Shifting to skills-focused graduation requirements

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in General | No Comments

One of the most exciting, and scary, things we’re working on at the Workshop School in the School District of Philadelphia this summer is a pivot to new graduation requirements based on the NGLC MyWays framework. We’ve always believed that the broader set of competencies expressed by MyWays is critical and that we need to focus […]

Teaching community and knowing students

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in General | No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I was at the SXSW EDU conference in Austin, Texas. One evening, friends invited me to join them at a brewery on the east side of town. It was unseasonably cold all week, but they had the heat lamps out so when I arrived everyone was sitting around a picnic […]

Mastering process in competency-based learning

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in General | No Comments

One of the tenets of mastery/competency-based learning is the idea that students’ progress is based on what they show that they know and can do. In the case of high schools, for example, you graduate when your work shows that you have mastered a set of content or skills that would constitute being college or […]

Creating Space

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in General | No Comments

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 unfolds. When a team is struggling, the […]

Diversity, equity, and nextgen learning

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in General | No Comments

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 York, Detroit, Cleveland and Milwaukee are all […]

Speak, John, Speak: Feeling the Power of Exhibitions at the Workshop School

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in General | No Comments

By Michael Clapper, Workshop School co-founder Like many progressive schools, the students at the Workshop School, a non-selective high school in the School District of Philadelphia, present their work at the conclusion of each quarter.  By the time their sophomore year ends, they’ve presented eight times. Sophomore year finishes with the Gateway project, where they declare […]

Students prepare for final presentations at Wharton

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in General | No Comments

Please join us the week of June 7-10 for the Fourth Quarter Exhibitions. As the fourth term of the school year comes to a close our students will present their work and projects to their peers, parents, guardians, and community members. We hope you will be part of this important part of the Workshop School’s […]

Support the 9th Grade Play, Roman & Julie!

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in General | No Comments

Roman & Julie, a Philadelphia love story Written, organized, and performed by Workshop School 9th graders! Curio Theatre, 4740 Baltimore Ave. Friday, June 3, 2016 10-11:30am, Admission $3-10 6-7:30pm, Admission $8-20 Reserve tickets today: online RSVP or call Ms. Katrina Clark (215-272-7091) or email Jaquana McDonald ( Donate to our GoFundMe!

Beginning with Trust

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in General | No Comments

The Workshop School has a very different vibe than most Philadelphia Public Schools. As a graduate student this year, I have had the opportunity to visit many schools in the area–public, charter, and private. The only school that I have visited this year that can be likened to the atmosphere at the Workshop School is […]

10th Grade designing their own water filters

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in General | No Comments

The 10th grade has spent the last few weeks studying water filtration and the devastating water crisis in Flint, Michigan. After researching both the political and environmental problems in Flint, try students investigated how water becomes contaminated. Now, students are designing their own water filters out of recycled materials, and thinking about how to prevent […]