Wisdom Amouzou shared his approach to developing a community high school with education leaders across the country at the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in Denver, CO.
His approach consists of these four phases:
1) Participatory Research
2) Mission, Vision, Values
3) School Model
The Community Design Team consists of 23 students, 8 parents, 6 community members, and 10 educators who came together twice a month for dinner meetings where every member had an equal voice in providing input into the school’s model and design.
The Community Design Team created the below schedule consisting of five components:
Here is what each component consists of:
- Performing Arts
- Travel abroad
Here is what a student schedule might look like:
Here are the three truths that make up why this approach is necessary:
Empower High School will open in fall 2019. You can learn more at EmpowerHighSchool.org.
Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) has worked as a public-school educator and administrator since 1997. She is a prolific writer best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Nielsen is the author of several books and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tech&Learning, and T.H.E. Journal.