A School of Our Own by Samuel Levin
The Story of the First Student-Run High School and a New Vision for American Education

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A School of Our Own tells the remarkable story of the Independent Project, the first student-run high school in America. Founder Samuel Levin, a high school junior who had already achieved international fame for creating Project Sprout—the first farm-to-school lunch program in the United States—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.

The school succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest expectations and went on to be featured in Newsweek, NPR, and the Washington Post. Since its beginnings in 2010, the Independent Project serves as a national model for inspiring student engagement.

In creating his school, Samuel collaborated with Susan Engel, the noted developmental psychologist, educator, and author—and Samuel’s mother. A School of Our Own is their account of their life-changing year in education, a book that combines poignant stories, educational theory, and practical how-to advice for building new, more engaging educational environments for our children.

About Samuel Levin

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Samuel Levin is the founder of two innovative, student-centered programs at Monument Mountain Regional High School: Project Sprout and the Independent Project. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he is pursuing a doctorate in zoology. Susan Engel is a professor of developmental psychology at Williams College. 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 (The New Press). She lives in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.
Published September 6, 2016 by New Press, The. 240 pages
Genres: . Non-fiction