Hi, I'm Andrew Plemmons Pratt. I lead the Education Innovation Fellowship at the CityBridge Foundation in Washington, D.C. The year-long program arms D.C. teacher leaders with the knowledge, experience, and design-thinking skills to create next-generation personalized classroom models and to spread their ideas within their schools and across the city. Previously, I was the Deputy Director of School Partnerships at New Classrooms Innovation Partners, where I helped design support and implementation for the nationally recognized Teach To One: Math personalized learning program.
I began my career in education as a Teach For America corps member, but my work is informed by experience working at the intersection of science, communications, and public policy. Before teaching, I was the founding Managing Editor of ScienceProgress.org.
While I taught 7th-grade English/Language Arts in Prince George's County, Maryland, I divided my time between planning & delivering lessons, tinkering with edtech tools, and writing about what I learned as a co-editor of the "EdTech 101" blog on TFAnet.org. You can read about some of those experiments, and newer thoughts on education technology, in the edu tech posts on this site.
During my time in PGCPS, my colleague Matt McCrea and I won the first Prince George’s County / TFA Social Innovation Challenge with our on-demand teacher professional development platform for data driven instruction. We also co-organized the first EdCampDC—an “unconference” of nearly 300 teachers, entrepreneurs, and policy professionals who designed and delivered their own professional development.
My writing has appeared at EdSurge, TheBillfold.com, and TFA's Pass The Chalk blog—see the Portfolio page for all the links. (I should mention that all opinions expressed on those sites and this one are entirely my own.) A selection of my favorite Science Progress articles is also on the Portfolio page.
Always passionate about building and making, I've taught myself the basics of programming languages including Python, Processing, and R. I've also learned to bake bread, play piano, and build things that flash and beep using the Arduino electronics prototyping platform.
If it's useful, there's more info available in a LinkedIn-style format.
You can reach me at appratt [at] gmail [dot] com.
This site was built using the Pelican framework for generating static websites (it's written in Python). The design is based on the Sundown theme by orderedlist and the Mockingbird theme by Nevan Scott.