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Technology and the Work of Knowing

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 are accessing appropriate content.…

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What we’re learning

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 in the same way we ask students to do theirs: open, democratic, creative, no shortcuts.…

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How to Apply to the Workshop School

The Workshop School is now enrolling for the 2014-15 school year.  We will be adding 90 freshman this coming school year.  To apply, you need to fill out the School District of Philadelphia’s application (http://philasd.org/highschoolselection).  To learn more about our school, read on AND visit us at the high school fair November 16th!…

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Greens in a Box: West Coast edition!

Last year, FreshDirect, an on-line grocery and delivery service new to the Philadelphia area, was incredibly generous in providing Sustainability Workshop students fresh healthy food. We enjoyed a wonderful variety of fresh fruits, salads, and entrees. Mango, pineapple, apples, oranges, bananas, and spinach all became staples of our diet.

Earlier this year, FreshDirect challenged Workshop students to design and build a hydroponic system to grow our own food.…

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Information Sheet for Families and Students

We are trying to find 60 ninth grade students for the fall of 2013. We’re out talking to West Philadelphia K-8s and Middle Schools this week. If you are interested in our program, please check out our information sheet here:

Workshop Student Information Sheet

Questions, please send an email to info@workshopschool.org.…

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Great Coverage of Greens in a Box

Thanks to our awesome friends at Fresh Direct for sponsoring this challenge!

Thanks to Newsworks for this great story!

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Television Coverage from April 24th

ABC is here.

Fox is here.

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Exciting News!

We’re expanding!  Here is the press release from the School District of Philadelphia:

Excerpts:
The District will also expand three high-performing schools – Hill Freedman Middle School, Science Leadership Academy and the Sustainability Workshop – through a $6 million investment from the Great Schools Fund, managed by the PSP.
“This is a valuable opportunity for us to work with principals to provide schools with the supplementary resources needed to serve incoming students and replicate our most successful schools and programs,” said Superintendent Dr.…

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Check out the new projects!

It’s been such a busy year that we haven’t had nearly enough time to keep up with the website and blog. But our students have done some amazing work! Check out two of our projects from this year, Teens Intervene and Land RAFTS, on the projects page.…

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Rewriting the Script of Schooling

Today I spent an hour at my daughter’s school watching five 5th grade classes do their orignal performances at an event titled “Expressions.”  For the last several weeks the students in each class have been spending their “specials” (meaning physical education, Spanish, music and art) on creating an original performance that incorporates these classes, which I think are called specials because they are not tested, which means they are nonessential.…

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