The Odyssey Initiative will tour all 50 states in order to learn what's working in classrooms; the group will then use what they've learned to open their own school in Brooklyn.

What makes a school ‘successful?' High test scores, happy teachers, involved parents? Is it a private school, a charter school, a public school? In a rural or urban area? What makes a ‘successful' teacher? Ivy-league educated, a Teach For America cadet, or years of experience? How do we fix America's broken education system? Increase government funding, implement year-round schools, raise taxes?

These questions are challenging–if not impossible–to answer without a combative debate. But Todd Sutler, a New York City based teacher, is ready to take on the daunting task when he and his team embark on a nine month journey this September that will take them on a tour of 150 schools across all 50 states. Dubbed The Odyssey Initiative, the group will observe and interview K-8 teachers who have been identified by their peers as innovative and inspiring teachers. Along the way, they will record and document the methods and programs that are positively impacting American students on a public, interactive website. After the completion of the trip, Sutler and his team will open a charter school in Brooklyn in 2014- effectively putting into place the common best practices they saw emerge during the trip.

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