SXSW EDU: Vote for Yellow Hats!

SXSW EDU: Vote for Yellow Hats!

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!

Cultivating Classroom Capabilities

Cultivating Classroom Capabilities

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 REALLY Motivates Learners: Lessons from Science and Summer

What REALLY Motivates Learners: Lessons from Science and Summer

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?

Team Updates!

Team Updates!

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.

The Three Key Design Anchors of Valor Collegiate

The Three Key Design Anchors of Valor Collegiate

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...

[Webinar] Jeff Wetzler joins Reimagine Learning's Voices from the Field

[Webinar] Jeff Wetzler joins Reimagine Learning's Voices from the Field

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. 

The Future is Now: Metrics of Innovation in Schools

The Future is Now: Metrics of Innovation in 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.

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.