How are schools innovating around the world?
Our story wouldn't be possible without the stories of the schools below who have also reimagined the classroom in the 21st century.
High Tech High
- Public Charter School in San Diego, California
- Graduation Rate: 99%
- College Acceptance Rate: 100%
- Because of the success with project-based learning, there are now 11 High Tech High schools in San Diego County. (Click on the image to the left to find out more.)
Think Global School
- "THINK Global School is a path-breaking high school that offers teenagers a once-in-a-lifetime international experience. TGS students don’t simply “study abroad.” They immerse themselves in twelve countries over four years, undertaking a challenging curriculum that culminates in their official International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations at the end of year four. Throughout their studies, TGS students visit significant historical, cultural, and scientific sites, all while building new skills and relationships with those around them."
The Green School, Bali
- "Our vision is of a natural, holistic,student-centered learning environment that empowers and inspires our students to be creative, innovative, green leaders."
International schools we've been directly collaborating with
For the 2014-2015 school year, the International School of Beijing is piloting an innovative program called the Futures Academy. Like our program at Roosevelt, they will be collapsing the traditional schedule, providing real-world learning opportunities for authentic audiences, and giving students more autonomy over their own learning. We're excited to begin collaborating with ISB and Kyle Wagner, the Futures Academy facilitator.
After our presentation at the INNOVATE Conference in Sao Paulo, Dan Kerr (principal at the The American School of Cotopaxi in Ecuador) galvanized a team of teachers at their middle school. They're looking to pilot their own Innovation Academy in 2016-2017.
The American School of Guadalajara is looking to create their own Innovation Academy in 2014, and we'll be collaborating with them frequently next year to help with the process. We're excited about shaking up the traditional classroom with Brian Zink--their Tech Integration Specialist--and middle school teacher Bill Cotter.
The International School of Brussels is in the process of developing an innovation day for its 10th graders, where they would spend one full day each week designing solutions to real-world problems, collaborating with experts, and learning independently. Felim Bolster, the high school principal, is leading this initiative and we've been learning together about how best to design innovative learning experiences for our students.