Hack: Student Engagement
Presented by Wagner Education Policy Alliance and Bridge: Students for Innovation

Roll up your sleeves, and join WEPSA and the Bridge Design Lab for a day of brainstorming and problem solving at this interactive event, loosely modeled on a hackathon.

According to recent surveys, just four in 10 U.S. high school students are engaged with school and two thirds of students are bored every day. Some argue that this is due to an excessive focus on standardized testing at the expense of critical thinking and other 21st century skills. Others are concerned that disengaged students drop out and become disconnected not just from school, but from the workforce and successful careers.

How might educational policies, practices, organizations and technologies make high school more engaging? In this day long workshop, participants will explore the role of relationships, support environments, and creative stimulation in engaging students while working together in interdisciplinary teams following a facilitated design thinking process. Experts from Match Education, the NYC Department of Education Office of Innovation, the Future Project, Knowre and more will help provide inspiration; the ultimate experts on high school, current students themselves will also join teams as participants in the team design process.