High Tech High, San Diego
4 Guided Principles of High Tech High
The two classrooms had been opened up and in the centre was task:
Part of the HTH program are exhibitions of learning which could take place at school, in the community or within classes. For example, a group of students had the goal of raising participation during local elections. The student did a lot of learning around elections and then their 'exhibition' was being out in the community the day before the voting and sharing their knowledge to encourage people to vote. Students could also present their learning to parents, to classmates or in a forum that best suited the learning project.
Internships is part of the senior curriculum with students needing to complete approx 5 weeks of 30-40 hrs a week. Teacher are actively involved with students prior to and during the internships.
Some images from HTH
Student work is displayed everywhere and often with QR codes to get further information or more student work.
- All teachers and students are on the same page. PBL with a tertiary pathway.
- Students are involved in the employment of teachers
- Teachers are on 1 year contracts
- Students enrollment is based on application through a lottery system. Depending on the postal code/zip code depended on how many student from that area could attend. They have a system to ensure equity during the enrollment process.
- Teachers create the timetable based on the Team they are in
- The level of collaboration is organised between the teachers within the Team
- Link to projects
I was very excited to visit High Tech High and the opportunity to meet with Larry Rosenstock was amazing. Talking with staff and students it was clear to see the the school principles in play.
It has been difficult to include everything in one post and I am sure I will write another at some point.