Innovative Schools Virtual Learning Excursions are learning-focused virtual school and district visits. For 2021-2022, with funding from the Barr Foundation, this experience is designed for educators and diverse stakeholders across New England who are interested in high school redesign.

The Opportunity | Choose the Destination | The Value and Benefits | How to Participate

The Opportunity

Innovative Schools Virtual Learning Excursions give high school educators and partners the opportunity to directly engage in reimagining how education happens. Guided by adult learning facilitators, participants learn with and from innovative, next gen school and district communities.

  • Examine practice
  • Connect with innovative peers
  • Explore bold learning models tied to 21st-century success

With virtual learning excursions, our school and district partners provide rich examples and first-hand accounts of what makes their learning designs so effective and so special—through multimedia stories, school artifacts, and interactive virtual sessions with students, teachers, and school leaders at each site. LEARN MORE

If you are based in New England and interested in high school redesign, we encourage you to assemble a team and apply for one of the three learning excursions this year. Please note that the experience—and criteria for who needs to be on your team—varies by site.

Choose the Destination That Works Best for You

As you decide which Virtual Learning Excursion to apply for, consider the learning model, the type of site, and team composition requirements to find the best virtual learning excursion for your team.

Blackstone Academy Charter School

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  • This mission-driven charter high school community feels like a family. Their key to success is supporting each learner as a whole person. College and career readiness is a strength.
  • This excursion is best for small teams from a single high school in New England. Teams should be 3-7 members and must include the school principal and at least one student.
  • The interactive session with the Blackstone community will be scheduled between November 2021 and January 2022.
  • As of September 16, 2021, we are no longer accepting applications.
  • Learn more about BACS with our multimedia stories!

Mission Vista High School and Vista Unified School DistrictVUSD logo

  • The strengths-based culture at the high school drives a student-centered approach through a variety of personalization strategies as well as teacher agency aligned to school and district goals.
  • The district creates the conditions to reach its mission and vision through invitation, personalized adult learning, co-design with stakeholders and industry partners, and more.
  • This excursion is designed for larger multi-stakeholder teams in New England focused at the high school level. Teams must include an equal distribution of members that are school-based (must include the school principal and at least two students) and community-based (including but not limited to workforce and industry partners, parents, and school committee members).
  • The interactive session with Mission Vista and Vista Unified representatives is scheduled for February 2022 and later.
  • The application opens in January 2021.
  • Learn more about Vista! A brief description is available now. Multimedia stories are coming soon!

Lindsay High School and Lindsay Unified School District

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  • Learner-centered at its core, both the school and district involve all stakeholders to provide the ideal learning experience through proficiency-based [competency-based] and real-world learning. Schools are learning communities and teachers are learning facilitators whose job is to develop life-long learners.
  • This excursion is designed for larger multi-stakeholder teams in New England focused at the high school level. Teams must include an equal distribution of members that are school-based (must include the school principal and at least two students) and community-based (including but not limited to workforce and industry partners, parents, and school committee members).
  • The interactive session with the Lindsay community is scheduled for later in 2022.
  • The application opens in spring 2022.
  • Learn more about Lindsay! A brief description is available now. Multimedia stories are coming soon!

The Value

If there’s one lesson NGLC has learned in our nine years of catalyzing innovation in next gen learning, it’s the truth of the maxim seeing is believing. By seeing the level of transformation and mindset change evident in the virtual learning excursion host sites, participants will deepen their knowledge of next gen learning with an eye toward strengthening teaching and learning practice in their own context/model design.

Each virtual learning excursion provides these benefits for participants:

  • Quality time with host sites—Interactive web-based sessions are designed around your goals and interests.
  • Connection with teams across New England—Get to know and engage with innovation-minded colleagues who are doing similar work in your region.
  • High-touch support from NGLC—Our experienced adult learning facilitators will help you develop goals for participation, connect with other participating teams to develop and refine your ideas, and provide coaching along the way. All of these supports will set your team up to apply what you learn back home at your own site.
  • Multimedia stories and podcasts—Students, teachers, leaders, and other key partners from the host site share the story of their innovative next gen learning approach in their own words so you can see their learning model come to life.
  • Plan for using what you see, hear, and learn—Your team will walk away from the full virtual learning excursion experience with a plan to test ideas, to find ways into innovation that work for your community, and to spark the mindsets and shared purpose to redesign learning for your students.
  • Financial support—Each team receives a mini-grant valued at $500 per team member to enable deep engagement.

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How to Participate

If you are a high school focused team based in New England, we encourage you to assemble a team and apply.

Because the experience is learning-focused with a structured set of supports, participation is limited. Selection is based on a set of criteria; in particular, the requirements for assembling teams vary by excursion site. An application is required—the application for each site opens and closes on a rolling basis. A mini-grant is provided to support participation. LEARN MORE


Photo at top courtesy of Ola Elementary School, Henry County Schools, Georgia.

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