Human Restoration Project Values Statements Update (2022)

Chris McNutt
June 27, 2022
In creating an organization for lasting change, it's vitally important we revisit the values in which we promote a human-centered education.

Over the last 2 years as a nonprofit, our practices and thoughts haven't strayed much from the core philosophy – but certain language and explicit practices have been absent from our values statements. Therefore, we are updating our educational "needs" in the following ways:

Pictured: Our updated infographic with red boxes highlighting our changes. These changes are elaborated below.

Much of our changes are language shifts: being more explicit about the things we cared about. These are systemic changes that have always guided our approach to the classroom, but may not have been self-evident by our documents. First off, we've combined and eliminated some actions toward systemic change:

Then, we've added clarifying remarks to some of our existing actions toward system change. We wanted to ensure the language was clear on what we support as an organization:

Finally, we've added three new actions toward systemic change. These are ideas that frequently appear in our resources, podcasts, and writings:

You will see these changes reflected in all of our resources in the coming weeks. It's our commitment to always be a beacon of what it means to be a progressive educator – and a key part of that process is reflecting on what matters to you and if your values are represented in your work. Being purposeful is one of, if not the most important, concepts. We deeply appreciate everyone's support of Human Restoration Project and will continue to promote these impactful and lasting cornerstones of the movement.


Chris McNutt
Chris McNutt is the co-founder and executive director of Human Restoration Project, a nonprofit organization focused on student engagement, well-being, and motivation. His work centers on realizing systems-based change, examining how progressive pedagogical shifts (e.g. PBL, ungrading) reimagine school to best suit the needs of students and teachers alike. He was a public high school digital media & design educator who focused on experiential learning, portfolio-driven assessment, and community involvement.
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