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Excited Children in Science Class


The Drake Academy of Excellence is a private, non-profit elementary and middle school with a vision to be a catalyst for systemic educational change by modeling innovative and research-driven strategies that develop students, teachers, and leaders. 


We partner with educational pioneers and leadership experts from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to lead systemic change. We train educators, leaders, and community members in human development, curriculum and instruction, and educational change through workshops designed in collaboration with leading experts. We also support children and adults as they shift from the ideals of manual labor, seen in the industrialized school model, to a framework that inspires students to engage in mind work and direct their own learning.

Julie Jungawala

Julie is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for the Future of Learning, a nonprofit organization transforming the factory model of education for a diverse range of public schools, independent schools, public charter schools, and educational organizations. She earned a master’s degree in technology, innovation, and education at Harvard.

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Susanna Katsman

Susanna is an instructor for Harvard Extension School’s Professional Development Program "Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders.” Susanna holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Biology from Brandeis University and is trained and qualified in Immunity to Change Facilitation by Minds at Work.


Julie Stern

Julie is the four-time best-selling author of Learning That Transfers, Visible Learning for Social Studies, The On-Your-Feet-Guide to Learning Transfer, and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. Julie is one of the country’s preeminent scholars and practitioners of research-backed adult learning.

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