A Framework for School-Based Apprenticeships

A Framework for School-Based Apprenticeships

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.

PISA, Internalizing Failure, and Barriers to Deeper Learning

PISA, Internalizing Failure, and Barriers to Deeper Learning

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? 

When Trajectories of Change Cross

When Trajectories of Change Cross

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...

The Case for Transcend

The Case for Transcend

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.

Revealing the underlying power dynamics in the teacher-research gap

Revealing the underlying power dynamics in the teacher-research gap

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

Five Reasons We're Pumped to Partner with Valor Collegiate

Five Reasons We're Pumped to Partner with Valor Collegiate

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.

What Farmers in Tunisia Might Say About Education R&D

What Farmers in Tunisia Might Say About Education R&D

Let’s be honest: When it comes to breakthrough school models, do we really know what we’re doing? Or let me ask it this way: Do we know what is the very best way to do school in an information age?

RE-INVISIONED, A New Conversation: Jeff Wetzler

RE-INVISIONED, A New Conversation: Jeff Wetzler

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.

A Case Study Of Achievement First’s Greenfield Schools Year 1 Pilot

A Case Study Of Achievement First’s Greenfield Schools Year 1 Pilot

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.

A Master Class in School Redesign

A Master Class in School Redesign

“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...”