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Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools - The Hechinger Report

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools - The Hechinger Report | School Design | Scoop.it
BOSTON, Mass. — At Boston Day and Evening Academy, there are no such things as freshmen, F’s or detention. Sixteen-year-olds share classrooms with 20-somethings, students earn diplomas at their own pace and if anyone has a problem with a peer, they’re encouraged to talk about it like adults. It is features like these that have …
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Flexible, learner-centered, competency-based: students at some alternative schools are getting access to some of the most innovative school models. 
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8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today - EdSurge News

8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today - EdSurge News | School Design | Scoop.it


For the past 20 years, we have worked as teachers, administrators and advisors in public schools around the country. And we’ve traveled meetin
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8 quick lessons on creating #learner-centeredschools, where #studentagency is nurtured. 
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Do Students, Principals and Superintendents See Eye to Eye on Eliminating Grade Levels? (EdSurge News)

Do Students, Principals and Superintendents See Eye to Eye on Eliminating Grade Levels? (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it

McComb School District down in McComb, Mississippi doesn’t just believe in the power of technology when it comes to personalized learning. In fact, for superintendent Dr. Cederick Ellis and Summit Elementary School principal Lakya Taylor-Washington, the bigger asset in going personalized comes do
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One approach to organizing teachers & students to meet kids where they are, rather than organizing around age-based cohorts. 
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Smart List: 100 Middle and High Schools Worth Visiting | Getting Smart

Smart List: 100 Middle and High Schools Worth Visiting | Getting Smart | School Design | Scoop.it
School visits are a great way to learn. We’re excited to share this list of middle and high schools that could teach us all a thing or two about educating.
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So great to see new #schooldesign happening in so many creative ways in every corner of the country. Great to have a list of schools to explore when wanting to learn something new about rethinking the sector! 
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Springpoint

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Imagine high schools that prepare all young people to succeed. Springpoint partners with school districts, networks and charters to design innovative schools that address the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
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Short guide that does a really nice job of helping design teams get situated in the initial work of design: understanding one's context and one's potential families, organizing for design. 
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Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News)

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard of the student-led “Genius Bar”, which is generally a team of student leaders that provide technical support for the technology devices and programs in their schools. What a great way to utilize and develop student knowledge and skills, right? I couldn’t agree more. Busch's s
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I love the idea of student-led Genius Bars to support learning...could be used in so many learning circumstances. check out Tutoria, a Mexican-based movement where students lead a huge part of the learning: https://internationalednews.com/2014/05/15/education-reform-in-mexico/ ;
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The Future of Learning

At 2Revolutions, we are partnering with forward-thinking governments, funders, nonprofits and entrepreneurs to innovate across the human capital continuum
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2Revolutions provides a really nice overview of the issues in our current approach to schooling, suggesting that we need to rethinking the entire enterprise. I couldn't agree more! 
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Looking to Design Your Own School? AltSchool Launches Partner Program ‘AltSchool Open’ (EdSurge News)

Looking to Design Your Own School? AltSchool Launches Partner Program ‘AltSchool Open’ (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it
AltSchool, the San Francisco-based startup that’s captured headlines for creating a chain of unique “microschools” and backed by more than $100 million in venture capital, is taking the next big step: opening up its resources and software to partner school designers.
At SXSWedu, AltSchool co-fo
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AltSchool is supporting the design and launch of microschools (schools with 50-100 students, largely run by the educators who work directly with kids)...it's a fascinating new spin on the small schools movement that has been so successful in NYC: these are smaller schools, with more flexible staffing, many are private, and they aren't tied to the traditional scope and sequence of district schools: though the new schools could be, if they are started by districts. 
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AltSchool is supporting the design and launch of microschools (schools with 50-100 students, largely run by the educators who work directly with kids)...it's a fascinating new spin on the small schools movement that has been so successful in NYC: these are smaller schools, with more flexible staffing, many are private, and they aren't tied to the traditional scope and sequence of district schools: though the new schools could be, if they are started by districts. 
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How high school would be different if students could design it - The Hechinger Report

How high school would be different if students could design it - The Hechinger Report | School Design | Scoop.it
The day would start later and end earlier. Testing and school uniforms would be banned. There would be dancing in the hallways. And – some changes adults might get behind, too – there’d be more art, more projects and more computers. “I want a school where the kids can choose what they want to do,” …
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Middle school students at Brooklyn Lab were asked to design their ideal high school: they emphasized student ownership, creativity, celebration, projects and practical skills. The best of progressive education...wish we listened to young people more often.  
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25 Must-Read Books for the Educational Hacktivist or Contrarian - Etale - Digital Age Learning

25 Must-Read Books for the Educational Hacktivist or Contrarian - Etale - Digital Age Learning | School Design | Scoop.it
Maybe you love the way things are going in modern education. Perhaps you are desperately looking for an alternative. Or, you might already be deeply rooted in alternative education or educational Continue Reading →
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Great list of books that unpack and reframe aspects of the schooling apparatus...a DIY grad school course in rethinking the dominant paradigm. 

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Minds in Bloom: New Classroom Set Up: Encouraging Self-Directed Learning and Collaboration

Minds in Bloom: New Classroom Set Up: Encouraging Self-Directed Learning and Collaboration | School Design | Scoop.it
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Two teachers emptied their classroom and redesigned the space to encourage student ownership of learning...it was an inexpensive, thoughtful makeover. The comments to the blog post are also super-helpful...worth reading. 

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Suburban Moms Making Unorthodox Choices — Bright — Medium

Suburban Moms Making Unorthodox Choices - Bright - Medium
Welcome to a homeschooling collective that sounds a lot like school.
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I homeschooled my daughter last year, and it was an incredible learning experience for both of us. The modern, secular homeschooling community should be actively informing "school design" efforts. This post describes Trellis: a homeschooling collective in Massachusetts that is "more like the Google break-room than the one room schoolhouse."  

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My experience as a teacher and as a parent who homeschooled a child is home school communities have existed for some time and are important to the success of children and parents.

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Texas School Triples Recess Time And Sees Immediate Positive Results In Kids

Texas School Triples Recess Time And Sees Immediate Positive Results In Kids | School Design | Scoop.it
A Texas school started giving kindergarten and first-grade students more recess time, and parents and teachers love the results.
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In Fort Worth, a school is giving young students four 15-minute recess breaks a day...kids, teachers and parents are seeing positive changes: better focus, more effort, more independence, and some improved social skills. It makes sense, as the research linking movement, focus, and learning is pretty unambiguous. Would be so great to see middle and high schools taking this on. 

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Montessori Was the Original Personalized Learning. Now, 100 Years Later, Wildflower Is Reinventing the Model

Montessori Was the Original Personalized Learning. Now, 100 Years Later, Wildflower Is Reinventing the Model | School Design | Scoop.it
The74Million is an education focused website
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Glad to see #Montessori is getting a strong look in the age of #personalization. We need lots of different models and Montessori is such a strong one. Important to keep track of personalized models that aren't tech-based, given the current drive to online learning. 
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Thinking Beyond the School Box: Inspired Architecture + Contemporary Learning

Thinking Beyond the School Box: Inspired Architecture + Contemporary Learning | School Design | Scoop.it
I recently visited our newest multi-age space redesign in a small rural elementary school. When we began the process to modernize this school, we knew we had to design and build new space from the…
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#mMeetingStudents Where They Are: multi-age groupings, creativity, choice, agency. 
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How This Radical College For Inmates Is Taking Its Program Outside The Walls

How This Radical College For Inmates Is Taking Its Program Outside The Walls | School Design | Scoop.it
The Bard Prison Initiative drastically cuts down on recidivism. Now it’s finding ways to offering its program to people in need of education who aren’t behind bars.
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#College success, in prison and beyond...we can't abandon #marginalized youth and adults!
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AltSchool

AltSchool | School Design | Scoop.it
School Reimagined. A Network of Schools Focused on Students & Families.
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@altschool is evolving quickly. It's an interesting blend of #ProjectBasedLearning & #playlists, all tech-based. Hard to tell what the quality of the playlists and projects is, and hard to tell how much agency & ownership students ultimately have, but it's fascinating to see an effort to embrace some core progressive practices in a tech-supported learning community. Stay tuned!
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The Complex World of School Redesign: The Building Blocks and the Builders (EdSurge Guides)

The Complex World of School Redesign: The Building Blocks and the Builders (EdSurge Guides) | School Design | Scoop.it
There are many building blocks that make up a school. The schedule, budget, infrastructure, school culture and the learning environment represent just a handful. Each element has a tremendous impact on the learning experience for students, staff and families. These blocks can be organized and reorga
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A short guide with 3 sections: A way to categorize service providers based on various aspects of design/redesign (with 2 interesting, handy infographics); a few profiles of success stories, a few profiles of providers engaged in supporting schools and districts. 
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Report finds massive under-investment in nation’s school buildings

Report finds massive under-investment in nation’s school buildings | School Design | Scoop.it
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A recent report finds that we would need to spend $46b more annually in order to keep our schools safe for kids. My feeling is that this opens up a new possibility for school designers: if the schools we built 40+ years ago need to be shuttered in the next decade, what shall we create for young people? What a wonderful opportunity to rethink the enterprise!
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How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent

How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent | School Design | Scoop.it
Some school libraries are reinventing themselves as makerspaces, but this Ohio library took a slightly different approach and has seen incredible results.
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Fantastic reimagining of what a shared learning space can look like: libraries3.0.
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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | School Design | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


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At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



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At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



יפה בן-דרור's curator insight, March 2, 2016 4:10 PM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



Melanie COVINHES's curator insight, March 8, 2016 4:29 AM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



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Start-Ups That Last

Start-Ups That Last | School Design | Scoop.it
How to scale your business
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Lots to think about here with re: to school design (but it's not a school design article!). For decades, the small school movement has emphasized the need to grow schools 1 grade at a time. I've always thought this was problematic from a #humancapital, #scaling and #sustainability perspective. Schools need to find ways to move out of start-up more quickly, thereby avoiding burn-out and annual reinventing of the wheel. The post describes 4 critical activities for small organizations who are moving out of start-up, and into scaling-up...and they aren't easy for founders to embrace: hire functional experts, add management structures, build planning & forecasting capabilities, establish transmissable cultural values. 

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How Competency-based Learning Can Support Student Agency | NextGen Learning

How Competency-based Learning Can Support Student Agency | NextGen Learning | School Design | Scoop.it
When students design their own pathway, are free to fail/free to learn, and demonstrate mastery through self-directed assessment, student agency thrives.
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This NextGen post describes an unusually empowered vision of student agency (students have the autonomy and authority to truly choose what they are creating, investigating and mastering--one that has been fairly invisible over the past 15 years. Great to see it coming onto the national stage...now we just need to see it in more classrooms in powerful ways. 

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The one-room schoolhouse is the next big thing in education

The one-room schoolhouse is the next big thing in education | School Design | Scoop.it
Here's why "micro schools" could save private education.
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Micro-schools are currently private, but do they need to be? These schools are finding affordable ways to personalize learning using technology and a small scale. Tuition in Austin Texas is about $10k...not so different from public per pupil spending. District & charter schools need to be looking at the kinds of models that middle-class families are choosing: whether it's homeschool collective or micro-schools. The move is towards student agency, deep learning, adaptability and flexibility.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 3, 2016 11:59 AM

This is interesting. I taught for 17 years in a mixed grade classroom and the powers to be could not wait to shut us down. We (the teachers) actually put a proposal forward to expand to about 150 students, a number we felt was about the right maximum.

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The Classroom Is Dead — Bright

The Classroom Is Dead - Bright - Medium
What if everything about the future of school was the opposite of school? We invited Eli Horowitz and Scott Teplin to co…
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Eli Horowitz imagines classrooms of the future...irony and humor abound. 

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