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.
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.
Ken Robinson’s influential talk: Do Schools Kill Creativity. Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Nick Donohue from Nellie Mae illuminates key ingredients of learning environments that seek to truly put students at the center. They are: personalized, competency-based, prioritize student ownership, and take place anytime/ anywhere.
A tragically under-appreciated force affecting many students is the childhood trauma they endure. In this seminal TED talk, pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris illuminates the effects of trauma on children’s brains and long-term health. Effective learning environments must account for these insights in their designs.