Educational Approaches

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

Mountain View, California - In keeping with Sal Khan’s One World Schoolhouse philosophy, we provide an extended-year, extended-day, mixed-age program with a project-based learning approach. Recognizing that ownership and relationship are the keys to success in learning, our academic experience is coordinated by a team of Advisors, Content Specialists, and Associate Teachers who guide students through gradually increasing levels of independence.

Berlin, Germany - Using the hook of skateboarding, Skateistan provides education to over 2,000 vulnerable children and youth (over 50% girls) across Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. With safe places to learn and play, Skateistan unites and empowers children from various ethnicities, nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds, enabling them to create a brighter future for themselves and their community.

To prepare all students for college, career and citizenship through a personalized, rigorous and relevant learning experience that is facilitated in the context of aviation and aerospace.

Stockholm, Sweden - The Egalia school system is founded on total equality between students. The system is made up of two schools, Egalia and Nicolaigården, which both reject gender-based pronouns in the hopes of grooming kids to think of one another on equal terms.

San Francisco, California - Launched by visionary Gever Tulley in 2011, Brightworks takes some of the most dangerous things parents tell their kids not to do and makes an entire curriculum out of them. Kids in grades K through 12 get dirty, play with fire, take apart home appliances, and complete art projects all in the same day.

Oakland, California - Lighthouse Community Public Schools have committed to five priorities in its school design: High Expectations for All Students, A Rigorous Curriculum, Serving the Whole Child, Family Involvement, Professional Learning Community

Kutztown, Pennsylvania - Through early adoption and rapid prototyping projects, the District has begin to solidify our core beliefs, tenets, and elements of our STEAM program. Preparing the faculty through formal and informal engagement, we have established foundational programs and visionary pathways for growth.

Napa, California - Our mission is to inspire students to be responsible, resilient, and personally successful in the rapidly changing 21st century. We strive to be a student-centered model for education innovation around the world.

Redwood City, California - “Design Thinking is not just a human-centered problem solving process. It is also a capacity building strategy. By teaching design thinking all four years at, students are able to identify and solve problems, develop a sense of optimism and self-efficacy, and have creative impact on their environment to make the world a better place.”

Actually, it’s already there — but teachers may not know it

Much of the current media-reported posturing by policy makers and pundits about the failure of U.S. colleges and universities to adequately prepare people for the 21st workplace is either ill informed or misguided, in my opinion.

Competency-based education has piqued the interest of many communities because of its promise to make learning a more personal experience for students.

Deeper Learning Competencies