Challenges are open calls for schools to identify real problems they wish to tackle, pose innovative solutions, and collaborate with a community of like-minded colleagues to accelerate the work.
The iZone sponsored the Kick-off Challenge and invited schools to receive funding and support to design innovative solutions to some of their most pressing issues. 29 iZone schools applied, and received coaching from people who helped stretch schools’ ideas through several intensive collaboratives.
Eight finalists were selected to further develop and test their ideas. Winning proposals included:
- Brooklyn International HS – Teachers and 11th grade students prototyped a “Google 20% time” program and toolkit, where 20% of students’ time was dedicated to a course they created and managed.
- Hudson High School of Learning Technologies - A cohort of seniors launched a summer “senior seminar” to co-design project-based, interdisciplinary courses with their teachers.
- West Prep Academy – Teachers and administrators prototyped a summer program where 8th grade graduates worked one-on-one with a coach who oriented them to their new high school and developed a roadmap to high school graduation.
The challenge ran from May 6, 2013 to October 10, 2013.