Four years ago, we launched Marshall Street as an extension of Summit Public Schools’ two-decade commitment to improving public education in the United States. This past year, we have focused on deepening the ways we support schools dedicated to making long-term improvements for their students positioned furthest from opportunity. We’re proud of the important work happening across all of Marshall’s programs to advance equity, break down long-standing silos, center students’ experiences, and reimagine public education.
The Marshall Teacher Residency is launching the 2023–24 school year with its largest cohort ever, with values-aligned school partners and resident teachers spread across the state of California. The diverse cohort of Marshall Residents will access a zero-cost path to becoming a teacher, one of the many ways we are removing equity barriers to the teaching profession. Additionally, our new cohort of over 60 residents will include elementary candidates and education specialists. This programmatic expansion is the result of our partner schools and districts asking us to serve as their single teacher pipeline solution.
The Marshall Leadership Institute is enhancing its partnerships with school communities across the country. This past year, the Marshall Leadership Institute provided intensive cohort-based development for over 100 school leaders, established a successful and sustainable Aspiring Leader Program in collaboration with a leading charter management organization, and piloted an effective school-site improvement model in our regional Washington cohort. Responding to demand from our partners, we are excited to launch a Personalized Coaching Program in the upcoming year to continue to develop and support transformative education leaders nationwide.
The Networked Improvement Community (NIC) will be publishing a set of emerging best practices that best serve Black and Latino students with disabilities experiencing poverty. These practices — which will be available for all to access — are the result of three years of disciplined continuous improvement work by hundreds of educators and researchers nationwide. A majority of our partner schools are meeting or exceeding their goals while also contributing to a body of evidence that will be shared widely amongst practitioners hoping to better serve students who sit at the intersection of marginalization based on race, class, and ability status.
As we celebrate the foundation we’ve established in the first four years of our work, we also have the chance to imagine how we can build on this foundation to drive greater impact moving forward. On a personal note, I will be leaving Marshall in August 2023, and I’m thrilled for the opportunities before us under the leadership of Greg Ponikvar, our incoming Executive Director. With his practical optimism and deep understanding of schools, Greg is well positioned to grow Marshall’s impact.
Despite the challenges facing the public education sector, we approach the 2023–24 school year with immense hope. It’s hard not to when we get to work directly with the inspiring and committed teachers and leaders who are serving students across our nation’s schools every day. We’re grateful to be a part of the transformational journeys of so many.
Thank you to the philanthropic community, our expanding group of school partners, and to our Marshall team, who together have built a lasting foundation for continued growth and success.
Learn how the Marshall Teacher Residency is producing high-quality teachers who represent the communities they serve.
Learn how the Marshall Leadership Institute is nurturing leaders through their entire career journey.
Learn how the NIC is systematically addressing the way we serve our most vulnerable students.