Since its creation, The Logan School has worked to inspire students and create community. Coupled with our mission, Logan has sought to expand our impact to those who haven’t traditionally had access to student-centered learning. Gifted students from underrepresented backgrounds face countless barriers to maximizing their full potential, including inequity in gifted identification and support, and insufficient teacher development opportunities. To address these issues, in 2018, The Logan School founded the Logan Learning Lab.
The Lab launched student programming in the summer of 2018 to make Logan’s unique model accessible to a greater number of underrepresented gifted students - students of color and low-income students, who are both formally and informally identified - from neighboring public schools.
While participating in the Lab, students learn on- and off-campus about units in an area of interest, and share their learning with others. Students take home portfolios of their work, get personal resources to help navigate their schools/districts, and are offered additional optional cognitive testing at no cost.
Additionally, the cohort (students and their parents) gathers multiple times over the school year to extend learning and build community. The program has been intentionally designed to help develop parent knowledge around their children’s learning styles, giftedness, and systems and processes of accessing gifted programs and supports. This, in addition to experiencing a learner-centered model, can help parents reimagine what learning—and school!—can be, and help them build their own advocacy through this “two-generation” approach.
Tuition, meals, and transportation are offered at no cost.
"Before [my grandson] attended the lab, he had few words to say about school and his excitement centered around playtime and friendships. The summer he first attended the Logan Lab he was SO EXCITED and came home daily talking about what he was learning about and doing. I have never seen this sort of educational excitement before. At the end of the summer I asked him what his favorite part of the summer was and he quickly said, "The Logan Learning Lab" .
— Logan Learning Lab Grandparent
During the summer of 2020, The Logan School piloted a Teacher Fellowship Program with Denver Public Schools (DPS) and Clayton Early Learning. The long-term goal of the Fellowship is to offer authentic, professional development to public school teachers so they can learn the practices of co-designing learning with students.
An instructional coach will support Fellows over 13 months with an equity-focused design process to practice this work in the Lab, prototype it with their own community, and ultimately design new pilots at partner schools.
This Fellowship is an investment in the groundwork for systems change through research and professional development that has the potential to shift the approach to both identifying and serving underrepresented gifted students in particular, and demonstrating concrete learner-centered practices and outcomes that can reshape our education system more broadly.
"The Logan Lab is important because it has provided my child with the tools and self confidence to embrace his creativity and intellect more. My son has shown skills of leadership, public speaking, acting, critical thinking and the ability to cultivate more with others. My son has expressed how much he loves going to the Logan Learning Lab and being around the other kids because that is his comfort-zone."
— Logan Learning Lab Parent