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All the KINGS Men: Peer Mentoring at Building 21 Philadelphia

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 [...]

By |2019-09-25T09:54:18-04:00September 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome back! From Building 21 Allentown

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 [...]

By |2019-09-26T15:32:56-04:00September 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2019-09-23T11:15:44-04:00August 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making Summer Learning Meaningful

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 [...]

By |2019-06-06T14:02:17-04:00June 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the News: Building 21 Allentown receives Gold Level “Governor’s Civic Engagement Award”

"Students and staff at Building 21 were honored Monday by the state for its student voter registration drive. The drive signed up 58 students, representing 87 percent of the students who were eligible to register. That earned the school a gold level Governor’s Civic Engagement Award." Building 21's accomplishment was highlighted in two articles [...]

By |2019-05-03T10:44:59-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the News: How $5B Could Provide A Great Education For Every Kid On Earth

"That’s a big budget! With resources of that size, smart teams could take on the most interesting opportunity of our time—quality elementary and secondary education for every young person on earth." "Platform networks that share outcome frameworks (we call them diploma networks like Building 21) have the potential to help schools adopt new goals and learning models [...]

By |2019-04-11T10:37:08-04:00April 11th, 2019|Building 21 News, School Redesign, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Call for Creative Educators!

Do YOU BELIEVE in US?? Then we need YOU at Building 21! Building 21 is now hiring for Fall 2015! Are you a creative teacher who is passionate about learning and wants to rethink what is possible in high school -- or do you know someone who is?  Then Building 21 may be [...]

By |2015-02-18T20:35:24-04:00February 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Π Day Epiphanies

On 3.14 this year, I sent an email to the team wishing everyone a Happy Pi Day. For fun, I threw in a little brain teaser: what other day of the year could stand in and serve as Pi Day and why? I’m so glad I chose to do that. What a delight! I didn't [...]

By |2014-06-02T20:47:32-04:00June 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Competency-Based Grading

We recently revisited the question, "Why competency-based education?" as a way to step back from our work. As Chip puts it, "Nothing is sacred." We believe that what we are doing transcends any model or method. They are just vehicles to realize our vision. Currently, I am neck deep in the process of envisioning a [...]

By |2017-04-06T00:05:01-04:00May 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments