Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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1. What are your “asks” for Yellow Hats? What should I be prepared to do? 

As a Yellow Hat, we ask that you:

  • Share your expertise! This can take many different forms (e.g., sharing your experience in a blog, joining a day long sprint with a school design team to address potential challenges, joining a long term project as a full-time team member).
  • Actively engage in our online group (e.g., by sharing relevant articles, examples of innovative “schools”, responding to articles / comments that others share)
  • Keep your profile up to date (e.g., let us know if you build new skills or your interests shift) and respond to prompt in email newsletter

2. How long do I “wear” the Yellow Hat? In other words, how long does my membership last?

  • Membership in the Yellow Hats League lasts for three years and is renewable on an annual basis thereafter.


3. What is the time commitment required to be a Yellow Hat?

  • There is no minimal time commitment to be a Yellow Hat. Everything we offer is optional. At a minimal, we ask that you 

    • Actively engage in our online group (e.g., by sharing relevant articles, examples of innovative “schools”, responding to articles / comments that others share)
    • Keep your profile up to date (e.g., let us know if you build new skills or your interests shift) and respond to prompt in email newsletter

4. Is this a job offer? What is the whole process from applying to hiring to assignment of projects. What does this look like and what are the lengths of assignments?

  • Joining the Yellow Hats is not signing on for a job. Yellow Hats will, however, have a shortened interview process when part-time or full time opportunities with Transcend become available. When opportunities become available Yellow Hats will complete a performance task, submit references and connect with the hiring managers. They will not have to do the initial phone screen, write a cover letter, or respond to pre-screen questions.

  • Projects’ lengths vary widely. They typically range from one year to four years.


5. Can I have a full-time job and be a Yellow Hat?

  • Yes! We expect that most Yellow Hats will currently have jobs and will join the Yellow Hats because they are fired up about school model innovation and want to join a group that is focusing on that work and learn about future opportunities.


6. Will the Yellow Hats work on challenges that Transcend is working on in the moment, or challenges that fellow Yellow Hats bring to the table?

  • We will definitely share challenges that Transcend is currently working on with the Yellow Hats. We also encourage Yellow Hats to bring issues to the group as well and will support that in any way we can.


7. What does access and interaction within the network look like when "Yellow Hats" are collaborating? How could "Yellow Hats" utilize each to develop and grow?

  • This could take many different forms. We anticipate that Yellow Hats will interact with each other in-person through local convenings / meetups, through webinars / open discussions, and through social media (in the facebook group, slack, etc).

  • We encourage Yellow Hats to think expansively about how they might lean on each other to grow and develop including, but not limited to, sharing ideas they have and getting feedback, sharing successes / failures they’ve experienced when trying to innovative, etc. We could even see some Yellow Hats joining forces to start a new school or develop a new learning environment.


8. Can you give a few examples of projects?

  • Sure. Learn more about our current work with partners here.


9. Why the name “Yellow Hats”?

  • “Yellow Hats” is a testament to how we work here at Transcend. We don’t just imagine or design or discuss -- we put on our yellow construction hats, and we build. In deep partnership with visionary school operators, educators, students, families, and community members -- we build new models of education for the 21st century. In the process, we build knowledge to inform the most pressing questions facing the field (some of which we have captured in our ever-evolving learning agenda). And together, we build an unstoppable force of expert talent diverse in our backgrounds  but united in our commitment that every person has the opportunity to thrive in -- and transform -- the 21st century. In short, we are builders, and together, we will build beyond the current limits of “school” design!