Ideas from our team, board, and Yellow Hats League about accelerating innovation in school model design
With a shared vision for building innovative new school models worthy of students’ potential and aspirations, our two organizations joined forces to launch the Transcend + NewSchools Collaborative. This ten-month, cohort-based program...
Nationally, personalized learning is beginning to be piloted in pockets. Slowly, schools are realizing that the core of personalized learning has less to do with technology, despite tech being a common entry point to pursuing “innovation.” Rather, personalizing learning is about what good educators have always wanted—creating purpose-driven schools that help students live fulfilled lives.
We are thrilled that a number of Yellow Hats are proposing multiple exciting SXSWEdu sessions about accelerating innovation in the core design of school. We invite you to take a look at the great options below and VOTE!
What are the limits to your classroom’s capabilities? The beginning of a new school year provides a great opportunity for teachers to step back and reflect on the accomplishments of previous years. As a classroom, what were we able to achieve? Where did we fall short? What changes do we hope to make?
What is it that makes summer camp so motivating for young people — especially when school is often so demotivating? Clearly, schools and camps have somewhat different objectives (and different formal accountability pressures, which matters) but they both have the potential to foster deep learning, and increasingly the areas of focus overlap. So what is it that schools can learn from the best camps about how to wildly motivate kids?
At Transcend we care deeply about growing and supporting a diverse community of educators who are fired up about accelerating innovation in the core design of school. To that end, in recent weeks Transcend's team has grown with key hires and a great new board member. We are thrilled to welcome Jenee, Joanna, Anna, Tyler, and Trevor.
Transcend has partnered with Valor to help develop, codify, and share their exciting school model. Valor’s unique school model is designed to run sustainably on public funds and has three key design anchors—i.e., core principles that shape everything about the design and implementation of the school. They are...
On May 9, 2017, Transcend co-founder Jeff Wetzler joined Reimagine Learning’s fifth installment of the “Voices from the Field” WebX series to discuss the report "Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic: Moving Faster Toward New School Models," co-authored by Transcend, NewSchools Venture Fund, and Summit Public Schools.
In 2012, my colleague Keith Evans and I had collaborated on a list of made-up, outside-the-box (and somewhat tongue-in-cheek) metric terms to measure the true effectiveness of his school. Most of these ideas at the time were regarded as quirky or funny. Now, many or most of these ideas are very much in the mainstream.
In this post, Transcender Tyler Thigpen focuses in on one such youth-adult partnership — the apprenticeship-mentor relationship — and shares research that illuminates the qualities of effective apprenticeship opportunities for PreK-12 students.