Generation Schools Network co-creates healthy school ecosystems by partnering with educators, students, families and communities to elevate the education experience.




GSN Founder, Furman Brown, begins development of GSN Model


Brown was on the first Teach for America team in South Central Los Angeles. The frustrations experienced during that assignment led him to spend more than a decade developing and testing educational reform strategies in a variety of settings. As a result, the Generation Schools model was born.

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Brooklyn Generation School (BGS) Launched


Brown and co-founder Jonathan Spear launched BGS in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers as part of the South Shore Educational Complex.

The first three graduating classes (2011, 2012, 2013) increased the graduation rate, doubled the percentage of students receiving a NY State Regents diploma and 90% were accepted into college.


Expansion to Colorado


Brown returned to his native Colorado at the same time Wendy Loloff Cooper did, both with the intent of starting a school that simultaneously met the needs of students, teachers and the community. Together, they built a Colorado-based team and West Generation Academy (WGA) launched the following year. WGA was part of the Denver Public Schools turnaround effort at the West High School campus.

After just one year, significant academic growth was noted on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program and multiple other measures.


Transition to Service Offerings


Throughout GSN’s history, staff not only worked on school model development and implementation, but also came alongside schools to help them rethink the use of time, talent, and resources to better meet student needs. With the help of the firm No Mission No Margin, GSN made a strategic shift from starting schools to applying the principles of the model to help struggling schools and districts.


Where Are We Now?


Generation Schools Network (GSN) co-creates and implements programs with K-12 schools and districts who seek evidence-based, innovative strategies to improve their school ecosystem’s ability to meet the needs of the whole student.



Demonstrating the need for educational equity.


Graduation Completion Gap

1 in 6 students attend a school district with high dropout rates.

1 in 3 minority students (32%) attend a school district with high dropout rates, compared to 8% of white students.


Poverty Gap in Math & Reading

Though the achievement gap in U.S. schools has received much attention over the past fifteen years, there has been little progress in closing national gaps that persist across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines.

In 2017, National Assessment of Academic Progress (NAEP) data indicates no meaningful change in a 30%reading achievement gap between 4th grade students eligible for subsidized meals and those not eligible. The same is true for 8th grade mathematics, where a consistent gap of 30% also remains. These gaps have persisted from 2003 to 2017, over 8 administrations of the NAEP.  


Opportunity Gap

Over the last 40 years, lower income families have increased spending on structured learning opportunities and enrichment to $480 per year, whereas upper income parents have increased their spending to nearly $5,300 per year.

That’s more than 10 times the opportunity being given to low-income students.


Workforce Preparedness & College Attainment Gap

By 2025, 60% of jobs in America will require some form of post-secondary education. Our collective economic future depends on our ability to meet this demand.

Despite improvements in attainment rates, America still ranks 10th in the world in the share of young adults who have finished college. Equity gaps are a major reason for this result. America’s white young adults have attainment levels that would rank fourth internationally. However, black and Latino attainment would rank 28th and 35th internationally, respectively.


Learn more about educational equity at our Student Success Journey site.