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Diane Tavenner

Summit Public Schools
Co-Founder & CEO
Diane Tavenner, a lifelong public school educator, is pioneering a new vision for education in the United States. Diane founded Summit Preparatory Charter High School in 2003, which quickly earned a reputation as one of the nation’s best public high schools. She co-founded and is CEO of Summit Public Schools, a nationally recognized nonprofit that operates 15 public middle and high schools in California and Washington. Diane has developed a school model centered on real-world experiences, self-direction, collaboration, and reflection — preparing all students to succeed in college, thrive in today’s workplace, and lead a secure and fulfilled life. Diane is also the author of Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life. All author net proceeds from the sale of Prepared are donated to the Community High School Foundation to support a college and career scholarship fund.

In 2015, Summit launched the Summit Learning Program to offer curriculum, professional development, and ongoing support to schools across the country. Today, the program is partnering with thousands of educators and hundreds of schools in diverse communities across the country. Summit has earned many accolades and distinctions, and deservedly so — to date, 99 percent of Summit graduates have been accepted into four-year colleges, and its graduates complete college at double the national average. Summit is also recognized for its commitment to continuous improvement and collaboration, establishing innovative partnerships across industries, including with renowned learning scientists and researchers, universities, technology companies, teacher preparation programs, foundations, and community organizations.

Diane also serves on the many education-related boards and is a frequent speaker at the nation’s top entrepreneurship and education conferences, including ASU+GSV, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and SXSWedu with Bill Gates. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Southern California and has a master’s degree in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.

My Friday Slate Sessions

Friday, October 18

12:40pm PDT