During a recent meeting, my principal spoke on the topic of innovation. She encouraged staff members to think outside the box, be creative, and brainstorm innovative ways we could increase student learning and sense of connectedness to school in our classrooms.
As an introduction to the topic of innovation, she shared a video, Project-Based Learning at High Tech. High Tech High was founded in 2000 as a single charter school. Because of High Tech High’s success, there now are 4 additional high schools, 4 middle and 3 elementary schools. Their statement is, “High Tech High’s mission is to develop and support innovative public schools where all students develop the academic, workplace, and citizenship skills for postsecondary success.” High Tech High has become one of the leaders in project based education with an emphasis on arts integration.
Throughout the video, I found myself wanting to be at High Tech High, either as a student or as a teacher. The students were engaged and learning in unique, untraditional ways. Schools like High Tech High fascinate me, and inspire me to focus on increasing student engagement and success in my own classroom.
Check out the video below.
If you’re interested in learning more about High Tech High, be sure to visit their webpage.
What other exciting project based learning initiatives have you seen?
Do you see any similarities in your curriculum or school with High Tech High?