Goin’ back to Cali

Following in the footsteps of the mighty EVX Team, our Bright Ideas! team reached the finals of the Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation awards! The team will travel to California in late March to compete in the final round. While this is a huge honor for those...

Building a school from the inside out

Sorry for the lack of posts these last two weeks. Been traveling and writing proposals. We decided to start the Workshop small so we could really focus on the work of teaching and learning. That has really paid off in two ways. First, focusing on the work – what...

What do standards prepare us for?

A basic premise of standards driven reform is that all students should know and be able to do basically the same things at the same times. Why? That’s not what is expected of them in college, where distribution requirements vary greatly in scope, and can shift...

It’s not about the paper

Sometimes I can be a bit dense. A couple of days ago I was at a board meeting for YESPhilly, a great organization that runs programs for out of school youth. The first half of the meeting was an informal discussion with a few students in their various programs. They...

Bright Ideas!

The video from our other Spirit of Innovation semifinalist team: For more details on these two exciting projects, please see the Student Projects page.