Question of the Month for August

By |2021-07-28T22:24:20-04:00July 28th, 2021|Question of the Month|

As we build our Learning Innovation Network, one important goal for us is to learn and grow as a community. So we are starting our question of the month series as a way to engage our CBE community and learn from each other. When we began our CBE journey, the lack of high quality, openly [...]

Heroes work here

By |2021-07-29T09:57:33-04:00July 19th, 2021|Reflection|

“Heroes Work Here" You have probably seen these signs out in front of hospitals and senior care facilities over the last year. Well, we are here to tell you that these signs also belong in front of our schools. The work that our school-based staff of teachers, counselors, behavior specialists, social workers, administrators and [...]

Graduation highlights

By |2021-07-29T16:06:55-04:00July 16th, 2021|Building 21 News, Newsletter Article, Relationships|

A look at our Building 21 Graduations "Now, today is not just a graduation ceremony - today is a tribute. Some of you may be wondering what the difference is. A graduation is a ceremony that awards diplomas or degrees, but a tribute on the other hand, is [...]

Successful Internships in Philadelphia

By |2021-07-13T12:51:11-04:00July 12th, 2021|Partnerships, Personalized Learning|

Internships looked different at Building 21 Philadelphia this Spring. A group of juniors, their teacher, and the Philadelphia team pioneered a virtual approach. For 10 weeks, 14 students logged into Zoom and connected with their mentors to explore career fields that interested them. Together, they worked on passion projects and learned more about potential [...]

Design + Mentorship: A unique partnership with Olympus

By |2021-05-26T14:11:43-04:00May 26th, 2021|Competency-based Education, Newsletter Article, Partnerships|

A committed partner + a talented teacher and studio designer + students passionate about STEM: these ingredients come together in Building 21 Allentown’s newest studio—Engineering Design. This spring, Building 21 Allentown and Olympus Corporation of the Americas (Center Valley) partnered to launch a new engineering and design studio centered on sustainable design, STEM career exposure, [...]

New voters use their voice to impact their world

By |2021-03-18T14:46:20-04:00March 18th, 2021|Civics Education, Competency-based Education, Newsletter Article|

“You can register students to vote but what's going to get them out of bed to actually vote? You can register but if you don’t know why you’re voting, there’s no meaning behind it. … Let’s give them a reason to vote... and a way to support why they’re voting the way they want [...]

Reimagining partnerships in Allentown

By |2021-05-26T12:23:32-04:00February 24th, 2021|Competency-based Education, Newsletter Article, Partnerships|

Transitioning partnership programs from in-person to virtual has been like entering the three-lane highway from the country road. This is the analogy that Kristyn Senneca, Building 21 Allentown’s Partnership Coordinator, uses when talking about her work over the last year. “We were taking the scenic route, looking out the window as we traveled. We [...]

Taking college & career planning virtual

By |2021-03-16T10:00:55-04:00February 17th, 2021|Newsletter Article, Reflection|

“I want kids to know I'm here to help and that their education doesn’t stop at high school. You’ve got to keep going.” Kendall McArthur shared this with me after a long day of Senior Seminar Zoom sessions. Ms. McArthur is one of Building 21’s school counselors and she has been a school [...]

Empowered and Engaged: Reflections on Teaching in this Moment

By |2021-01-29T09:40:37-05:00January 28th, 2021|Civics Education, Competency-based Education, Reflection, Relationships|

“We have a clear mandate that our end of high school learning goal for our students is to create empowered and engaged citizens. Every piece of our model, every skill in every competency we teach culminates in how does learning lead to empowerment and engagement outside of the classroom in all of the communities [...]

Building 21 Philadelphia: School of the Week

By |2021-01-05T11:24:57-05:00January 5th, 2021|Building 21 News|

“While this year has been challenging for our students for obvious reasons, it also prepared them and moved them out of their comfort zone to find success later. They’re learning how to push themselves even more and they’re constantly building resilience." Brianne MacNamara, Assistant School Leader The Philadelphia Tribune [...]

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