Portfolio brings the d.school experience into elementary school and seeks to redesign the meaning of creativity in formal learning.
Watch "Adventure to Mars" a movie by the students of Portfolio School that premiered Feb 15th, 2018 at TriBeCa Screening Room. A wonderful night to celebrate the learning and creativity of our last project unit about Mars.
Core to the Portfolio experience is engaging with talented professionals, co-designing ambitious projects in which we apply our learning and express our creativity. Meet some of the talented folks with whom we have created.
Our children now know that what they are creating and learning is interesting and people will want to learn from it; that their knowledge is worth sharing not just to the school community but to the world.
Exploring community, angles, our solar system, and more. Happy Holidays to ALL!!
Last Week at Portfolio: sequences, 3-D modeling, 3-D printing, presenting who we are to the school, and more...
This Week at Portfolio: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be me? Creating lessons for Google Science Journal App, a trip to New York Hall of Science, and more.
It's been a busy few weeks, with a successful "Work-in-Progress" night shared with families.
It was a week of celebration, creativity, and community bonding - Portfolio style! Check out who visited us to celebrate, create, learn, and play!
"When we listen, we learn more.
Be patient, kind, and respectful.
Try your best. If you hit a small problem,
it’s no big deal."
- from Portfolio’s Kids Constitution
How do ideas become a creation?
How do individuals become a team?
How does a traveler to Mars become a Martian? These are questions we are exploring as we learn, not only about Mars, but even more importantly, about ourselves.
How might we get to Mars? Rocket? Bus? Sun beam? Bridge? Balloons? Elevator?
You never know what might happen when learning and creativity emerge from student interest and student ideas!
We're creating—with words and materials—and planning for our trip to Mars...
Two important collaborations with NYU and Columbia are now underway at Portfolio. One partnership will give our students the opportunity to apply their learning in music, technology, design, art and science; the other partnership will help our school refine a methodology that is carefully crafted and guided by research.
“At normal schools, the teachers don’t tell you to write on the walls,” one student happily exclaimed.
“Elon Musk, Elon Musk, Elon Musk,” a number of students chanted, as they planned the interviews they want to try to schedule for the film they will create on permanently settling Mars.
We are proud to welcome two new talented teachers to our Portfolio professional team:
Tracy Rudzitis - STEM and Computational Thinking Teacher
Tracy Day - Humanities and General Studies Teacher
"Amidst graduates from some of the best high schools around the world, I was struck by the intelligence that surrounded me. Yet, I felt better prepared for school and life at Columbia. While they had no problem taking notes in lectures or studying for exams, in seminars where deep learning happens at college and when relationships are formed with professors I found myself speaking up on the literature, proposing questions and interacting with texts while they worked to feel comfortable doing so."
Portfolio has set out to offer an answer for schools with a reimagined vision of learning and operations enabling us to produce a far better product at a far lower cost, enabling us to mitigate the risks of being new while offering a world class experience for our learners.
At Portfolio rather than asking children what they want to be when they grow up, we’ll be asking, “what problem do you want to solve right now?”
Katy Kasmai, our advisor, talks about her organization, Exponential Education, where the goal is to have kids work on big ideas.
How we explain reality to ourselves is a construction with many parts. We gather knowledge and generate meaning through our experiences and traditions; from what we learn in school, at work and at home.
I wouldn’t bring my 19 month-old son, Eli, to a pediatrician who, for some reason, only used medical methods from the late 19th century. So why would I want to enroll him in a school whose methods have pretty much not changed since the late 19th century?
In the 1999 film The Matrix the main character, Neo, is given a choice by Morpheus, an elusive figure for whom Neo has been searching. Embrace reality or don’t.
I’ve spent my career in managing engineering teams in small and large companies. The startup I cofounded grew from just the two founders to ninety five people before it got acquired by Intel in 2013. At Intel, I was managing a team of nearly one hundred and thirty engineers spread globally across four regions.
I’m a technologist by training and experience. I worked in Silicon Valley for a number of years before moving out to the east coast for my PhD. In 2009, after finishing my doctoral work in engineering, a good friend of mine and I started a company, Kno Inc, in education technology (commonly referred to as ed-tech).
The story begins with a conversation I had with my friend’s daughter, Sania (10), who attends the Khan Lab School in Mountain View California. She and her older sister, Aisha (13), both had trouble with math and didn’t enjoy the subject.
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