Nate McClennen

Vice President of Strategy and Innovation

Nate McClennen

School Partners Served: 20+
School Networks Launched: 1
School Startups Supported: 7

I’m passionate about our work because:
I believe that every person deserves extraordinary learning experiences which provide a path towards a purposeful life. In order to do this, learning must be personalized and relevant to each learner and deeply connected to meaningful experiences. 

My favorite learning experience is:
Starting from scratch to fix or build anything – like when I learned how to replace the heating element in a water heater and slowly realized that it was going to take much longer than I had anticipated.

My role in three words:
Constructing innovative learning.

I’m currently learning about:
The role of equity in place-based education, competency-based technology solutions, extended transcripts, replicable learning networks, measuring impact, social capital, the role of AI in learning and distributed ledgers. I’m also fascinated by strategy in high-level soccer. Go Chelsea!

I’m currently working on:
Strategic thinking around emerging school networks, codifying learning models and scaling thought leadership and implementation of place-based learning.

Nate McClennen served as Head of Innovation at the Teton Science Schools, a nationally-renowned leader in place-based education, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Rural Schools Collaborative. Nate helped to found and lead an innovative PK-12 school; taught math, science, and robotics at the K-12 level; and consulted with schools and organizations nationally and internationally. Through his work at Teton Science Schools, Nate created the Place Network, a group of rural public schools sharing a next-generation learning model. Nate also launched a teacher observation technology platform as well as a competency-based platform built off of Canvas LMS. Nate lives in Wyoming with his family and spends his free time coaching soccer and exploring the outdoors. Nate is also the co-author of the book The Power of Place

For more publications by Nate, check out this link.