What if a learning community values (and measures) not only academics but also social and emotional factors like purpose, transferable skills like creativity, and global competencies like social capital? How can they display progress in ways colleges and employers relate?
The Intrinsic team, together with Transcend, have been engaging in rapid research cycles to study and improve the C day model. To test “leverage resources to meet their academic goals,” Intrinsic leaders Sugandhi Chugani and Harpreet Gill developed a website where students can choose their academic blocks each week. When they found that many students were not choosing blocks aligned to their most pressing academic needs, they decided to develop a “nudge” feature.
Transcend’s Graduate Aims Database has been announced by global education nonprofit HundrED, as one of 100 most inspiring K12 innovations across the world. The Graduate Aims Database—a collection of learning outcomes summaries to help design learning environments—was one of the innovations selected from 36 countries to be recognized.
For the past two years, Lindsay Unified School District, Summit Public Schools, and Transcend have partnered to create a set of resources for themselves and the field to around high quality personalized learning. Despite working in different contexts, serving both rural and urban students, these organizations share similar values and beliefs.
We are thrilled that multiple Transcend team members and Yellow Hats will facilitate sessions and workshops at this year’s iNACOL Symposium held on October 21-24, 2018, at the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, TN.
We are thrilled that a number of Yellow Hats are proposing multiple SXSW EDU sessions about accelerating innovation in the core design of school. We invite you to take a look at the great options below and VOTE!
Whether you are designing a completely new learning model or updating your approach as part of ongoing efforts to learn and improve, identifying the outcomes that learners will achieve as a result of their time with you, deliberately designing toward those outcomes, and assessing your progress along the way are critical steps. We created the Graduate Aims Database to help!
We are fired up that a number of Yellow Hats are presenting exciting SXSW EDU sessions about accelerating innovation in the core design of school. If you're attending SXSW EDU this March 2018, check out these MUST SEE sessions.
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.
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.
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.