Transcend fuels R&D so visionary educators can develop and spread breakthrough “school” models
Transcend fuels R&D so visionary educators can develop and spread breakthrough “school” models
We provide and develop world-class R&D capacity that supports visionary education leaders to build and replicate breakthrough learning environments. There is no standard recipe to our projects. We approach each partnership flexibly, meeting our partners where they are and working together to accelerate breakthroughs. In some cases, we work directly with individual school operators; other times, we work with groups or networks.
We consider multiple partnership opportunities across the public, private, and charter school sectors.
With school operators who are ready to embark on a new journey of blue sky-innovation and want to go from concept to creation…
We partner to conceive, build, launch, iterate, and ultimately codify breakthrough new models.
With school operators who have already started down the path of school model innovation…
We partner to help them undertake cycles of learning and iteration, build key elements of the model, and overcome barriers to breakthroughs.
With school operators who have successfully developed highly promising models…
We partner to codify: 1) all key elements of the model needed for replication and 2) the conditions, culture, and processes that have enabled the development and ongoing iteration of the model.
With school operators who want to be early adopters of already developed, highly promising models…
We partner to customize and help them adapt these models to their communities, thereby reaping the benefits from prior R&D investments.
Current and Past Partnerships
Current and Past Partnerships
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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 (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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hebrew Public is a growing network of intentionally diverse elementary and middle schools in New York that is reimagining their learning environments by focusing on graduating global citizens, engaging with middle eastern language and civilization, and integrating strong practices from places like Ramapo and International Baccalaureate.
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.
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.
Part of the first Collaborative, this Minneapolis, MN, network of schools is designing and developing a reimagined middle school model that is student-centered and focused on developing agency in students through individualized enrichment projects. HCP-N will be the first middle school to open with this innovation in Fall of 2018.
Part of the first Collaborative, YES Prep reflected on their progress and where they wanted to push their model in fostering student agency, creativity, and leadership and are in the process of piloting various new strategies.
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.
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.