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Student leadership: Allowing students to have real agency

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in General | No Comments

Many schools claim to give students leadership opportunities, but in many ways, these opportunities are just façades. Teachers say students are leading, but in reality, the adults are doing a lot of work behind the scenes. At the Workshop School, teachers make sure that the “behind the scenes” work is student-led as well because if […]

Rethinking the achievement gap (Part 3)

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in General | No Comments

We focus intently on the achievement gap because we see closing it as the best way to combat poverty and inequality. As I argued here and here, this gets us into trouble when we define achievement too narrowly. But it actually oversimplifies poverty and inequality even more than it oversimplifies learning. Two articles currently posted at […]

Rethinking the achievement gap (Part 2)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in General | No Comments

I didn’t really know it at the time, but this graph would change the way I thought about the achievement gap. Before opening the Workshop School, for two years we ran a small pilot project called the Sustainability Workshop. It was basically an alternative senior year program. We enrolled about 30 seniors a year from […]

 

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of young people to solve

the world’s toughest problems.

Workshop Industries

Student entrepreneurs designing, manufacturing, and selling their own products?
At Workshop Industries, students stay after school to pitch their ideas
and make them happen – for a share of the profits, of course. Learn more at: http://www.workshopindustries.org/