VOTE TrueSchool for Tory Burch Foundation Fellowship!


The Tory Burch Foundation launched its inaugural Fellows Competition to select 10 entrepreneurs for a yearlong fellowship. Their mission is to empower women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

Over 500 applicants from across the nation applied. TrueSchool Studio is one of thirty finalists selected to compete for mentorship and coaching for one year, funds towards business education, and the opportunity to compete for a grant investment of $100,000.

With your help we can continue to grow our impact by empowering educators with the time, space and process to lead system-change solutions in their schools and regions. We have worked with over 1,100 educators, impacting over 50,000 students with innovative solutions to solve pressing challenges in their schools.

Help us grow, by voting daily!

  1. Visit Amy Vreeland’s Fellows Page.
  2. Click Vote.
  3. Enter your email address.
  4. Click Vote Now.

Your support will help us become a 2016 fellow and enable us to grow our reach to impact more educators + students! Please share this article or voting link with your friends and family to amplify our reach!


VOTE for TrueSchool – Big Idea Finalist


The annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, hosts one of the largest crowd driven pitch extravaganza – The Big Idea. 22 nominees are competing to secure a place in The Big Idea – Vote for TrueSchool via the voting platform. Nominated companies work across various industries – ranging from education to agriculture, all competing to win the grand prize of $25,000.

Big Idea This year, TrueSchool Studio, nominated by 4.0 Schools, has the opportunity to compete for the grand prize. 22 companies are nominated, but only 12 companies get to present at the Big Idea, and only three make it onto the stage for the final pitch. In order to make it to the Top 12 finalists, we need your help. Your continual vote each day will help us increase the impact we’ve made in education. Impacting over 550+ educators and empowering 20,000+ students, we continue to enable educators to drive innovation in their classrooms, schools, and systems.


Help us further our impact and mission by taking 20 seconds to vote daily!

1) Visit the voting page at, scroll down, and select TrueSchool Studio.

2) Fill out the CAPTCHA and click Vote.

Your support will make the biggest difference and an even greater difference if you share this article or voting link to your friends and family. Help TrueSchool Studio help educators help students.

Vote now and share this post on your social media sites.

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Chicago Educators: Apply Now for the Summer Design Program 2015 (applications due by 5pm, March 23)


The Summer Design Program (SDP) enables educators to create and implement innovations to transform student learning in their classrooms or schools. Educator teams from public schools across Chicago engage in a series of sessions led by TrueSchool Studio and the Chicago Public Education Fund. Together, we clarify a school-based, student-centered challenge, identify new or known solutions in Chicago and elsewhere, and design a classroom or grade level innovation. School teams include the principal, at least one classroom teacher, and one additional member of the staff.

At the conclusion of the SDP, teams have the opportunity to earn financial resources and additional support to implement their innovations in the coming school year.


Core Commitments for participating in The Summer Design Program:

  • Team of 3, including the principal, at least one classroom teacher, and one additional member of the staff.
  • School leader attends one kick-off event.
  • Full team attends all three 1-day in-person sessions and one evening event.
  • Engage in team meetings, independent research, and collaborative preparation of projects during the weeks between in-person sessions (approximately 10-20 additional hours per person total).
  • Collaborate and coordinate as a team to submit deliverables on time.
  • Be open to feedback and adjust course as needed.
  • Share insights and findings, including interviews, written documents, photos, and videos to track progress, measure impact, and build knowledge around best practices.
  • To create a big, bold vision for your innovation and to act with focus and urgency.
  • Have fun!



  • Monday, March 23:  Applications deadline
  • Early April: School selection
  • Saturday, May 16: In-person session one
  • Thursday, July 16: In-person session two
  • Thursday, July 30: In-person session three


Focus Areas for the Summer Design Program 2015:

Teams will have the opportunity to work to create solutions focused on addressing one of three identified challenges:

  • Personalized Learning: How might we rethink teaching and learning through the inventive use of our schools resources (e.g., time, space, staff) to more effectively meet the learning needs of each individual student?
  • Transitions: How might we ensure smooth and successful transitions from early childhood education to elementary school, of middle grades to high school and from high school to post-secondary?
  • Professional Development: How might we create more time for collaboration during the school day and identify opportunities to personalize growth opportunities for teachers based on their needs and interests?