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:
Cliff Hong, Principal
Award Date:
March 2016
Grant Type:
Regional Launch
Start Date:
Fall 2016
Startup Type:
Complete Redesign

School: Roosevelt Middle School
Grades Served: 6-8
Location: Oakland, CA
Operator: Oakland Unified School District
Operator Type: District
Setting: Urban
Students: 548

Blended Model Types: Station Rotation, Lab Rotation, Individual Rotation and Flex

Key Features: Project-Based and Experiential Learning, Social-Emotional Development, Civic Orientation

The Operator

Oakland Unified School District is a public education school district that operates about 100 elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in Oakland, California. Our mission is to build a Full Service Community District focused on high academic achievement while serving the whole child, eliminating inequity, and providing each child with excellent teachers, every day.

The Academic Model

  • Three Main Instructional Strategies: Personalized Learning, Real World Application, Whole Child Approach
  • Science: Project Based Learning, Design Thinking, Making, Next Generation Science Standards
  • Math: Teach to One, Station Rotation
  • Humanities: Project Based Learning, Culturally Relevant Curriculum, Digital Portfolios

The Organizational Model

  • Block Scheduling
  • Cored classes [Science/Design, Humanities]
  • 1:1 devices

View the Roosevelt Middle School NGLC Showcase slides.

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