AMPS Named Among National Network of Leaders Through Achievement First's Charter Network Accelerator Program
OAKLAND, CA — Amethod Public Schools (AMPS) is among twelve charter management organizations across the country chosen this year to join Achievement First’s Charter Network Accelerator Program for their fourth cohort. This program selects charter management organizations achieving strong results with historically underserved populations.
"We are very excited for this opportunity,” says Jorge Lopez, chief executive officer of Amethod Public Schools. "Being selected as a part of the Charter Network Accelerator program aligns with our commitment to continuous learning and the growth mindset, as well as provides our organization with innovative tools, information on best practices and lessons from other high-performing organizational leaders that will assuredly benefit our students and school communities."
The Charter Network Accelerator program was founded in 2014 by Achievement First and serves over 60,000 student scholars nationwide by working with charter network leaders to strengthen their practices. Their vision is to increase the number of top quality school seats available to parents across the country who are seeking an excellent school for their children. As part of that vision, they also aim to increase the number of prominent, high-performing charter networks led by leaders of color, so that the leadership of the charter sector more closely resembles the communities they aspire to serve.
“The Cohort Four leaders – like the leaders in our previous cohorts – bring with them a deep dedication to improving education and each have extraordinary stories of achievement,” says Sara Keenan, managing director of the Charter Network Accelerator. “We are excited to learn from their accomplishments so far and support them in getting stronger as they grow their networks to serve more students.”
Participants in the Charter Network Accelerator Cohort Four include:
• Amethod Public Schools, Oakland, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Jorge Lopez
• Bright Star Schools, Los Angeles, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Hrag Hamalian
• Envision Education, Oakland, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Gia Truong
• Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Kansas City, MO
o Chief Executive Officer, Hannah Lofthus
• Gestalt Community Schools, Memphis, TN
o Chief Executive Officer, Yetta Lewis
• Henderson Collegiate, Henderson, NC
o Chief Executive Officer, Eric Sanchez
• LEARN Charter School Network, Chicago, IL
o Chief Executive Officer, Greg White
• Navigator Schools, Hollister, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Sved
• Neighborhood House Charter School, Boston, MA
o Chief Executive Officer, Kate Scott
• New Beginnings School Foundation, New Orleans, LA
o Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Blouin-Williams
• RePublic Schools, Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS
o Chief Executive Officer, Jon Rybka
• Village of Excellence Academy, Tampa, FL
o Chief Executive Officer, Cametra Edwards
To learn more about Achievement First and their Charter Network Accelerator Program, visit www.achievementfirst.org.