The Transforming Learning Collaborative

The Transforming Learning Collaborative (TLC) is a national group of innovative schools committed to offering deep, intensive learning experiences for educators seeking to design new schools or redesign existing ones. The ultimate goal: equitably prepare all students to thrive in a diverse and changing world.

Together we are building a self-sustaining national ecosystem of educator-to-educator professional learning experiences. Together we are enabling leaders and teachers nationwide to develop 21st-century schools informed by those whose perspectives they value most: their peers.

Founding Partners

The founding partners of the collaborative are three organizations widely recognized as leaders in next gen school design:  


Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC)
National catalyst and convener


Da Vinci Schools
Lead learning designer for students and adults


Schools That Can (STC)
Lead school network focused on real world learning


Mentor Schools

The collaborative launches in 2018-19 led by the founding partners. Collaborative mentor schools and districts provide additional learning and design experiences, coaching, and training through the Transforming Learning Conference and Incubator. 

To date, the 2018-19 TLC mentors include:

TLC mentor schools demonstrate strong commitment to whole-child, 21st-century student success goals, innovative learning designs, and evidence of holistic student success. They have a learning disposition and an adaptive approach to collaboration and are guided by the founding principles of the Transforming Learning Collaborative.

The collaborative is designed to grow with an expanding set of mentor schools joining each year.

Founding Principles

Bold Visions for Learning
We believe that young people deserve transformative learning experiences that cultivate true readiness to thrive in a diverse and changing world. To achieve this for every student we must fundamentally reimagine how schools are designed and how they operate.

We Walk the Talk
The design of our adult learning experiences mirrors the kinds of learner-led, authentic, high-engagement learning that we offer our students.

By Educators, For Educators
Learning experiences and curriculum are designed by practicing teachers and instructional leaders. We are intensely action-oriented and practice-focused.

Equity at Our Core
We continually challenge ourselves to foster diversity, equity, and belonging in our learning environments. We are committed to creating conditions that empower learners and communities. We listen and communicate across difference with respect, empathy, curiosity, and humility.


Transform Learning with TLC Events

The Transforming Learning Collaborative launched two signature events in 2018-19. 

Bring your passion and great ideas, then select your learning pathway. We provide the expert guides—educators leading at the edge of equity and innovation—who deliver intensive, collaborative design sessions and mentoring to help you create practical solutions. Solutions that have the power to transform learning in your school. It's a new approach to professional learning that will inspire, engage, and ignite your work. 

Registration for the 2019 Transforming Learning Conference (October 17-18, 2019) and Incubator (kick- off October 16, 2019) will be open later this spring. We’re excited to #transformlearning with you! Please join our mailing list to stay informed about these and future offerings from the Transforming Learning Collaborative and NGLC.

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These educators know what they are doing. They’re not out to convert you, but they are energetic, practical, and realistic. It’s refreshing to be told straight up where the pitfalls lie and that you don’t have to follow a particular theorist or think tank to the letter. This is usable knowledge, hands-on training, and proven examples.
— Andrew Taylor, Vistamar School

Transforming Learning Conference
October 4-5, 2018 | El Segundo, CA

This hands-on, workshop-based learning experience was created by educators for educators and others interested in next gen learning design.

This is not a traditional sit-and-get conference. Our goal is to give you tools, guidance, and the time and space to dream, discover, and design your way to a new model of learning for your school. It is project-based. It is inquiry-based and passion-based. It is authentic, grounded in your real-world.

Join us for:

  • Immersive, interactive investigations of some of the nation’s leading next gen learning schools

  • Deep dives into Project-Based Learning, Mastery-Based Grading, and more

  • Workshops on topics such as Engaging With Industry Partners, Restorative Justice, PBL in Elementary, 13th & 14th Year College Pathways, Building Student Culture, Supporting Alumni, College Preparatory Math, and more

Registration is now closed.

Conference Registration: $575
One-Day Registration: $300
Group Registration: $495 per person for groups of 5 or more


Travel and Lodging Information

Highlights from TLC 2018

Transforming Learning Incubator
October 2018 through June 2019

For school teams and individuals who are designing a new school or transforming an existing school, the Transforming Learning Incubator offers a year-long learning and design cohort supported by some of the most innovative schools in the country (see below).

Participants build and test a prototype to transform an element of school design or an entirely new vision for a school. They join a professional learning community, attend three face-to-face learning sessions, and benefit from customized virtual coaching and collaborative learning experiences throughout the year. The program kicks off at the Transforming Learning Conference in October 2018, held at Da Vinci Schools. 

Important Dates

  • October 2018 @ Da Vinci Schools

    • October 3: Incubator kickoff

    • October 4-5: Transforming Learning Conference (registration included for incubator participants)

  • February 2019 @ Mentor school site (date & location TBD, by strand)

  • May 1-2, 2019 @ Schools That Can Forum, Newark, NJ

(Event dates and details are subject to change)

Registration is now closed.

  • Individual: $5,000

  • Team (3-5 people): $15,000

Program Overview

For more information about the incubator experience, please refer to the Participant Overview.

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Interested teams

We are no longer enrolling teams in the Transforming Learning Incubator for 2018-19. If you are looking ahead to 2019-20, please complete this interest form.

Transforming Learning Strands

The conference and incubator are organized into two main pathways and eight strands.

Whole School Transformation

  1. 21st Century Student Success
    Why schools and learning need to change and how to make it happen
  2. Next Gen K-8 School Design
    Place-based, experiential, blended learning models
  3. Next Gen High School Design
    Blended learning models with deep wraparound supports
  4. CollegeX
    Models that bridge K-12 to college completion

Learning Redesign

  1. Project-Based Learning
  2. Mastery-Based Grading & Assessment for Learning
  3. School Culture & Whole-Student Development
  4. Real World Learning & Industry Connections