Design Thinking
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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This compilation of Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grantee profiles illustrates the innovative approaches of 41 personalized, blended, competency-based learning school models. The K-12 models were awarded grants under NGLC's third and fourth waves of funding, which focused on "Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness." This publication provides practical details particularly of interest to those designing and planning innovative secondary schools. The introduction describes common attributes across the portfolio, including personalized learning, student-directed approaches, hands-on experiences, flexible learning spaces, and interactive and adaptive learning management systems. Following the brief overview, each individual model is profiled. The individual profiles summarize key features through graphics and at-a-glance facts. They also offer important descriptive information about the instructional and financial models and their unique methods and structures to rethink “school” in affordable, sustainable, and scalable ways, so that they work in particular for underserved populations.

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