CityBridge announces 2018 Cohort "Excellent schools don’t just happen. After almost two decades working in public education in Washington, CityBridge knows that creating excellent schools requires tremendous, intentional focus. Many elements need to come together seamlessly: academic rigor, teacher talent, high expectations and trusting relationships, and design that promotes student agency, equity, and deep learning. But even if they are present in a school’s plan, these factors may never materialize without exceptional talent at the helm. Strong school leadership is the crucial characteristic that ensures educational excellence.
As an incubator for excellent, equitable schools, CityBridge works with educators and entrepreneurs to bring to market the next generation of our city’s public schools. Across the last year, we searched locally and nationally to find leaders with the vision, talent, and drive tofound new schools and programs for students and families in Washington.
Through this competitive process, we have selected a cohort of outstanding leaders. Together, they will reimagine public education."
The Entrepreneur Janine Gomez has decades of experience as a teacher and principal in schools that emphasize deeper learning. She first trained as an electrical engineer at Georgia Tech but found a calling as a teacher, later moving on to become a principal, education consultant, and now a school founder. Gomez earned Elementary Principal of the Year honors from the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools for her leadership of Capital City’s Lower School (PreK-8). She is a Camelback Ventures Fellow and a 4.0 Schools Tiny Grant recipient.
The CityBridge Project Gomez believes anew model for school—one where learning is customized in collaboration with each child—can emerge by drawing together elements of Expeditionary Learning, Montessori, and project-based learning. Planned for PreK through grade 8, Gomez’s charter school, I Dream Academy DC, will begin deeper learning experiences in the earliest years, reinforcing curiosity, critical thinking, and collaborative work at the beginning of a child’s education.