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What happens when you ask a fish to climb a tree? A look at differentiation and the High Tech High model

Built into High Tech High’s design principles is the idea of personalization, which they define as “knowing students well, tapping into student experience and interests, and building a strong sense of community.” When you walk around the halls of HTH, … Continue reading

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Ever since I joined the Innovation Lab team, I’ve heard about High Tech High (HTH), a network of public charter schools in San Diego. The other InLab team members who visited last year described it in quasi-religious language, a mythical … Continue reading

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A Visit to New York City’s iSchool

On October 3rd, I had the opportunity to visit the iSchool in New York City, a high school “dedicated to equipping students with the skills necessary for success and leadership in the 21st century.” After navigating the complex maze of … Continue reading

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Seminar, Studio, Module: What are they?

Now that the structure and content of Innovation Lab is beginning to take shape, we thought it would be useful to share our vision of how a student’s time will be divided in the program. Students will participate in three … Continue reading

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Problem-based Learning

On the first day of school, I show my students the classroom scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In it, Ben Stein, speaking in an unwavering monotone, “teaches” an economics lesson to a class of bored students. More like a … Continue reading

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