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The Workshop School, the Sustainability Workshop, and the EVX Team have been featured in newspaper articles, television news stories, and documentaries:

Like I belong.” Penn GSE Films, May 22, 2019.

Workshop School’s programs, projects help students explore interests.” Philadelphia Tribune, February 19, 2019.

High school students lead discussions on mass incarceration.” Philadelphia Tribute, February 14, 2019.

The Workshop School: The work is the work.” Barra Foundation, September 11, 2018.

Students help the community with Cars from the Heart.” Fox 29 News, August 27, 2018.

Two Philly educators win Teaching Tolerance awards.” The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, August 8, 2018.

Sharing the story of impact: The Workshop School.” Barra Foundation, Spring 2018.

Teachers assume a different role.” Matthew Riggan, Barra conference on Philadelphia’s Innovation High Schools, June 18, 2018.

Voices: The Workshop School’s Gateway Project.” Philly CAM, June 13, 2018.

Workshop School students review culturally relevant books.” The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, May 30, 2018.

Pathways: A documentary.” Penn GSE Films, May 24, 2018.

At the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, high school kids take on other amateur engineers in a race to a mud pit.” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 17, 2018.

Project-based learning and standardized tests don’t mix.” Amadou Diallo, Hechinger Report, May 14, 2018.

Students at the Workshop School design their own gun violence protest.” The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, March 15, 2018.

Innovative approaches to public education provide promising results.” Steve Newmann, GRID Magazine, February 1, 2018.

The Workshop School makes Christmas Jawnaments.” Fox 29 News, December 8, 2017.

Buy your loved ones a Jawnament this holiday season.” Philadelphia Magazine, December 6, 2017.

Jawnaments top-selling item for West Philly entrepreneurial club.” CBS 3 Philly, December 5, 2017.

Real world learning at the Workshop School.” Amanda Avallone, NextGen Learning blog, November 27, 2017.

OMG: The Workshop School’s first major fundraiser features student-made escape rooms.” Generocity, October 20, 2017.

The evolving Philadelphia high school.” Melanie Bevaria, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, September 6, 2017.

School Innovation: Trust the process.” Matthew Riggan, TEDx Cheltenham, August 31, 2017.

Students to test their mettle in Philly’s kinetic sculpture parade.” WHYY, May 19, 2017.

The Workshop School: A different approach to public education.” Philadelphia Neighborhoods, March 24, 2017.

Behind the camera, students document life and learning.” Education Innovator, March 20, 2017.

Workshop School symposium tackles topic of mass incarceration.” Philadelphia Public School Notebook, March 9, 2017.

Students review culturally relevant books.“Philadelphia Public School Notebook, January 17, 2017.

The genius kids behind Obama’s favorite science projects.” Wired, November 4, 2016.

School of the future.” NOVA, September 4, 2016.

The essence of forgiveness in 17 syllables.” Gen Bouchard, Safe Kids Stories, April 27, 2016.

Five tips for integrating project-based and social-emotional learning.” Kathleen Melville, Education Week, April 26, 2016.

These kids are ‘making America great again.’” Ronnie Polaneczky, Philadelphia Daily News, April 26, 2016.

Little Baby’s Ice Cream presents: Ice Cream in Space!” Little Baby’s Ice Cream, YouTube, April 25, 2016.

The Workshop School: a West Philadelphia public school.” Josh Kruger, Office of the Mayor, April 13, 2016.

Mayor, council pres. field idea from 9th graders.” Rick Williams, ABC 6, April 11, 2016.

The art of teaching and learning at the Workshop School.” Greg Windle, The Notebook, March 7, 2016.

Reading and telling stories about the Black experience.” Tyasia Fuller and Cameron Swann, The Notebook, February 4, 2016.

Student reviews of culturally relevant books for kids.” Kareem Coleman and Samiere Young, The Notebook, January 28, 2016.

These students are raising thousands for their school (and themselves) with jawns.” Tony Abraham, Generocity, December 28, 2015.

Industrious Philly elves are are cranking out the ‘Jawnaments’.” Katie Colaneri, Newsworks, December 22, 2015.

How to measure project-based learning.” Connie Langland, The Notebook, December 2, 2015.

My first year at a teacher-led school.” Kathleen Melville, Education Weekly, August 18, 2015.

Rosemont College’s Adventure of the Mind a success.” Louis Bolling, Philadelphia Tribune, August 12, 2015.

One student’s experience at the Workshop School in West Philly.” Alex Jones, Grid Magazine, August 4, 2015.

Education secretary to meet with Philadelphia principals.” Kristen A. Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 1, 2015.

Local students build car that runs on used oil from Philadelphia eatery.” Mike DeNardo, CBS Philadelphia, January 30, 2015.

Philadelphia students create the perfect holiday jawn.” Kristen A. Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer, December 20, 2014.

Workshop School students are selling these ‘jawn’ ornaments.” Juliana Reyes, Technically Philly, December 19, 2014.

Hang a jawnament on your Christmas tree (made in West Philly!)” West Philly Local, December 18, 2014.

In this school, class is a workshop and experiments are mandatory.” Kevin McCorry, All Things Considered, July 22, 2014.

At White House Maker Faire, Workshop students showcase the car they built.” Cathy Quero, The Notebook, June 25, 2014.

Workshop School students, NFTE grad, included in White House Maker Faire.” Juliana Reyes, Technically Philly, June 20, 2014.

West Philadelphia students are White House-bound.” Casey Fabris, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 19, 2014.

Obama and high school kids who built 98 MPG FFR!” Factory Five Racing, YouTube, June 19, 2014.

Inventors take over White House at ‘Maker Faire’.” NBC News, June 18, 2014.

Maker Faire makes its way to the White House.” Abby Borovitz, MSNBC, June 18, 2014.

Giant giraffes, 100-MPG cars wow at White House Maker Faire.” Margaret Voelzke, 4NBC Washington, June 18, 2014.

Photos: The six wonders of Obama’s ‘Maker Faire’ tour.” Reid J. Epstein, Washington Wire, Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2014.

Obama praises car built by Workshop School students.” Tommy Rowan, Metro News, June 18, 2014.

Workshop School offers its students the freedom to learn from mistakes.” Kevin McCorry, Newsworks, June 18, 2014.

Workshop School students show off biodiesel racecar at the White House Maker Faire.” Chris Urie, Geekadelphia, June 18, 2014.

Doomsday in the District.” Trey Popp, Penn Gazette, February 27, 2014.

Open Education Philadelphia – The Workshop School.” Lauren Flick, 2014.

Launching the Workshop School: How technology can inform radical redesign.” Matthew Riggan, American Enterprise Institute, January, 2014.

Workshop School: Tour this University City project-based STEM high school.” Christopher Wink, Technically Philly, December 10, 2013.

West Philly’s quest for the Automotive X Prize.” Jason Fagone, Philadelphia Magazine, October 24, 2013.

Setting Norms.” Will Richardson, October 2013.

Constructing sustainable houses develops collaborative skills.” Edutopia, September 2013.

Schooled in Sustainability.” Julia Bergman, Grid Magazine, September 2013.

Next Generation Learning Challenges grant announcement, July 2013.

Sustainability Workshop students win FreshDirect urban farming challenge.” Juliana Reyes, Technically Philly, June 25, 2013.

Students tie in Hydroponic Challenge.” Maximum Yield’s eNews, June 2013.

The Sustainability Workshop year-end celebration at the Navy Yard.” The Navy Yard Blog, June 2013.

Grant allows Sustainability Workshop’s expansion into full four-year high school.” Morgan Berman, Grid Magazine, June 10, 2013.

Why 4 Philly high schoolers turned a shipping container into a hydroponic garden.” Zack Seward, Newsworks, May 7, 2013.

Three Philly schools get grants to expand.” Benjamin Herrold, Newsworks & The Notebook, April 24, 2013.

Spirit of Innovation Awards: Sustainability Workshop is finalist in $10K STEM competition.” Juliana Reyes, Technically Philly, February 26, 2013.

School-grocer partnership gives students lesson on nutrition.” Kristen Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 6, 2013.

Simon Hauger revs up high school students.” David Schneider, IEEE Spectrum, February 2013.

Millennials ‘sprout innovation’ at Philly’s Urban Sustainability Forum.” Christopher Norris, Collaborate Philly, January 18, 2013.

$30K grant benefits Sustainability Workshop.” Eric Mayes, Philadelphia Tribune, October 1, 2012.

Bright Ideas: students create startup to increase LED use.” Dana Henry, Flying Kite Media, September 25, 2012.

Fast Times at West Philly High.” Frontline, July 17, 2012.

The story of West Philly High School’s hybrid-car team is now a documentary.” Ronnie Polaneczky, Philadelphia Daily News, July 17, 2012.

West Philly High stars on Frontline documentary.” Diane Weltman, Newsworks, July 16, 2012.

Why teachers should put students to work.” CNN’s The Next List, June 29, 2012.

In Philly, high school students learn by doing.” CNN’s The Next List, June 26, 2012.

Wyclef Jean visits the EVX team.” Michele Tranquilli, Philadelphia Daily News, February 21, 2012.

Problem solving as education: Philadelphia’s Sustainability Workshop.” NPR’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Cuane, February 17, 2012.

Philadelphia Sustainability Workshop tries to reinvent the high school.” Kristen Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer, December 4, 2011.

Workshop School: project learning school follows HybridX team.” Christopher Wink, Technically Philly, November 7, 2011.

Simon Hauger, Workshop School.” PopTech, November 2011.

Simon Hauger and the Sustainability Workshop.” PopTech, October 2011.

Green Team: EVX students win Popular Mechanics award, now in the running for $20,000 grant!” Missy Steinberg, Grid Magazine, October 31, 2011.

West Philly teens build ground-breaking “badass hybrid” car.” Carolyn Gregoire, Huffington Post, October 11, 2011.

Fast Times at Sustainability High.” Lee Stabert, Flying Kite Media, October 4, 2011.

Kids learning “green” skills.” Eric Mayes, Philadelphia Tribune, October 3, 2011.

Students tackle real-world problems at new Navy Yard school.” Carolyn Beeler, Newsworks, October 3, 2011.

The West Philly students who build supercars.” Logan Ward, Popular Mechanics, October 3, 2011.

West Philly Hybrid X goes to Washington – Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize.” XPRIZE, YouTube, September 22, 2010.

The Real Fixers, The Teacher: Simon Hauger.” Nick Summers, Newsweek, September 21, 2011.

Driver’s Seat: Local team wins honors for fuel-efficient vehicle.” Scott Sturgis, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 1, 2011.

Meet the SuperCar Team.” Ronnie Polaneczky, Earth to Philly, June 8, 2010.

West Philly students closer to $10M prize for alternative-fuel car.” Ronnie Polaneczky, Philadelphia Daily News, January 14, 2010.

President Obama on the West Philly Hybrid X (EVX Team) – Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. XPRIZE, YouTube, September 20, 2010.

Donations pour in for West Philly car kids. Ronnie Polaneczky, So, What Happened Was, Philadelphia Daily News, November 13, 2009.

City high school kids best MIT in $10M car contest.” Ronnie Polaneczky, Philadelphia Daily News, November 12, 2009.

West Philly students and the car of the future.” Sandy Bauers, GreenSpace, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11, 2009.

The School District of Philadelphia, an equal opportunity employer, will not discriminate in employment or education programs or activities, based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, or limited English proficiency. This policy of non-discrimination extends to all other legally protected classifications. Publication of this policy in this document is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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