Reflection

Reimaging School

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. [...]

Reflections on the Summer Design Institute

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 [...]

I miss teaching

Over the past few weeks, both of our lab schools held their celebrations of learning called Mid-year Exhibitions. Celebrations of learning (COL’s) are extremely important experiences for our schools and our students because they give us a chance to pause and spend some time reflecting on our accomplishments and celebrating our students’ learning. For [...]

By |2019-03-16T10:18:15-04:00January 30th, 2019|Personalized Learning, Reflection|0 Comments

GUEST POST: Building a Movement

As 2018 comes to a close, we share this reflection written by Donell McNeal, Principal of Central Academy. Central Academy is one of our affiliate schools located in the West Ada School District (Meridian, Idaho). “To create a learner driven environment, we must move from compliance to autonomy. Each member of the [...]

By |2019-03-16T10:19:48-04:00December 19th, 2018|Reflection, School Redesign|1 Comment

Being recognized…

"The goal is personalized pathways where student strengths and interests shape a journey through foundational skills to college and career readiness." Tom Vander Ark Earlier this month, Building 21 was featured on the Getting Smart blog. We are honored and excited that our work is being shared on a national level. With transparency [...]

By |2019-03-16T10:21:01-04:00December 19th, 2018|Reflection, School Redesign|0 Comments

Learning through “Challenges”

Career exposure through real-world problem solving and team challenge - that was the concept for “Challenge Week” at Building 21 Philadelphia last Spring. What if we identify real-world Students present their proposal for an outdoor redesign of our school courtyard. problems and challenge teams of students to propose solutions? What if we create [...]

By |2019-03-16T10:22:16-04:00November 21st, 2018|Personalized Learning, Reflection|0 Comments

Zen and the Art of Competency-Based Education

I had the privilege of participating in a panel on Competency-Based Education at last week’s NewSchools Venture Fund Summit 2018.  Facilitated by my friend, Dr. Jeremiah Newell, the panel also included Chris Sturgis of CompetencyWorks and Nate McClennen of Teton Science Schools.  We had a terrific conversation about the challenges and opportunities of CBE, as [...]

By |2019-03-16T10:24:06-04:00May 18th, 2018|Reflection|1 Comment