Edgecombe County Public Schools, a member of Transcend’s second Collaborative, is designing the future of school hand-in-hand with community and business leaders. Their efforts are concentrated at North Edgecombe High School and Phillips Middle School with an eye toward building district and city-wide capacity for innovation. Their micro-school is making raving fans of students and parents alike. Watch their short film to learn more.
SMISD is a member of the second Collaborative. They are building a vision of a powerful, holistic, personalized learning community at Bowie Elementary School and exploring how they can best nurture innovation across the district.
The NYC Department of Education is developing is a STEAM-focused career and technical education (CTE) hub—The Brooklyn STEAM Center—that will prepare a socioeconomically diverse group of students for the jobs and career pathways of the future. Inspired by the unique facilities of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and drawing upon its ecosystem of over 400 companies across manufacturing, media, food, technology, and other fields, the S.T.E.A.M. Center model represents a bold, innovative approach to STEM education. Learn more.
Lindsay Unified School District and Summit Public Schools, with the partnership of Transcend, worked to codify learner-level, adult-level, and site-level competencies needed to ensure high quality personalized learning for all. You can access the results and resources from that project here.
This Nashville, TN, charter network is developing, codifying, and sharing their comprehensive human development model, called Compass, with other schools. Over the next three years, Valor aims to impact over 300 schools and 120,000 students. To learn more, check out our resource-sharing site, this video case study from Edutopia, or this EdWeek article highlighting how Compass is taking shape in another school.
CICS was a member of our second Collaborative cohort, and has since expanded the work of reimagining school to a group of 9 schools across their network. These schools have coalesced around a set of common graduate aims, with a special focus on identity affirmation. They are building and testing new ways of bringing these aims to life across their campuses.
We partnered with this Los Angeles, CA-based network of intentionally diverse schools, to redesign a middle school experience that fully develops the whole child and deeply engages the critical thinking and cognitive skills of all students. CWC has begun codifying their most promising approaches to share with other school communities.
The Bard High School Early College team is a member of the second Collaborative. They are developing both an evolution of their successful early college secondary model, with the goal of shifting the model's design elements to serve a more diverse student population, and a new “Bard sequence” program offering for partners beyond their network.
Red Bridge, a new school coming to San Francisco, CA, is developing a sense of agency in every child as the foundation for academic and life success.
Part of the first Collaborative, Spring Branch Independent School District (TX) has adapted the design journey and methods for reimagining school for their own context. They have now supported more than half of their schools through a community-driven design process, all in the aim of forging more relevant and personalized learning experiences for students.
Part of the first Collaborative, Van Ness Elementary School in the DC Public Schools is reimagining the elementary learning experience. They have developed an innovative approach to social-emotional development that begins first thing in the morning with a suite of practices and rituals, and is reinforced throughout the day. Further, they are exploring makers’ centered learning as a way to build students’ creative problem solving skills and compassion.
Based in New York City, NY, nXu is a new, out-of-school model for high-school-aged youth, centered around an intentionally diverse community of learners working in non-traditional (immersive, experiential, self-directed) ways to develop self-awareness, broader perspective, and a sense of Purpose.
Summit Public Schools and Lindsay Unified School District, with the partnership of Transcend, worked to codify learner-level, adult-level, and site-level competencies needed to ensure high quality personalized learning for all. You can access the results and resources from that project here.
Having been a member of the second Collaborative, now Ednovate is building on their personalized college preparatory program to think big about what’s possible for their next high schools and how they might integrate and apply those ideas across all their schools to promote positive multigenerational change.
MFA in Austin, TX, is working to deepen and codify their innovative model, which fuses Montessori with other high performing school practices, to ensure success with an intentionally diverse learner community.
Intrinsic is working to further develop their innovative school model that is rooted in personalized learning and aims to best prepare students for postsecondary success and world-changing endeavors. Intrinsic is also working to provide the Chicago public education community with a roadmap to sustainable implementation of their model.
Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) is developing an innovative approach to high school in which students pursue college-prep academics while gaining rigorous computer science skills, leadership experience, and real-world practice within a supportive culture. Transcend partnered with WLA to help them refine their vision, aims, and model design in order to help them build on their strong early results and expand their impact.
Part of the first Collaborative, this Memphis, TN, network is re-imagining its school model toward a more personalized, community-embedded, and responsive student experience with integrated technology and rigorous curriculum standards.
The Place Network is a collaborative network of rural K-12 schools that connect learning and communities to increase student engagement, academic outcomes, and community impact. Committed to place-based learning, schools join the network and gain access to sample curriculum, consulting and implementation, research to inform practice, and online communities.