When you meet Dr. Yaw O. Adutwum his energy and impassioned committment to education immediately impresses you. An educator and community activist born in Ghana, he is today the founder and CEO of New Designs Charter School in Los Angeles. The high school dropout rate in Los Angeles is a disheartening 44%, and those most affected are African-American and Latino students. As an educator, Dr. Adutwum recognized that his students in South Los Angeles had solid intellectual skills but often lacked motivation and even more importantly academic self-esteem. He has dedicated himself to opening up better paths for students like these, designing programs that boost morale and teach crucial skills like math and science. In 2007 the school received a $150,000 grant from the Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation through Edvisions Inc. to enhance curriculum development and instructional delivery. “Around campus we’re celebrating the highest G.P.A, the best science fair project, who is going to win student of the week, and most importantly who made it to the Honor Roll. These are our values,” emphasizes Dr. Adutwum.

Dr. Adutwum will be speaking to TEDxManhattanBeach this October, talking about how he created his phenomenally successful school. “We’re driving high academic student achievement while maintaining a stable, fiscally efficient, sound organization that is a responsible steward of public funds,” he says.

We invite you to join us on Oct 22nd to hear Dr. Adutwum and many other dynamic speakers to imagine the future of education with us.


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