Contact Us
Blog
July 26, 2018

Introducing the AltSchool Student Storytellers

Emily Dahm, Head of School, AltSchool Yerba Buena 

Alex Ragone, Head of School, AltSchool Union Square

What do learner-centric experiences look like from a student perspective? This spring, we set out to answer that question and launched a pilot program called Student Storytelling, with middle school students at our Union Square and Yerba Buena campuses in New York and San Francisco. Heads of School Emily Dahm and Alex Ragone share a glimpse.

The storytellers wear these 3-D lanyards during filming.

In our lab schools, we are cultivating the next generation of lifelong learners who possess the knowledge, strength of character, creativity, and drive to impact the modern world. Through our curriculum, we create powerful learning experiences designed to empower students to operate at the center of their own learning. As agents of their own learning, AltSchool students are creating the change they want to see in the dynamic environments around them.

Empowering students to exercise voice and choice are key components of creating learner-centric environments. But what do learner-centric experiences look like from a student perspective? This spring, we set out to answer that question and launched a pilot program called Student Storytelling, with middle school students at our Union Square and Yerba Buena campuses in New York and San Francisco.

Learn more about Our Vision for Lab Schools.
Design Engineer Xavier was part of the cross-country student collaboration and designed 3-D lanyards for the storytelling teams.
Production boards at AltSchool Union Square.

With the aims of making learning visible, building community, extending learning beyond the classroom, and connecting learning to real-world experiences, we assembled our student storytelling teams, which included students, educator mentors, and a professional video journalist. Learning the basic skills of video production—shaping a concept, storyboarding, using camera equipment and editing software, directing—our students began to conceptualize the stories they wanted to share with a broader audience beyond their school walls.

Over the course of several months, the storytelling teams produced five student-led and student-directed videos that showcase their learner-centric experiences. We’re proud to share their stories in the coming weeks, which include a mini-documentary illustrating the story behind participating in a school walkout; a collaboration with video storytelling teams at four different schools across the country; a self-organized initiative to train a new team of student storytellers who then documented their school’s learning exhibition, and more. These students took deep interest and initiative in their learning over the course of the pilot program and exercised agency in the projects they pursued. We can’t wait to see where they go next.

Production boards at AltSchool Yerba Buena.
Learn more about our lab schools and our partner school program.

Be Part of the Future of Education

Get regular updates and discover how you can be part of the change.
I'm interested in learning more about:
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form

Applications

Now accepting applications for pre-K through 8th grade for our lab schools in New York and San Francisco, and for schools looking to join our partner program.
Apply now

Recent Posts

Follow Us