Human Restoration Project (HRP) is a 501(c)3 aimed at transforming school systems. We incorporate progressive education as a series of systems, not one-and-done strategies; rather than tweaking around the edges, we must transform schools toward human-centered policies that promote well-being and learning. All of our resources are OER: Creative Commons 4.0 NonCommercial ShareAlike.
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October 10, 2021
We want school systems to recognize the innate worth of every individual and their contribution to the community, where every individual is treated with respect and social justice is advocated for.
HRP centers its work on four values statements that focus on systemic change.
Schedule for students to inquire and put their passions into practice.
Connect across all curriculum and de-emphasize hierarchies of knowledge.
Have an active stance in learning: learning while doing, not learning then doing.
Open to the rest of the world and flourish authentic audiences.
Promote reading for pleasure and provide ample opportunities for literacy.
Incorporate ample reflection to communicate and express growth.
Give up control and encourage voice to realize real change.
Institute a critical and open dialogue that breaks down white supremacy.
Build a democratic education by sharing and supporting student power.
End zero-tolerance and build programs that embrace a caring, loving community.
Refuse to assign additional learning outside of the school day, beyond what students want to do.
Develop authenticate relationships with students by providing space to share power and deeply listen.
End grading practices which inherently rank and file students, and shift teaching to a place of judgment and demotivation.
End the practice of narrow-lens testing, and open up various ways of showcasing knowledge.
Build open spaces which support healthy, farm-to-table lunches which students want to eat and support a healthy lifestyle.
Provide space for students to guide their own learning based on purpose-finding and interests.
Give teachers power to build their own PD, and provide proper supports (e.g. pay, benefits) to legitimize their position.
Quit focusing on "fad" practices that standardize the classroom. Instead, build a pedagogy that involves students.
Practice cooperative activities which build a supportive space for all students.
Create spaces where students can learn from each other, both across school ages as well as multigenerational learning.