case of [technology] use in districts and classroom.” That is why he decided to observe several Summit classrooms at Summit Prep (Redwood City) and Summit Rainier (San Jose). 

Dr. Cuban has published 8 detailed reports covering different courses, carefully detailing out lesson plans and student and teacher interactions. It’s exciting to see a skeptic thinking differently about technology in the classroom and better understanding how it enhances a personalized learning model. This is in large part to the great work that our teachers are doing in their classrooms. 

Read Professor Cuban’s blog series below and get a step-by-step lookinto Project Time at Summit schools. 

Part 1: Biology with Catherine Clausen
Part 2: History with Chris Kelly 
Part 3: Pre-Calculus with Ethan Edwards
Part 4: World Studies with Aukeem Ballard
Part 5: World Studies (2) with Katie Goddard 
Part 6: Chemistry with Edward Lin
Part 7: AP U.S. History with Edwin Avarca 
Part 8: 9th Grade English with Anne Giocondini

Summit Denali student wants a swim team– she starts one.

Sarah, a seventh grader at Summit Denali, always wanted to be on a swim team. Since area middle schools didn’t have swim teams, Sarah realized it would be two years until she could race for her school. Sarah didn’t want to wait. Instead, she did what any determined and enterprising student would do – she decided to start her own swim team at Summit Denali.

Sarah, whose father Geoff is an avid swimmer, asked him to help her start the team. Working closely with the school and parents, Geoff and Sarah rallied supporters until they had 25 swimmers in 6th through 8th grade willing to attend 6:30 a.m. practices, participate in joint carpools and pitch in to host a meet. Summit Denali finally had its swim team.
“The swim team was just a dream, but after talking about it with my dad and principal, I realized that it wasn’t going to be as hard as I thought,” Sarah said. “There were other students who wanted to do it too, and now they’re my friends.”
Throughout the season, Sarah saw her swimming improve, shaving off a critical three seconds from her 25-yard lap by December. Geoff, who coached the team with Kristy, worked hard to secure practice facilities, organize rides to and from the pool in the early morning and schedule meets against swim clubs in the area. In December, the Summit Denali team hosted a meet where they placed second.


 
“In our first year, our students grew to become strong swimmers,” said Geoff. “Their hard work and dedication showed in the water and I’m thankful that Summit let us give kids another option for recreation. It’s through swimming that Sarah has made new friends, and I believe the added practice and exercise will give her and her teammates a greater ability to focus in school.”

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Senior Spotlight on Albin Quan; Stanford, Harvard, or Yale?

Albin Quan, a senior at Summit Tahoma in San Jose is elated about his acceptances to Stanford, Harvard, and Yale.  As a first generation Vietnamese American, Albin started school as an English Language Learner, but set his sights early on college. He wanted to be the first in his family to go to college, reflecting “I chose Summit Tahoma because of its emphasis on college readiness and I haven’t been disappointed.”
After a tough decision, this fall, Albin will set off to Yale University to major in Political Science. In the meantime, he’s going to make the most of spending time at home with family and friends. “I’m really excited to start college and continue to pursue my passions. I know my parents are really going to miss me, so I want to spend as much time with them as possible this summer.”
“My academic success comes from both a strong work ethic and time management skills, as well as my curiosity about many of the subjects and material taught in classes”
Right before his recent visit to Yale, Albin sat down with us to discuss his experience at Tahoma and his future.
What’s the key to your success?
My academic success comes from both a strong work ethic and time management skills, as well as my curiosity about many of the subjects and material taught in classes or provided on the playlists. Being able to work in a personalized way means that I’ve had to prioritize my workload. And for me, that means I can complete work more quickly, freeing up time to take part in more clubs, do more volunteering, and follow my passions.
How have you changed during high school?
I entered as a very shy person, but now I am more confident about speaking what is on my mind and interacting with other people and students in the community. I attribute this to the small community where I really feel that I got to meet everyone and felt comfortable being myself.
What’s been the best part of high school at Summit?
The best thing about Summit Tahoma is the mentoring and support that I have received over the years, especially from Ms. Toyama who is my current mentor, and who has supported my intellectual and personal growth over my high school career. Mentoring has been crucial to my development. I don’t think I’d have been as organized or as on top of everything without having Ms. Toyama there to help guide me every step of the way. Having an adult who I am comfortable speaking to about career advice, personal problems, etc. has been the best part of school.
What makes Summit Tahoma so unique?
I’ve definitely seen a lot of diversity - racial diversity and income diversity. Having students from lots of different backgrounds really enriches the perspective of the things we discuss in class, such as government, analyzing books - everyone has different opinions.
What are you most looking forward to about your future?
I was born in San Jose. I am looking forward to hopefully coming back to California after college, and serving my community through administrative or legislative work in the government.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Summit Schools in Top 10% in Nation

Summit Public Schools has once again been named among America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report! Achieving Gold Awards, our Redwood City schools, Summit Prep and Everest, both ranked in the top 21 high schools in California and top 10 percent of all high schools nationwide.

Our high schools in San Jose, Summit Rainier and Summit Tahoma, also received accolades. Both achieved Bronze Awards for their high performance in state exams. Read more about our schools' U.S. News & World Report rankings here.

In addition, all four schools made it on to Washington Post’s list of Most Challenging Schools in America for promoting rigor and college & career readiness for all of our students. 
We are all incredibly proud of our students, families, and faculty! 
“This honor reflects the hard work of our teachers, staff, and students. At Summit, we have an unrelenting belief that every student can achieve his or her goals in college, career and life and this core principle is evident in each and every one of our schools. I’m extremely proud of our team.”  
Diane Tavenner, CEO of Summit Public School

Summit Denali Student’s Photo on Display in Vice President’s Home

“Orange Waves” by Ellen Hu is currently on display in Vice President Joe Biden’s home
The photograph, “Orange Waves,” by Ellen Hu, an 8th grader at Summit Denali, is one of only 10 photos currently on display in the living room of the Vice President’s home. It was handpicked by National Geographic Kids and the Second Lady of the United States. Ellen shot the photo after watching her sister’s softball game at Ortega Park in Sunnyvale, CA, She was inspired to experiment with a long exposure of the lights in the park. The result -- a beautiful and unique photo.

During 6th grade, Ellen took a photography course during Expeditions. Since then, she has become a keen photographer, regularly sharing her photos online. “Everyone in my family loves photography. It’s a hobby I really enjoy,” said Ellen. What's Ellen’s advice for other budding photographers? “Go out and take photos of things you think look nice. That’s how I started. I didn’t really know what I was taking photos of, I was just taking random photos. You should take them in the moment and see what you find.”
“When my mom emailed me at school to tell me my photo had been selected, I just sat there for a while not able to focus. I was so happy.” Ellen Hu, 8th grader at Summit Denali

Over 90% of Summit Seniors Already Accepted into College!

Over 90% of Summit’s Class of 2016 have already been accepted in a four-year college, and students are still receiving more and more acceptances every day. Summit students have been accepted into over 120 diverse colleges across the nation, including all 9 University of California (UC) campuses, Stanford University, Pomona College, Brown University, Emory University, Villanova and much much more.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

An Inside Look into Mentoring

Mentoring is one of the most unique and special aspects of Summit schools. Every week, students and mentors meet one-on-one for 10 minutes. While 10 minutes may pass by quickly, those 10 minutes build strong relationships, challenge our students to reach their potential, and empower students to be self-directed learners. At the heart of mentoring are our mentors truly understanding their students, and helping them set and reach their personal, academic, and college goals. It’s hard to imagine what the magic of mentoring may look like in practice and the profound impact that it has on our students, so we’ll let our students and teachers share with you their experiencesWatch the video below.     
“Mentoring is to coach students on how to be more effective agents of their own change”


“... if I did not have her as my mentor or in my life at all,  I wouldn’t be where I am now, or  I wouldn’t be looking at my future”

“You definitively learn a lot about each other as people, and it really helps the teacher help you”  

“Kids having the ability to reflect, to set goals, to make plans, to follow-up on those, those are universal skills for success”

EdWeek Highlights Summit's Chief Academic Officer

Photo courtesy of Education Week

"I'm not doing anything now that I didn't always want to do. I became a convert because I saw the academic utility in using technology in a thoughtful and intentional manner." Adam Carter, Chief Academic Officer of Summit Public Schools
Education Week published an article recently that serves as a humbling reminder that any impact we wish to have on students should be personalized and intentional. The article highlights Adam Carter’s personal journey from his early beginnings as an English teacher to becoming a pioneering force as Chief Academic Officer at Summit Public Schools. After working with less-resourced communities in Indonesia, he began to understand the importance of technology in education. His evolution led him back to Summit where he delved into researching technology, cognitive skills, student data, and Habits of Success, as well as collaborating with academic experts from Stanford on integrating online tools into Summit’s curriculum. He now works with our technology, information, and engineering teams to bring all of his research, experience, and learnings into practice with our Personalized Learning Plan (PLP).

To read the full article, click here

3, 2, 1... Action! Expeditions at Summit Rainier

This month, students at Summit Rainier (San Jose) had opportunities to explore their interest in film production and acting during Expeditions. In partnership with Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in downtown San Jose, students took a Film and Production class taught by a local filmmaker. Students wrote, filmed, produced and edited a film over the course of two weeks. An example of the one of the films students put together is a powerful documentary, Spectrum, that explores gender identity in the communities. Check it out below.
In the Modern Acting Class, students were taught by local playwrights and actors in San Jose in partnership with the School of Art and CultureStudents learned about TV action, blocking, lighting, and acting, all necessary to create these short films like "Saber Fight," starring Kai P. and Amira S.  Enjoy watching it below!

Summit Launches Parent Ambassador Institute

This spring, Summit launched its Parent Ambassador Institute to prepare parents to become advocates for their school, Summit Public Schools, and high-quality educational opportunities for all children in our communities. We hosted a two-session series where over 70 parents of both current and incoming students across both California and Washington schools joined. 

In the sessions, families learned more about Summit, charter schools, and how to amplify their voice. In the first session, Diane Tavenner, Summit's CEO, discussed the history of Summit and the importance of parent voices. Families also had a chance to explore their personal values, as well as learn more about Summit’s personalized learning model and charter schools. In the second session, participants learned how to amplify their voice by developing an elevator pitch and personal story about their experience with Summit. Then, they had the opportunity to share their pitch and story in various role plays with prospective families, media, and elected officials. Our families’ stories were inspiring, moving, and deeply touching, and we look forward hearing more stories in future sessions and parent ambassador actions.   

“The Parent/School Administration Leadership community continues to be amazing. After today I feel much more welcomed to participate in any advocacy process.”
“It has been the best leadership training I ever attended… and I have been in many”. 

“I loved hearing Diane speak about Summit's history”
“Extremely well done! Easy to see why our son has thrived at Summit Prep!”


 

Top Left: Summit parents share their personal Summit story
Top Right: Parents simulate a local school district board meeting
Bottom: Parents from Summit Tahoma (San Jose) enjoying small group activity during lunch