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July 2016

Summit Leaning gives students freedom, teaches responsibilitySummit Leaning gives students freedom, teaches responsibility
October 6, 2017, WTAJ News (CBS)
Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa. - The Summit Learning Academy is not your traditional school. It gives students the power to choose what....


September 2017

Three Ways to Put Students in the Driver’s SeatThree Ways to Put Students in the Driver’s Seat
September 27, 2017 , Education Week
Guillermo Lopez, a recent graduate of one of California's top-performing high schools, defined his education experience as running ...


What's the Difference Between Engineering at a Tech Company Versus a School?What's the Difference Between Engineering at a Tech Company Versus a School?
September 16, 2017, EdSurge
Sam Strasser is Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Summit Public Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. But he also has had...


Bay Area high school experiment aims to create super schoolsBay Area high school experiment aims to create super schools
September 8, 2017, ABC7
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A groundbreaking effort to re-invent American high school is taking center stage at 8 p.m. on ABC7 Friday...


Daly City’s school’s $10 million quest for student ‘sense of purpose’Daly City’s school’s $10 million quest for student ‘sense of purpose’
September 8, 2017, SJ Mercury News
DALY CITY — The challenge — to craft a vehicle of paper plates, foam cups, plastic straws and tape, and power it with party balloons...


Peninsula High School Receives $10M GrantPeninsula High School Receives $10M Grant
September 6, 2017, KTVU TV
DALY CITY - A high school in the peninsula recently won a $10 million grant aimed at reshaping how we think about public education...

August 2017

2 new buildings that push students to become more engaged learners 2 new buildings that push students to become more engaged learners
August 24, 2017, Daily Journal Commerce 
new buildings that push students to become more engaged learners Imagine a school where, instead of sitting in rows listening to a teacher, students are clustered around a whiteboard solving an engineering problem, or around a table outlining a group presentation...


The Science Behind Summit Public Schools' Model The Science Behind Summit Public Schools' Model
August 16, 2017, Education Week 
Over the past couple of years, as we have partnered with educators, researchers, and community leaders across the country to share Summit Learning...


Summit Atlas Opens Summit Atlas Opens
August 16, 2017, KOMO RADIO 
...one fortitude just a couple minutes away from that extra layer traffic check to couple weeks of summer left for most students but cialis new charter school starts on monday.


Get a firsthand look this week at Summit Atlas, Seattle's newest public charter school Get a firsthand look this week at Summit Atlas, Seattle's newest public charter school
August 13, 2017, Rise Up For Students Blog 
Summit Public Schools is inviting the entire community to join them in celebrating the official opening of Summit Atlas, their new public charter school in West Seattle.


Seattle’s Newest Charter Public School Opens its Doors to Families and Students Seattle’s Newest Charter Public School Opens its Doors to Families and Students
August 10, 2017, Northwest Facts 
Summit Public Schools invites you to join families, students and community members as they celebrate the official opening of their new school in Seattle, Summit Atlas.

July 2017

Summit to open new college preparatory school this fall in West Seattle
July 31, 2017, West Seattle Herald
Summit Atlas, a tuition-free public charter school, is now enrolling 6th and 9th grade students.


Sneak peek at new Summit Atlas in West Seattle
July 28, 2017, Summit Public School
Construction crews are finishing work on the new charter public school, which opens to students August 21....


Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools
July 22, 2017, The Economist
IN 1953 B.F. Skinner visited his daughter’s maths class. The Harvard psychologist found every pupil learning the same topic in the same way at the same speed....


Personalized Learning Teacher Residency Program
July 15, 2017, The Economist
The nation's first personalized learning teacher residency program will begin in California this fall....


Summit Public Schools Launches Nation’s First Personalized Learning Teacher Residency
July 14, 2017, El Observador
Launching in fall 2017, collaborative program will train a diverse cohort of aspiring educators to lead today’s classroom while supporting the personal needs of students.


Personalized learning Residency Places Teachers at Summit Public Schools
July 13, 2017, The Journal
As personalized learning (PL) made headlines this week for improving student achievement in math, one nationally recognized public school …


Redwood City School System Launching Nation's First Personalized Learning Teacher Residency Program
July 13, 2017, Redwood City Patch
The program will train a diverse cohort of aspiring educators to lead today’s classroom while supporting personal needs of students.


Summit Public Schools launches nation's first personalized learning teacher residency
July 13, 2017, South San Francisco Patch
New personalized learning teacher preparation program launching in California. Summit Shasta, in Daly City, will be part of the program.
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Summit Public Schools Launches Nation's First Personalized Learning Teacher Residency
July 13, 2017, Summit Public Schools
Building on Summit Public Schools’ success as a national leader in student-centered education, its Summit Learning Residency Program will prepare a diverse cohort ...

June 2017

Summit Public Schools Builds on History of Graduation Success, with 99 Percent of Students accepted to College
June 8, 2017, Summit Public Schools
A decade since its first graduating class, Summit celebrates college-bound rates above 90 percent at all of its schools.


Summit Shasta Celebrates Inaugural Graduating Class, witht 100 Percent of Students Accepted to College
June 6, 2017, Summit Public Schools
...This year, Summit Shasta in Daly City will celebrate its first graduating class, 100 percent of which were accepted to college...


San Jose Summit Schools Celebrate 98 Percent of Students Accepted to College
June 6, 2017, Summit Public Schools
Summit Public Schools (Summit) announced today that an average of 98 percent of seniors at both of its San Jose schools, Summit Rainier and Summit Tahoma, have received acceptances to at least one four-year college...

The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools
June 6, 2017, The New York Times
In San Francisco’s public schools, Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, is giving middle school principals $100,000 “innovation grants”...

May 2017

SF Chronicle Reports on Latest Summit Elevate News
May 30, 2017, SF Gate
Backers of a $10 million plan to reinvent the American high school in Oakland have scrapped the project, saying it’s neither the time nor the place...


How Two Local Teens Became College-Ready
May 19, 2017, El Observador
When choosing a high school, there are many factors to consider. Among the biggest consideration for many is whether a school will help prepare each student for college.


Guest Editorial: Small School, Big Results
May 18, 2017, Tacoma Weekly
When choosing a high school, there are many factors to consider. As a teacher and an administrator at Summit Olympus, Tacoma’s first tuition-free charter public high school...


Examining racial gaps in access to quality schools in California and a list of Spotlight Schools
May, 2017, Great School
GreatSchools released a first-of-its-kind look at student achievement and access to educational opportunity broken down by race and ethnicity...

April 2017

Three Summit High Schools Ranked Among Top 100 Schools in CA by ​U.S. News & World Report Three Summit High Schools Ranked Among Top 100 Schools in CA by ​U.S. News & World Report
April 25, 2017, ​U.S. News & World Report 
U.S. News & World Report today named three high schools that are part of the Summit Public Schools network among the top in California ...


Charter schools transform classrooms into flexible learning environmentsCharter schools transform classrooms into flexible learning environments
April 13, 2017, EdSource
An unusual cluster of bright-colored schools, perched on a well-landscaped hillside adjacent to a shopping mall in Richmond...

March 2017

Summit Olympus is Placing Learning in Students’ HandsSummit Olympus is Placing Learning in Students’ Hands
March 20, 2017, Getting Smart
Summit Public Schools Olympus has arrived. In their second year of operation, the Summit Public Schools Tacoma campus, Olympus, is in full swing. 

January 2017

UPDATE: Summit Atlas charter school groundbreaking coming Feb. 2UPDATE: Summit Atlas charter school groundbreaking coming Feb. 2
January 30, 2017, West Seattle Herald
West Seattle's first charter school, Summit Atlas will open, starting with sixth- and ninth-grade classes in August 2017 at 9601 35th Ave SW....


Silicon Schools Step UpSilicon Schools Step Up
January 26, 2017, EdSurge News
A partnership between the Mark Zuckerberg and Summit Public Schools is turning traditional learning on its head - and now the Facebook CEO has his sights...


Mark Zuckerberg and his plan for a personalized learning revolutionMark Zuckerberg and his plan for a personalized learning revolution
January 19, 2017, TES
A partnership between the Mark Zuckerberg and Summit Public Schools is turning traditional learning on its head - and now the Facebook CEO has his sights on...


Summit Basecamp drives personalized learning adoption in schoolsSummit Basecamp drives personalized learning adoption in schools
January 18, 2017, EducationDive
California-based charter network Summit Public Schools has shared its Basecamp personalized learning platform and grading policy with more than 100 other schools...


Tech’s Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real WorldTech’s Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real World
January 17, 2017, Wired
On lengths of yarn stretched between chairs, sixth-grade math students were placing small yellow squares of paper, making number lines...


Building the 3.0 High School: How Summit Basecamp Schools Pairs Teaching With TechnologyBuilding the 3.0 High School: How Summit Basecamp Schools Pairs Teaching With Technology
January 16, 2017, The 74 Million
In the 2015 documentary Most Likely to Succeed, the filmmakers focus solely on the education revolution known as High Tech High, the San Diego charter school launched...

December 2016

With Personalized Learning, Every Student Can SucceedWith Personalized Learning, Every Student Can Succeed
December 21, 2016, Insight
Transforming K-12 education to a model of more personalized learning is a focal area of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December 2015....

November 2016

Dexter Schools testing Facebook-engineered program in the classroomDexter Schools testing Facebook-engineered program in the classroom
November 25, 2016, mLive
DEXTER, MI - Sixth grader Zach Ferree worked on a laptop in class on Tuesday, Nov. 22, looking at an outline of everything he needs to do this school year.


Facebook-Engineered Learning Model Forces Milwaukee Students To Think DifferentlyFacebook-Engineered Learning Model Forces Milwaukee Students To Think Differently
November 15, 2016, WUWM
This year, for the first time, a Milwaukee charter school is trying a new system of teaching and learning created by Facebook engineers.

October 2016

LEARNING TECH NOW ITS GETTING PERSONALLearning Tech: Now It's Getting Personal
October 26, 2016, Tech & Learning
While Google Apps for Education, Microsoft productivity tools, and—latest to the scene—Amazon Inspire, have made inroads into the educational arena, Facebook’s partnership...


The 14 most innovative schools in the worldThe 14 most innovative schools in the world
October 10, 2016, Business Insider
Innovation in education can take lots of forms, like incorporating new technology or teaching methods, going on field trips, rejecting social norms, or partnering with ...


I’m Teaching Like My Hair’s On Fire“I’m Teaching Like My Hair’s On Fire”
October 7, 2016, Bright
Last year, I implemented a “personalized learning” program in my middle school classroom. And I’m amazed at how much it’s helped my students grow....


Celebrating XQ Super Schools with NGLC Roots: Summit ElevateCelebrating XQ Super Schools with NGLC Roots: Summit Elevate
October 5, 2016, Next Generation Learning Challenges
Last month, XQ announced ten winners of its super-competitive $10 million Super School grant program. Half of the winners have NGLC roots....

September 2016

Proposed Oakland school wins $10 million in national contestProposed Oakland school wins $10 million in national contest
September 16, 2016, East Bay Times
A proposed high school in Oakland has won $10 million to help get it off the ground, thanks to a national competition funded by Laurene Powell Jobs....


Proposed Oakland school wins $10M in national contest backed by Laurene Powell JobsProposed Oakland school wins $10M in national contest backed by Laurene Powell Jobs
September 16, 2016, Silicon Beat
A proposed high school in Oakland has won $10 million to help get it off the ground, thanks to a national competition funded by Laurene Powell Jobs....


Summit Public Schools Awarded $10 Million XQ Prize fro Designing High School of the FutureThree California schools awarded $10 million each to 'reimagine high school' 
September 14, 2016, EdSource
A charter school operator will get $10 million to try to reinvent the American high school in Oakland, part of a billionaire-backed effort to revolutionize what sponsors ...


Bay Area Educators score $10 Million prize in National Contest Co-launced by Steve Jobs' WidowBay Area Educators score $10M prize in National Contest Co-launced by ... 
September 15, 2016, ABC News
A project that was co-launched by the widow of Steve Jobs just awarded educators in the Bay Area $10 million to build a new facility; one that will re-think public education ...


Summit Public Schools Awarded $10 Million XQ Prize fro Designing High School of the Future$10 million to ‘reinvent’ high school with future Oakland charter 
September 14, 2016, San Francisco Chronicle
A charter school operator will get $10 million to try to reinvent the American high school in Oakland, part of a billionaire-backed effort to revolutionize what sponsors ...


Summit Public Schools Awarded $10 Million XQ Prize fro Designing High School of the FutureSummit Public Schools Awarded $10 Million XQ Prize for Designing High School of the Future 
September 14, 2016, Summit Public Schools
Summit Public Schools today announced that it was awarded the XQ Super School prize for its proposed redesign of the American high school ...

August 2016

See inside the school Bill Gates thinks could be the future of learningSee inside the school Bill Gates thinks could be the future of learning
August 25, 2016, Yahoo Finance
Bill Gates is one of the most successful people in history, but even he admits his education could've been better ...


See inside the school Bill Gates thinks could be the future of learningSee inside the school Bill Gates thinks could be the future of learning
August 25, 2016, Business Insider
Bill Gates is one of the most successful people in history, but even he admits his education could've been better ...


I Love This Cutting-Edge School DesignI Love This Cutting-Edge School Design
August 22, 2016, GatesNotes
It’s amazing how little the typical classroom has changed over the years. Picture a teacher standing at a chalkboard, lecturing to 25 or 30 students ...


Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson PlansFacebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans
August 22, 2016, GatesNotes The Blog of Bill Gates
Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network with headquarters in Silicon Valley, announced that nearly 120 schools ...


Bill Gates thinks most high schools in America are obsolete — but not this oneBill Gates thinks most high schools in America are obsolete — but not this one
August 22, 2016, GeekWire
At Summit Sierra, a personalized learning charter school in Seattle’s International District, students use software to chase their dreams.....


July 2016

SUMMIT PUBLIC SCHOOLSSummit Public Schools
July 28, 2016, El Observador
The Northern California-based public charter organization is named a finalist for their proposed redesign of the American high school.


May 2016

Facebook Education and Summit Public SchoolsFacebook Education and Summit Public Schools
May 11, 2016, HarvardEdCast
Facebook has launched a partnership with Summit Public Schools, a charter network in California and Washington, to work to improve the technology ...


April 2016

Spreading Personalized Learning: Results from Summit Public Schools' First Basecamp RunSpreading Personalized Learning: Results from Summit Public Schools' First Basecamp Run 
April 26, 2016, Ed Surge
Summit Public Schools didn’t wait for the proper K-12 personalized learning tools to be made by companies. Instead, the charter system ...


Interview with Mike Sego, Director of Engineering, Facebook-Summit Schools PartnershipInterview with Mike Sego, Director of Engineering, Facebook-Summit Schools Partnership
April 20, 2016, Learningstuff.org
From an early age, Mike has been fascinated by video games and their ability to create emotionally engaging experiences. He interned ...


Innovating to Accelerate Gains at Truesdell Education Campus in Washington DCInnovating to Accelerate Gains at Truesdell Education Campus in Washington DC
April 8, 2016, Lexington Institute
Columbia Public Schools, is quickly becoming one of the most innovative elementary schools in the region, with the student academic ...


March 2016

Researcher Larry Cuban Goes Inside Summit Public Schools in Multi-Part SeriesResearcher Larry Cuban Goes Inside Summit Public Schools in Multi-Part Series 
March 29, 2016, EdSurge
A month ago, Stanford professor emeritus and self-proclaimed tech "skeptic" Larry Cuban told EdSurge that he was shifting his focus from "disappointments ...


Tech 'Convert' Helps Head Network's Personalized Learning PushTech 'Convert' Helps Head Network's Personalized Learning Push
March 28, 2016, Education Week
Adam Carter started his career as a frazzled high school English teacher with one overhead projector in his classroom and no real sense that ...


Facebook Teams Up With California Charter SchoolsFacebook Teams Up With California Charter Schools 
March 25, 2016, Ed Tech
In 2011, Summit Public Schools checked on its first graduating class and found 55 percent on track to graduate college within six years ...


Using Blended Learning to Design Schools that Motivate StudentskUsing Blended Learning to Design Schools that Motivate Studentsk
March 24, 2016, Education Next
In the book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker offer a practical guide to implementing ...


Spreading an Idea in Education: What happens when you stop being polite and start getting real?Spreading an Idea in Education: What happens when you stop being polite and start getting real? 
March 16, 2016, The Hechinger Report
It's a problem that has vexed educators: What’s the best way to share a good idea?  The idea of “do more of what works” sounds splendid....


Inside Facebook's Partnership to Develop Software for K-12 SchoolsInside Facebook's Partnership to Develop Software for K-12 Schools 
March 7, 2016, Education Week
Perhaps the most unconventional bet that technology billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has made on personalized learning involves his own ...


Facebook's Zuckerberg to Bet Big on Personalized LearningFacebook's Zuckerberg to Bet Big on Personalized Learning 
March 7, 2016, Education Week
Developing new software for K-12 schools. Investing in hot ed-tech startups. Donating tens of millions of dollars to schools experimenting with fresh ...


Despite its high-tech profile, Summit charter network makes teachers, not computers, the heart of personalized learning Despite its high-tech profile, Summit charter network makes teachers, not computers, the heart of personalized learning 
March 1, 2016, Hechinger Report
Diane Tavenner scanned the list of names a staffer at Summit Prep high school had just handed her. She began to cry. They weren’t happy tears....


How this Bay Area Charter Network is Reinventing EducationHow this Bay Area Charter Network is Reinventing Education 
March 1, 2016, LA Times
Diane Tavenner scanned the list of names a staffer at Summit Prep high school had just handed her. She began to cry. They weren’t happy tears....

February 2016

What's Working: Empowering Diverse Students in Washington State Charter SchoolsWhat's Working: Empowering Diverse Students in Washington State Charter Schools 
February 26, 2016, Huffington Post
Instead of dreading Mondays, students at Summit Sierra High School in Seattle actually complained about taking two weeks off for winter break ...

January 2016

The Seventy Four Whitmire: The Secret to Building the Next Gen High School? The Seventy Four Whitmire: The Secret to Building the Next Gen High School? 
January 24, 2016, The Seventy Four
Watching a 15-year-old fiddle with his laptop in this out-of-the-way parish school converted into a charter school seems like an odd place to catch ...


The Schools of the Future  The Schools of the Future  
January 19, 2016, U.S. News
The first time I visited a Summit Public School, in February 2014, I pulled up in front of a one-story building in an office park. I was sure I ...


Summit Basecamp Helps Teachers & Students Jumpstart Personalized LearningSummit Basecamp Helps Teachers & Students Jumpstart Personalized Learning 
January 14, 2016, Education Reimaged
Summit Basecamp Helps Teachers & Students Jumpstart Personalized Learning.


Across the Country, a New Type of Partnership Between Charters and Districts EmergesAcross the Country, a New Type of Partnership Between Charters and Districts Emerges 
January 13, 2016, Medium News and Stories
Increasingly, I’m hearing a question that drives me crazy: “Are you for or against charter schools? There can only be one legitimate answer to ...

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