Photo courtesy of the Natural Resources Defense Council

We had met with [Harlem Children’s Zone] founder Geoffrey Canada… and we asked him how he was succeeding. He told us this: “As long as the school in the neighborhood at the center of the lives of these kids is failing, nothing will change….

We have this current we’re swimming against and we have to get kids across. And the model that is working is one that needs Olympic class swimmers to get the kids across the river. And we know how hard is… If there are easier change models out there, we should pursue them.

Education philanthropist Katherine Bradley, explaining the tough challenge of school reform, at last night’s Education Pioneers D.C. event.