Connect Community Charter School (CCCS), a new elementary school opening up in the Redwood City School District (RCSD) in the fall, announced this week a new partnership with the Design School at Stanford University.
CCCS' founders are calling receiving the word recently that the partnership they had been hoping for had come through "a terrific holiday treat."
"We made it through a competitive selection process to become a partner for a special class at the Institute of Design at Stanford, also called the 'd.school,'" the founders said in an e-mail announcement Friday.
"Connect will be a special project for a team of the best and brightest Stanford design students. They’ll work with us using 'design thinking' to come up with ideas and solutions to some of our big challenges, like setting up classroom space that supports hand-on learning, and creating a school that feels welcoming to everyone in our community," the founders explained.
"We can’t wait to share some of the great ideas we come up with."
Plans are moving along to open the school to 125 students for the start of the 2013-14 school year this coming August.
The founders say, the school will first welcome grades K-2 and sixth grade. Eventually, they plan to scale up to capacity and welcome approximately 300 students in grades K-8.
Founders have said they hope the school will be located in east Redwood City, and have already been shopping for a location. Namely, they have explored space on the Taft and Fair Oaks elementary school campuses, and are considering borrowing space at schools such as those until CCCS can acquire its own separate campus.
Recently, the CCCS founders have begun the search for the school's founding principal. They are currently accepting applications, which are due by Jan. 18.
The job description and application for CCCS' principal can be found on the school's website here. A copy of the school's mission statement and the job description is also included as a PDF in the photos section of this article.
The founders say they hope to start accepting applications for teachers soon as well.
For more information, visit www.connectrwc.org.
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