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Empowering children of today to be the change makers of tomorrow.
Learning by living
It’s not about what we learn, but how we learn. We are a community of life-learning individuals where solution thinkers, creative entrepreneurs and sustainable changemakers work together to create a thriving future for themselves, others and the world.
Adapt to the now
We continuously challenge and reinvent the way we learn, teach and grow by adapting to today’s world. Our future starts now and it is up to us to shape our lives in it.
The child at the center
At NOW school children have ownership over their learning journey and freedom to be curious. As entrepreneurs the children are guided by our educators and by life. This way they develop their unique outlook on life
Authentic & engaging educators
As an educator you have the freedom to design engaging learning experiences and bring them to life with great purpose. Educators are our heroes and we expect you to inspire through your own authenticity.
The world is our classroom and playing is the highest form of research. It’s not just the children who learn, we all learn together. Through real life learning we connect to ourselves, others and all thats out there.
Together with our community of kids, parents, teachers and partners we go through certain phases as we buildup and continuously develop NOW School.
- We are here 📌01
First, we formed an amazing team of volunteers making everything happen that you can see today. We develop what we stand for, our values, vision and mission. We build our business and financial plan so to document what we aim to achieve, how and when. In this way we can ask for members of our cooperation to join and trust NOW.
The foundation allows us to connect with children, parents, teachers, partners, everyone who feels connected with what we stand for. Together we will realize NOW School. We will fund parts of the project with the crowd.
In the ideation phase we design the curriculum together with kids, parents, teachers and other creatives. We further develop valuable partnerships for the location, curriculum and programs, … let’s not restrain ourselves.
We aim to open our doors between September 2020 and January 2021.
NOW School Makers Festival
We are inviting kids, parents, educators and businesses to join us during our Makers Festival to co-create the first steps of NOW School. NOW school Makers Festival will take place during the ‘Duurzame week 2020’.
Together we will be redefine everything that ‘makes’ a school through a playful programme based on our values compassion, freedom, responsibility and sustainability. Because we believe, changing the world is a truly great way to spend your life.
This is a great way to discover is NOW school is something you might consider, for yourself, your kids our as an educator. It will be a weekend you have to experience for yourself, we can tell you upfront that it will be full of real-life learning experiences such as a Trash Walk, Nature alphabet making, Farm to sharing table dinner and much more!
Empowering children of today to be the change makers of tomorrow.
We are starting NOW
The world is changing and so are we. Over the last two years we have developed an unconventional perspective on learning. To start such a school, you need to be out of the ordinary. At the same time, we trust that together we will create the proper environment. Help us make NOW a reality.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Become a #changemaker and support NOW school.
The education system expects children to learn and adapt, while the system itself hasn’t it hasn’t been challenged to learn or adapt since the industrial revolution. We asked ourselves, how can we transition from a linear economy-driven system to an adaptive learning ecosystem that is future-proof and solution-based? How can we, as a community of learners, continually question, what is school for?
What is school for?Prince EA
The education system expects children to learn and adapt, while the system itself hasn’t the system hasn’t been challenged to learn or adapt since the industrial revolution. We asked ourselves. What is school for?
NOW school is a new, English-taught, K-12 international school in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We aim for the school to open its doors in September 2020.Support us
HOW we teach tells more than what we teach
We structure learning around how the students approach certain materials, and what competencies and skills that material might address. We call these structures Learning Forms. They are flexible, adaptable and embody a diversity of learning styles. No more forced curricula. No more one size fits all.
A time dedicated to building relationships and social-emotional engagement through games, songs, rituals and talking.
Working through maths, building stronger writing skills, discuss latest readings, and get exposed to key concepts of science.
A wholly integrated learning experience giving exposure to what our world has to offer: nature, people and cultures.
Learning happens everywhere. So each week we spend a day out in nature or in the city, exploring and getting our hands dirty.
Real life project work for 21st century skills development, following consistent design processes with a real impact.
Opportunity to continue project work, or join a language class, arts and music courses, game clubs or sports.
At NOW school we believe changing the world is a truly great way to live your life. The learning programme is designed to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and skills, promote foundational literacies & arts while fostering healthy social-emotional development.
The Ikigai Method
NOW School empowers kids to discover what they love, to acquire skills that will be valuable in the future, and to learn to adapt.Read more
Sustainable Development Goals
We believe that the best way to prepare students for the real world is to be fully engaged in it, now.Read more
Old School vs. NOW School
Preparing for post-secondary education or employment - for individual prosperityNOW School
Living a purposeful and fulfilling life -for collective prosperity
Building a knowledge base; knowing the right answersNOW School
Developing competencies, values, knowledge and motivation to change the world, while learning about and being in harmony with self
Learning processOld School
Knowledge is absorbed through lectures, worksheets, textNOW School
Development happens through real life projects, community-involved, entrepreneurial learning
Linear, school centred, one size fits all, with few pathwaysNOW School
Divergent, differentiated, with many pathways
Disciplines are separated into subjects, delivered in a scope & sequenceNOW School
Content is integrated, inquiry-driven, derived from the real world and local context
Teachers are experts, authoritative approach, transfer of knowledgeNOW School
Teachers and community members are collaborators and facilitators, democratic, seeking knowledge and making change together
Students learn, receive and follow instructions, organised by birth yearNOW School
Community learns and acts, organised by interests
Indoor classrooms, static, desks organised by rows, canteen foodNOW School
Integrated with the natural environment, sustainable materials and practices, quality food, the world as your classroom
Structured timetables, short periods of studyNOW School
Flexible timetables, long blocks of projects and cross-curricular study
Assessment & ReportingOld School
Testing for knowledge and skill development; reports as gradesNOW School
Ongoing feedback and self-reflection for skill, knowledge and social-emotional development; reports as narrative
Measure of successOld School
University or college entrance through grades and test-scores; get a good jobNOW School
Actions to make our world a better place; university or college entrance through portfolio; create great jobs
Why we do what we do?
We believe that education for sustainability is fundamental for real change. We understand that we are the creators of our problems. And so we can rethink the way we live and be part of the solution. It all starts with education and enabling children to be who they truly are. That motivates us every day. We live and lead the change we love to see in this world.