Susan Engel, Samuel Levin

A School of Our Own

Susan Engel, Samuel Levin

Talk: A School of Our Own

Everyone deserves the opportunity to discover the transformative power of a good education. Our high schools are not providing those opportunities. But they could. Susan Engel, a developmental psychologist and Samuel Levin, a doctoral student in biology tell the story of the first student-run high school in the US, which Sam started when he was in high school himself. They argue that student-run high schools are the simplest, most powerful way to transform education in this country, and they outline how others can do the same thing. Mother and son also co-authored a book, "A School of Our Own: The Story of the First Student-Run High School in America and a new vision for Education."

Susan Engel

Susan Engel is a professor of developmental psychology at Williams College, where she is also the founder and director of the Williams Program in Teaching. She is the author of "The Stories Children Tell, Context Is Everything", "Real Kids", "Red Flags or Red Herrings?", and "The End of the Rainbow", and a co-author, with Samuel Levin, of "A School of Our Own". She lives in New Marlborough, MA.

Samuel Levin

Samuel Levin is the founder of two innovative, student-centered programs at his school in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he is pursuing a doctorate in zoology. He is a co-author, with Susan Engel, of A School of Our Own (The New Press).

A School of Our Own

A School of Our Own tells the remarkable story of the Independent Project, the first student-run high school in America. Founder Samuel Levin was frustrated with his own education and saw disaffection among his peers. In response, he lobbied for and created a new school based on a few simple ideas about what kids need from their high school experience.

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