21st Century Elementary Schools*

Updated: April, 2017

April 21, 2017: Dare to Dream in Color Project from @WDAPlymouth named Best in Network Winner
March 4, 2016: Learning Reading through Projects: A Whale of a PBL, by Jill Liepelt, Katherine Smith School, P21 Blogazine
December 10, 2015: Quality Work + Project-Based Learning at Katherine Smith Elementary, By Megan Mead, Getting Smart. See more on Katherine Smith Elementary below.
November 4, 2015: Video Interview with Katherine Smith School Principal Aaron Brengard on 21st Century Learning at @ksmithschool

I. Schools

      1. Wooranna Park Primary School, Melbourne, Australia
      2. Katherine Smith School, San Jose, CA
      3. Washington Discovery Academy, Plymouth, Indiana
      4. School 21, East London, UK
      5. Hartsholme Academy, Lincoln, Midlands, UK
      6. Melrose Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
      7. Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY
      8. The Odyssey School, Denver, CO

II. Resources

III. Articles by Bob Pearlman on 21st Century Schools and 21st Century Learning

1. Wooranna Park Primary School, Melbourne, Australia

 

Woorana Park Primary School, Australia - Tomorrow's School Today - This short version of the video shows how the school was renovated to enable more 21st Century Learning- .

Wooranna Park Primary School in Melbourne, Australia, is a 21st Century Elementary School whose mission is "to provide students with a learning environment that recognises children learn best when engaged with real world, authentic tasks, involving problem solving and collaboration with peers on interdisciplinary, research based project work, where the teacher's role includes that of coach and facilitator and where students are empowered to take responsibility for their learning." What is exceptional about Wooranna Park Primary School is that it is both an exemplar of 21st Century Learning and Teaching and an exemplar of New Learning Environments, including pioneer innovation internationally in the development of Stimulating Learning Platforms. This school is profiled extensively on this website at the links below.

Wooranna Park Primary School | Stimulating Learning Platforms | Best Educational Practice Videos
Other Wooranna Park Videos | Raison D’etre Document and Video

2. Katherine Smith School, San Jose, CA

Video Interview with Katherine Smith School Principal Aaron Brengard on 21st Century Learning at @ksmithschool, November, 2015


Project Wall in KSmith Classroom (Click picture to see larger image)

 

Katherine Smith School is a 21st century elementary school in the Evergreen School District, San Jose, CA. It is a New Tech Network school and a Buck Institute for Education (BIE ) Partner. School graduates often go on to Bulldog Tech, a 21st century middle school in the district.

School Murals: Click to see larger image.

   

From #75DaysofData on Twitter: During 2015-2016 Katherine Smith School, Washington Discovery Academy, and New Tech High (Napa) posted 75 days of data. Click on picture for larger image.


About

Articles and Case Studies

Selected KSmithSchool Blog entries:

Videos

3. Washington Discovery Academy, Plymouth, Indiana

From #75DaysofData on Twitter: During 2015-2016 WDA, Katherine Smith School, and New Tech High (Napa) posted 75 days of data.


Washington Discovery Academy #75DaysofData


About

Washington Discovery Academy is a Project Based Learning school within the Plymouth (IN) Community School Corporation. It is also one of the first six elementary schools in the country to be a part of the New Tech Network and is a New Tech Network Demonstration Site. WDA strives to create meaningful learning experiences for students that help develop their literacy and communication skills while fostering a growth mindset that allows them to take ownership over their learning.


Articles, Projects, and Documents

Selected Blogs:

Videos

 

 

4.

School 21 is a new state-funded, inclusive years 4-18 school in Stratford, East London. The school opened in 2012 to help students succeed in the 21st century through a pedagogy of wellbeing, oracy (speaking skills), and project-based learning. See the excellent Case Study of School 21 from the edutopia Schools that Work program published in September, 2016.

Full Profile of School 21

5.

Hartsholme Academy's Immersive Learning Environments

Hartsholme Academy in Lincoln, East Midlands (East of Manchester and Sheffield) currently serves students pre-school through Year 6 (ages 4-11) and is currently in a formal consultation period for the proposal to expand Hartsholme Academy to include Key Stage Three (Years 7-9) from September 2017.

Full Profile of Hartsholme Academy

6. Melrose Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

 

Project Based Learning video from Melrose Elementary

 7. Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, NY

 

Expeditionary Learning National Conference 2010 - Keynote Address by Students From Genesee Community Charter School from Expeditionary Learning on Vimeo.

8.The Odyssey School, Denver, CO

The Odyssey School is a dynamic Expeditionary Learning K-8 community dedicated to fostering each child's unique potential and spirit of adventure through exemplary standards of character, intellectual achievement, and social responsibility. The Odyssey School is chartered by Denver Public Schools. As a public school we are tuition free, except for our full-day Kindergarten program. The Odyssey School currently serves 225 students Kindergarten through 8th grade, our full charter. 33% of the student population qualifies for the Federal free or reduced lunch program. Fifty percent of the students are students of color with most being African American.

Henry's Kindergarten Student-Led Conference from Expeditionary Learning on Vimeo.

II. Resources on Elementary PBL Practice

III. Articles by Bob Pearlman on 21st Century Schools and 21st Century Learning:

*April, 2014 -- This page profiles several 21st century elementary schools. It has been my practice in the past to only profile and recommend exemplar schools and districts that I know well through personal visits and knowledge. However, today it is possible to visit some schools and districts through the World Wide Web and see documents, articles, and videos that tell the story of what is happening in these places. A good name for this process is "curating". I first consulted knowledgeable colleagues around the country for recommendations and also searched the World Wide Web for candidate schools. In some instances there were other candidate achools, however there were not sufficient additional artifacts to validate their "innovative" practices. To develop this page and its resources, I scoured each school's website and then searched the Internet for "artifacts"-- documents, materials, articles, and videos-- that tell the school's story. If you have a recommendation of additional schools to profile, please contact me at bobpearlman@mindspring.com. --- Bob Pearlman