We started very "low tech" with a heavy focus on personalized learning. Because our primary goal was designing a school which would deeply engage learners, we focused first on helping students gain a deeper understanding of themselves as learners. Over time, we have implemented more and more blended strategies to support diverse learner needs and interests.
Building the adult capacity to feel confident with a new approach to teaching and learning that was designed to more deeply empower students to take the lead in their learning. We have continued to work to collectively improve our structure to personalize learning and support for educators as well.
Empowering learners takes a lot of thoughtful planning on the front end. Blended learning helps educators design in a way that let's technology do what it does best (adjust to the learners pace and preferences) and educators do what they do best (connect deeply with learners in order to create the conditions for them to become empowered). Approaching blended learning from this lens rather than from the technology lens, will lead to much better results.
Taking learning beyond the school walls through community partnerships.
Taking small scale pilots to district level implementation.
Mission and Vision
Located in one of the world’s greatest cities, Clark Street Community School is deeply enriched by and involved with the Middleton community.
Our Vision is to be a leader in democratic, place-based and personalized education, facilitating inspirational and authentic learning experiences that engage students, families, educators, and the community.
The Mission of Clark Street Community School is to democratically cultivate a community of engaged learners, serve as a resource for educators, and a catalyst for reform in education throughout our region and our nation.
A personalized learning experience that challenges learners and capitalizes on their interests and passions supporting each students as an individual.
A democratic learning environment that encourages critical participation and honors the responsibilities and rights of each community member.
A place-based education that emphasizes connections between people and ideas and fosters work that connects learners to local, regional, national, and global communities
We serve students in grades 9-12 using a variety of approaches to support engaged learning including: interdisciplinary seminars, project based learning, blended learning, and community based learning. We are ungraded and competency based, which helps us create the conditions for every learner to flourish!
Contact: Jill Gurtner
Contact Title: Principal
Clark Street Community School
2429 Clark Street