Alejandro Fuentes, Cohort 2 Fellow
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What Makes Moonshot edVentures Unique?
What we do?
Moonshot edVentures is leading the education revolution in Metro Denver. Our Fellowship allows individuals to explore designing and launching a new learning environment, such as a new school or program. Our three-stage program focuses on leadership development, designing and piloting your learning environment alongside communities, and supporting each Fellow on the best pathway to launch their venture. We do this work alongside a community of dedicated leaders, building meaningful connections to local and national networks.
Why we do it?
Moonshot edVentures envisions a learner-centered system, led by individuals who share and empathize with the experience of the students and communities they aim to serve, where all children become learners who persist through life and meaningfully contribute to their communities.
In Denver Public Schools, nearly three-quarters of students are children of color, while three-quarters of teachers are white. When students of color have teachers of color, their math and reading scores go up and their graduation rates and aspirations to go to college increase. In addition, they have fewer unexcused absences and report feeling cared about and academically challenged. It is clear that ameliorating the diversity gap in the educator workforce is critical to meeting the needs of underserved children of color and to closing the achievement gap between low-income students of color and their white peers.
However, students of color, in particular, are being excluded the opportunities to thrive. As a result, Moonshot invests in local leaders and schools, ensuring that students of color are afforded the learning experiences that will prepare them to thrive in life, and communities were part of creating these learning environments.