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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.…

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.

CWRA result

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 three neighborhood high schools, and ran them through an intensive one-year, project-based experience.…

Rethinking the achievement gap (Part 1)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in General | No Comments

There are a lot of ways to think about equity, medications and a lot of ways to think about achievement. In ed reform world, site the most common is what we call the achievement gap: the quantifiable difference in test performance between poor and middle class kids. This concept has done a lot of good in highlighting inequities in our school systems, seek and creating a sense of urgency for change.

Heard in the “teachers’ lounge”

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in General | No Comments

Well, not really. We have one little office with a six-person conference table. There are four of us who share it as workspace (including the Principal), but it’s also the place where staff come during prep, and therefore doubles as the “teachers’ lounge.” (And besides, “teachers’ lounge” has certain connotations. Like, for example, the suggestion that teachers are “lounging.” So no, not really a teachers’ lounge at all.)

But anyway, one of the great things about all of us having to cram into this little space is that our conversations kind of smash into one another.…

Teaching imagination and creativity

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in General | No Comments

We all know that creativity is central to problem solving. We know that the ability to think critically and solve problems is critical to students’ long-term success. The question is: how do we teach people to be creative?

Last Friday, Michael Clapper posed this question to students in his eleventh grade advisory.…

A school design thought experiment

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in General | No Comments

Imagine your school with no curriculum and no roster, there prostate no standards and no assessments, vialis 40mg just a space where students and adults show up every day. Imagine that the adults are available to the students but make no attempt to organize and govern their behavior, vialis 40mg save the minimum requirement to keep them safe.…

The work we do

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in General | No Comments

At our staff meeting this afternoon, we took some time to share appreciations – of the community we’ve created and of each other as individuals. There were many riffs on a common theme: we all appreciate being a part of a community where we can be creative, experiment, and take chances.…

Student voices: Great Opportunities for Students at Workshop Industries

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Max Perez

This year the Workshop School has started a company called Workshop Industries. This is an after school program in West Philly to teach kids real life skills.

One of the many skills is entrepreneurship. A 9th grade student Victor Ginsburg said, cialis cure “I joined Workshop Industries for the money.…

Student voices: Workshop Community Has High Hopes for March Basketball Tournament

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Giovanni Brabazon

This March, the Workshop School will be participating in a basketball tournament in Delaware to try and bring back a trophy. The players are very positive about the upcoming tournament.

One 9th grade player, Moussa Sidibe, is trusting in his coach’s abilities. “I think I’ll play good because I have a good coach,” he said.…

Student voices: Workshop Students Share Opinions on Police Presence

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Jamell Williams

After the non-indictments in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, students and staff at the Workshop School shared their opinions on the police presence in their neighborhood.

Drina Davis, a 9th grader, shared her thoughts about her West Philadelphia neighborhood. “I don’t feel no type of way about the police in my neighborhood.…