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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Primary Contact Name:
Ginger Lumpkin
Award Date:
April 2014
Grant Type:
Regional Planning
Start Date:
Fall 2015
Startup Type:
Complete Redesign

School: John C. Haines Elementary School
Grades Served: PK-8
Location: 247 W 23rd Pl, Chicago, IL
Operator: Chicago Public Schools
Operator Type: District
Setting: Urban
Students at Start: 630
Students at Capacity: 700

Hallmark Feature: Project-based learning

This redesign effort will transform the school as it becomes fully blended. Teachers will personalize learning by creating individualized learning plans for each student and creating project-based learning opportunities supported by an interdisciplinary curriculum.

  • The educators at Haines will create a personalized education for every student. This will be possible through the use of instructional practices such as the rotational model, small group work, whole class instruction, and interdisciplinary project-based learning.
  • Teachers will use technology as a tool to help students meet and exceed their individual goals, while ensuring that students take ownership of their progress.
  • This redesign builds on a successful project-based learning pilot created during the Summer Design Program and implemented in fall 2013.
  • Haines is a traditional neighborhood school. Its student population is 93 percent low-income. 85 percent Asian and 12 percent African American.

Learn more about the NGLC Regional Fund for Breakthrough Schools program that supported these grantees by visiting the Breakthrough Schools: Chicago grant page.