The Stupski Foundation is working with students, teachers and administrators at the Learning Labs to develop new models of learning that empower students and boost their achievement. Through this new initiative, Danville Schools students, educators, and administrators will be connected to their peers nationwide, sharing breakthroughs and lessons, and building a body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of the student-centered approach."I am so glad that the Stupski Foundation is going to help our school rise above educational norms and set an example for the rest of the nation,"said Emma Jackson, a student at the school.
At the Learning Lab sites, which are already pioneering a student-centered approach, design teams composed of students, teachers and administrators will be working to identify the specific practices, tools and conditions that inspire and enable students to direct their own learning and achieve at higher levels. “Finally, we aren’t talking about reform or even about thinking, as the saying goes, ‘outside the box.’ This work is about forgetting the box altogether, and having the opportunity to customize an optimal learning journey for every student, one that will enable each one to cultivate interests and skills to ensure a future full of options,” said Superintendent Carmen Coleman. “Our hope is that, as result of the work we are doing, the greatest challenge our students will face when they leave us will be which opportunity to choose.”
Over the next three years, the Labs will be exploring and testing different tools, techniques, and strategies. They will share their learning with a growing national network of students and teachers. By connecting students and educators in a vital network, the Stupski Foundation plans to demonstrate the power and potential of these strategies to both practitioners and policymakers, ultimately achieving national impact.
“Our intent is to spark a learning revolution led by students and educators, with youth of color and poverty in the vanguard,” said Stupski Foundation CEO Susan Colby. “Innovative students, teachers, and leaders in schools like Danville High School are the kind of pioneering partners we need to help us ignite change.”
For more information on the Learning Lab Network, visitwww.stupski.org