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TriChange: Part II

"If a student knows they’re cared about, then it makes all the difference. Reach the person first, and then you can teach him or her anything." Earlier this month, David Sparrow and Building 21's TriChange Model were featured on the Philadelphia Learning Collaborative blog. The excerpt below captures part II of [...]

By |2020-06-15T12:05:35-04:00June 15th, 2020|Building 21 News, Relationships, Resource|0 Comments

In the News: Building 21 Allentown on PBS39

“This is how we can change the world by voting for who we want to be president and not only for president for other things as well. Our voice is strong enough that if we want it to be heard, we can be heard. [Shannon Salter] gave us confidence. She wanted us to learn [...]

By |2020-06-08T12:11:42-04:00June 8th, 2020|Building 21 News|0 Comments

In the News: B21 Allentown winner of 2020 Prom Challenge for voter registration efforts

This week, Building 21 Allentown celebrated an exciting win! They were chosen as one of 20 school winners for the 2020 Prom Challenge, a contest launched by When We All Vote and MTV. The students and Shannon Salter, Building 21's Civics and History teacher, were surprised with a [...]

By |2020-05-16T12:36:38-04:00May 16th, 2020|Building 21 News|0 Comments

TriChange: Part I

Here at Building 21, we aspire to be innovative in our approach to behavioral health. Over this past year, we have consolidated our efforts in Restorative Practices, Trauma-Informed Care, and Cultural Competency into a model which we call the “TriChange Model”. Our new tripartite model builds on our core design principle - relationships are [...]

By |2020-06-08T11:45:28-04:00April 25th, 2020|Relationships, Resource|0 Comments

Voter Registration at Building 21 Allentown: An Indicator of Civic Mastery

What does mastery of an academic skill look like? In education, we are constantly endeavoring to find the best ruler by which to measure student growth towards proficiency in fundamental skills. We believe that the best opportunities for authentically assessing the progress of our students occur when we push them to apply their skills [...]

In the News: Building 21 seniors leading student voter registration drive for the 2020 elections

Inside Allentown School District's Building 21, being 18 is the topic of conversation. "I want to vote and make a difference that could inspire others to vote as well and create a difference," students said. A group of seniors are leading a student voter registration drive for the 2020 elections. You can view [...]

By |2020-04-25T09:47:37-04:00January 27th, 2020|Building 21 News|0 Comments

Competency Works blog features Building 21

Earlier this month, Building 21 was featured on the Competency Works blog. Tom Gaffey, Building 21's Chief Instructional Technologist, authored a piece that highlights our Learning What Matters Framework and details a few of our introductory professional development activities. We are honored and excited to share our work on a [...]

Press Release: Building 21 receives grant to support school improvement efforts

Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support Building 21’s goal of building  a nationwide network of secondary schools that effectively use data for continuous improvement Building 21 has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the foundation’s Networks for School Improvement (NSI) portfolio. The [...]

By |2020-04-25T09:50:23-04:00December 13th, 2019|Building 21 News|0 Comments

Reimaging School

Reimaging school. As easy as riding a bike, right? We think it’s more like setting aside what you know about riding a bike and learning how to ride in a completely different way. Which has been done before. Check out Destin from Smarter Every Day and The Backwards Brain Bicycle. [...]