The Boston Collaboratory School (or BoCoLab) will honor and empower Boston's youth to be the next generation of impactful thought leaders who transform ideas into reality.
Through cultivating their creative potential and constructing positive self-images, learners at BoCoLab will launch themselves into a college and career pipeline leading to exciting opportunities within the knowledge-based and innovation economies.
Situated in proximity to Boston’s Innovation District, BoCoLab’s 480 students in grades 7 through 12 will employ mindfulness, an entrepreneurial mindset, computational agency and social and cultural awareness to unearth and cultivate their passions in service of the greater good.
At BoCoLab, students will experience:
A flexible, nurturing and joyful learning environment that values interconnectedness and brings together fields of study, people and communities.
Personalized learning that is relevant to students and inclusive of English Learners and students with special needs.
Interdisciplinary, project-based learning that will prepare them to: pursue further study, enter careers that are knowledge-intensive, and create their own successful paths.
A center without walls, growing a more inclusive 'creative class' of global citizens who will bring about new ideas, new technology and meaningful content.
A flexible, nurturing and joyful space. A hub of interconnectedness, drawing together fields of study, people and communities.
A laboratory in which every community member is a teacher, a learner and a developing thought leader and where learning is an iterative process
Connect the dots. They care about passing along the torch of knowledge. Their designs recognize the needs of their local communities--and are broadly transferable to addressing global challenges.
Our graduates are nimble. They are ready to pursue further study, to enter careers that are knowledge-intensive or to create their own successful paths.
The Boston Collaboratory School (or BoCoLab) seeks to place mindfulness, the entrepreneurial mindset, computational agency and social & cultural awareness at the instructional core of a new way of teaching and learning in Boston. These areas of interaction will be at the heart of students’ acquisition of fundamental math and literacy concepts and skills, as well as at the forefront of our school’s four competency arenas: 1) Self-Knowledge 2) Social Awareness 3) Functional Knowledge and 4) Thought Leadership. The areas of interaction and the competency arenas will be the matrix within which our students will grow and understand their learning.
The areas of interaction will serve as the generative and connective tissue for students to cultivate their creative potential, construct their self-images as future thought leaders, and plug into a college and career pipeline leading to exciting opportunities within the knowledge-based and innovation economies. The competency arenas will serve as a framework for our students to set goals and find relevance, authenticity and efficacy in their learning.
The body of knowledge our students will be expected to acquire is a flexible, dynamic collection of rich content that might evolve or shift based on the demands of our ever changing world. Our professional development will be structured to ensure that our staff is tuned in to the fluid nature of knowledge and equipped with strategies to successfully adapt to these changes and to model this adaptability for our students. The BoCoLab is not so much “antidisciplinary,” but rather: conscious of the increasingly blurred boundaries between producers and consumers of information, and of the societal forces that are transforming the walls of disciplines into an archaic formality. Furthermore, we view technology not as an end, but as a force multiplier for building student agency.