I have been tasked with designing an alternative learning space to traditional high school within a NJ public school system and to have it operational by 9/12. Two constraints of working within a public system:
1. Students will still need to take and pass state assessments and earn x #of credits to graduate.
2. Under option 2 in NJ there is great liberty w/ regard to how students earn graduation credit. Seat time can be divorced from coursework allowing project/passion-based learning, virtual learning, and community based learning so long as they are connected to state standards.
So I am wondering:
If you were to design a learning space as an alternative to traditional high school, what might it look like?
What would you privilege?
What would be absolutes that you would need to include in your design?
What would learning look and sound like?
Who would own the learning? How would you know?
I really value your ideas and I know that they will surely (in)form mine. Please let me know what you think. Thanks.