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Mission


Together, we can build beyond the limits of today's school design

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Mission


Together, we can build beyond the limits of today's school design

Transcend enables visionary learning communities to build and spread breakthrough models that prepare children to thrive in and transform the 21st century.

We do this in three ways:

  1. We build and spread innovative models in partnership with visionary school communities.
  2. We build and deploy a diverse force of R&D talent, called the Yellow Hats League, to develop, codify and spread these new learning models.
  3. We build and share actionable knowledge to inform the innovation process with evidence-based insights.

Purpose


PURPOSE

Purpose


PURPOSE

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Nearly every facet of society—from technology to jobs to demographics—has transformed over the last century. With that, the skills and mindsets people need to thrive have changed too. But in most schools across America, our students are sitting in classrooms that look and operate like those of a century ago. This design of schooling—known as the “industrial model”—persists throughout mainstream education.

Despite tireless efforts to squeeze every drop of value out of the current model as we can, most schools fail to prepare students sufficiently. In the fast-changing 21st century, our children need even more than academic skills and knowledge. They also need learning mindsets, creativity, communication and collaboration, critical consciousness, and leadership skills—skills that the industrial model was not designed to foster.

Together, these conditions call for fundamentally new learning environments. Tweaks around the edges of school won’t cut it.

8 Great Leaps


EIGHT GREAT LEAPS

8 Great Leaps


EIGHT GREAT LEAPS

Transcend does not advocate for one single, new model of “school.”  Rather, we see the need for a diversity of models that makes eight great leaps toward changes, such as more personalized and flexible learning methods, students driving their own learning, interdisciplinary experiences, and deliberately diverse communities. Click through in the graphic below to see each leap:

Our Theory of Change


OUR THEORY OF CHANGE

Our Theory of Change


OUR THEORY OF CHANGE

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Transcend turbocharges R&D capacity to build, learn from, and spread innovative learning models for the 21st century. Through bringing evidence-based insights, expert capacity, and a diverse network of cutting-edge schools, researchers, and design talent, Transcend serves as an “R&D engine” for school communities to build and spread innovative learning models.

Two papers written by Transcend co-founders, Aylon Samouha and Jeff Wetzler, along with two Transcend board members, Stacey Childress and Diane Tavenner, capture Transcend’s theory of change. The first—Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic: Moving Faster Toward New Models (published in 2016)—describes a vision for better school models that prepare and inspire all students for long-term success, and an emerging theory of change for what it would take to support their design and spread in the coming years.

The second—Still Dissatisfied, More Optimistic, Fully Committed (published in 2018)—focuses on what it takes for communities to evolve their school models toward ones that best prepare young people to thrive in today’s world and realize their full potential.

Download both papers & share your reactions with us!

Building the Future


BUILDING THE FUTURE

Building the Future


BUILDING THE FUTURE

Learn more about our approach and glimpses into a few of our projects

 

R&D in education // Transcend

 
 

If you could design any school // Achievement First Greenfield

Dream Teams // Achievement First Greenfield

 

Social and emotional learning with Compass // Valor Collegiate

Sharp mind. Big heart. Noble purpose. // Valor Collegiate

 

A 10-month journey towards next generation school models // The Collaborative