human-centered education network

Our Approach

for students

Our team of educators launched Human Restoration Project (HRP) in 2018 because we firmly believe that equity-centered systemic change is needed within all schools. HRP focuses its attention on systems-based change in education through grassroots action.

Despite decades of school reform (Race to the Top, No Child Left Behind, A Nation at Risk), only 40% of students are engaged in high school and less than half of students feel their learning is relevant. And, despite our focus on improving math and reading scores, stressing about test results, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists state we are “100 seconds from doomsday.”

Our priorities in education have moved away from the obvious answer: we’re all human beings, and we need to treat each other accordingly. We inform our work through hundreds of interviews with experts and students, our collective experience as educators, as well as the staggering amount of data suggesting that human-centered systems-based change is needed.

for staff

We aim to restore the humanity of educators by having them focus on their fondest hopes for graduates. Instead of grades and test scores, it’s about motivation, engagement, and care. Many of the assumed practices of school (homework, disciplinary action, grades, a whitewashed curriculum) do not benefit the majority of students and hamper the learning process (and with it, trust) between educators and students.

Our PD focuses on changing these underlying systems. Because we are educators, we understand that professional development rarely feels worthwhile. Only 29% of teachers indicate they are satisfied with their formal PD opportunities. Even though the vast majority of educators are presented with ample PD, the majority feel it is not worth it. Frequently, educators state that the best learning outcomes are when they have time to plan and collaborate with others - on their own terms.

Through discussions, activities, and reflection, the goal of our PD is to teach educators in the same principles we showcase with students: hands-on, exciting, purposeful learning.

who we are

Human Restoration Project (HRP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation centered on progressive education and systems-based change. We focus on progressive education not as a series of buzzwords or acronyms, but to remember 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 engage with their purpose and dreams.

Everything we create is based on research-backed principles, expert educators, and voices within our network.

Human Restoration Project centers its work around four values statements on actionable systemic change in education.

testimonials

This organization has tapped into the original  “why” of many educators that is often lost or overshadowed by unfair or unrealistic expectations placed on our public schools.

testimonials

I really enjoyed this PD, and truly hope you guys can continue working with our district. Thank you for being inspiring.

testimonials

I very much enjoyed your approachable teaching style and our conversations about your experiences.

testimonials

Your group has articulated these things that I instinctually know but have lost in all my PD/ College Board years of training.  I’m 25 years into this gig.  Glad I can reacquaint myself with what originally got my into teaching and finish my career ethically whole.

testimonials

Thank you for allowing us to feel and express our frustration in changing our thinking.

become a human-centered school

Sign up your school to join our Human-Centered Education Network. This in-depth school analysis and consultation service provides students, educators, and administration with the resources needed to embrace human-centered learning through research-backed practices that increase motivation, engagement, and prioritize social-emotional learning. This process has five steps over a school year:

1. Understanding Progressive Education

In order to implement change, educators must understand an underlying human-centered pedagogy. Teachers are onboarded through a series of discussions, activities, videos, and readings to the philosophy of progressive education.

2. Widespread Conversations

To empathize with learners and assess the school community, educators and students have a series of conversations about learning in the school, positives and negatives, which are transcribed and analyzed by educators and administration.

3. teacher action research

To transform the school, educators utilize the process of teacher action research, tracked through our microcredentialing program, to implement human-centered systems based off their school and classroom context.

4. Identifying “Learning in Action”

As teachers implement these ideas, Human Restoration Project offers check-ins and support. Schools identify teacher leaders in their buildings to mentor others. Then, we help connect teachers across our network to create resources and offer guidance.

5. supporting the movement

Year after year, more schools join the Human-Centered Schools Network, providing an outlet for educators to embrace progressive education, read teacher-written publications, and reflect on their practice.

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attend a human-centered workshop

Individuals, cohorts, and districts can join the human-centered education network for workshops throughout the year. For free events, please see our livestream page. All workshops award microcredentials, which offer the opportunity to engage educators in the same, research-backed ways that engage students: self-directed pacing, purposeful work, and collaborative efforts. By tying our microcredentials to teacher onboarding, continuing education credits, leadership positions, and/or stipends, educators will be consistently engaged in practices that actually are utilized in the classroom, as opposed to a one-and-done workshop.

Workshops are available in-person or virtual as a day or multi-day session.

creating feedback-driven, purposeful classrooms

Though humans are inherently learning beings, grades are a recent arrival in the history of education that in practice have been used to rank and sort, isolate, and demotivate students, especially those at the margins. This workshop addresses a liberatory, feedback-driven classroom as a necessary step toward fully humanized and inclusive classroom practice, detailing the use of portfolios, peer review, one-on-one conferencing and more.

onward to a path of purpose!

As the first storytellers and artists understood, the fundamental themes of the human experience - identity, struggle, purpose - are unifying and transcendent. Often, our coursework feels isolated from one's experiences and dreams. This workshop addresses this problem by providing a plethora of purpose-driven activities for classroom or advisory use. Then, we find ways to implement purposeful learning within any course.

dismantling the hidden curriculum

The focus of this workshop is on transforming the "hidden curriculum" - or the set of rules that one learns in school that's never explicit said, such as "Asking others for help makes you stupid/a cheater/a loser." (Due to our increasingly competitive individualistic testing, grading, and GPA/SAT/ACT practices.) Or "Public humiliation and sarcastic comments are appropriate for those who don't 'follow the rules.'" (Due to our dehumanizing way of looking at students and the actions they take.) We will work with educators on reflection activities to calibrate their pedagogy toward equitable, human-centered learning.

building authentic, community-driven projects

Authentic work is at the heart of any great classroom. When empowered, students will change the world — they just need the opportunity to do so. Although many teachers are capable of fantastic projects and dialogue, the community beckons young people to innovate and serve. This workshop guides educators through the design thinking process to build cross-curricular, student-driven projects within their courses.

deploying student voice in the curriculum

At the core of our classrooms are students, and we can utilize their immense experiences and knowledge to craft curriculum. Instead of planning outside work hours, why not harness the power of the voices in the room to create each day? Through this practice, students will deeply understand ideas, acting on their interests. This workshop offers techniques for educators to embrace democratic classroom praxis.

crafting cooperative learning

Forced competition implies that education is all about “me”, and standardizes the idea that some students are more valued than others. Although healthy competition has its place in optional and friendly events, the vast majority of school systems are set up on a competitive basis for everything. Building classrooms that focus on cooperation, ensuring that all are heard and valued, brings better opportunities for all. This workshop provides frameworks for educators to establish cooperative practice and assessment.

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