Getting Smart on Regional Next-Gen School Design

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Authored by Sarah Luchs & Tom Vander Ark, and with support from NGLC staff and Getting Smart
In partnership with: Next Generation Learning Challenges

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Next generation schools are creating powerful learning opportunities for students. The Regional Next-Gen School Design blog series seeks to illuminate best practices and share the stories of six regional hubs for innovation through NGLC’s Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools. These hubs are located in the following regions:

  • New Orleans
  • Chicago
  • Washington, D.C
  • Colorado
  • New England
  • Oakland

The publication highlights each of the six regions individually and shows the unique ways they are approaching the work, including best practices and lessons learned in order to incubate and support next-gen learning. NGLC Breakthrough Schools accelerate student outcomes and achievement through personalized, blended and/or competency-based learning.

The NGLC Regional Funds have created a strong connection to the incubators within regions where funds exist, infusing these schools with a culture of design thinking, professional learning and entrepreneurship.. The regions are bringing an iterative approach to design, research and development of new school models, sharing and promoting emerging practices within and across regions. The best practices and lessons learned from the work thus far showcased in this blog series and publication pave the way for further investigation into thriving next-gen regional ecosystems. Join in the conversation at #SmartBundle and #NextGenLearning and download Getting Smart on Regional Next-Gen School Design today.

The publication is the result of a blog series on Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools, an NGLC initiative with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and local funders in several of the sites. 

Sarah Luchs would like to acknowledge Kristen Vogt from NGLC and the following Regional Funds partners who provided valuable feedback and contributions to this series: Margaret Angell, Steve Bumbaugh, Tim Carnahan, Angela Hardy, Amy Huang, Indrina Kanth, Greg Klein, Mark Kostin, Samantha Olson, and Alyse Utley. The Regional Funds network benefits from the support and expertise of NGLC staff members Dalia Hochman and Stefanie Blouin whose work is also reflected in this series.

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