We spent years studying the most successful and innovative schools in the country and decided to radically change the core structures of school so teachers can deliver the right content to the right kids at the right time. We also wanted a new approach to school that put equal emphasis on non-academic skills as on core academics.
A new model is very challenging for teachers to implement off the bat. We work to layer in complexity gradually for our teachers - starting the year with more familiar structures and quickly kicking out the scaffolds to the full model.
Pick one or two things to invent yourself and then beg, borrow and steal everything else.
What is most innovative about our program is the way we've approach the use of time and talent to personalize learning.
Roots Elementary is a non-selective public charter school in Denver, CO whose mission is to inspire all students to set audacious goals and deliver the individual coaching, academic preparation and character education needed to reach them. The school was opened in 2015, initially serving approximately 100 students in grades K and 1. At scale, the school will serve students in grades K-5.
At Roots, the typical walls that divide students, teachers, and different learning resources have literally been knocked down-- children and adults work flexibly together across subjects, spaces, and learning modalities. Every student has a personalized learning plan, which they design with direction from and support of teachers. They progress at their own pace through learning standards in core academics, and also experience enrichment through social and emotional instruction, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) projects, and projects in a "Maker Space". Teachers have specialized roles and collaborate continuously with support from a central administrative team.
Contact: Jonathan Hanover
Contact Title: Founder & Executive Director
3350 Hudson Street
Telephone: (720) 593 - 1338