professional learning

What if we started by listening?



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We start with student empathy interviews (focus groups). We speak with multiple groups of young people to learn about their hopes, dreams, and aspirations, connecting each to school. We learn about what students love and wish could be improved.



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With tools from our partners at Cortico/Fora, we effectively transcribe, theme, and analyze our results. These are presented in a school analysis document, suggesting next steps for planning and action.


take action

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Optionally, schools can partner with Human Restoration Project to create change through what they've learned. HRP partners to create lasting, sustainable solutions through PD and teacher action research.

Do it yourself!

To ensure everyone has access to awesome tools, we offer our entire protocol for free. We see value in partnering with us as a third party, but recognize that starting small within your school/district is often a tangible first step.



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Download our fillable empathy interview protocol and response sheet. These documents outline the questions we ask focus groups, with space for many open-ended questions tailored to your school's initiatives/objectives, as well as how we create safe listening environments.



Soon, we will make available a guide for theming and analyzing the transcript you've created. Check back later!


take action

Based on the conversations you've conducted, see our website for various actions toward systemic change. A great place to start are our free resources!

Learn more about how we work with schools.

All full time staff members at HRP are former public school employees.
Download our professional learning overview. We'd love to connect with you and talk more!

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and check out our other work...


We offer tailored workshops that can be designed exactly to your needs. Here's what we specialize in:

  • Creating feedback-driven, purposeful classes through the process of ungrading, lessening the impact of grades and focusing on learning.
  • Building classrooms which center a path to purpose, fostering engagement and meaning
  • Understanding systems-based thinking, designing spaces to best engage and motivate students toward learning.
  • Engaging in critical media analysis, recognizing the impact of AI and other technology advancements in teaching/learning.
  • ... and more! We provide services and partner with other awesome organizations to change systems centered on our values.


We specialize in examining systems to improve educational outcomes. We love to partner with schools for ongoing projects:

  • Enacting human-centered, progressive education in a "school within a school" or whole school model.
  • Coaching principals, administrators, and support staff in progressive education.
  • Working with teacher and group cohorts to enact changes toward progressive education.


We speak at conferences and events around the world to advocate for a human-centered education. Here's what we've presented before:

  • 100 Seconds to Midnight: The Need for a Human-Centered Education
  • Systems Change at the Arcade: Systems-Based Thinking Through Video Game Design
  • Creating Liberatory, Feedback-First Classrooms (even in a virtual setting!)


In our PD with the Human Restoration Project, HRP used their "out of the box" thinking to develop processes that our cohort can use.  It was not a PD of just theory but was all about putting theory into a usable package.Natasha, MS Teacher

This is a group who is committed to improving the world of education by focusing on and listening to students.
MS Teacher

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 me into teaching and finish my career ethically whole.
Kristin, HS Teacher

Since sharing the HRP with members of our staff, we've seen an increase in interest to explore topics such as ungrading, project-based learning, and creating equitable learning environments. Being a district that serves over 75% Title I eligible learners, these topics are incredible important for us to consider, and the HRP provides an onramp to consider the implications of the choices we make with or for our learners. Just last week, I shared the ungrading links with our Elementary School Improvement team, who asked to explore grading practices. Having the research put together in accessible ways, and high-quality podcasts available to extend learning are invaluable for our growth as a district.
Simeon, Superintendent

My whole life I've felt alone, caring about children and providing education that is exciting for children. Even as a child I was disappointed that other children didn't love school, but as i got higher in grades I realized why, school work got more repetitive and less immersive. HRP has shown me that there are many educators out there who also care about all children and want them to learn and grow, not just as "productive workers" but as critically thinking curious excited creators and caretakers. HRP empowers me to fight for children's rights.

Human Restoration Project is doing some incredible work advocating for progressive education practices and giving educators the information and tools they need to do their own advocacy work on behalf of themselves and their students. The organization provides a wealth of excellent materials that empower us to ask the question "what if we did better?"

HS Teacher

Human Restoration Project helped me gain a deeper perspective of the benefits and drawbacks of AI in Education. I feel like I have walked away with many useful ways I can implement AI to benefit my students' learning.
Kristina, MS Teacher

Human Restoration Project helped us refine our vision, but more importantly, they gave us the tools and the research to do it right! Our students will benefit greatly from this work!
Josh, MS Principal

Partner with Human Restoration Project

Want to reimagine education? Partner with Human Restoration Project to humanize classrooms and build spaces toward care and engagement.

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