Faculty: Nicholas D. Torres

President, Education-Plus, Inc.
CEO, Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School
Former President, Congreso

Mr. Torres currently serves as CEO of Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School (www.edpluscharter.org), President of Education-Plus, Inc. (www.educationplushealth.com) where he works on scaling higher education models, school-based health centers and blended learning education models for dyslexic populations, and Founder of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (www.philasocialinnovations.org) and Social Innovations Lab (www.socialinnovationslab.org). In addition, he serves as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's Fel's Insitute of Government (www.fels.upenn.edu).

Mr. Torres plays a leadership role in Pennsylvania and beyond. In January of 2008, he was 1 of 10 Americans to receive the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, which honors emerging leaders from around the world; he was also recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as one of the 101 Philadelphia Connectors. Currently, Mr. Torres serves on the boards of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Children's Scholarship Fund, After School Partnership, and GreenTree Foundation.  Previously he served as  the Board Chair of Pan American Academy Charter School (Founder). Advisor to Knight Foundation Philadelphia, Chair of the Southeastern Pennsylvania United Way's Professional Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the National Council of La Raza's Northeastern Affiliates, and as a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.

Mr. Torres served as president of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., from 2000-2010, one of the nations' premier multi-service organizations. As president of Congreso, he launched a K-college continuum of educational services; launched mental health and primary care as part of its integrative approach; standardized a model of case management across child welfare, welfare to work, health, behavioral health, workforce and education services; and aligned the organization through standardized outcome measurements. 

Courses Taught

Social Innovations (Summer 2012)

Summer 2012
Course Section: 
900
Wednesday
6:00-9:30 pm 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25
Instructor: 
Nicholas D. Torres
Instructor: 
Tine Hansen-Turton
Fels Seminar Room
Executive

“In the past three decades, the global citizen sector, led by social entrepreneurs, has grown exponentially. Just as the business sector experienced a tremendous spurt in productivity over the last century, the citizen sector is experiencing a similar revolution, with the number and sophistication of citizen organizations increasing dramatically. Rather than leaving societal needs for the government or business sectors to address, social entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions, delivering extraordinary results, and improving the lives of millions of people.” Ashoka 

This course provides students with concepts and tools that can help them both build a sustainable and profitable business and create social impact. Students will learn how to assess the feasibility of a social enterprise through the application of impact, blending mission with profits, potential for large scale impact, and organizational strength and capacity criteria. Students will learn how to identify and measure social impact, design and create social sector business plans, calculate social return on investments (SROI) and unit costs, identify and development markets (includes social media and networks), assess risks, leverage start-up capital and influence policy toward leveraging public resources.

Students will use these applications in business engagements, networking in the social sector, and field assignments during the semester. Students will be paired with a social sector organization and leader in the Philadelphia region to apply concepts and tools learned in the course to the organization. Students will present the organization with a social enterprise analysis and article that presents an opportunity to be published in the nationally recognized and respected Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal.

This course fulfills an elective requirement for the Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Certificate programs.

Social Innovations Lab (Spring 2013)

Spring 2013
Course Section: 
001
Tuesday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
Nicholas D. Torres
Instructor: 
Tine Hansen-Turton
BENN 244
Full-Time
Executive

Social Innovations Lab (SIL) is designed for social entrepreneurs who want to fine tune, pilot, and potentially seed their social innovation. The Lab nurtures social enterprise models from ideas to implementation, increasing blended value—social impact and financial sustainability. The Social Innovations Lab provides a low-risk opportunity to test, vet, and bring to implementation, strong ideas across the social sector, social enterprise, and government. The Lab’s goal is to increase the chances that the strongest ideas of Social Innovators will take root, attract the needed capital, and ultimately have a significant social impact regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The SIL focuses on fine-tuning an innovation through best practices research and consultation, pilot testing the model in the real world, and seeding the idea with real investors.

INNOVATING Leaders in government, social investors and philanthropists are demanding new social enterprise models that are cost effective, financially self-sustainable, adaptive to feedback and metrics, with clear outcome accountability measures, and the potential for large-scale impact.

TESTING Social sector-oriented nonprofit leaders and managers from the nonprofit, government and for-profit sectors need a way to test new innovative ideas and models to determine whether the ideas are effective, sustainable or scalable before they fully launch them. Executing ideas without testing them can be socially and financially costly and has the potential of negatively impacting the groups the model was designed to serve.

SEEDING Innovative models that have been vetted and have the right talent have a much greater likelihood of success and need to be matched to partners, seed funding and investors, and talent. Without the right connections, great ideas can be lost.

The Social Innovations Lab is taught within a cross-sector, low-risk, high-return, data-rich, and cooperative environment.
CROSS-SECTOR The Social Innovations Lab is an attractive option to both funders and social sector organizations.
LOW-RISK The objective of The Social Innovations Lab will be to take great ideas and test them in a low risk and low cost environment.
HIGH-RETURN Foundations and investors, as well as nonprofit, government and private organizations can sponsor an individual or team, who are motivated to solve social problems and create significant social impact outcomes: large investments can be wisely made.
DATA-RICH Impact measuring of lab participants’ innovations will provide the foundations for sector-wide standards, shared research, strong case studies, robust theories of change, and sustainable business models.
CO-OPERATIVE We will bring together a diverse group of players who will learn from each other, leverage resources and knowledge from each of their individual disciplines, and build connections that will deliver results long after the lab has ended.

Leading Nonprofits (Fall 2012)

Fall 2012
Course Section: 
001
Tuesday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
Tine Hansen-Turton
Instructor: 
Nicholas D. Torres
BENN 141
Full-Time
Executive

Leading Nonprofits is designed for those who have a practitioner’s interest in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations and their intersection with the private sector. Leading Nonprofits takes the student through the process of starting a nonprofit to managing and leading non-profits through key decisions and stages of development. Leading Nonprofits also facilitates the learning of essential tools to conduct in-depth analysis of a non profit's effectiveness and utilization of best practices. Students will develop a unique framework for understanding the role and function of the Social Sector comprised of Nonprofits, Social Enterprise, Public and Private Collaborations and Partnerships. Students will also develop practical tools to apply this understanding to strategic management, leadership, and public policy decisions, and will learn new competencies within this emerging field.

This course satisfies a core requirement in the Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. It is also an approved elective in PennDesign’s Certificate in Urban Development.

Social and Public Innovations (Summer 2013)

Summer 2013
Course Section: 
900
Tuesday
6:00-9:00 pm 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30
Instructor: 
Tine Hansen-Turton
Instructor: 
Nicholas D. Torres
Fels Sweeney Room
Full-Time
Executive

“In the past three decades, the global citizen sector, led by social entrepreneurs, has grown exponentially. Just as the business sector experienced a tremendous spurt in productivity over the last century, the citizen sector is experiencing a similar revolution, with the number and sophistication of citizen organizations increasing dramatically. Rather than leaving societal needs for the government or business sectors to address, social entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions, delivering extraordinary results, and improving the lives of millions of people.” Ashoka 

This course provides students with concepts and tools that can help them both build a sustainable and profitable business and create social impact. Students will learn how to assess the feasibility of a social enterprise through the application of impact, blending mission with profits, potential for large scale impact, and organizational strength and capacity criteria. Students will learn how to identify and measure social impact, design and create social sector business plans, calculate social return on investments (SROI) and unit costs, identify and development markets (includes social media and networks), assess risks, leverage start-up capital and influence policy toward leveraging public resources.

Students will use these applications in business engagements, networking in the social sector, and field assignments during the semester. Students will be paired with a social sector organization and leader in the Philadelphia region to apply concepts and tools learned in the course to the organization. Students will present the organization with a social enterprise analysis and article that presents an opportunity to be published in the nationally recognized and respected Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal.

This course fulfills an elective requirement for the Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Certificate programs.

Leading Nonprofits (Fall 2013)

Fall 2013
Course Section: 
001
Tuesday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
Tine Hansen-Turton
Instructor: 
Nicholas D. Torres
MEYH B13
Full-Time
Executive

Leading Nonprofits is designed for those who have a practitioner’s interest in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations and their intersection with the private sector. Leading Nonprofits takes the student through the process of starting a nonprofit to managing and leading non-profits through key decisions and stages of development. Leading Nonprofits also facilitates the learning of essential tools to conduct in-depth analysis of a non profit's effectiveness and utilization of best practices. Students will develop a unique framework for understanding the role and function of the Social Sector comprised of Nonprofits, Social Enterprise, Public and Private Collaborations and Partnerships. Students will also develop practical tools to apply this understanding to strategic management, leadership, and public policy decisions, and will learn new competencies within this emerging field.

This course satisfies a core requirement in the Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. It is also an approved elective in PennDesign’s Certificate in Urban Development.

Social and Public Innovations (Summer 2014)

Summer 2014
Course Section: 
900
Tuesday
6:00-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Tine Hansen-Turton
Instructor: 
Nicholas D. Torres
Full-Time
Executive

“In the past three decades, the global citizen sector, led by social entrepreneurs, has grown exponentially. Just as the business sector experienced a tremendous spurt in productivity over the last century, the citizen sector is experiencing a similar revolution, with the number and sophistication of citizen organizations increasing dramatically. Rather than leaving societal needs for the government or business sectors to address, social entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions, delivering extraordinary results, and improving the lives of millions of people.” Ashoka 

This course provides students with concepts and tools that can help them both build a sustainable and profitable business and create social impact. Students will learn how to assess the feasibility of a social enterprise through the application of impact, blending mission with profits, potential for large scale impact, and organizational strength and capacity criteria. Students will learn how to identify and measure social impact, design and create social sector business plans, calculate social return on investments (SROI) and unit costs, identify and development markets (includes social media and networks), assess risks, leverage start-up capital and influence policy toward leveraging public resources.

Students will use these applications in business engagements, networking in the social sector, and field assignments during the semester. Students will be paired with a social sector organization and leader in the Philadelphia region to apply concepts and tools learned in the course to the organization. Students will present the organization with a social enterprise analysis and article that presents an opportunity to be published in the nationally recognized and respected Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal.

This course fulfills an elective requirement for the Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Certificate programs.

Social Innovations Lab (Spring 2014)

Spring 2014
Course Section: 
001
Tuesday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
Nicholas D. Torres
Instructor: 
Tine Hansen-Turton
MCNB 285

Social Innovations Lab (SIL) is designed for social entrepreneurs who want to fine tune, pilot, and potentially seed their social innovation. The Lab nurtures social enterprise models from ideas to implementation, increasing blended value—social impact and financial sustainability. The Social Innovations Lab provides a low-risk opportunity to test, vet, and bring to implementation, strong ideas across the social sector, social enterprise, and government. The Lab’s goal is to increase the chances that the strongest ideas of Social Innovators will take root, attract the needed capital, and ultimately have a significant social impact regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The SIL focuses on fine-tuning an innovation through best practices research and consultation, pilot testing the model in the real world, and seeding the idea with real investors.

INNOVATING Leaders in government, social investors and philanthropists are demanding new social enterprise models that are cost effective, financially self-sustainable, adaptive to feedback and metrics, with clear outcome accountability measures, and the potential for large-scale impact.

TESTING Social sector-oriented nonprofit leaders and managers from the nonprofit, government and for-profit sectors need a way to test new innovative ideas and models to determine whether the ideas are effective, sustainable or scalable before they fully launch them. Executing ideas without testing them can be socially and financially costly and has the potential of negatively impacting the groups the model was designed to serve.

SEEDING Innovative models that have been vetted and have the right talent have a much greater likelihood of success and need to be matched to partners, seed funding and investors, and talent. Without the right connections, great ideas can be lost.

The Social Innovations Lab is taught within a cross-sector, low-risk, high-return, data-rich, and cooperative environment.
CROSS-SECTOR The Social Innovations Lab is an attractive option to both funders and social sector organizations.
LOW-RISK The objective of The Social Innovations Lab will be to take great ideas and test them in a low risk and low cost environment.
HIGH-RETURN Foundations and investors, as well as nonprofit, government and private organizations can sponsor an individual or team, who are motivated to solve social problems and create significant social impact outcomes: large investments can be wisely made.
DATA-RICH Impact measuring of lab participants’ innovations will provide the foundations for sector-wide standards, shared research, strong case studies, robust theories of change, and sustainable business models.
CO-OPERATIVE We will bring together a diverse group of players who will learn from each other, leverage resources and knowledge from each of their individual disciplines, and build connections that will deliver results long after the lab has ended.

Social and Public Innovations (Summer 2014)

Summer 2014
Course Section: 
900
Tuesday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Tine Hansen-Turton
Instructor: 
Nicholas D. Torres
Fels Seminar Room

“In the past three decades, the global citizen sector, led by social entrepreneurs, has grown exponentially. Just as the business sector experienced a tremendous spurt in productivity over the last century, the citizen sector is experiencing a similar revolution, with the number and sophistication of citizen organizations increasing dramatically. Rather than leaving societal needs for the government or business sectors to address, social entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions, delivering extraordinary results, and improving the lives of millions of people.” Ashoka 

This course provides students with concepts and tools that can help them both build a sustainable and profitable business and create social impact. Students will learn how to assess the feasibility of a social enterprise through the application of impact, blending mission with profits, potential for large scale impact, and organizational strength and capacity criteria. Students will learn how to identify and measure social impact, design and create social sector business plans, calculate social return on investments (SROI) and unit costs, identify and development markets (includes social media and networks), assess risks, leverage start-up capital and influence policy toward leveraging public resources.

Students will use these applications in business engagements, networking in the social sector, and field assignments during the semester. Students will be paired with a social sector organization and leader in the Philadelphia region to apply concepts and tools learned in the course to the organization. Students will present the organization with a social enterprise analysis and article that presents an opportunity to be published in the nationally recognized and respected Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal.

This course fulfills an elective requirement for the Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Certificate programs.

Leading Nonprofits (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014
Course Section: 
001
Tuesday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Tine Hansen-Turton
Instructor: 
Nicholas D. Torres
Fels Seminar Room

Leading Nonprofits is designed for those who have a practitioner’s interest in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations and their intersection with the private sector. Leading Nonprofits takes the student through the process of starting a nonprofit to managing and leading non-profits through key decisions and stages of development. Leading Nonprofits also facilitates the learning of essential tools to conduct in-depth analysis of a non profit's effectiveness and utilization of best practices. Students will develop a unique framework for understanding the role and function of the Social Sector comprised of Nonprofits, Social Enterprise, Public and Private Collaborations and Partnerships. Students will also develop practical tools to apply this understanding to strategic management, leadership, and public policy decisions, and will learn new competencies within this emerging field.

This course satisfies a core requirement in the Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. It is also an approved elective in PennDesign’s Certificate in Urban Development.