Our founder returned to her home city of Philadelphia, carrying with her the voices of students and teachers who gave her a charge: turn this program into a full-fledged organization that has the capacity to impact an entire city of teachers and students. With their voices in her mind, she spent a full year in deep conversation with community partners, school leaders, and teachers in Philadelphia. She was determined to honor the strengths and the hopes of our teachers and students in Philadelphia by developing partnerships long before the first RPIA teacher joined the pilot cohort of the city.