We need to accelerate our move from reforming to reimagining “schooling” in the United States. We’re looking for team members to join Transcend as Partners - Build Models and lead our efforts to do just that.
World rankings like the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have emerged as the litmus test on how schools are and are not helping students succeed. Politicians, educators, and specialists dwell on American students' laggard position or Singapore's success. But what do students think of their own performance?
Trajectories are easy to draw, hard to accurately predict, and easy to miss. Think for a moment about how scientists at NASA might compute the trajectory of a rocket that must land on the asteroid Ceres in ten years. That calculation has to be...
Authored by our co-founders, Aylon and Jeff, and our board members, Stacey Childress and Diane Tavenner, this paper 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.
Educational and pedagogical research is abundant. It accumulates in journals, academic texts, and newsletters. Experiences and knowledge from classroom practice are often equally valuable. However, neither teachers nor researchers seem to be able to bridge the daunting communication gap between them
Our R&D partnership with Valor will help deepen, codify, and share their unique approach to social emotional learning and growth, called Compass, and the supporting SEL-integrated academics and professional learning.
Transcend Co-Founder, Jeff Wetzler, was recently interviews by RE-ENVISIONED founder, Erin Raab, as part of their Education Leaders series (#edleader). RE-INVISIONED is a movement to catalyze a new conversation about schooling.
Dacia and Doug pictured an open, green field, with nothing on it and asked the question, “If you could build any school -- to develop the best prepared students in the world -- what would you build?” From there, the project took on the name, AF Greenfield schools, to signal the bold sense of possibility that the initiative embodied.
“August means “back to school” for millions of students across the country. But this year it will also signal the beginning of an exciting new learning and sharing opportunity for a group of forward-thinking leaders from school districts and charter school organizations. They have one special thing in common: Each has an interest in rethinking school design...”
Board Member Bror Saxberg’s response to the publication of Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic, emphasizing the importance of evidence-based insights about learning and serious investment in R&D in new school models.
Cofounder Jeff Wetzler leads a panel discussion with visionary education leaders Sara Cotner, Jonathan Johnson, Chris Rush, Dacia Toll, and Diane Tavenner on innovative school models at Teach For America's 25th Anniversary Summit.
Co-founders Aylon and Jeff, together with Alex Hernandez, make the case for why K-12 should invest significantly more in R&D—making smart bets on “big problems” every year—while radically changing how those dollars are allocated.