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August 2016

See inside the school Bill Gates thinks could be the future of learning, August 25, 2016, Yahoo Finance

See inside the school Bill Gates thinks could be the future of learning, August 25, 2016, Business Insider

I Love This Cutting-Edge School Design, August 22, 2016, GatesNotes The Blog of Bill Gates

Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans, August 9, 2016, The New York Times

May 2016

Facebook Education and Summit Public Schools, May 11, 2016, HarvardEdCast

April 2016

Spreading Personalized Learning: Results from Summit Public Schools' First Basecamp Run, April 26, 2016, Ed Surge.

Sunnyvale Girl's Photo To Be Shown in Vice President Joe Bieden's House, Sunnvyale Sun, April 21, 2016.

Interview with Mike Sego,, April 20, 2016

Summit Public Schools Ranked Top 10 Percent of Best US High Schools, April 19, 2016

Innovating to Accelerate Gains at Truesdell Education Campus in Washington DC,
Lexington Institute, April 8, 2016

March 2016

Researcher Larry Cuban Goes Inside Summit Public Schools in Multi-Part Series,EdSurge, March 29, 2016

Tech 'Convert' Helps Head Network's Personalized Learning Push, Education Week, March 28, 2016

Facebook Teams Up With California Charter Schools, Ed Tech, March 25, 2016

Using Blended Learning to Design Schools that Motivate Students, Education Next, March 24, 2016

Spreading an Idea in Education: What happens when you stop being polite and start getting real? The Hechinger Report, March 16, 2016

Inside Facebook's Partnership to Develop Software for K-12 Schools, Education Week, March 7, 2016

Facebook's Zuckerberg to Bet Big on Personalized Learning, Education Week, March 7, 2016

Despite its high-tech profile, Summit charter network makes teachers, not computers, the heart of personalized learning, Hechinger Report, March 1, 2016

How this Bay Area Charter Network is Reinventing Education, LA Times, March 1, 2016

February 2016

What's Working: Empowering Diverse Students in Washington State Charter Schools, Huffington Post, February 26, 2016

January 2016

"The Seventy Four Whitmire: The Secret to Building the Next Gen High School?"  The Seventy Four, January 24, 2016 

"The Schools of the Future"  U.S. News, January 16, 2016 

"Summit Basecamp Helps Teachers & Students Jumpstart Personalized Learning" Education Reimaged, January 14, 2016

"Across the Country, a New Type of Partnership Between Charters and Districts Emerges" Medium News and Stories, January 13, 2016 

December 2015

"Redwood City Teen Overcomes Bullying To Help Other Victims," CBS SF Bay Area, December 7, 2015 

November 2015

"iNACOL: Hard Data, Soft Skills," Summit Presentation, November 10, 2015

October 2015

"Habits of Success: Seeking the Invisible Thread," Education Week, October 17, 2015
"Meet three schools that will use technology to personalize learning. What will they learn?," The Hechinger Report, October 17, 2015
"WCCUSD considers new technology to improve student performance," Richmond Confidential, October 9, 2015  
"A technology team from Facebook works to serve classroom teachers," The Hechinger Report, October 8, 2015 
"Why Facebook engineers helped this district build a personalized learning tool," eSchool News, October 7, 2015  

September 2015

"The Future of Learning," Metropolis, September 2015
"I’m Not Abandoning Our Parents: A Washington Charter Leader Reflects on Two Tumultuous Weeks,"
 The Seventy Four, September 21, 2015
"Summit Sierra 'Best of' & Chance to Make History," Drew Robertson: Summit Sierra, September 10, 2015
"Seattle charter school remains open despite Supreme Court ruling," MyNorthwest, September 9, 2015
"Inside Facebook's plan to build a better school," The Verge, September 3, 2015
"Facebook Goes Back to School," EdSurge, September 3, 2015 
"Facebook Takes a Step Into Education Software," The New York Times, September 3, 2015
"Facebook steps up to the chalkboard with education initiative," Silicon Valley Business Journal, September 3, 2015
"Facebook joins other tech firms in creating free online education tools," San Jose Mercury News, September 3, 2015
"Facebook is building education software that it plans to give away to any school that wants it," Business Insider, September 3, 2015
"Facebook in partnership with Summit charter schools to build education software," USA Today, September 3, 2015  
"Facebook offers free education software in US," BBC, September 3, 2015
"Facebook Engineers Enroll in Summit Public Schools Project," Ad Week, September 3, 2015
"Facebook working with schools on a personalized learning app," Engadget, September 3, 2015

August 2015

"Wave of charter schools debuts with all seats filled," The Seattle Times, August 18, 2015

July 2015

"Three Seattle-Area Charter Schools Prepare To Open," KUOW, July 31, 2015

"Three Tacoma charter schools ready to forge new territory," The News Tribune, July 20, 2015 

June 2015

"Charter schools about choice in education, parents say," City Living Seattle, June 12, 2015

May 2015

"Graduating Self-Directed Learners Ready to Thrive in College," Getting Smart, May 23, 2015

"2 more applications for charter schools in Washington," The Associated Press, May 21, 2015

 "What Summer Can Be--for Students and Teachers," Education Week, May 21, 2015

"Tacoma Dome District: Renovation turns former Nalley plant into charter high school," Tacoma Daily Index, May 20, 2015 

"Highest-rated high school in Silicon Valley region found in ... Santa Cruz?," Silicon Valley Business Journal, May 12, 2015 

"Summit Tahoma and Rainier Celebrate 100%of Seniors Accepted to a 4-Year University," El Observador, May 8, 2015

"Blended Learning Proof Points Showcase District Schools," Forbes, May 7, 2015

"Summit Public Schools ranks in the top 500 nationally in the Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools List," Press Release, May 6, 2015

"Schools tout high college attendance: Redwood City charter high schools have 99 pct. college rate and 100 pct. grad rate," San Mateo Daily Journal, May 5, 2015

"Summit Tahoma Convierte En Realidad Los Suenos De Ir A La Universidad," El Observador, May 1, 2015

"Summit Public Schools sets new bar with over 99 percent of students accepted to college," Press Release, May 1, 2015

April 2015

"A Silicon Valley-based Teach For America program dives into blended learning," The Hechinger Report, April 30, 2015

"Students Follow Their Passions and Receive Personalized Learning at Summit Tahoma," El Observador, April 24, 2015

March 2015

"Summit Public Schools announces enrollment deadlines and events for new Seattle and Tacoma public charter schools," Media Advisory, March 17, 2015

February 2015

"Charter school supporters get their feet wet in first info session," West Seattle Herald, February 26, 2015

"How do you fix America's high schools?," The Hechinger Report, February 10, 2015

"The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Education," Fast Company, February 9, 2015

"How One Charter Group Took a Start-Up Approach to Teaching," Education Writers Association, February 4, 2014 

January 2015

"Boston's Edtech Scene Shines (With a Dusting of Snow)," EdSurge, January 26, 2015

November 2014 

"How To Teach Students How To Learn," World Economic Forum, November 21, 2014

"Summit Friends Facebook to Expand Personalized Learning Plan," EdSurge, November 17, 2014

September 2014

"Personalized Education: How Blended Learning Transforms Roles and Relationships," CEA, September 2014

"Learning Deeply, Shared Broadly," Education Week, September 23, 2014

"Summit Public Schools: Another Face of Learning," Alliance for Excellent Education, September 18, 2014

August 2014

"How Summit Makes Friends by Challenging the Traditional Edtech Marketplace," EdSurge, August 6, 2014

June 2014

"Amid Skepticism, Blended-Learning Models Aim to Transform Teacher's Work," Education Week Teacher, June 18, 2014

"Summit Plans To Publicly Share All Playlists and Projects," EdSurge, June 18, 2014

"Summit Public Schools Hosts Second Annual Summer Institute for Nearly 200 District and Charter Educators," Activate Instruction, June 18, 2014

"A Peak Inside Summit's Personalized Learning Software," EdSurge, June 1, 2014

May 2014

"The Start of my Journey as the Gates Foundation CEO," Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Blog, May, 21, 2014

"World Class PD, About Process Not Product at Summit Public Schools," GettingSmart, May 21, 2014

"All Learners Are Created Equal," EdSurge, May 11, 2014

"Next-Gen Models Planned for Washington State," GettingSmart, May 9, 2014

"Simple Act of Kindness Transforms Student's Life, Benefits Entire High School," NBC Bay Area, May 7, 2014 

"Creating Innovative Ecosystems," Education Week, May 5, 2014

"OPINION: K12 Innovators, Take the Red Pill," EdSurge, May 3, 2014

"'Blended Education' Charter School Proposed For Kent County," The Cranston Herald, May 1, 2014

April 2014

"CEPR Hosts Blended Learning Conference," The Harvard Graduate School of Education, Apr. 28, 2014

"ASU+GSV Summit's Return on Education (ROE) Innovation Award Winners Announced," ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, Apr. 25, 2014

"Summit Among the Best High Schools in the Nation for 2014," US News and World Report, Apr. 21, 2014

"Blended Learning Revolution: Tech Meets Tradition in the Classroom," The Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 20, 2014

"Update on Summit - Denali and Beyond," GettingSmart, Apr. 18, 2014

"Can Open-Source Infrastructure Move the Market?," EdSurge, Apr. 9, 2014

March 2014

"Proposed El Cerrito Charter School Clears Another Hurdle," The Contra Costa Times, Mar. 6, 2014

"Key Learnings from the Golden State," Blend My Learning, Mar. 4, 2014

February 2014

"Coding in the Classroom," EdCrunch, Feb. 26, 2014

"Sunnyvale's Summit Denali Teaches Students 'Balanced Living'," The San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 12, 2014

"The Gates Foundation Invests in Charter Schools in Washington," The Chronicle of Social Change, Feb. 11, 2014

"Commentary: Innovating That Little House on the Prairie," NBC News, Feb. 10, 2014

January 2014

"Summit Middle School Approved, Education Fair This Weekend," The Richmond Confidential, Jan. 31, 2014

"El Cerrito Planners Approve Charter School," The Contra Costa Times, Jan. 29, 2014

"Richmond: Education Fair Will Highlight Charter Schools and Available Programs," The Contra Costa Times, Jan. 27, 2014

"Charter-School Applicants to Pitch Plans at Public Forums," The Seattle Times, Jan. 11, 2014

"A Teacher's Guide To Performance Assessment," TeachThought, Jan. 1, 2014

December 2013

"Charter Schools Will Serve Washington Well," The Olympian, Dec. 21, 2013

"Report: In Silicon Valley, 'successful' Schools Fail Poor and English Learning Students," The San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 9, 2013

"Charter Schools Following An Upward Trajectory," The News Tribune, Dec. 4, 2013

November 2013

"38 Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting," Education Week, Nov. 27, 2013

"County Board Votes to Approve New Summit Charter School," San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 24, 2013

"Ed-Tech Startup Leads HarperCollins into 'Nascent' K-12 E-Book Market," Education Week, Nov. 19, 2013

"EdTech 10: The Good Stuff," Getting Smart, Nov. 16, 2013

"Contra Costa County School Board Approved Summit K2 Charter," Contra Costa Times, Nov. 14, 2013

"38 High Schools Worth Visiting," Getting Smart, Nov. 14, 2013

"Contra Costa Trustees To Vote on El Cerrito Charter School," Contra Costa Times, Nov. 12, 2012

October 2013

"Charter Schools Move Forward in Washington State," Education Week, Oct 24, 2013

"Charter Schools '3.0:' Would-be Founders Show Their Hand," Seattle Weekly News, October 22, 2013

"Group Takes First Step to Opening Charter Schools," San Francisco Chronicle, October 22, 2013

"Summit Public Schools and Green Dot Public Schools Applying to Come to Washington," Washington State Charter School Association, October 22, 2013

"Guest Opinion: Summit Public Schools Would Benefit West Contra Costa District," Contra Costa Times, October 3, 2013

September 2013

"Bay Area Educators Win Science Teaching Fellowships," San Jose Mercury News, September 30, 2013

"10 Promising Models & What it Means for Leaders," Getting Smart, September 24, 2013

"Ed. Companies Learn How to Make Gains With Data at EdNET," Education Week, September 24, 2013

"Blended Learning Gets MOOC'ed on Coursera," EdSruge, September 10, 2013

"Summit Denali: 12 Components of an NGLC Winning Design", Getting Smart, September 7, 2013

"10 Characteristics of Great School Cultures," Getting Smart, September 4, 2013

"Give Students Back their Agency," The Clayton Christensen Institute, September, 3, 2013

August 2013

"Not Your Father's Classroom: The Rise of Edtech," EdSruge, August 26, 2013

"How Frames, Plans, Platforms & PD Support Great Teaching," Getting Smart, August 24, 2013

"LA Unified Schools Top Lists of California's Best Charters," LA School Report, August 22, 2013

"Building College-Going Communities," Getting Smart, August 19, 2013

"Smart Lists: 40 Top Charter Networks & School Managers," Getting Smart, August 14, 2013

"New School: Two Apps That Let Teachers Remix Lessons Like DJs," Fast Company, August 14, 2013

"When Common Core Meets The Local Control Funding Formula," EdSurge, August 14, 2013

"Edtech 10: Superhero News Makers," Getting Smart, August 10, 2013

"California Charters Open Curriculum Platform to Other Schools," Education Week, August 8, 2013

"Activate Instruction: Free K-12 Online Common Core-Aligned Curriculum Tool," California Charter School Association, August 8, 2013

"Free Platform Provides Educator-Developed, Common Core-Aligned Curriculum," t.h.e. Journal, August 7, 2013

"Educators in High-Performing Schools Make Currulum Available at No Cost through Activate Instruction," The San Francisco Chronicle, August 7, 2013

"Activate Instruction Puts Students in the Driver's Seat," EdSurge, August 6, 2013

"Educators in High-Performing Schools Make Curriculum Available at No Cost through Activate Instruction," Digital Journal, August 7, 2013

"PRESS KIT: Educators in High-Performing Schools Make Curriculum Available at No Cost thought Activate Instruction," Activate Instruction, August 7, 2013

July 2013

"Silicon Valley Charter Nonprofit Eyes Secondary School in West Contra Costa," Mercury News, July 11, 2013

"Charter School Chases Elusive Formula for Education Reform," IVN - Charlotte Dean, July 11, 2013

June 2013

"News Corp. Introduces a New Kind of Interactivity to the Classroom," FastCompany, June 17, 2013

"A Good Year for Technology in the Classroom," Association for Continuing Education, June 14, 2013

"Summit Denali: Engaging Student-Centered High School Model," Education Week, June 13, 2013

"Finding a Path to Success," The Daily Journal, June 10, 2013

"Will Education Technology Finally Live Up To Its Potential?," AVNetwork, June 3, 2013

"Good Work: Iterating & Innovating at Scale," Getting Smart, June 1, 2013

May 2013

"Disparities in Education Can Crush Aspiration in Heart of Silicon Valley," EdSourse, May 29, 2013

"In Silicon Valley, Even High Achieving Schools Fail Latinos, report say" San Jose Mercury News, May 29, 2013

"Millions and Millions of Great Teachers Needed: How Will We Meet this Need?," NewSchool Venture Fund Summit, May 15, 2013

"Learning Optimized," Education Next, May 13, 2013

"Fighting For Justice In All Corners of the Word," USC News, May 13, 2013 (Alumni Story)

"2013Keynote Speaker Bill Gates Interviews Diane Tavenner, CEO of Summit PublicSchools," SXSWedu, May 12, 2013

"Peninsula High Schools Rank High in U.S.," Halfmoon Bay Patch, May 7, 2013

"'Blended learning' win win situation: Column," USA Today, May 5, 2013

April 2013

"Unit 3: Expert Panel with Mira Browne, Jon Deane, Jeremy Macdonald, & Rebecca McLelland- Crawley," Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed, April 29, 2013

"Bill Gates on Education: We Can Make Massive Strides," FastCompany, April 15, 2013

"Which Way for K12 Blended Learning? (Part 2: Rainbows, Unicorns, and EdTech)," EdSurge, April 10, 2013

"Why Blended Learning Can't Stand Still: Executive Summary," Lexington Institute, April 5, 2013

March 2013

"Adventures in Playlisting," Blend My Learning, March 29, 2013

"The 'Lean Startup' Model Goes To School," EdSurge, March 26, 2013

"Placing Students at the Heart of Innovation," Blend My Learning, March 18, 2013

"A Bold New Math Class," ASCD: Educational Leadership, March 15, 2013

"What a Startup and a School Have in Common," EdSurge, March 13, 2013

"Bill Gates Gives SXSW Education Conference Keynote, Cites $9 Billion "Tipping Point" in Digital Learning," Fast Company, March 6, 2013

February 2013

"What Happens When You Cross a School and a Startup," EdSurge, February 26, 2013

"Which Way for K12 Blended Learning? (Part 1: Boarding the Mayflower)," Blend My Learning, February 12, 2013

January 2013

"Silicon Schools Fund Invests $1.7Million to Expand Blended Learning in Bay Area Schools," Silicon Schools Fund, January 23, 2013

"Next-Gen Model Break New Ground, Promote System Redesign," Getting Smart, January 19, 2013

"Next-Gen Learning Models Blend Tech & Experiences," Education Week, January 17, 2013

"Next-Gen Models Attack Problems, Leverage Opportunities," Getting Smart, January 17, 2013

"Building Motivation, Instilling Grit: The Necessity of Mastery-Based, Digital Learning," Forbes, January 10, 2013

"The Next Generation of (Personalized) Learning," The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, January 4, 2013

"Summit San Jose – Technology Remaking and Personalizing Education," Association for Continuing Education, January 3, 2013

December 2012

"It's About Self-directed Learning," Blend My Learning, December 18, 2012

Diane Tavenner – Lean Start Up Conference 2012, The Lean Start Up Conference, December 17, 2012

November 2012

"Embarking on Year Two: Moving Beyond Blended Learning," Blend My Learning, November 27, 2012

"How Teachers Mix Online Math with Classroom Instruction," NPR's KQED Mind/Shift, November 14, 2012

"Is the Technology 'Ready" for Blended Learning?," Forbes, November 8, 2012

"Diverse Charter Schools," EducationNext, November 5, 2012

October 2012

"Blended Learning Models Generating Lessons Learned," Education Week, October 23, 2012

"Creative Cluster: Silicon Valley," Education Week, October 22, 2012

"Gap family invests in fund to launch 25 local schools," San Francisco Chronicle, October 15, 2012

"Blended Learning – Moving from new programs to new paradigms," Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, October 2, 2012

"The Learning Design Opportunity of Our Time," Getting Smart, October 2, 2012

September 2012

"Diane Tavenner: Moving beyond blended learning to optimized schools," Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, September 6, 2012

"Reflections From Two Years of Khan Academy in the Classroom," Huffington Post, September 27, 2012

"Blended Learning in Practice: Case Study from Leading School," Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, September 2012

"Blended Learning: Iterating Toward Better Learning At Scale," Education Week, September 20, 2012

March - August 2012

"DIY: Management Chops," Education Week, August 27, 2012

"Partnership Allows Schools, Business to Grow Ideas," San Mateo Daily Journal, March 26, 2012

2009 - 2011

"Charter Schools Receive Meg(a) Bucks," San Jose Insider, September 21, 2011

"Meg Whitman Drops $5 million on Silicon Valley charter schools," San Francisco Chronicle, September 20, 2011

"Summit Prep Ranked Top 10 Most Transformative School in the Nation," Redwood City Patch, June 21, 2011

"Ten Miracle High Schools," Newsweek, June 21, 2011

"State Board Backs Everest Charter," The Almanac Online, March 18, 2009

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