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Our Approach

Creating effective, student-centered schools takes energy, commitment, imagination—and support from experts in school design, who understand both the needs of young people and the complexities of innovative school models and education systems, both large and small.

Partnerships with Springpoint are differentiated by an intentional approach to new school model design and implementation that is both student-centered and grounded in youth development theory. We collaborate closely with leaders, guiding them through a comprehensive school development process that includes concept design and implementation, school launch, and ongoing iteration. Our supports are flexible, adaptive, and responsive to each partner’s unique context. Throughout, we retain a sharp focus on supporting the development of innovative solutions that can ensure success for all students, including those who are traditionally underserved. We have particular expertise in these areas:

  • School Model Design: we lead partners through a structured design process focusing on discovery, synthesis, alignment and iteration. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach—schools should look and operate differently based on the needs of the students and communities they serve.
  • Strategic Planning: we work with partners and school leaders to plan for launching schools, helping them sequence priorities and allocate time, people, and resources in a way that will best serve student needs.
  • Capacity Building and On-going School Support: we provide coaching, training, and tools to school leaders and their teams to develop proficiency in school design, implementation and data-driven iteration.
  • Mastery-based System Implementation: we support partners in developing and implementing mastery-based approaches that can create more equitable learning ecosystems and assessment practices.
  • Resource Development: we develop and curate customized resources that are essential to school teams throughout the process of designing, launching and supporting new models.

Mission

Springpoint’s aim is to enable all students, regardless of environment or background, to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

Springpoint works closely with districts and networks to establish new high schools, providing the training and support to design, launch, and continually improve the schools our students deserve.

Vision

Our vision is to empower all young people toward a bright, capable future.

We see a future where secondary schools leverage all available talent, time, technology, and resources—and produce success on a grand scale.

Our Process

 
Introduction

Springpoint trains, coaches, and supports districts, networks, and design teams through every step of establishing new high schools. We foster rich collaboration and promote the sharing of valuable resources across our network of partners and new schools.

Above is a simplified framework for our school design process. (Click here for a deeper look.) Design teams need not adhere strictly to this structure—Springpoint encourages and works with teams to forge their own unique path that best suits their distinctive locale, student population, and needs. Our process is an adaptive, responsive, and ongoing endeavor to promote a culture of innovation and iteration.

Engage

Springpoint partners with districts, networks, and educators supporting them through a process that starts with discovery and rigorous self-assessment to measure a partner’s potential and readiness to undertake the school design initiative. To ready partners for Springpoint’s design process, we work with them to sequence priorities and allocate time, people, and resources in a way that will best serve student needs.

Understand

At Springpoint, we firmly believe that the foundation of great school design begins with a deep understanding of the needs of students and families new models serve. We guide our partners in developing this understanding across three primary lines of inquiry that explore the student population, the opportunities and constraints presented by schools’ distinct locales, and the resources that schools will access and cultivate.

Design

Innovative school models should be unique to each school, designed around the top priorities and experiences of its students, families, and community. In new models, all design elements are anchored by a commitment to placing young people at the core of the design process. From this center, our model design framework maps key decisions for foundational academics, college and career readiness, and personal enrichment. Springpoint provides tools and guidance, and surfaces best practices to teams as they ideate around school designs.

Build

Springpoint partners with districts, networks, and design teams to set benchmarks and translate designs into fully operational schools. Teams assess their model’s implementation requirements and devise a work plan for the school’s launch. In this phase, they also produce a portfolio of best practices, or artifacts, that will bring the design to life.

Iterate

Effective and lasting design will evolve in response to new challenges and opportunities. Springpoint works with schools to refine their models through a continuous cycle of inquiry, evaluation, and improvement. Emulating the learning experience of their students, schools must be committed to continual adaptation, iteration, and change—empowering them to learn and grow alongside their students.

Opportunity by Design

Read the report that provides the foundation for Springpoint’s work: Opportunity by Design, the landmark study by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Design Principles

Review the 10 principles that are essential to an effective school design. These principles guide Springpoint’s work with districts, networks, and design teams.

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