View Full Version : All NYC Swedish-Inspired Innovative Manhattan School Puts Education in the Hands of Students

09-13-2011, 10:21 AM
From NY1.com (http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/education/147027/ny1-exclusive--at-swedish-inspired-school--it-s-all-up-to-the-kids) by Lindsey Christ:

A new charter school in Manhattan is putting middle schoolers in charge of their own education, allowing them to choose what they want to learn and how.

"No other school that I looked at was like this," said "Innnovate Manhattan" student Tyler Rose.

"Innnovate Manhattan" is an import from Sweden, based on the idea that every student learns differently.

"It helps them learn why they can want an education and how to have control over an education," said "Innnovate Manhattan" Principal Eileen Coppola.

A curriculum does exist at the school. Students just move through it at different paces based on their academic goals and work plan. Those are set in daily conversations with a teacher, known as their coach.

Founding principal Eileen Coppola may be best known for resigning as head of the elite Hunter College High School over concerns with the schools' lack of diversity and test-based admissions policy. She says this new school is just what she was looking for.

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