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.
Van Ness Elementary School
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
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.
Montessori for All
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
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.
Gestalt Community Schools
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.
Teton Science Schools Place Network
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.
Art in Motion
Art in Motion (Chicago, IL) is launching an innovative middle and high school that will change the narrative for many Southside youth. Through extensive study in the areas of next generation learning, social and emotional learning, wellness, urban planning, Hip-Hop culture, Chicago history, the opportunity gaps that exist among marginalized students, economic mobility, arts education, and the at-risk communities on Chicago’s South Side. Watch this video to learn more about their approach.
The Forest School: An Acton Academy
The Forest School is a micro-school in south metro Atlanta (grades 1-12) that incorporates learner-driven technology, Socratic discussions, hands-on projects, and real-world apprenticeships in an intentionally diverse, character-forging community.
Collegiate Academies is a member of the second Collaborative. They are is concentrating design efforts at Livingston High School and Rosenwald High School this year with the hope that eventually every Collegiate High School is one that puts learning in the hands of students and prepares them to lead lives of unlimited opportunity.
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
Part of the first Collaborative, Camino Nuevo laid the groundwork of a new vision and strategy for their organization that supports innovation, and they have built out new concepts for piloting, including K-12 ethnic studies.