Notes From The Workshop

Mastering process in competency-based learning

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...

Teaching community and knowing students

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...

Shifting to skills-focused graduation requirements

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...

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 unfolds. When a...

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...

Students prepare for final presentations at Wharton

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...

Support the 9th Grade Play, Roman & Julie!

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....

Beginning with Trust

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...

10th Grade designing their own water filters

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...

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