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 [...]

#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 [...]

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