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129. Revolutionizing the Middle School Experience with Denise Daniels & Andrew Ravin

Many people shy away from talking about middle school, but it’s an important topic. Middle school is often where we make or break a kid’s future – and there is so much opportunity and potential during middle school to shape them for the rest of their lives.

Andrew Ravin is the founder and head of school at Workshop Middle School. He’s deeply committed to social change, and, for seven years, worked in community social services in both New York and Chicago. He’s spent more than 15 years working in New York City public schools.

Denise Daniels is the co-founder and director of learning at Workshop Middle School, with more than 22 years of experience in education as a teacher, a staff developer, a curriculum designer, an instructional coach, and a school leader.

We discuss what Workshop Middle School does differently and how they’re rethinking the structure of the classroom, from starting later in the day to organizing smaller class sizes. Getting things right for kids at this transitional period in life is so important. 

We unbox:

  1. What Workshop Middle School is and how it’s structured

  2. Making learning opportunities accessible for more kids

  3. Revolutionizing the conversation around middle school


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