Kelly Davenport is helping educate Philadelphia’s underserved youth through the Freire Charter Schools, which serves over 1,500 students in Pennsylvania and Delaware in grades 5 through 12. Davenport has headed the Freire network for 17 years, and is currently the Executive Director of the network's nonprofit support organization, Build the Future Education Collaborative. Under her leadership, the Pennsylvania Department of Education identified Freire Charter School as one of the top five highest-performing schools in Philadelphia in 2015. On fellowship, Davenport will examine how parents, students, and education and government officials understand the concept of educational equity and how reforms at the national and local level have affected access to education for Chinese citizens. She will also explore how secondary education ensures students are equipped with skills that are well-matched to current jobs. Informed by her experience in China, Davenport will create a proposal for how to restructure the Philadelphia School District so that all students have access to educational excellence.

Organization

Build the Future

Title

Executive Director

Areas of Interest

Education
  • Kelly Davenport

Program Year

2017

Program

United States Program

Country of Origin

United States

Destination Country

China