Get access to doing something new during COVID

Educators can visit The Canopy website to search by 80-plus tags and practices
By: | October 19, 2020

Are your students developing their own project-based learning ideas?

Are anti-racism and social-emotional learning core components of your curriculum during this COVID-disrupted year?

Guiding district leaders in implementing and sharing these and other innovative instructional strategies is the goal of The Canopy, a new project launched by the Clayton Christensen Institute think tank and nonprofit Transcend.

“School leaders can get access to others who are trying to do something really new in this moment,” says Chelsea Waite, an education research fellow at the Christensen Institute who’s leading the Canopy project. “They can learn from others who can provide a light forward to implement student-centered and innovative models during COVID-19.”


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For instance, an administrator could explain how a school or district turned SEL from a small component of the school day into a core part of the curriculum, she says.

Educators can visit The Canopy website to search by 80-plus tags and practices—such as social-emotional learning—to find ideas for how other schools are embedding the approach into their curriculum this year.

Users can also navigate the site by type of school—such as high school or charter. This site can be filtered by geography and demographics, as well.

School profiles are being built out as administrators add details about their approaches, Waite says.
See more stories in our series on online learning innovations:

  1. How to create a virtual academy
  2. How virtual wellness shifts SEL online
  3. Online SEL success relies on making connections
  4. 5 stories of online learning innovations during COVID