SMASH School


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About Santa Monica Alternative Schoolhouse SMASH SMuppets

Time Matters

Our Philosophy

SMASHing ARTs SMuppets

SMASH was one of 4 US public schools selected, studied and featured in a written report and video by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) for the ways we “organize and structure teacher time and work so that teachers are encouraged to collaborate with one another in our efforts to enrich teaching and learning.” Stanford’s research team spent two different weeks observing in our classrooms, attending staff meetings, interviewing teachers, and filming. (SMASH teachers begin speaking at the 3:49 marker and are threaded throughout the remainder of the video.)
SCOPE also published a written report just about SMASH entitled “The Kids Benefit From It, So It’s Worth It: Time for Teaching and Learning at SMASH.” Here is the link to the full 45 pages >
SMASH staff members are grateful to SMMUSD and our SMASH families for all the encouragement and support that makes all of the above possible!
Discover the philosophical underpinnings of SMASH: using real-world situations that connect to classroom studies, finding opportunities to apply theories, and embracing a culture of “freedom with responsibility” where cross-age mingling and learning occurs.

SMuppets is an interdisciplinary art venture. Over 20 weeks, students dynamically explored the relationship between visual arts and language arts with Puppetry as the principal theme. They engaged in hands-on workshops with professional puppeteers and writing sessions about scripting with teachers.


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