The Collaborative

What We Learned from Bringing Educators Together to Reimagine School

In 2016-17 and 2017-18 NewSchools Venture Fund and Transcend brought educators from ten school districts and charter networks together. During the ten-month cohort-based program, participants explored user-centered design, learning science, innovative learning environments, and best practices in R&D in an effort to accelerate change within existing school systems. This collaboration had a strong influence on Transcend’s definition of the school design journey.

In this report, we share our vision behind the program; how we designed and evolved it; our key results; what we learned; and the stories of four participating teams (District of Columbia Public Schools, Gestalt Community Schools, Hiawatha Academies, and Spring Branch Independent School District).

The Collaborative Experience

Explore the journey the 2017-18 cohort embarked upon during their 10-month collaboration.

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