SF Next Generation Teams


Check out the teams’ core innovations—impressed by how far the teams have progressed in their thinking.  Many teams will continue to iterate up until their presentations at 5pm, so the descriptions below may change (listed in presentation order).

Own It, Learn It fosters an entrepreneurial mindset with an earned release model where high school students gain greater autonomy over their own learning.

UberSpace (formerly Spaces) students meet weekly with an advisor who supports them in designing their learning plan for the week which includes students spending their days moving among real-world spaces such as labs, kitchens, and to achieve their goals.

Involve focuses on infusing parent engagement throughout all facets of the school, including measuring teachers based on their student engagement.

Elevate Public Schools (formerly 20%) Students and teachers spend 20% of their time pursuing projects that matter to them.

EduHUB (formerly Coral Reef Ecosystem) co-occupies its high school space with nonprofits and startups to make it easier for interaction.

KidSource (formerly AdaptEd) structures part of the elementary school day with students teaching learned concepts through screencasts.  Students learn to present and provide feedback to each other.

The Real Magic Bus leaves the idea of a school building behind and makes its home base a double decker mobile learning space that transports students to available community resources such as museums. Basically the city is the classroom.

Leaning Loop’s central tenet is that students master material when they teach it to another student. Students teach students who teach other students.

Open Hemispheres takes advantage of an open distributed network of students that enables collaborative student-directed, project-based learning.

Major Ed infuses self-direction throughout its high school program including extracurriculars. Students begin designing “minor” projects and then move to creating their own culminating sustained “major” projects.

Align develops values and non-cognitive skills in its elementary school students with parents as active partners. Align leverages video to bring the school to the parents.

EdShed will create community centers in developing countries that teach 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving.

Maker School fosters entrepreneurial skills as they support students pursuing their passions through a product-oriented program.

EPIC plans to open a middle school in East Oakland that takes a 12-level mastery approach where students are divided into houses, rather than by grades. Each 6-week period culminates in a week-long quest.

Brain (formerly Middle School Misfits) bases its middle school schedule and program on brain science, including teaching students about how their brains work and taking advantage of the rewiring stage that occurs in middle school. Why do we begin school at 8 when middle school brains function best at 10am?


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