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.
Education Leaders of Color
EdLoC was a member of the second Collaborative. Their design team includes EdLoC leadership, as well as two of their members from schools in Philadelphia, PA, and Piney Woods, MS. All parts of the EDLOC team worked to redesign their models in order to better support students and leaders of color.
Lindsay Unified School District
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.
The Brooklyn STEAM Center
The Brooklyn S.T.E.A.M. Center team is a member of the second Collaborative. They are developing is a STEAM-focused career and technical education (CTE) hub 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.
Citizens of the World Charter Schools
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.
New Schools Venture Fund
In partnership with NewSchools Venture Fund, we work with a diverse group of district, charter, and private school operators on a 10-month journey—The Collaborative—to accelerate their trajectories towards next generation school models. Read more about The Collaborative here.
Bard Early Colleges
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.
Chicago International Charter 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.
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York
The Manhattan Archdiocese team is a member of the second Collaborative. They are working to design better, richer, more personalized learning experiences within their existing courses and disciplines at multiple campuses, with the hopes that this work serves as a model for their region and the broader Archdiocese.
Whittle School & Studios
Whittle School & Studios is building a global system of schools—launching Fall 2019 in Washington DC, USA, and Shenzhen, China, and expanding to other countries in subsequent years—that will incorporate learning by doing, creating and making, student choice and voice, collaboration and teamwork, and global connections with local roots.
Edgecombe County Public Schools
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.
Part of the first Collaborative, KIPP Houston is forging ahead to crystallize a refreshed vision for their first middle school, including interdisciplinary academics and personalized math. Check out their journey in their podcast here.
San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District
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.
Strive Preparatory Schools
Strive Prep is is a member of the second Collaborative. They are concentrating efforts at RISE High School in northeast Denver. A cross functional team at RISE has developed innovative approaches to building students’ positive self-concept and their critical consciousness. Next year and beyond the team plans to incorporate learning from that pilot into their model more broadly.
Tulsa Public Schools
Part of the first Collaborative, Tulsa Public Schools developed holistic and bold visions for two elementary schools—Anderson and Hamilton—and are continuing to build toward them. Meanwhile, the district is growing a robust design lab, which will support the entire district in building a culture of innovation.
Excel Academy Charter Schools
Part of the first Collaborative, Excel has focused on building students’ self-awareness and social emotional skills through a partnership with Valor Collegiate and their innovative social-emotional curriculum, Compass.
The Academy Group
The Academy Group (AG) is a unique, new enterprise founded to realize the long-term potential of young people from underserved communities across the United States. Designed to tap into the deep wells of often overlooked talent that exists nationwide, the Academy Group—launched first in Chicago—empowers youth to thrive in school, work, and life.