Mallory Dwinal (Washington & Brasenose 2009) used her time at Oxford to develop a new model for public high school-- one that replaces traditional teaching with a modified version of the tutorial method. They've just finished their first year of operations and have brought students, staff, parents, and board members to Oxford to deepen their collective understanding of the tutorial method. Come meet their team to learn about 1) the school model and 2) entrepreneurship and innovation in the public education space.
Oxford Day Academy:
Co-created with young people and their families, Oxford Day Academy (ODA) is a public charter high school serving the East Palo Alto community of Silicon Valley. After 8 years of planning, the school opened to its inaugural class of 9th graders in Fall 2017. ODA's mission is to engage and develop intelligent, empathetic young leaders with the character, ability, and passion they need to create positive change in the world.
To achieve this mission, our students spend half of their time each day out in their local community completing real-world electives and internships and then use these experiences to design think their way through social issues that matter most to them. Our teachers use Oxford-style tutorials to help students apply personalized academics to these service projects. Through this approach, our young people will develop not only deep content mastery, but also the open-ended problem solving and interpersonal communication skills required to become impactful leaders for positive social change, both at home and around the globe.
Founder & CEO, Oxford Day Academy
Mallory Dwinal is the Founder and CEO of Oxford Day Academy. She has spent the last nine years developing ODA’s instructional, operational, and financial systems. Her experience with the Oxford tutorial system as a graduate student, as well as her instructional design background as a high school Spanish teacher and Department Chair provides her foundation for this work.
Mallory graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics, Spanish, and International Studies; additionally, she holds a PhD in Education from Oxford University, which she attended as a U.S. Rhodes Scholar and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in Menlo Park with her husband, Chase, and youngest sister, Rachel.