Thrive Ed

A nonprofit organization

$1,235 raised by 10 donors

25% complete

$5,000 Goal

Thrive Ed is reimagining what it means to be a student!

As an organization who leads the way shoulder to shoulder with students who are most impacted by the education system, we embrace our countercultural stance. The problem we aim to fix is multi-faceted: 

1. A one-size education system that leaves behind large swaths of students, mostly along lines of race and to a lesser extent, socio-economic status.

2. A teaching profession that is hemorrhaging burnt-out teachers who no longer feel hope or joy in their work.

3. A community that has admired these problems for 15 years with little innovation or results. 

4. An irrelevant focus on what students learn, leaving them ill prepared to engage in and make decisions about post secondary school and work.

A gift of any size will help support this year's cohort of students and Engagement Guides who are co-designing the next phase of the Collaborative Lab School. This diverse group of high school students from Hopkins Public Schools have enrolled in our cutting edge Education Research and Redesign course, which will be facilitated by status-quo-breaking Thrive Ed educators

“Coming to Thrive Ed, really changed my perspective of what school could look like and what I could bring to the table as a student with that power and that leadership” - Jazzy, Thrive Ed Student Intern

Your generous support will boost Thrive Ed’s Education Research and Redesign course, advancing our ability to:

  1. Co-create a restorative and inclusive community where all students and staff feel heard, seen, valued, respected, and safe to be their full authentic selves; 
  2. Reflect on their school experiences and explore what schools could be; 
  3. Research educational issues of interest and co-design proposals for reimagining school that will be implemented at the Collaborative Lab School; 
  4. Build on previous student and Engagement Guide plans for the Collaborative Lab School and finalize design for the Collaborative Lab School; 
  5. Engage in feedback sessions with one another to practice both giving and receiving feedback as well as implementing revisions based on feedback from team members;
  6. Visit and seek insight and inspiration from other innovative schools across the country that are disrupting and reinventing the school system;
  7. Plan and help lead events to celebrate and share our work with families, friends, and community members.

Students who complete this ground-breaking course will share their portfolio of work with the Hopkins community and educators around Minnesota and beyond. Their work will be used to launch the full Collaborative Lab School in Fall of 2023. 

Finally, we have also hired a Community Opportunities Liaison who will help us build partnerships with corporate, business, and nonprofit organizations to provide students with a variety of industries and ways to engage in and with the community. These partnerships will be critical to the Collaborative Lab School’s commitment to hands-on learning. 

Thank you for keeping Thrive Ed in mind during this giving season!

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Thrive Ed

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11501 Ridgemount Ave. W
Hopkins, MN 55305


612 384 2193

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