Creating Space

Like most people I know, I’m deep into the World Cup right now. There’s so much I love about soccer, but my favorite thing is that games often turn on where the ball isn’t. You can actually watch green space shift and move around the pitch as a match...

Diversity, equity, and nextgen learning

Philadelphia, where our school is located, has the dubious distinction of being on two top-ten lists you don’t want to be on: it is one of the most racially segregated cities in the nation and one of its most economically divided. And it has plenty of company: New...

Rethinking the achievement gap (Part 3)

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...

Rethinking the achievement gap (Part 2)

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...