I'm a Director of School Launch and Incubation at CityBridge Education in Washington, D.C., where I lead the School Design Fellowship. The Fellowship is a year-long experience for district and charter school leaders to think deeply and dream big about how school has to change in order to create a more equitable future.
My work is grounded in the anti-racist belief that equitable schools can disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression. At CityBridge, I have: coached school entrepreneurs on the development of successful charter applications; co-designed and co-led the Breakthrough Design Fellowship, which merged the consciousness of racial equity work with the creativity of design thinking; co-led local School Retool cohorts; and led the Education Innovation Fellowship.
Before joining CityBridge, I was Deputy Director of School Partnerships at New Classrooms; I taught seventh grade English as a Teach For America corps member in Prince George’s County, Maryland; and I was the founding Managing Editor of ScienceProgress.org at the Center for American Progress. I hold a B.A. in English and American studies and an M.A. in English, both from the University of Virginia.
As a white man working in education, I firmly believe that doing this work requires me to acknowledge the skin I'm in and to use the privilege I have in American society to work for educational justice—more on that in this post.
I’m an alum of the 4.0 Schools Essentials training; I am a Summit Learning Certified Support Partner for school leader coaching; I’m a member of the Transcend Education Yellow Hats League; and I’m certified in teaching the equityXdesign framework.
While working at New Classrooms Innovation Partners, I supported schools in three states and the District of Columbia to implement the Teach To One: Math personalized learning program.
I began my career in education through TFA in Prince George’s County, teaching 7th-grade English/Language Arts. Before that, I helped build Science Progress, a magazine about progressive science and technology policy.
When I'm not working with educators, you'll find me cooking with my kids, playing piano, running, reading, or tinkering with technologies old and new.
You can reach me at appratt [at] gmail [dot] com.