In conjunction with the NOVA documentary, DPEA Founder and Director Amir Abo-Shaeer and former DPEA student Madison Pickett were invited to the 2nd Annual White House Next Generation High School Summit, held on September 12 in Washington, D.C.
Abo-Shaeer joined NOVA producers on a panel about classroom innovations. He also spoke in sessions about project- and design-based education in the United States. The all-day event highlighted students, educators, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs who are reinventing the high school experience to better empower students to seize opportunities in today's economy and to prepare students for success in college and career. The US Department of Education and White House staff were among the participants.