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

By |2020-10-07T13:10:41-04:00February 20th, 2020|Civics Education, Competency-based Education, Personalized Learning, Resource|

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

By |2020-10-07T13:09:22-04:00January 27th, 2020|Building 21 News, Civics Education|

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 [...]

Competency Works blog features Building 21

By |2020-04-25T09:48:28-04:00January 14th, 2020|Competency-based Education, Resource, School Redesign|

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

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

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 [...]

Reimaging School

By |2020-04-25T09:51:08-04:00November 13th, 2019|Competency-based Education, Reflection, School Redesign|

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. [...]

All the KINGS Men: Peer Mentoring at Building 21 Philadelphia

By |2020-04-25T09:53:57-04:00September 24th, 2019|Personalized Learning, Relationships|

Faced with his students’ needs, young people of color needing supports in school that go beyond academics, Kevin Gold started something - a weekly lunch group for four young men. It was simple; they met for lunch, shared their stories, their challenges. They went deep, talked about being targeted in school, feeling like people [...]

Welcome back! From Building 21 Allentown

By |2020-04-25T09:56:15-04:00September 16th, 2019|Building 21 News|

Building 21 Allentown released this welcome video for their families.  As Yanalit tells her younger peers, "One thing is for sure, you will work hard! You will also get a chance to choose what you learn based on your passion and interests." Yanalit, her fellow graduates, and Building 21 teachers and staff [...]

Reflections on the Summer Design Institute

By |2020-04-25T09:57:20-04:00August 28th, 2019|Competency-based Education, Reflection, School Redesign|

In July, we hosted 90 partners and colleagues for the Summer Design Institute, three days of learning, designing, and growing as professionals and adult learners within the Building 21 Network. We welcomed teachers and administrators from across the country, as well as many partners and supporters from across the region and beyond. This year’s [...]

Making Summer Learning Meaningful

By |2020-04-25T09:58:09-04:00June 4th, 2019|Resource|

As we countdown the days to summer break, school leaders are thinking about summer opportunities for staff professional learning and development. Many of our innovative school peers offer or seek out opportunities to improve their practice and to help teachers further personalize learning for students. Summer feels like a “reset” - a time to [...]

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