Graduation highlights

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 [...]

Building 21 Philadelphia: School of the Week

“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 [...]

By |2021-01-05T11:24:57-05:00January 5th, 2021|Building 21 News|0 Comments

#CivicsForUS: Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship

"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, [...]

By |2020-11-18T14:20:16-05:00November 18th, 2020|Building 21 News, Civics Education|0 Comments

What is important to learn?

“[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 [...]

By |2020-08-03T10:32:37-04:00July 31st, 2020|Building 21 News, Reflection, School Redesign|0 Comments

TriChange: Part II

"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 [...]

By |2020-10-07T14:30:23-04:00June 15th, 2020|Building 21 News, Relationships, Resource|1 Comment

In the News: Building 21 Allentown on PBS39

“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 [...]

By |2020-10-07T13:09:03-04:00June 8th, 2020|Building 21 News, Civics Education|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By |2020-10-07T13:09:11-04:00May 16th, 2020|Building 21 News, Civics Education|0 Comments

In the News: Building 21 seniors leading student voter registration drive for the 2020 elections

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 [...]

By |2020-10-07T13:09:22-04:00January 27th, 2020|Building 21 News, Civics Education|0 Comments

Press Release: Building 21 receives grant to support school improvement efforts

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 [...]

By |2020-04-25T09:50:23-04:00December 13th, 2019|Building 21 News|0 Comments
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