Learning Futures

Designing the new American High School

Episode Summary

Sean is joined by a panel of educational leaders to discuss a BIG question – how we can design a national research and development center and amass evidence on innovations, best practices, and policies to support schools and states that want to retool or restart their high schools?

Episode Notes

LFC: Designing the new American High School

This LFC is aimed to bring together scholars, practitioners, and students from across the ASU community to formulate a research agenda and a new ASU initiative to imagine how high schools across America can be retooled, reimagined, and redesigned to create equitable opportunities for all U.S. students, especially those from historically marginalized communities, to be prepared for a boundless future in a rapidly changing economy.

In this episode we investigate the work from this LFC trying to answer why schools need to be reimagined, and explore what new models for high school can look like. 

About our guests: 

Chelsea Waite – Chelsea is a Principal and senior researcher at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at ASU. She also co-leads the Canopy project, a collaborative effort to find and document innovative K-12 environments.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Fowler – Betsy is the Deputy Head of Schools at ASU Preparatory Academy, where she has worked since 2012. She also serves as Executive Director of Special Projects, working to build effective K-12 learning models.

Erin Whalen – Erin is the Executive Director and School Principal of Da Vinci RISE High, a part of Da Vinci Schools in Los Angeles, California.

Nate McClennen – Nate is the Vice-President of Strategy and Innovation at Getting Smart, an organization committed to supporting the future of teaching, leading, and learning. He is also the co-author of the book The Power of Place.


Links and Things to check out:

The Canopy Project - https://canopyschools.transcendeducation.org/

Center on Reinventing Public Education - https://crpe.org/

ASU Preparatory Academy - https://asuprep.asu.edu/ 

Getting Smart- https://www.gettingsmart.com/ 

Learning Future Collaborative: Designing the new American high school

Empathy interviews: Nelsestuen, K. A. R. I., & Smith, J. U. L. I. E. (2020). Empathy interviews. The Learning Professional, 41(5), 59-59. [pdf link]

Ender, Kenneth. (2019, July). We Need a 'Communiversity' Model of Public Education. Insidehighered.com

Carnegie units, from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Competency-based learning: From Formative Assessment to Tracking Student Mastery: The Road to Competency-Based Instruction, from GettingSmart.com

EssayGenius, AI essay writing tool

Jal Mehda’s work on authentic learning: Anderson, Jill (2019, May). Harvard EdCast: In Search of Deeper Learning. Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Khan World School at ASU Prep