TrueSchool attends iNACOL Conference as NGLC design partner

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TrueSchool Studio attended the iNACOL conference as a Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC) design partner. The premier conference for education professionals at the forefront of blended and online learning, the week in Orlando was filled with exciting conversations, events, and panels around the future of learning and the possibilities of education technology to redefine the student and teacher experience.


TrueSchool joined the cohort of NGLC grant recipients as a design partner at the conference. NGLC grant recipients have received between 100-450k to design and launch innovative schools that push the boundaries of learning.


The Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) “accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. It is a collaborative, multi-year initiative focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion, especially for low-income young adults.”


TrueSchool partners with World Class Schools in Raleigh-Durham


In partnership with World Class Schools’ Research Triangle Educators’ Design Network (EDeN) Fellowship, TrueSchool led a Studio with 7 EDeN Fellows in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.


The EDeN looks for “entrepreneurial educators to analyze existing school models from across the country that personalize learning through innovative teaching roles and strategic uses of time and technology. They will draw lessons from these models and work together with World Class Schools to design the actual instructional model for a new charter school to be proposed to open in Fall 2015.”


TrueSchool created and facilitated programming that included asset mapping, setting team culture and vision, user-centered design to encourage empathetic mindset, and a design-thinking challenge incorporating a real student case study.

Fellow Emily Parrish (secondary math teacher, North Carolina Virtual Public School Teacher of the Year, and Finalist for Online Teacher of the Year) said: “design thinking really pushed me – would push others as well – great for learning dynamics of groups.” 

Fellow Rose-Marie Shigas (secondary social studies teacher and curriculum designer) said “I’m excited about the possibilities for students to play stronger role in their instructional design. Considering a school model from the ground up is inspiring.”


A new North Carolina nonprofit, World Class Schools is “dedicated to empowering educators to design and implement school models that leverage excellent teaching and high-quality digital learning to dramatically improve student learning experiences and close achievement gaps.”


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