Working with Christine and Moonshot edVentures has been integral in helping me re-envision what educating children can look like and the approaches that are used to engage students in our schools. Through my coaching sessions with Christine, I have been able to connect with like-minded and like-valued individuals that see the importance of equipping leaders of color to stand in front of our students of color and provide the highest quality education.
Christine has pushed my thinking to consider ways in which I could pilot components of my educational vision to see its impacts on children that are within my target demographic. If not for her advocating and being a thought partner in this area, I would not have ventured into this arena…and ultimately missed an opportunity to make some real-time adjustments to my approach. Whether through networking, advocacy, or coalition building, Christine has been an encourager, a well of resources, and a listening ear when the weight of the work overshadowed the “why” of the work. I am eagerly looking forward to continued partnership with Moonshot edVentures and excited about the future of my impact because of my connection to such an important opportunity for leaders of color.
Christine at Moonshot EdVentures was incredibly helpful in our early attempts at scouting and applying for fellowships or incubators to develop our program. We received excellent connections, feedback, and coaching that was actually contextualized for the specific programs we were applying for. Christine spent hours reviewing our documents and prepping us for the interview, and I credit a large part of our winning one of the fellowship spots to her support. There are unspoken rules to this game that are absolutely invisible to aspiring entrepreneurs. Moonshot levels the playing field by removing the veil.
Moonshot has pushed me to dream bigger about our school prior to joining. Being exposed to such a diversity of other school leaders has provided me with the support to realize no matter what there are engaged dedicated educators just as eager to change our future through education as I am. When you are doing this work it can feel like you are in it alone, however, Moonshot has opened my heart to the possibilities that we can impact the world of education. As a fellow with Moonshot I am learning the skills necessary to be even more of an impact and has helped me see that the school is going to be more than just a beacon in my community but we can show how dynamic our method is to the world. When you are a BIG dreamer anyway, Moonshot has shown me, that there is, even more, to add to make that BIG dream even BIGGER. I work on my school with a new passion when we are not engaged and I push myself, even more, to be able to share with CDL and the other fellows. Being successful just for my school is not my goal. I want us all to be successful and change the lives of as many students as possible.
Moonshot EdVentures has created a space for innovative, motivated thoughtful people of diverse experiences and backgrounds to come together and consider what could be in the world of education. Through deep, meaningful relationships with new colleagues, this experience is pushing my thinking about how to create a thoughtful school design that puts students at the center, pushes me to consider how I enter the work and has connected me with others who can give thoughtful feedback. Because of the work that CDL is doing to help us learn from the best in the community, I feel we are taking a more in-depth look at the factors that should influence our school design.
This has been one of the most powerful experiences of what it means and what it takes to work and learn across difference. The school leadership rubric has been invaluable in naming the elements required and the cohort experience is stretching me in ways that is mobilizing change in other spaces in the ed reform sector. Truly powerful programming.
Moonshot is an awesome organization that helps education leaders of color pursue their dreams in opening schools for their communities. I have had a wonderful experience working with the organization. The Founder and CEO is brilliant, articulate, extremely efficient and knowledgeable on the education space here in Denver. Moonshot has restored my faith in people and what we can do for kids in education when innovative new ideas come to life.
Moonshot provides thoughtful response to challenges facing leaders trying to create change in education. They help to break down problems, see opportunities, and imagine new solutions.