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R.I. Student Project: Design a School That Meets Your Needs

Providence Journal (12/08/13) Borg, Linda

The Business Innovation Factory will work with roughly two dozen middle and high school students in Rhode Island to understand how students would design their own schools. The project will include Youth in Action and the State Education Department. "I was having coffee with Saul one day and he had this idea that we should get kids together and have them design a school from the ground up," says State Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, referring to the Innovation Factory's Saul Kaplan. "I went online and watched the videos they had done with college students. This is exactly what I had in mind." The project will use financing from foundations, individual donors, and Kickstarter, a social media fundraising tool, with a goal of raising $350,000. Within six months, the students hope to have developed a design that will be submitted for approval by Gist. The students will interview education experts, visit schools in Rhode Island and other states, and ask for advice from local teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders. The final product could become a state-run school, a charter school, or a site-based public school.
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