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I talked about the Science Leadership Academy briefly at this year's Innovation Showcase.

The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006. SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

I also talked about the amazing work that the students do there and about the Principal, Chris Lehmann, and how inspiring I find him to be. Seriously, how many high schools do you know that has Bill Gates come and talk to the students?

SLA has been open 4 years now and just graduated its first enrolment of students. Chris has been generous enough to share via his blog Practical Theory, the speech that he gave at graduation. Read it if you get the chance - a truly inspiring, passionate man who gets what education is all about.

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