President Obama called Capital City "innovative" and spoke of "rewarding innovation" as a means to improve the performance of schools nationwide. Head of School Karen Dresden has embraced innovation from day one. "We definitely use innovative structures and teaching practices to ensure that all students are learning and making progress and that our school is a strong and supportive community," she said. "Our Expeditionary Learning model engages students in rigorous learning and provides opportunities to apply knowledge to real-world situations."The visit came during a rough period of his nascent administration involving withdrawn confirmations.
likened the visit among the turmoil to Bush's "My Pet Goat" moment.