Alexandra Bernadotte

Ashoka Fellow
San Francisco, California, United States
Fellow Since 2012


This profile was prepared when Alexandra Bernadotte was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
Alex is creating a powerful feedback loop between K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions, so that high schools can better match their priorities and teaching practices to the skills students need to succeed in college and beyond.

At the heart of the model is a technology platform that high schools, charter management organizations, college access organizations, and colleges can use to track at-risk students starting in May of their senior year of high school, during their first two years of college—the years students are most likely to drop out—and through their college graduation and beyond. For the first time, high school administrators, guidance counselors, and teaching staff will be able to see where individual students are struggling beyond their doors, and identify areas for improvement in their own practices—whether by improving their teaching in math and science, revamping their college preparation programming, turning their attention to building students’ resilience and self-sufficiency, or otherwise responding to graduates most persistent trouble spots. Similarly, by looking at the factors that distinguish successful students from their peers who are struggling, colleges will be able to improve retention and intervention strategies, and to identify at-risk students before it’s too late.

Alex is building a powerful community of practice among participating education institutions to enable them to share strategies and learn from one another. By helping secondary and postsecondary schools take shared ownership of the problem, she aims to create a seamless set of performance standards whereby success in K-12 paves the way for success in college and in the long-term.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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