Below are some frequently asked questions about Mass IDEAS’ work, and high-quality, innovative school design in Massachusetts.
What kind of pathways do students need?
In today’s world, each student must develop a broad range of skills in problem-solving, communicating, working with others, and lifelong learning. We believe our schools must know what powerful learning looks and feels like, and must be designed to help our kids thrive in a time of rapid change.
What are the characteristics of schools Mass IDEAS supports?
These are the characteristics we look to create and support in schools:
Students at the Center: Schools are centered around student learning, student needs, and student success. Solutions are developed and decisions are made based on what is best for students.
Equitable: Schools enable the achievement and growth of learners — both students and adults — of every national origin and heritage, race, gender, sexual orientation, home language, ability, and other identities.
Learning Mindset: Schools establish learning communities in which together, all learners take risks, welcome mistakes as learning opportunities, and feel compelled to accomplish goals.
Learner-Driven: Schools support all learners to understand why learning matters, take responsibility for their own learning, and make decisions about their learning.
Personalized: Schools meet the unique needs of all learners, allowing them to learn at their own pace and to have a say in where, how, and when they learn best.
High expectations: Schools hold high expectations for all learners and support them in meeting clearly defined goals, in order to prepare learners for ongoing success in work and life.