Student voices: The Small Free Library project

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in General | No Comments

During the fall of 2014, tenth graders at the Workshop School are researching, designing, building, and installing Small Free Libraries (SFL) across the West Philadelphia community.  With the help of three partners — the 52nd Street Development Corporation, the University City District, and Bartram’s Garden — we hope to have fifteen of these boxes this […]

Student Voices: Once in a Lifetime at URBN

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in General | No Comments

Recently 8 Workshop students spent a day at Urban Outfitters’ Building 543 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. They helped set up the space for a fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Scholarship Fund. Keyshawn Stran and Qwontay Hunter describe their experience. Keyshawn writes: Visiting Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me […]

Peer Pressure

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in General | One Comment

Tomorrow I’m running 13.1 miles. I am not a distance runner. My friends are. I’m happy when I run five miles. Six isn’t bad. I never have the desire to run ten miles. And yet, I’m running a half marathon tomorrow. I signed up mostly because I wanted to please my friends. However, there have […]

The law of modeling

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in General | No Comments

We had a great discussion today of why modeling is so essential in teaching.  It’s a basic, fundamental law – somewhat like gravity.  Teachers, more so than many professions, must model what they want.  If you want students to be problem solvers, then be a problem solver.  If you want a caring community, then be […]


Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in General | 4 Comments

We just wrapped up the first week of planning with our staff. As a math guy, it’s difficult for me to capture the emotions that were experienced last week. Let me just say it was really, really amazing. Six new teachers, six returning teachers, the secretary, the principal and the SSA all planned together. Our […]


Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in General | No Comments

As you can see from the new look, we’re making progress on the site! We still have a lot of work to do though. Over the next two weeks we’ll be updating content, streamlining menus, and improving the site’s graphics and functionality. Thanks for your patience!

Sorry for the mess!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in General | No Comments

We’re just about to launch a new version of our website. While this is very exciting our place is a bit of a mess right now. Our apologies if things don’t load properly. We’ll have the new site – with a bunch of new content – up soon!

We’re going to the White House! (Again!)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in General | No Comments

The Workshop School and the mighty EVX Team have done it again! We are delighted to announce that the team was invited to participate in the first ever White House Maker Faire on June 18. A team of seven Workshop School students, two teachers, and principal Simon Hauger will attend the event, which will feature […]

Technology and the Work of Knowing

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in General | One Comment

There’s no question about the benefits of using technology to support teaching and learning. It’s efficient, it prepares students for college and careers, and at its best, it allows for personalization. There’s also no shortage of challenges. We spend a lot of time worrying about the time students can waste on technology, or whether they […]

What we’re learning

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in General | No Comments

We’re just over halfway into our first year as a full high school. We’re asking students to learn through project work, and we’re doing the same thing as a staff. One of our co-founders, Aiden Downey, talks a lot about what we learn by working on the school, and the importance of doing that work […]