Our model is intended to build student agency. Online tools are just one of many that empower students to gain the skills they need to learn and create. In addition, our students rely on online tools for core skills, recording progress, and setting goals so that our teachers can be more effective advisors. These tools allow teachers to have more one-on-one time with students so that they can more meet students' exact needs. These tools also allow students to track their individual goals in a way that is transparent to advisors so that they can provide feedback and keep parents up-to-date. We've gone back and forth between having more or less core skills time vs. hands-on project studio time, but have found a nice between morning core skills and afternoon studio. We also have differentiated what the blended experience looks like at different ages or independence levels.
One of our biggest challenges is finding a balance between efficiency and student self-direction. It's a work in progress, but having regular goal check-ins with advisors and having students share their goals and work with one another goes a long way in keeping students motivated and on task.
Everything hinges on students setting their own goals and advisors having weekly 1:1 goal check-ins/consultations. When students are setting their own goals it changes motivation, it changes the role of the teacher, it changes the school culture, and everything falls into place. Student goal setting does need to be scaffolded.
Our purpose is to develop new, personalized practices that center around the student. We believe that young people are capable of far more than society currently recognizes, and we create and test learning experiences to share with the world.
In keeping with Sal Khan’s "One World Schoolhouse" philosophy, we provide an extended-year, extended-day, mixed-age program with a project-based learning approach. Our academic experience is coordinated by a team of Advisors, Content Specialists, and Associate Teachers who guide students through gradually increasing levels of independence.
Contact: Dominic Liechti
Contact Title: Executive Director
Khan Lab School
Mountain View, California
94041 United States