Participatory School Design for a Participatory Democracy

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Student Designed Education

Graph of colored heads showing 47% of us are listening and 53% of us are not.

More than half of students say they are not engaged in the classroom.

Source: 2017 Gallup Student Poll

If we fix this...
Arrow pointing up.
...we fix this
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The general population do not believe they have a voice in the world.

Source: 2016 Harris Poll

Graph of colored heads showing 27% of us feel listened to and 73% of us do not.
Four head shaped graphics in green, purple, blue, and fuscia.
It's not about me.
or me.
or me.
or me.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, six youth designers and two adult facilitators began co-creating a new public school for Madison, Wisconsin.

Our school is currently on track to open in August of 2020!