learn / 2015

Training leaders to launch new and redesigned next generation schools in Los Angeles

Training leaders to launch new and redesigned next generation schools in Los Angeles

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Reframe Labs

Reframe engages frontline educators in collaborative school design, rethinking the factory school model in favor of designs that personalize learning for students. Our programs include: free, monthly workshops across LA; deeper 2-day bootcamps; a 6-month Redesign program open to any existing school (public, charter, private); and a prestigious 1-year Next Gen Fellowship for leaders who want to launch innovative new schools. Reframe will help LA become the next hub for K-12 education innovation.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics?

  • District-wide graduation rates
  • HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math
  • Academic Performance Index* scores
  • College matriculation rates

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.

The technology revolution in education is accelerating. Despite LAUSD’s iPad rollout challenges, the silver lining is that there is now a hyper-awareness that education technology is a tool that needs to be complemented by clear instructional plans and more investment in talent.

Reframe Labs will bring together educators, central office leaders, families, and entrepreneurs to discuss the future of school. We will facilitate professional learning experiences for existing schools that want to implement personalized learning practices, as well as train leaders to design and launch innovative new schools. Specifically, Reframe will emphasize innovation around student ownership, use of real-time data, competency-based progression, learning time, staffing, academic content, and physical space. By building a true community of practice, we believe these innovative new schools will lead to higher student academic proficiency and growth, and higher through-college graduation rates (building on early research by RAND as well as other national proof points). Reframe’s focus on community-building and talent development will help make Los Angeles the best place to learn as it becomes the next hub for K-12 education innovation.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

As a talent development pipeline, Reframe will count the number of attendees that graduate from our different programs and use surveys to evaluate our impact. We will also count the number of new and redesigned schools that emerge from our programs. For those leaders who ultimately go through our Redesign and Next Gen Fellowship programs (we aim to be one of the Top 3 professional learning experiences attendees will have ever encountered), we will measure the schools’ impact on student learning, from both proficiency and growth perspectives, as measured by state tests (using API, which we believe will be replaced soon with another state measure).

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Network/relationship support