2024 ASU+GSV Summit School Tours

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Don't miss the opportunity to experience innovation in action alongside education leaders and entrepreneurs as you learn, reflect and make meaning of how these innovative school approaches might inspire your work!

RSVPs are required to attend a tour, and you must be a registered ASU+GSV Summit attendee to join. Review the experiences below and sign-up—spots are limited and will fill up quickly. After you reserve a spot, you will receive a confirmation email with a QR code. Please bring this the morning of the tour to facilitate easy check-in on Monday, April 15, 2024. Individual departure times are listed below in each tour description. One week before your tour, you will receive a follow-up email from abbey@gsv.com confirming your tour's exact departure time. All tours will be departing from the Kettner Blvd. entrance of the Manchester Grand Hyatt on the first floor near Market One. All tours will be returning to AIR Show at the San Diego Convention Center to experience the final day of our inaugural event.

A big thank you to our presenting sponsors, The Grable Foundation and Cajon Valley Union School District, and our supporting partners, Big Picture Learning, Learner Centered Collaborative and Project Lead the Way.

If you have any questions, please reach out to abbey@gsv.com. See you at the bus stop!

Learner Centered Collaborative's Design39 TK-8 Campus


Estimated tour departure: 8:00am PT
Estimated return: 12:00pm
Transportation: Bus
Theme: TK-8, Design Thinking, Learner Centered Collaborative

Join the Design39 tour for the opportunity to see student-centered learning in action.  Talk with Learning Experience Designers (D39's school leaders) and TK through eighth grade learners as we experience the campus in action. After visiting learning spaces, we will split into breakout sessions to reflect and debrief on guiding questions like:

  • What “shifts” in education will allow for a student-centered learning experience? How might you apply insights from D39C in your environment?
  • How might we tap into the passions and interests of our learners to create peak learning experiences?  
  • How can we thoughtfully use space to enhance learning?
  • How might we showcase the process of learning to our communities? How might we make learning visible?

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Big Picture Learning’s San Diego Met High School

Estimated tour departure: 7:45am PT
Estimated return: 12:30pm
Transportation: Bus
Theme: High School, Project-Based Learning, Internship Model

By visiting The San Diego Met (housed on the San Diego Mesa College campus), visitors will get an up close glimpse at how the relationships between students and advisors – and even school leaders – create a truly student-centered learning environment. They’ll also learn more about Big Picture Learning’s internship-driven model by speaking directly with students themselves who will have gone through their own processes for engaging with the community to explore their own interests through internships.


  • Attend a brief orientation with SD Met students and school leadership, as well as representatives from the Big Picture Learning and American Student Assistance national teams.
  • Take a student-led tour through the Mesa College campus and SD Met classrooms to experience the San Diego Met approach to inquiry-based learning, Advisory, and interest exploration.
  • Attend student Exhibitions and participate in small group conversations with students and staff about authentic assessment and the impact of the Met instructional model.
  • Reflect on the experience with SD Met students and school leadership.

Guiding Questions:

  • What would be possible if we centered our curriculum in the student instead of particular content?
  • What is the role of educators in helping students develop social capital?
  • How do internships and other work-based learning experiences help students develop agency?
  • How might our understanding of rigor and authentic assessment shift when we use the community as a space and resource for learning that is just as impactful as our school building?
  • How can a personalized learning model address equity challenges and achievement gaps?

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Cajon Valley Union School District (3 tours)

Estimated tour departure: 7:45am PT
Estimated return: 12:00pm
Transportation: Bus
Theme: HS and Elem, Career Pathways

Join us and see Cajon Valley Union School District’s high school and elementary schools. We will all start the morning at Bostonia Global High School for a light breakfast and to learn about the District Mission of Happy Kids, in Healthy Relationships, on a Pathway to Gainful Employment, Cajon Valley’s journey with careers education and the World of Work initiative. Bostonia Global High School will share their model of the Advisory, Leaving to Learn and how Career’s Education through mentorships prepare students for their future possible selves through gainful employment.  Each group will travel to an additional site for classroom visits or stay at BGHS for the Middle and High School experiences. See agenda for more specific details.

Meridian Elementary School will demonstrate the spectrum of our careers readiness and World of Work curriculum including career simulations, preparation for meeting a professional, instruction around the RIASEC codes, BEABLE integration and an immersive experience in our WOW Launch Pad. Also, you will get a glimpse into our SEL ecosystem by joining community hour and seeing the district’s SEL Ecosystem in action. You will share the experience with students and staff.

Lexington Elementary School integrates the World of Work and Beable literacy tool where students explore their interests and strengths, identifying their RIASEC codes. Simulations, professional meetings, and career practice, provides students with real world application of possible future career paths. Career exploration, literacy and social-emotional learning are central at Lexington. Staff is dedicated to implementing evidence-based reading strategies and fostering strong relationships. Each morning begins with a class circle, where SEL skills are reinforced, contributing to our supportive learning environment.

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Del Norte High School, Poway Unified School District

Estimated tour departure: 7:45am
Estimated return: 11:30am
Transportation: Bus
Theme: HS and Elem, Interdisciplinary Learning, Project Lead the Way

Join the Poway Unified Site Visit to see what makes Del Norte High School one of the leading high schools in San Diego. The Del Norte High School tour will give you a look at Project Lead the Way curriculum being implemented thoughtfully in Career Technical Education classrooms, and showcase the learning of CTE students from our Engineering and Biotechnology Pathways. Students will showcase projects and work - from Robotics to Genetic Counseling and Medical App development. There will be an opportunity to interact with students, teachers, and site leaders as you gain an understanding of the STEM work being done on this campus. 

Prior to your tour, please take some time to learn more about each site by exploring the following resources:

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E3 Civic High School

Estimated tour departure: 8:45am PT
Estimated return: 12:00pm
Transportation: Bus
Theme: Design Thinking

Join us for a tour of e3 Civic High given by our scholar ambassadors. Participants will be able to see how our mission and vision come to life within our studios, and how our Learning Facilitators engage, educate, and empower our learning community. 

After touring our campus, guests will be able to participate in a panel discussion and subsequent breakout groups with our CEO, Principal, Deans, Instructional Coaches, and Wellness team around these guiding questions:

  • How might we design and implement a sustainable learning model that engages, educates, and empowers every scholar in every classroom?
  • How do we create a system that supports the wellness needs of the whole scholar and gives the skill sets to be successful in the real world?
  • How can we create learning experiences and opportunities that prepare our scholars for college, workforce, and life?

Finally, guests will take a short tour of the San Diego Central Library and see world class resources that our scholars connect with through this partnership.

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Altus Schools Resource Center

Estimated tour departure: 8:30am PT
Estimated return: 12:00pm
Transportation: Bus
Theme: Walking, Hybrid, Alternative Model, Virtual Reality, Generative AI

Join us as we experience an alternative school model in action at an Altus Schools Resource Center. You’ll see a blended learning curriculum using new technology along with existing resources and small teacher-to-student ratios. Engage with teachers and students and explore how access to technology provides for an equitable education. Technology is embedded into all aspects of each Resource Center - from the teaching and learning program with students to how the Resource Centers are set up. Focus will be on innovation, utilizing virtual reality in career exploration and culturally responsive math instruction, engaging with students using generative AI in an ethically and responsible manner, and emerging technologies within the Character and Leadership Development Program. During the tour you'll explore questions such as:

  • How has a culture of continuous improvement fostered innovation?
  • How does the Resource Center design support the school’s approach to personalized and individualized learning?
  • How does access to technology create an equitable experience for students?
  • What will careers look like for the Class of 2035 (current kindergarten students)?
  • How must teaching and learning transform to teach students the skills needed for the future?
  • Are we ok asking, and wrestling with, big questions without knowing the answers?

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