Brooklyn LAB in the News

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Districts Realize the Personalized Learning Vision, See its Future

Amy Rolph for XQ, USA Today, March 20, 2017

At Brooklyn Lab High School, getting kids into college will just be the beginning.

The real goal for each and every student is graduating from college, or perhaps even enrolling in graduate school -- and then thriving in their future careers.

“In high school, we should be practicing the things that matter most for adult life and for future success,” said Eric Tucker, one of the school’s founders.

Preparing students to thrive in college and beyond is at the heart of Brooklyn Lab’s mission. The mission starts at the schools’ two middle schools in downtown Brooklyn, and will continue on at the high school set to open in the fall of 2017. The schools are built on the idea that the jobs students will one day hold likely don’t exist yet, but mastering skills such as problem solving and conflict resolution will ensure students are ready to tackle those challenges, regardless of their career path

Districts Realize the Personalized Learning Vision, See its Future

Andrea Browning, Home Room, December 20, 2016

District superintendents across the country have taken on a range of bold approaches to improving students’ experiences in public education. Across these innovations, districts have embraced the notion that empowering students and their teachers is an effective way to improve student outcomes.

At a Nov. 15 convening, hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) , our nation’s leading district superintendents overwhelmingly expressed an optimistic sense of purpose. Motivated by their successes with personalized learning across schools in their districts, a ringing call to action for these leaders came out of this Washington summit: give more students and educators the opportunity to experience personalized learning.

Hari Nef, DeRay Mckesson, Shailene Woodley: These Are the Bold Visionaries Pushing the Culture—and the Country—Forward

by Robert Sullivan photographed by Inez AND Vinoodh, January 2017

Last September, XQ: The Super School Project—the effort funded by Laurene Powell Jobs’s Emerson Collective to rethink the American high school—went over budget. Instead of their goal of awarding five high schools with a $10 million prize over the next five years, they wound up awarding ten innovative schools closer to $100 million. And the dialogue continues. “Those 10,000 educators all across the country,” says XQ Institute’s CEO Russlynn Ali—referring to the number of people who responded to XQ’s challenge—“they are in this. They have stood by their young people, whether they were one of the ten or not, and now from Grand Rapids to Houston to Los Angeles to Washington, DC, we are seeing people come together, learning, studying, empowering themselves with data and research and coming up with the most visionary plans on how to transform high schools in their community—and thereby transform their neighborhoods.”


Putting the City at the Heart of Place-Based Education

Daniel A. Rabuzzi, Getting Smart, November 21, 2016

Place-Based Education matters (especially as digital technologies radically change how we define “place”), and Getting Smart’s blog series on PBE is a great addition to our knowledge of this approach.

My one concern is that PBE practitioners seem to frame “place” primarily as rural or wild. The photos accompanying most PBE articles and posts are full of gardens, zoos, rushing streams, lots of trees, wide skies…few examples feature urban landscapes, which is strange since most of us now live in or very near cities.

Capital Impact Partners’ Third Quarter Financing Supports Increased Access to Quality Education, Health Care, and Housing Throughout U.S.

Capital Impact Partners, November 8, 2016

$27 million in project financing will create social impact for underserved communities across five states

Arlington, VA (11/8/2016) – (RealEstateRama) — Capital Impact Partners announced today that it provided $27 million in financing to projects delivering social impact to underserved communities across the U.S. during the third quarter of 2016. Charter school financing in multiple states represented a big focus during the quarter, with additional loans helping to increase access to quality health care in California, affordable housing in Detroit, and dignified elder care in Pennsylvania and Washington. Of particular note is the fact that nearly half of the ventures represent continued relationships with existing borrowers.



New Charter School To Take Innovative Approach To Teaching & Learning

Nigel Roberts, NewsOne Education, October 15, 2016

Fresh off winning a prestigious grant competition, Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools unveiled plans for its first high school.

The co-founders, students of its middle school, and their families held a naming ceremony on Sept. 27 for the Edmund W. Gordon High School for the Applied Sciences, which opens next fall in New York City’s downtown Brooklyn.

Professor Edmund Gordon, a psychologist and education professor, is the Director Emeritus of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Gordon told NewsOne that he expects the school’s curriculum will become its major contribution to the education field.

Celebrating XQ Super Schools with NGLC Roots: Brooklyn LAB

Kristen Vogt, Next Gen Learning Blog, October 20, 2016

Last month, XQ announced ten winners of its super-competitive $10 million Super School grant program. Half of the winners have NGLC roots: Summit Elevate, Brooklyn LAB Charter High School, Powderhouse Studios, Washington Leadership Academy, and RISE High. We think that’s something to celebrate.

This blog series takes a look back at the influence the leaders behind these winning designs have had on next gen school design and the future of the American high school. Today, we celebrate Brooklyn LAB Charter High School.



New Downtown Brooklyn Charter School Named for Champion of Desegregation

Alexandra Leon, DNAinfo, September 28, 2016

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School is on track to open a new high school for the upcoming year that will be named after an advocate for school desgregation and programs for low-income students.

The Edmund W. Gordon High School for the Applied Sciences will open next fall in Downtown Brooklyn, the charter announced at a Tuesday naming ceremony. 

While school administrators have not yet finalized an address, the school will be within the Brooklyn Tech Triangle and near the institution’s current middle school locations at 240 Jay St. and 40 Flatbush Ave., a Brooklyn LAB spokeswoman said.

The Hidden Goal that XQ Winners Share: Relationships

Julia Freeland Fisher, the Christensen Institute, October 2016

This month, U.S. high schools got a healthy dose of innovation investment—the XQ Super School project announced 10 winners, each of which will receive $10 million to support their efforts to reinvent high school. Although the winners are pursuing a pretty dazzling array of approaches, all 10 are exploring ways to personalize high school in an effort to crack open the monolithic model of cohort and age-based instruction that undergirds traditional school.

But across their diverse models, there’s another common, if not subtler, effort afoot: to invest in students’ relationships and networks.



One School’s Mission to Give Every Child the Best High School Education—Regardless of Their Zip Code

Sonia Weiser, DNAinfo Creative, September 2016

With a mission to get students not just to college but through it, Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School will open new high schools next fall, welcoming a class of 115 freshmen into a rigorous college-prep program.

In addition to setting a high bar for students with AP classes and a strong liberal arts curriculum in STEM and the humanities, Brooklyn Laboratory Charter High School (BLCHS) will give students access to unique internships and programs at local colleges that allow them to earn college credit while still in high school.

Rise & Shine: Thousands rally to expand New York City charter schools

Alex Zimmerman, Chalkbeat, September 29, 2016

RALLYING CRY An estimated 25,000 people gathered in Prospect Park Wednesday to rally in favor of doubling the size of the city’s charter sector, though the event’s keynote speakers were careful not to diss traditional district schools.

HOT BUTTON ISSUE Based on an analysis of 4.5 million Regents exams over 13 years, it turns out temperature can play a big role in student performance on the exit exams.



Redesigning High School through the XQ: Super School Project

Karen Cator, Digital Promise, September 15, 2016

We are excited, proud, and humbled to partner with Vista High School to develop an XQ Super School! It is one of the 10 chosen Super Schools and a member of our League of Innovative Schools.

Redesigning a large traditional district school, Vista High School will work to develop creators, inventors, powerful thinkers and innovators — students who learn and grow and take action to solve real-world problems through exploration, analysis, debate, imagination, and risk-taking. It will be a community where communication, collaboration, respect, and the pursuit of meaningful goals will bind and strengthen all of its members. It will be a school that embraces technologies and networks as means to inspire and be inspired — to dive deeper into the disciplines and arts to find understanding and compassion — to build a better world. Students and teachers will co-create curriculum based on the Challenge Based Learning framework and tackle challenges defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

10 high schools receive $10M for rethinking traditional mode

Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive, September 16, 2016

The XQ Institute awarded $100 million to 10 schools around the country experimenting with nontraditional teaching and learning techniques as part of its Super School Project, funded by Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The New York Times reports the Somerville Steam Academy in Massachusetts operates without standard class periods or grade levels, Rise High in Los Angeles is organized around the needs of students who are homeless or in foster care, and Brooklyn Laboratory Charter High School will have a nearly 9-hour long school day.



These 10 Ideas Are Each Getting $10 Million to Change High School

Katie Reilly, Time, September 15, 2016 

A year after putting out an open call for proposals to rethink American high school, the XQ Institute is awarding a total of $100 million to 10 schools to pursue their ideas.

The organization, which announced the winners on Wednesday, tasked schools with developing new approaches to high school in the 21st century. The “Super School Project” was funded by the Emerson Collective, which is led by Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Nearly 700 school teams submitted applications. Ten, including both charter and public schools, were chosen to receive $10 million over the course of five years.

10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in 'XQ Super School' Contest

Catherine Gewertz, Education Week, September 14, 2016 

In one of the nation's biggest school-redesign competitions, 10 teams won a collective $100 million Wednesday to create new high schools or transform existing ones across the country.

Each of the winners of XQ: The Super School Project will have $10 million over the next five years to undertake ambitious projects centered on innovative, engaging approaches to learning. All projects serve student populations that are predominantly low-income and/or racial minority.



Brooklyn Middle School Wins $10 Million To Build Dream High School

Vanessa Murdock, CBS New York, September 15, 2016
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A couple of eighth graders from a Brooklyn charter school just won their future high school millions of dollars with their creativity and forward thinking.

Now, they get to turn their dreams into reality.

“We won $10 million. I was like, ‘Oh my God’ and I freaked out,” 13-year-old Suzuki Allen told CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock.

“I had no words, I was speechless,” 13-year-old Adajenae Cox said.

The two eighth graders couldn’t believe their middle school, Brooklyn Lab, beat out more than 700 others from across the country to win $10 million. They competed in XQ: The Superschool Challenge.

Laurene Powell Jobs is donating $10 million to each of these 10 innovative schools

Chris Weller, Business Insider, September 15, 2016 

A year after announcing she'd give away $50 million to innovative schools, Laurene Powell Jobs is doubling down on her offer.

Powell Jobs, the president of theEmerson Collective charity and widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, announced on September 14 that her education initiative, XQ: The Super School Project, will split up $100 million in grant money between 10 unique schools around the US.

Since the initiative's open call last September, XQ received nearly 700 proposals for how to redesign the modern high school.



Going Back to (Brooklyn LAB) School With the White House and Department of Education

Elsie Simpliciano, EdSurge, September 15, 2016
A Everyone is going back to school. That includes White House and U.S. Department of Education officials, who are on an “Opportunity Across America” back-to-school bus tour. Their goal: to celebrate the progress in making technology more accessible in our nation’s schools over the last several years through the efforts of the ConnectED and Future Ready Schoolsinitiatives.

One of their first stops was Brooklyn Laboratory Schools (LAB), in Brooklyn, New York, founded in 2014 on the premise of creating online personalized learning platforms, forging teacher pathways and building community partnerships.

$100 Million Awarded in Contest to Rethink U.S. High Schools

Elizabeth A. Harris, The New York Times, September 14, 2016

An organization announced on Wednesday that it had chosen the winners of $10 million grants in a competition to rethink the American high school.
The organization — the XQ Institute, which is backed by Laurene Powell Jobs — is funding 10 schools, for a total of $100 million.

One of the winners, the Somerville Steam Academy in Somerville, Mass., will operate without standard class periods and without separating students by age.
Rise High in Los Angeles will be designed for students who are homeless or in foster care. It will share locations around the city with service providers, like medical or mental health centers, and will have a mobile classroom to teach or tutor students wherever they are.

And in New York City, at the Brooklyn Laboratory Charter High School, the school day will last from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.


Can $10 million build the ideal high school?

Jamie Martinez, Hechinger Report

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Brooklyn Charter School Receives $10 Million

By Leslie Brody, The Wall Street Journal

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Six questions for the U.S. Department of Education’s ed tech chief

By Alez Zimmerman, Chalkbeat

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Brooklyn Charter Wins Contest to Rethink American High Schools

By Beth Fertig, WNYC’s School Book

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White House Visits Brooklyn LAB to Celebrate Opening of 2nd Middle School

By Alexandra Leon, DNAinfo

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NewSchools Venture Fund Announces Next ‘Invent’ Cohort of School Designers

By EdSurge

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Platforms Have Transformed the Economy. Is Education Next?

By Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

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Without ‘grit’ or ‘no excuses,’ how one charter high school is preparing to send high-needs students to college Board Of Regents

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State Charter Association Congratulates New Charters Schools Approved By Both SUNY and The Board Of Regents

By The Long Island Exchange

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How high school would be different if students could design it

By Sarah Garland, The Hechinger Report

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3 LMS adoptions that go way beyond the basics

By Bridget Mccrea, eSchool News

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The Digital Divide

By Beth Braverman, Literacy Today

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Students Demand Less Focus on Testing, More on Careers at New High School

By Alexandra Leon, DNAinfo

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Eric Tucker: How data matters for school leaders

By Eric Tucker, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation Blog

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Brooklyn LAB Students Help Design Curriculum for Charter's New High Schools

By Alexandra Leon, DNAinfo

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Personalized Learning Technologies and Platforms

By Stefanie Blouin, Next Gen Learning Blog

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Exciting New Evidence about the Promise of Personalized Learning

By Stacey Childress, NewSchools Venture Fund Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Education Blog

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Inspiration and the Right People @ iNACOL 2015

By Dalia Hochman, Next Gen Learning Blog

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50+ Learning Leaders at #iNACOL15

By Getting Smart

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Charter School Cofounder With ADHD and Dyslexia Creates the School He Always Wanted

By Making a Difference blog post by Geri Coleman Tucker, Understood

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Personalized Learning – Part 2: Three Ways the Brooklyn Lab Charter School is Personalizing Learning for All Students

By National Center for Learning Disabilities

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Next-Gen Learning in Brooklyn - Part 1

By Tom Vander Ark, Education Week 

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Schools Hire Help to Boost Lunchs' Kid Appeal

By Hadley Malcom, USA Today

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The Gig as New Super Highway: More, Better, Faster, Easier

Erin Mote, Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund

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The Currency of Connectivity: Networking for Innovation in Chattanooga

Erin Mote, Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund

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Brooklyn LAB Featured in Getting Smart's Innovative School Report: Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning: Inspiring Stories from Next Generation Schools

By Kristi DePaul

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Utilizing Special Revenue Funds for Innovative School Designs

By Guest Blogger, Next Generation Learning Challenges

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Building Relationships and Expanding Expectations at Brooklyn Lab

By Megan Mead, Getting Smart

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Sounds from the First Day of School

By All Things Considered, National Public Radio 

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A New High Tech Charter Gets an Early Start

By Beth Fertig, National Public Radio 

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NGLC Announces 7.2 Million in Grants to Help Launch 16 Personalized, Comptency-Based Schools

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Joy & Rigor: The And-Both Solution

By Tom VanderArk

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Proposed Charter School Hopes to Ready Students for Jobs in the Tech Sector

By Janet Upadhye

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Two K-12 Grantees Recently Featured on Getting Smart Blog

By Kristi DePaul

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Without ‘grit’ or ‘no excuses,’ how one charter high school is preparing to send high-needs students to college

By Monica Disare

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