GOIN' BICOASTAL: Micro-school startup AltSchool today announced that it has opened two new campuses: one in Palo Alto, and one in Brooklyn, its first location outside of California. AltSchool received media attention back in May for raising $100 million from the likes of Mark Zuckerberg to bring project-based curriculum and custom-built technologies to students. With this recent addition, AltSchool now has a total of six campuses, and today announced that its expanded its faculty number to more than 50.
Additionally, AltSchool announced that it is rolling out two new platforms: Tetrapod, where teachers anywhere in the network can collaborate and discuss student needs, and Progession, where teachers and parents can track students’ mastery of topics in 30 different subject areas. Whether these tools will eventually be shared with schools and districts outside of the AltSchool network remains to be seen, but as Director of Education Carolyn Wilson told EdSurge back in late February, that is the plan at the moment: AltSchool will open its platform to other districts and schools as a resource. “We know there’s a lot of interest in personalizing education, and we actually want to share this platform with other schools, as well.”