Reimagining King Murphy Elementary
Designing our School Through the Rural Schools Collaborative
King Murphy Elementary is currently engaged in a journey of redesigning our school structure and priorities. The school community is working together to determine what will best serve our students and our community into the future. This work is being facilitated and inspired by the rural schools collaborative.
Transcend’s inaugural Rural Schools Collaborative is an opportunity for pioneering rural school communities to co-create with Transcend a ten-month cohort program to reimagine school, running from August, 2021 to May, 2022. The cohort will include 6–12 rural school communities from across the country. During the Collaborative, teams will engage in 2-4 convenings, exploring high-impact topics, such as leading a community-led school design process to achieve equitable results for all students, the skills and mindsets young people will need in order to thrive in and transform the 21st century, your community’s aspirations and needs, the science of learning and development, and learning from innovative school models across the country, while also providing space for teams to collaborate and exchange ideas. Through this program, teams work locally to enlist their broader community in shaping the vision for their reimagined school.
Our Prioritized LEAPS for School Redesign:
- Rigorous, Consistent Instruction and Learning
- Relevant/Real-World/Authentic Experiences
- Student Driven Learning
- Learning that demonstrates social consciousness and awareness
Experiential Learning is the process of learning by doing. By engaging students in hands-on experiences and reflection, they are better able to connect theories and knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations.
Experiential learning opportunities exist in a variety of course- and non-course-based forms and may include community service, service-learning, undergraduate research, study abroad/away, and culminating experiences such as internships, student teaching, and capstone projects, to name a few.
When students participate in experiential education opportunities, they gain:
- A better understanding of course material
- A broader view of the world and an appreciation of community
- Insight into their own skills, interests, passions, and values
- Opportunities to collaborate with diverse organizations and people
- Positive professional practices and skill sets
- The gratification of assisting in meeting community needs
- Self-confidence and leadership skills
EL Education is a school reform model that emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. EL Education grew out of a partnership between Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound, USA. By marrying the philosophies of character-building deeply embedded in Outward Bound lessons and an active approach to learning, the EL Education model was born. EL Education emphasizes five Core Practices and ten Design Principles that support teaching and learning in its schools.
EL Education's Five Core Practices