Just what is Human Restoration Project?

What is the Human Restoration Project?
Human Restoration Project (HRP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which aims to discuss and provide resources that illuminate, foster, and challenge traditional and progressive educational practices. It is of utmost importance that, when looking deeply into dense topics, we provide places for people to start (especially those who are not accustomed to a progressive view of education). Furthermore, it is paramount that we view progressive education not as a series of buzzwords or acronyms, but instead the bringing to light what we’ve all seem to forgotten: our students, our educators - they are human beings.  We intend to restore that lost humanity - having administrators, educators, and students remind themselves, and engage with, their purpose and dreams.HRP centers its work around four values statements. Each of these statements places systemic change at the forefront to create radically student-centered school systems. Each systemic structural change is outlined in detail in our Primer.

Who are you?
In short, we are a group of progressive educators seeking to change, the best we can, the schooling system via spreading our message, providing resources, and enabling teachers with our vision. HRP staff members are current educators or students. Overtime, we have gathered multiple contributors who share, bolster, and instill new thinking of progressive ideas.

What are you selling?
Nothing! The Human Restoration Project is dedicated to releasing all of our materials for free. HRP hosts multiple podcasts, releases a quarterly magazine, produces resources, and hosts virtual professional development sessions.

How are you funded?
We stay afloat due to our generous supporters. We’re committed to transparency; you can find our full financial statements released monthly on our Discord. We are actively seeking grants to further support educators.

Are your resources licensed?
Every resource we release is OER licensed under CC BY-NA-SA. You can freely modify and distribute our work non-commercially with accreditation. The best educational resources shouldn’t be gate-kept. Further, we make an effort to gather as many ideas and activities from similarly licensed properties, allowing us to act as a “hub” for quality progressive educational resources.

What is “progressive education”? What does it mean to "restore humanity"?
Some strategies that are commonly marketed to educators do not fix the underlying problems in the school system. Progressive practices are differentiated because they’re not about acronyms or buzzwords, but are based on research-backed educational ideas that have existed for centuries.Progressive education has roots in the works of Jean Piaget, John Dewey, and Maria Montessori, and involve engaging each student in complex, rich experiences that go beyond simple tasks. It treats students and teachers as deep individuals with something to offer.Education is inherently political. Progressive educators want school systems to change from standardized, rote-based systems to those that care about the innate worth of every individual and their connection and contribution to the community. This assumes that every individual is treated with dignity and respected - that social justice is advocated for. However, there is nothing inherently “Democratic” or “liberal” about “progressive” education.

Who is your audience; who should listen?
Our work is primarily aimed at K-College educators, including homeschoolers. We want to persuade traditional educators to our line of thought, and recognize, discuss with, and validate progressive thinkers. Of course, students and other professionals are welcome to engage as well.

Who is an “HRP educator”?
An HRP educator seeks to revitalize her or his practice through systemic changes to the school system. Whether district wide or within their classroom (often as a subversive activity), HRP educators seek to create equitable outcomes by revolutionizing their practice. Some examples of needed classroom change include gradeless learning, authentic experiential education, and restorative justice.These changes are needed at all levels, K-College, and all systemic shifts require all other systemic changes. As in, if one pursues one element of progressive education, the rest fall in line.

Can anyone embrace "progressive education"?
No matter your circumstance, anyone can embrace progressive education even at the most traditional of schools. This comes with a caveat; you must be willing to take risks in the name of your students. If we know what's best, it's time to fight for it.