Schools That Work
The Springfield Renaissance School
At Springfield Renaissance School in Massachusetts, strong bonds between teachers and students drive academic success.Chelsea Sheasley
Creating a safer space for students to engage with controversial topics starts with shared norms like “assume best intentions” and “show respect and courage.”
By leaving space in their lessons for authentic curiosity to take hold, teachers can enable deeper learning.
Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
Daily meetings with a consistent "crew" build strong relationships that help students thrive socially, emotionally, and academically.
When they don’t shy away from talking about tough topics, students and teachers gain a deeper understanding of important issues—and each other.
A schoolwide focus on cultivating traits like self-discipline, courage, and perseverance helps students meet high expectations.
A simple strategy encourages students to give their full attention when listening to others.