New Designs for School
New Designs for School

We’ve all had the experience of truly purposeful, authentic learning and know how valuable it is. Educators are taking the best of what we know about learning, student support, effective instruction, and interpersonal skill-building to completely reimagine schools so that students experience that kind of purposeful learning all day, every day.

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Download a complementary copy of the comprehensive report, Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning: Inspiring Stories from Next Generation Schools

Reimagining public education is a complicated endeavor.vWhile major efforts to transform K-12 education and positively impact student learning outcomes exist in many places, innovation cannot thrive in a vacuum.

What if you could get an insider's view of schools across the country—rural and urban, large and small, with varying student populations—to better understand the many ways personalized learning is modeled and measured?

The Getting Smart team spent the last year exploring just such a variety of next gen schools. They spoke with leaders who were pioneering emerging models in their classrooms.

Today, you can download a complementary copy of the comprehensive report, Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning: Inspiring Stories from Next Generation Schools.

Produced in partnership with Next Generation Learning Challenges, the report highlights three attributes of personalized learning school design, including:

  • high expectations for college readiness,
  • ways in which personalized learning works for all students,
  • and how the approach can be optimized for scale.

The schools profiled within have tested groundbreaking ideas, tools, and methods with the aim of improving college and career preparation for all students, regardless of background or prior learning. They candidly offered advice and perspectives on lessons learned in order to advance the field. The report also includes multimedia video featuring helpful insights from educators and school operators on-the-ground.

Andy Calkins, deputy director of Next Generation Learning Challenges, applauded the schools’ early successes. “They are developing new, very different learning environments that hold the promise of significantly improved college and career preparation," he said.

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Kristi DePaul

CEO, Founders Marketing

A Pittsburgh native, Kristi is an avid content marketer, blogger, educator, speaker, and world traveler. Most recently, she managed marketing efforts for NGLC, a $65m education investment network and EDUCAUSE, the world’s premier higher ed IT association. Previously, she led strategic initiatives and marketing communications across four continents for three international start-ups. Combining her expertise in marketing, social media and influencer relations, Kristi has formed Founders Marketing, a firm that helps start-ups create effective messaging to grow global audiences.