July 2023 Newsletter

Chris McNutt
July 1, 2023
Updates from Human Restoration Project for July 2023!

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Conference to Restore Humanity! 2023: Breaking the Doom-Loop is THIS MONTH!

Join four fantastic keynotes, 3 learning tracks, and 20+ sessions in our designed for virtual conference!

We need reimagined schools and public education now more than ever. Imagining a better future isn’t naivety, it’s essential for a thriving  world. We must preserve in the face of everything a positive outlook  toward organizing, surviving, and building anew – or risk becoming  stagnant. Individual actions snowball and propagate through systems, and each act of service, each push-back, each classroom decision can fundamentally build a better future. It’s up to us to make that tomorrow a reality.

Join us July 24-27th to break the doom loop! Learn more and register.

Unveiling our new IDS and resource pages

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We're excited to share our new batch of resources, including our interdisciplinary curriculum and various lesson/project ideas. This new sortable, searchable database includes our previously released content and interdisciplinary curriculum, as well as a whole host new batch of tools on artificial intelligence, critical pedagogy, and design thinking.

As always, our resources are entirely available for free!

Interdisciplinary School Subject CurriculumHRP Resources

Nick presenting in Poland!

Nick Covington presenting to a room of teachers on humanizing education.

Nick Covington presented at a multi-day conference in Poland, speaking about the need to restore humanity, moving toward interdisciplinary learning, and the purpose of education with our partners at Holistic Think Tank.This overview of generative image software, such as Midjourney and DALL-E, helps us understand the implicit and explicit biases that AI software can have. After all, this software is *programmed by humans* and reflects systemic injustices across society.

Welcome our intern, Noah Ranz-Lind!

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We're delighted to announce that Noah Ranz-Lind from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will be joining us as a Summer intern! He's studying Mathematics as well as Social Thought & Political Economy (STPEC). He is passionate about math education and the inherent ability everyone has to explore and understand mathematics, as well as learning for its own sake rather than as a means to an end.Our recorded session with MANTRaP explores the dangers of the "manosphere", its influence on young people, and how educators/families can fight back.


Podcast: The Implications and Biases of AI in Classrooms w/ Dr. Meredith Broussard: We invited Dr. Broussard on to specifically talk about the intersection of the recent rapid growth of consumer-focused generative AI, such as ChatGPT, Midjourney, DALL-E, etc. as well as their integrations into commonly used education tools like Microsoft Office and soon, Google Documents.

Podcast: Catalyzing Systems-Based Change w/ Dave Runge (Future Schools Australia): Co-founder and director of Future Schools, Dave Runge, joins us from Australia to talk about the power of systems-based change through small, important changes and transparent dialogue. Available on your favorite podcast player.

And more...

Writing: Teach Truth Day of Action 2023: Nick Covington recaps his speaking at the Zinn Education Project Teach Truth Day of Action, which Human Restoration Project is a partner of.Andrew Franson reminds us we must stand in solidarity with educators and fight for reform in our education system as much as we can.

Writing: From Teacher to Unschooler: New contributor Heather Wilson writes, "I believe that learning is important, crucial in fact, to our society. But coerced learning is not the same as learning for oneself."

Writing: Why we need to change schools (right now): Chris McNutt writes that we need to recognize that youth and educators are in crises – and that schools need to change. It’s no longer warning bells – we are in a state of emergency.

Let's restore humanity to education, together.

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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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