Beautiful Chaos

(Some people will read that title and think of a teenage supernatural romance novel. Being of a certain age and a certain lack of coolness, I think of the Psychedelic Furs album.) The Workshop yesterday morning was buzzing. Students scattered throughout the building....

How bad is it?

I was thinking about Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs this morning while reading about the latest set of of dire budget projections for the school district of Philadelphia. This on the heels of Tuesday’s SRC meeting to discuss the continuing problem of...

The design thinking trend

There has been a growing interest in recent years in the application of “design thinking” to education. For example, IDEO, a design firm that has been a leader in design thinking, has produced media and materials aimed directly at educators. The basic...

We have a new website!

At long last, the Sustainability Workshop has a new website! There are many improvements to note. The Workshop Blog is now fully integrated with the rest of the site. There are links to all recent media about us. You can also read more about our approach to teaching...

A great democrat

There will be many thoughtful and well-written obituaries written today about Christopher Hitchens, who died yesterday. As an educator, what I find myself thinking about today is this: He was a great democratic (small d) citizen. He cared deeply about human suffering....