Human Restoration Project
112: Keep Hope Alive w/ Deborah Meier
Today’s guest is Deborah Meier, who really needs no introduction for advocates of progressive education. Meier is the founder of the modern small schools movement, that aims to reorganize larger schools into smaller, democratic ones. She was founder and director of Central Park East, a Dewey-inspired progressive school in East Harlem, New York City. She also opened Central Park East II, River East, and the Central Park East Secondary School the same neighborhood. This led her to establish a network of similarly minded schools in New York City, and eventually founding Mission Hill School in Boston.
Meier is an advocate of democratic, progressive, public schools who has served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Academy of Education, The Nation, Dissent, and more. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, as well as the author of multiple books including the recently co-authored These Schools Belong to You and Me: Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon our Public Schools. Meier is a huge inspiration to us at Human Restoration Project and we frequently draw on her work in our materials and advocacy.
In this podcast, Meier and I talk about building a coalition of schools, educators, families, and community members to build and protect a progressive public education, discussing the importance of building a public education system that strengthens and models a democracy.
Deborah Meier, founding director of Central Park East and Mission Hill School, as well as various progressive democratic public schools, and author of various works including co-authoring These Schools Belong to You and Me: Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon our Public Schools
- Deborah Meier's website
- These Schools Belong to You and Me: Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon our Public Schools
- The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem
SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT TO END GUN VIOLENCE
- March for Our Lives 2022 National Rally (June 11th, 2022)
- Donate: March for Our Lives
- Donate: Everytown
- Donate: Moms Demand Action
- Donate: Sandy Hook Promise
- Donate: GoFundMe - Uvalde, Texas
- Donate: GoFundMe - Buffalo, New York