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#CivicsForUS: Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship

By |2020-11-18T14:20:16-05:00November 18th, 2020|Building 21 News, Civics Education|

"For the rest of my life, I'll be a voice for people who don't know how to get their voices heard.  I'm going to use my voice to make the future better." Congratulations to Clayneashia Jones, Building 21 Allentown Senior, for her work as an Equity in Civics Youth Fellow. This fall, [...]

New Student-Facing Continua Blocks

By |2020-10-12T09:49:41-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Competency-based Education, Newsletter Article, Resource|

Toni Fonseca, ELA Teacher at Central Academy in the West Ada School District, took on a project to create a student-facing version of the ELA competencies and continua for her students: "In an attempt to better understand the competencies myself, I undertook the endeavor of tearing them apart and then putting them back together. [...]

Studio Impact: Civic Participation & the Right to Vote

By |2020-10-07T14:31:33-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Civics Education, Newsletter Article, Reflection|

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 [...]

Seeing our resources in new ways for learning at home

By |2020-09-09T14:27:47-04:00September 9th, 2020|Reflection, Resource|

It is not news that this past spring stay-at-home orders around the country created a spectacular collision between the demands of remote work for parents and at-home learning for our kids. Our Building 21 team was not spared. While our Network directly supports educators with resources for student learning and growth, COVID-19 positioned us [...]

What is important to learn?

By |2020-08-03T10:32:37-04:00July 31st, 2020|Building 21 News, Reflection, School Redesign|

“[Students] need to understand how to come up against problems in society. They need to be able to think. They need to be able to challenge. They need to be able to collaborate. They need to feel empowered enough to have a voice and to use that voice to make change. And I think [...]

TriChange: Part III

By |2020-10-07T14:29:58-04:00July 13th, 2020|Relationships, Resource|

David Sparrow, Director of Behavioral Health, Building 21 Philadelphia Earlier this month, David Sparrow and Building 21's TriChange Model were featured on the Philadelphia Learning Collaborative blog. This final piece captures part III of our TriChange series. This excerpt highlights preliminary outcomes to date and provides recommendations for schools thinking about this approach. While [...]

TriChange: Part II

By |2020-10-07T14:30:23-04:00June 15th, 2020|Building 21 News, Relationships, Resource|

"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 [...]

In the News: Building 21 Allentown on PBS39

By |2020-10-07T13:09:03-04:00June 8th, 2020|Building 21 News, Civics Education|

“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 [...]

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

By |2020-10-07T13:09:11-04:00May 16th, 2020|Building 21 News, Civics Education|

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 [...]

Open Resources

By |2020-05-11T19:20:50-04:00May 11th, 2020|Competency-based Education, Personalized Learning, Resource, School Redesign|

We are proud to share our work and learning through our Open Resources. This practice embodies our core value of transparency and supports a community of educators in their search for transformative resources and design inspiration.  A few years ago, we created a space on our website to share our Learning What Matters competency [...]

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