On February 25, 2014, more than 50 funders, policy makers, educators, union leaders and community partners came together to learn about Brooklyn Generation School, visit classrooms, and talk with teachers and students. During the tour, Jonathan Spear, Chief Learning Officer of Generation Schools Network (GSN), provided a high level overview of a white paper released in February Achieving Extended Learning Time and Expanded Opportunity in K-12 Education. The paper was developed with the support of the Ford Foundation. Click below to download the white paper. Inside you will learn more about the Generation Schools Model, the benefits/ tradeoffs and the lessons learned during model implementation at Brooklyn Generation School (BGS) in Brooklyn, New York and West Generation Academy in Denver, Colorado.
Why do some schools beat the odds and consistently outperform others? These detailed school profiles of successful strategic designs empower school leaders to optimize their resources—people, time, and money. See how Generation Schools Network is optimizing resources, in this presentation from Education Resource Strategies.
Innovative Education Model Linked to Major Improvements in 5 Categories Over Last Year
Generation Schools Network™, the nationally-recognized, award-winning non-profit whose innovative education model offers students up to 30% more and better learning time and teachers considerable collaborative time to prepare effective instruction without increasing their work year, announced that Brooklyn Generation School received a positive report, including a strong “B” grade, on the 2013 Progress Report released last week by the New York City Department of Education. The Progress Reports, known as “School Report Cards”, evaluate schools in five major areas and assigns a school an overall letter grade between “A” and “F”. [Read more...]
The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver was contracted by Colorado Legacy Foundation and the Colorado Department of Education to study sites in the Denver area that are pursuing, planning, and implementing extended learning opportunities (ELO). This report documents a scan of districts, schools, and educational partners that are engaged in ELO efforts: officials from 7 school districts, 14 schools, and 6 government or educational associations.
This report highlights many of the innovative practices in place at West Generation Academy to create more and better learning time for students and teachers.
Generation Schools Network™, the nationally-recognized, award-winning nonprofit whose innovative education model offers students and teachers up to 30% more and better learning time, announced the election of Reilly Pharo to its Board of Directors. With its core schools in two major urban areas, including Denver, CO and Brooklyn, NY, Generation Schools Network is proud to add Reilly as the organization’s second Board member from Colorado. Reilly currently serves as the Vice President of Education Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. She leads the organization’s education policy work as well as serves on the Children’s Campaign’s leadership team. Read full Announcement.
When students at Englewood School District arrive at school next year, they won’t just find new classrooms and unfamiliar teachers. They may also be facing a totally new academic model.
“It really sets a new precedent for what’s possible,” said Wendy Piersee, CEO of Generation Schools NetworkTM. “I think the size of the Englewood district mirrors the typical size of districts across the country. It really hits that model for hundreds of districts across the country.” Read complete EdNews article here.
Wendy Piersee, CEO of Generation Schools Network™, joined other prominent leaders in education innovation September 9 & 10 in Denver for the Civil Rights Research Roundtable on Education: a two-day workshop and conversation about Equity & More and Better Learning Time (MBLT). This event was convened by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund in collaboration with the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy at the University of California – Berkeley School of Law, with support from the Ford Foundation. This roundtable explored more and better learning time in three specific regions of the country: metropolitan Denver, metropolitan Los Angeles, and Rochester, New York. How are expanded learning time reform efforts helping schools to partner more effectively with community-based organizations and business to reduce school push-out, and provide equitable access to college and career readiness opportunities? How can we get better at recognizing and advocating for effective implementation?
Wendy joins a panel to discuss how More and Better Learning Time can impact college and career transition planning for all students. Click here for more details about the event and Generation Schools NetworkTM participation.
For more information about the Civil Rights Research Roundtable on Education, click here to visit their web site.
At-Risk Students Achieve Success at Brooklyn Generation School: Diplomas and Internships Awarded to Class Members as Benefits of Innovative Education Model
Generation Schools Network™, the nationally-recognized, award-winning non-profit whose innovative education model offers students 30% more and better learning time and teachers considerable collaborative time to prepare effective instruction without increasing their work year, announced the successful completion of its 2012-2013 school year at Brooklyn Generation School in New York. Particularly noteworthy was that a majority of its senior class members, many of whom were once at risk of dropping out, received their diplomas instead. In addition, several of the graduates were awarded summer internship opportunities.
Read full report here.
Generation Schools Network™, the nationally-recognized, award-winning nonprofit whose innovative education model offers students and teachers 30% more and better learning time, announced the appointment of Phil Gonring to its Board of Directors.
Read full press release here
North Denver Tribune features moving testimony of WGA teacher Elisa Cohen:
In my life I have taken some great journeys. I have walked from Panama to Colombia through the Darien Gap. I guided a raft for three weeks down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This past week ended a most enjoyable and educational year of walking 100 miles with West Generation Academy students through the cultural, educational and business landscapes of Denver.
West Generation Academy is a new innovation school sharing the West High School building with three other programs. Our College and Career Intensive program, along with our small core classes and extended day, sets us apart from other programs in the city. As an Arts and Media Intensive teacher, my job was to take students out into the community to learn about jobs and post-secondary training within the field of art.