21st Century Learning

Education is changing all over the world.

10 Schools for the 21st Century

10 Schools for the 21st Century is a series of case-studies of innovative educational institutions from across the world, from Rochdale to Santiago de Chile. The report was written by Martha Hampson, Alec Patton and Leonie Shanks.

You can read the full report on the Innovation Unit website - below are the summaries for each of the ten schools the authors visited:

1. High Tech High, San Diego, USA 

Students learn through extended, multidisciplinary projects and teachers also learn, with their own in-house graduate school of education.

2. Ørestad Gymnasium, Copenhagen, Denmark

The curriculum is both designed and taught with a cluster of universities and media specialists and the school building itself is designed for maximum flexibility.

3. Lumiar Institute, São Paulo, Brazil

Staff roles are split between coaches who support and mentor students and ‘masters’ of particular skills who design projects and help students develop skills.

4. Matthew Moss High School, Rochdale, UK

Learning is driven by students’ passions: they choose their own extended projects and are empowered to use the school budget to procure the supplies they need.

5. Big Picture Learning, International

Built on a belief that school and local community are tightly linked, students learn outside the school walls, and local people take adult education classes within.

6. Kunskapsskolan, Sweden

Everything is designed to allow students to learn at their own pace, following their own interests.

7. Colegio Cardenal de Cracovia, Santiago, Chile

An ‘independent republic’ with an elected student president, a student-led Department for Education, and a joint staff-student Ministry of Justice.

8. Quest to Learn, New York, USA

The curriculum is designed by videogame designers using gaming principles. Students carry out individual ‘missions’ and complete ‘boss’ levels together.

9. Discovery 1, Christchurch, New Zealand

Students are given autonomy, carrying out a few required activities and choosing a larger number of optional activities with ample time for independent enquiry.

10. School of One, New York, USA

New York’s School of One uses computers to monitor students’ progress and produce daily bespoke ‘playlists’ of work for every student.

Edutopia

Edutopia is an online knowledge-centre for innovative teaching and learning. Their mission is to show schools the world over 'what better looks like', helping everyone in education who's trying to improve their own practice but is confused about where to start and what approaches to use.

They emphasise the importance of Project Based Learning and the use of new technology in classrooms.

Edutopia is run by the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

School 21 are the first school outside of America featured in the 'Schools that Work' series, which can be sen below.

Edutopia: Empowering Students to Craft Beautiful Work

See how School 21 brings cross-curricular, arts-infused project-based learning into every classroom.

Edutopia: Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

School 21 develops confident students who can articulate their thoughts and learning with strategies like discussion guidelines and roles and structured talk tasks.

Edutopia: Wellbeing: Developing Empathy, Emotional Awareness, and Agency

Learn how School 21 explores topics like culture, diversity, and responsibility using drama techniques, grounding texts, and controversial statements. 

Edutopia: Wellbeing: Developing Empathy, Emotional Awareness, and Agency

Learn how School 21 explores topics like culture, diversity, and responsibility using drama techniques, grounding texts, and controversial statements. 

Edutopia: Oracy Skills for the Real World

Using the oracy framework - building physical, cognitive, linguistic, and emotional speaking skills - students learn to speak on any topic and to any audience. 

School 21, Pitchford Street, London, E15 4RZ      T:  020 8262 2121     E:  info@school21.org.uk

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