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PRIDE Prep created a "maker space" -- a workshop space where students can build, experiment, and create.

CHARTER SCHOOL GRANTS SUPPORT CLASSROOM REINVENTION

12/10/2014

CHARTER SCHOOL GRANTS SUPPORT CLASSROOM REINVENTION

12/10/2014

PRIDE Prep

PRIDE Prep

PRIDE Prep created a "maker space" -- a workshop space where students can build, experiment, and create.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is announcing new grants to two innovative charter schools in Washington State, PRIDE Prep in Spokane and Rainier Prep in Highline. With a pledge of close to $500,000 each, we are furthering the effort to reinvent the classroom through practical skills that translate into real-world success. As conventional educational approaches and curriculum often gloss over the importance of exploration and iterative problem solving, our goal is to increase life-changing, hands-on experiences in the classroom, and advance life-long student success.

PRIDE Prep and Rainier Prep are part of the critical first generation of charter schools in Washington State and their success is key to ensuring that Washington’s charter schools are of the highest quality. Both schools are led by entrepreneurial, Washington State educators, who have worked within the traditional system. They are now launching their own schools backed by experience in their local communities to know what works and what doesn’t. By providing support for these early stage innovators, the Foundation is ensuring that alternative, entrepreneurial approaches can gain a foothold to success. By doing so, they provide an example for other innovative educators, in traditional and charter schools, to follow.

PRIDE Prep is the first public charter school in Spokane. It aims to spark the interests of the next generation of leaders: students who imagine new opportunities, take initiative and risks; and solve problems. With the support of the Foundation, PRIDE Prep will be able to offer a technology-rich, personalized and project-based learning environment – which will include a build out of a maker space – to develop students as thinkers, creators and leaders.

Rainier Prep seeks to transform the expected educational outcomes for low-income students of color and immigrant students who have long struggled in our traditional public school system by offering an innovative approach to the modern school day. The school is committed to college and career readiness for each student. With the support of the Foundation, Rainier Prep will incorporate brain science into teacher training and curriculum, and help students draw on brain science to understand themselves better as learners and to develop more effective learning strategies for themselves.

The Foundation supports charter schools as one part of our broader efforts to advance entrepreneurial educators. Other efforts include the Allen Distinguished Educators program, an award and fellowship program that celebrates and supports innovative teachers, and the Teach for the Planet challenge, a partnership with DonorsChoose.org that supports teachers who have unique and pioneering ideas to better teach sustainability in the classroom. We also support the Seattle Teacher Residency program, an urban teacher residency program in Seattle Public Schools that helps to recruit, prepare and support teachers.