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Building the Future


Dear Transcenders,

We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership—entitled C2D2—to accelerate personalized learning in the education field.

C2D2 is a collaboration between Summit Public Schools, Lindsay Unified School District, the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), and Transcend to capture, codify, and convey key insights around the adult roles that foster successful personalized learning environments. We had a great kickoff convening last week in California (picture below):

The main goal of the project is to produce a set of actionable tools and resources that will support educators and site leaders in growing their capacity to implement high quality personalized learning. Stay tuned for updates about this exciting project #TranscendEdu.

Another Cohort to Redesign "School"

Letters Of Interest are due March 1, 2017!

It’s not too late for school districts and CMOs (currently operating 2+ schools) to apply for the next round of the Transcend-NewSchools Collaborative. This 10-month cohort program is a good fit for forward-thinking districts and CMOs who are excited about the opportunity to contemplate the learning outcomes their students most need for long-term success, to immerse themselves in the latest learning science research and its implications for school design, and to use design methods to generate a powerful new vision for education in their context. Linked here, you can find the program overview and a request for Letters of Interest. The deadline for letters of interest is March 1—feel free to pass along these materials to interested parties, and we welcome any referrals at


We Refreshed Our Website!

Take a look! We restructured our website around Transcend’s three core activities -  building new school models through projects with visionary operators, building a world-class force of R&D talent, and building actionable knowledge about school model innovation. We also made online giving a reality, added a Blog & News page, built a way for you to provide feedback on our Learning Agenda, and provided more information about our burgeoning Yellow Hats League.

We are also pleased to share our Playlists, which link to sources of insight and provocation for many aspects of the innovation process. While we don’t always agree with every single piece that’s here, we have found that these insights are helpful perspectives to consider in seeking to accelerate innovation in the core design of school. Specifically, the Playlists address six broad questions related to breakthrough school design:

1. What does the future demand of schools and our students?
2. How might the study of psychology inform us about what students need to be successful learners?
3. How do change and innovation really take root?
4. What is equitable schooling and how might we realize it?
5. How might individual leaders and teams provoke change and innovation?
6. Who is reimagining schooling and how?


Transcend Team & Upcoming Projects

We will be growing our Transcend Team over the next few months. Please check our website frequently for updates!

Partner: Strategy, Development, & External Relations - In one week you can whip up a clean and compelling presentation on our strategic direction, thoughtfully organize a way for the Transcend team to track and share goals, coach a graphic designer to imbue her work with our core brand attributes, and delight a funder by writing a comprehensive and inspiring grant report. Learn More | Apply

Partner: Build Models - You lead and manage top-notch, diverse teams to design, develop, and build new school models in partnership with school operators. You have your pulse on the latest innovation in school design and experience with change management, leadership coaching, and design methodologies within schools / school systems. You bring a deep conviction that we need to accelerate innovation in school design to prepare students for the 21st century. Learn More | Apply | Share this opportunity with your network

R&D Specialist - You are an insanely disciplined, hands-on person with a scientific mind. You resist the temptation to rely on your gut because you incessantly track projects, metrics and performance. You have built a sophisticated ability to share data in compelling ways, while helping others learn and make meaning so they can optimize programming--You make running R&D cycles feel like food tasting at a 5 star restaurant! Learn More | Apply

Associate, Build Talent - You are a super-organized, sharp as a tack, people person! Put simply, you love engaging with people. You’re a deep, critical thinker and a true listener looking to build with an awesome team. You are ready to roll up your sleeves and contribute to reinventing education in America. Learn More | Apply


Opportunities with Transcend Partners

Hiawatha Academies in Minneapolis, MN is hiring! Learn about joining our team here and apply today.

A member of Transcend’s Advisory Council, Dr. Jal Mehta, is hosting a Deeper Learning Institute at Harvard this summer.


Transcend Out and About

On March 1, 2017, Transcend’s Dr. Jenn Charlot and Brooklyn Lab School Co-Founder Erin Mote will present about school design at the Oak Foundation Learning Differences Consortium

At the ASU-GSV Summit on May 8-10, 2017, speakers and attendees will explore aspects of ASU-GSV's aspirational vision for how to address society’s greatest challenge: ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity to participate in the future. We are proud that Transcend’s Aylon Samouha will lead an interactive session on designing learning environments for the future.


Must Reads

From Education Week - “PISA, Internalizing Failure, and Barriers to Deeper Learning” by Transcend team member Tyler Thigpen

From Education Post, featuring one of our school partners Valor Collegiate - “Here’s Why One Charter School Believes Diversity Is the Future

From the Transcend blog - “When Trajectories of Change Cross” by a member of the Yellow Hats League, Grant Lichtman

"From Reform to Reimagine: Join Transcend and Help Lead the Way" by Transcend Co-founder Aylon Samouha



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