Core Values

Transcend is a national nonprofit dedicated to accelerating innovation in the core design of “school”


Core Values

Transcend is a national nonprofit dedicated to accelerating innovation in the core design of “school”

Our Core Values


Results for Kids

“And how are the children?” – daily Masai greeting

We constantly ask ourselves this question, mindful that innovation only matters if it creates a fundamentally better answer for all children.

Diverse Voices

“We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community - and this nation.” – Cesar Chavez

We act from the conviction that the best innovation emerges from diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences

Play Big

“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

We imagine bold possibilities, muster the courage to go after them, and consider system implications from the start.

Perpetual Beta

“What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard at today?” – Carol Dweck

We strive to be constant learners, always seeking to grow and improve.


“All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou

We play the long-game and prioritize what has the greatest long-term impact for kids.


“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”  – Lao Tzu

Relationships and genuine connection are at the heart of our work.


Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Transcend Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Transcend Advisory Council

Norman Atkins
CEO of Relay Graduate School of Education

Stephen D. Arnold
Co-founder & Vice Chairman, George Lucas Education Foundation

Andy Calkins
Deputy Director, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Matt Candler
Founder and CEO, 4.0 Schools

Ulrik Juul Christensen                                              Executive Chairman, Area9 Group

Aimee Eubanks Davis
Founding CEO of Braven

Mike Goldstein
Chief Academic Officer of Bridge International Academies

Alex Hernandez
Partner, Charter School Growth Fund

Michael Horn
Co-founder, Clayton Christensen Institute

Todd Kern
Founder and Principal, 2Revolutions

John B. King Jr CEO of the Education Trust, and Former U.S. Sec. of Education

Vanessa Kirsch
Founder and CEO of New Profit, Inc.

Wendy Kopp
Founder, Teach For America; CEO, Teach For All

Jal Mehta
Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Adam Pisoni
CEO of Always Be Learning; Co-founder / CTO of Yammer

Deborah Quazzo
Founder and Managing Partner at GSV Advisors, LLC

Gerard Robinson
Former Commissioner of Education for State of Florida and Virginia

Tom Rooney
Superintendent of Lindsay Unified School District

Irene Rosenfeld Former chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International

Chris Rush
Co-founder and Chief Program Officer of New Classrooms, Inc.

LaVerne Srinivasan
Vice President, National Program, Carnegie Corporation

Deb Sawch
Education Researcher and Co-founder, Studies in Educational Innovation at Teachers College, Columbia University

Elisa Villaneuva Beard
CEO of Teach For America