The Innovation Schools initiative was signed into law in January 2010. It allows districts to to explore innovative ideas while keeping school funding within districts.
It requires that the Superintendent, Teacher's Union (Cambridge Education Association), and the School Committee all have a voice in the planning process and a vote in the approval proccess.
There are currently 50 innovations schools around Massachusetts including 7 in Boston.
There are not yet any innovation schools in Cambridge.
We are in the early stages of exploring a new upper or alternative high school in Cambridge.
The "puzzle" metaphor is about a process rather than a specific design. The process consists of deep observations, developing and testing hypotheses, and seeking feedback as you make progress toward your goal.
This process will inform all aspects of The Puzzle School, from how the school is run to the student's day-to-day experience to how students approach their own learning.
You can read more in this pdf description of The Puzzle School.
The Puzzle School will use this process to continuously work toward a school that best helps each individual student. In doing so we hope to:
What would a day in the life be like at The Puzzle School? It's a difficult question to answer, but we've provided some thoughts on:
Read more about a day in the life >
We are currently running programs with students in Cambridge. Some of the programs we have run or are developing include:
Read more about our programs >
The Puzzle School is working with educational leaders from around Cambridge.
They represent decades of teaching experience and have started, run, and worked for innovative and prominent schools in the country:
Learn more about our advisors >
“So this was the big secret historians keep to themselves: historical research is wildly seductive and fun. There's a thrill in the process of digging, then piecing together details like a puzzle.”
~ Nancy Horan
“As a kid, I was into music, played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in plays in junior high school and just got lost in the puzzle of acting, the magic of it. I think it was an escape for me.”
~ Michael J. Fox
“When you write non-fiction, you sit down at your desk with a pile of notebooks, newspaper clippings, and books and you research and put a book together the way you would a jigsaw puzzle.”
~ Janine di Giovanni