Our Global Network of Experiential Learning Educators

Northeastern University’s NExT Digital Commons serves as a platform for illuminating and connecting kindergarten-12th grade (K-12), higher education, industry, and community partners in a global network to explore and scale the next generation of high-impact experiential learning. We believe that the most innovative educational solutions and opportunities to transform traditional education will develop out of a diverse learning ecosystem that cuts across boundaries—of geography, grade level, learning site, or subject discipline. We invite you into our NExT Commons to join the conversations, engage in learning together and be part of the disruption which creates new pathways.


Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies, Graduate School of Education, is a premier and distinctive Graduate School of Education, defined by the effective change that our graduates make in their schools, organizations and communities. Our graduates are scholar practitioners who educate, document, articulate and advocate. As experiential learners and leaders they are committed to solving real-world and emerging problems through innovative learning and teaching.

Our NExT University Partners

NExT is proud that beyond the Graduate School of Education, it brings together additional partners from across Northeastern University who are participating founders of our network. These are thought and practice partners who offer resources and research to all NExT participants. Our Founding partners also participate actively in our convenings and pop ups.

The Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy

The Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy The Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy (CFHETS) is an applied research center that builds on Northeastern University’s heritage of more than a century of leadership in experiential learning and its network of more than 3,300 employer partners. We look forward to studying and sharing best practices in experiential learning for both employers and institutions.


The Experiential Network

The Experiential Network helps graduate and professional studies learners achieve career aspirations by integrating and applying their classroom learning and development in professional settings through short-term, all virtual, project-based opportunities with real-world challenges and real-world results.

We are excited to be partnering with Next to provide project-based experiential learning opportunities to education professionals and rising professionals in the Northeastern community of learners and engage with educational partners to serve project-based learning opportunities for our learners.

The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research

The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR) inspires, equips, and connects learners, educators, and scholars to design, integrate, and research learning across experiences


The Center for the Study of Sport in Society

Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society is one of the world’s leading social justice organizations. Through research, education, and advocacy, the Center uses the power of sport to foster diversity, create gender equity, prevent interpersonal violence, challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, and anti-Semitism, and empower sport-based youth development networks to create access, opportunity and sustainable impact.The Center for the Study of Sport in Society seeks to use our network to help NExT succeed. In doing so, the Center hopes to secure avenues into the NExT network of schools to proliferate the Northeastern/NExT brand and implement training on gender-based violence prevention and racial justice.

Our NExT Founding Partners

Our NExT Network is a partnership of many individual teachers, schools, districts and educational organizations, who share the common goal of high impact experiential learning to transform teaching and learning across schooling, higher education and industries. Our NExT Network Founders visions and work inform, mobilize and advance NExT in its mission and day to day work.

Blue Valley CAPS

BVCaps represents the collaboration of education, business and community, providing students with a unique, immersive experience, resulting in highly skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders.


Barrington School District

Barrington Public Schools is a high-performing, suburban public-school district located in Rhode Island, dedicated to the principles and competencies of deeper learning. BPS faculty and staff work tirelessly to empower all students to excel independently within and beyond the walls of the classroom.

The NExT Network has afforded BPS the opportunity to refine its strategic focus, providing students an education that connects to the real world through deeper learning, project based learning, and experiential learning. Based upon our successes and achievements in this arena, we are passionate about supporting NExT in sharing our experiences, expertise, and processes to assist others in transforming their K-12 learning environments.

Tesla Stem

Tesla STEM High School embraces experiential learning using Problem Based Learning to prepare students for future STEM professions. During the Junior and Senior year, students investigate real world problems and work towards viable solutions, addressing the National Academy of Engineering's "Grand Challenges for Engineering" in order to support a bright and sustainable future on a global scale.

Working with NExT has allowed our teachers to be more intentional and reflective around experiential learning. As our students seek to change the world, Northeastern's NExT program has allowed us to network with teachers and schools across the nation to also change the world.


Getting Smart

Getting Smart is a learning design firm focused on the future of education. Our blog engages with thousands of readers daily on learning innovations and our services division helps leaders sharpen their mission, build initiatives, and tell their story.

Experiential education is at the forefront of our work and a foundation for the future of learning. We are excited to continue our engagement in the NExT network as thought partners to amplify innovations that transform holistic learning

Iowa Big

We must provide students with as many contextually-rich experiences as possible so they not only develop basic skills, but, more importantly, they can competently use those skills to solve real problems. BIG assists students in developing their agency, efficacy, and passions while gaining valuable real-world and academic skills so they can succeed in a world of rapid and constant change.

Iowa BIG’s main goal in NExT is to help promote and facilitate experiential learning across the network, sharing our experiences with and learning from those in NExT. We ultimately aim to revolutionize America’s education system, and that must be done through a network of educators and institutions with the same mindset.


Cathedral High School

Cathedral is a grade 7-12 urban independent high school. The mission of the school is to provide inner city underserved students and families a great education to prepare them to be leaders and agents of positive change.

Our goal is to build on the work that we have embarked on to become a fully realized Applied Learning School. We are excited to collaborate with other schools and leaders to build sustainable experiential applied learning schools through the NExT network.

NExT Participants