Kirsten joined Transcend in 2017 leading operations for The Collaborative, one of our first cohorts of school designers. Since then, she has led early-stage school design projects in Chicago and Rhode Island. In 2020, she began leading our team’s work to codify and iterate on the methods that we use to support school communities along their design journeys. In her role, she also supports our internal learning and development experiences for Design Partners.
Prior to joining Transcend, Kirsten coached teachers and school leaders for the Success For All Foundation and was on staff at Teach for America’s summer Institute. Before becoming a coach, she spent 5 years teaching in public elementary schools in the Bay Area and in North Carolina. Kirsten began her career in education as a member of the founding team of School of One (now the organization New Classrooms) which was one of the first blended learning models in the country.
Originally from Vermont, Kirsten now lives with her family in Portland, Maine, where you’ll find her hiking, gardening, skiing, or enjoying Portland’s outstanding food scene.
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Leaps for Equitable, 21st-Century Learning
Transcend’s Leaps for Equitable, 21st-Century Learning describes the key ways we believe the student experience must change so that schools can prepare all young people to thrive in and transform the world.
Transform Learning with Community-Based Design
Community-based design is a collaborative and local process that brings together young people, educators, administrators, caregivers, and experts to redesign learning. It goes beyond traditional school improvement initiatives by involving the entire community in reshaping the purpose and design of education.