Quest to Learn, the school created by The Institute of Play – the non-profit I founded with Peter Lee a few years ago – has an amazing cover story in today’s NY Times Magazine. Quest to Learn is a school that uses games and play as the basis for the curriculum and the model for student learning. They’re located in Manhattan, and just started their second year, with sixth and seventh graders, with the plan to add a grade each year through high school.
I have written about games and literacy, and I was involved in the very early planning and concepting phases of the school’s development, but I’m not involved at all in the running of the school. (Although I do sit on the board of the Institute of Play.) All credit to Katie Salen and her team for creating a truly groundbreaking educational institution. It will be exciting to see how things develop.