The Ascend School is one of several small schools that make up the East Oakland (CA) small schools initiative. The school serves a population of children who were failed by the traditional system. This video is one of many contained in the Edutopia website that document educational practices that work for children and youth who have experienced marginalized lives as learners in schools where educators have not known, not wanted to, or didn’t know how to make themselves ready for groups of children who have been historically underserved by traditional systems of education. Ascend uses a nationally recognized form of school organization call Expeditionary Learning. Expeditionary Learning appears in several locations on Luca’s Edutopia site.

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