The Barra Foundation’s Catalyst Fund supported four innovative high schools in Philadelphia – Building 21, Science Leadership Academy, The Workshop School, and Vaux Big Picture High School. Given Barra’s desire to share learning as part of the innovation process, the Foundation decided to embark on its first “thematic review” to look back across these models to capture learnings. During the 2017-2018 school year, ImpactED, in partnership with the Foundation, engaged in an intensive year of learning about these school models. At a June 18, 2018 convening, speakers from each school and The School District of Philadelphia led a conversation about what it takes to implement and sustain innovative school models.

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