The New School Design (NSD) project showcases the efforts students have made over 14 months in SPA | NOLA. Serving as the capstone project, students integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed while preparing for leadership service in schools across the nation.
Cohort members are grouped into smaller teams based on similar interests and ideas, and work throughout their second summer to brainstorm ideas and generate the school design that would best meet the educational needs of the nation’s most vulnerable students.
The leadership teams are challenged to design a new school that reflects the domains of knowledge, skills, and habits of the mind that they acquired while addressing the challenges faced by children seeking a 21st century education. Students present their innovative work to a panel of judges, an audience of critical friends, and the wider community of educators in the region on the last day of Summer II. The event offers SPA | NOLA students the opportunity to share their innovative solutions for overcoming the achievement gap with fellow educators in the region.