Catching up on all the blogs I read over the long weekend, I discovered this post from Snarkmarket about a new public charter school slated to open up in NYC in the fall that's completely designed around game-inspired teaching methods. There's more information on the Institute of Play's Web site about the school, called Quest to Learn, which will serve kids in 6th-12th grade. Also, here's the press release (PDF) about the school.
The school is being created by the Institute of Play, an NYC-based nonprofit organization that researches the connections between games and learning, and New Visions for Public Schools, an NYC-based ed reform organization that works to improve academics in the city. They expect to open the school with a 6th grade class in the fall, adding another grade level each year.
This is a very exciting project, and one that I will definitely be keeping my eye on. It sounds really good to me in theory. But bridging theory and practice in education is always a challenge.