Reimagining Disciplinary Alternative Education


Fort Worth ISD, Big Thought and Transcend have partnered to redesign and redefine middle and high school DAEP campuses with a vision to make them transformational rather than punitive. Hear from these partners about their redesign journey in rethinking alternative education to advance personalization and support, embed creativity and restorative practices to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, and prioritize community-based design methodology and elevate student voice.

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  1. Participants will learn how FWISD engaged in district-wide reflective evaluation, and addressed identified inequities for their DAEP students
  2. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the steps in this unique and equity-driven community-led R&D process
  3. Participants will learn how Big Thought partnered as a juvenile justice and social emotional learning expert to disrupt the school-to-prison-pipeline


  • Benjamin Leos, Executive Director, Office of Innovation, Fort Worth ISD
  • Armando Banchs, Director of Creative Voices, Big Thought
  • Nikhil Kawlra, Partner, School Design Services, Transcend


Kevin Guico, Manager, Empower Schools

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  • Tags: school design, partnerships
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Talk
  • Track: SEL & Wellness
  • Session Focus Area K-12 Education
  • Level: Field Experience

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