Summit, a charter network known for personalized learning, will partner with Oakland Unified and the California College of the Arts to create Summit Elevate.
Winners include both charters, such as a Big Picture Learning school on a barge near New Orleans, and district-run schools, such as Grand Rapids’ Public Museum School. In Los Angeles, two teachers plan to create a mobile high school designed for homeless and foster children.
Rick Hess warns of “fan boy” enthusiasm run amok. One of the would-be “super schools” will be Furr High in Texas.
Furr High School will activate learning through a project- and place-based model grounded in the rigors of environmental and nutritional sciences. This large public high school will transform its culture with restorative justice, connect the dots between students and community, and combine Socratic seminars, university and business partnerships, and wrap-around services. Students and teachers will pair with their university counterparts to become “green ambassadors” in important environmental-sustainability research projects.
“There’s enough jargon there to choke a horse,” writes Hess. Contests reward “checking of predictable ‘right-answer’ boxes (e.g. restorative justice, university partnerships, wrap-around services, green ambassadors).”