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 [...]

TriChange: Part I

By |2020-10-07T14:29:33-04:00April 25th, 2020|Relationships, Resource|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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