Human Restoration Project

Restoring humanity to education.

Mission

Human Restoration Project (HRP) is a 501(c)3 aimed at transforming school systems. We incorporate progressive education as a series of systems, not one-and-done strategies; rather than tweaking around the edges, we must transform schools toward human-centered policies that promote well-being and learning. HRP creates OER Creative Commons resources for educators and students to enact systemic, equity-driven change.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Chris McNutt

Main address

626 Greene St

Slater, IA 50244 USA

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EIN

84-3753948

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Human Restoration Project (HRP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which aims to discuss and provide resources that illuminate, foster, and challenge traditional and progressive educational practices. It is of utmost importance that, when looking deeply into dense topics, we provide places for people to start (especially those who are not accustomed to a progressive view of education). Furthermore, it is paramount that we view progressive education not as a series of buzzwords or acronyms, but instead the bringing to light what we’ve all seem to forgotten: our students, our educators - they are human beings. We intend to restore that lost humanity - having administrators, educators, and students remind themselves, and engage with, their purpose and dreams.HRP centers its work around four values statements. Each of these statements places systemic change at the forefront to create radically student-centered school systems.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Progressive System Microcredentialing

A Human Restoration Project microcredential allows educators to authentically tackle progressive education through teacher action research. This 2+ week process allows educators to change systems in their classroom toward human-centered practice. Educators utilize progressive systemic change to create more human-centered classrooms.

Population(s) Served
Teachers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of testimonies offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers

Related Program

Progressive System Microcredentialing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Some strategies that are commonly marketed to educators do not fix the underlying problems in the school system. Progressive practices are differentiated because they’re not about acronyms or buzzwords, but are based on research-backed educational ideas that have existed for centuries.Progressive education has roots in the works of Jean Piaget, John Dewey, and Maria Montessori, and involve engaging each student in complex, rich experiences that go beyond simple tasks. It treats students and teachers as deep individuals with something to offer.Education is inherently political. Progressive educators want school systems to change from standardized, rote-based systems to those that care about the innate worth of every individual and their connection and contribution to the community.

We provide a series of resources for individual educators to transform their classroom, eventually spreading this practice to others, and enacting a grassroots cause toward systemic shifts in education.

HRP publishes free resources for educators to utilize in their classroom. All HRP resources use a Creative Commons, Share Alike license, and can be modified to a school’s context while citing HRP.

We have set up our organization to provide overview resources for all information pertaining to progressive education, leaving “deep dives” to organizations who specialize in those ideas.

Handbooks
Guides are an overview of a particular progressive practice, such as experiential learning or ungrading, that provide educators with the tools and reflective space needed to consider incorporating these ideas to their classroom.

“Why Sheets”/1-Page PD
“Why Sheets”, inspired by Alfie Kohn, are one-page summaries of progressive practice aimed at students and families to explain the need and implementation of each policy. Coinciding are 1-page PDs, which are aimed at teachers to explain the need accordingly.

Infographics/Research Overviews
HRP periodically publishes infographics and overviews of progressive ideas to share on social media and in print publications.

“Misc”
Classroom Activities and more consist of interactive documents that could be used with students, such as our Deprogramming Manual, which helps incorporate progressive thought within the classroom. We are working to align these resources to one of the above labels.

Events
Human Restoration Project wants to make an accessible, equitable learning platform that not only preaches progressive education for students, but employs the same techniques with educators. Our PD Summits are monthly, free virtual interactive conferences with an educator, author, and/or expert over a specific concept. Individuals are encouraged to ask questions, join the conversation, and learn alongside us as we explore a particular element of progressive education. Audio and video recordings of our PD are available on our website.


Microcredentialing
Microcredentials are issued credentials based on completion of a task. All of HRP’s resources are tied to a specific microcredential, based on one of our four values statements. As an educator works their way through our self-directed programs, they will compile a learning portfolio, which is then assessed and approved for credentialing. Based on teacher action research, these portfolios will serve others as they are published and archived.

These microcredentials can be used by school districts for onboarding or ongoing training, as well as for individual educators to hone in and improve upon their practice.

Human Restoration Project consists of four part-time employees who are deeply passionate about progressive education. We are sustained through individualized donations which keep our operational costs to a minimum. All technical design, writing, management, fundraising, and artistry is done by our part time employees.

We are successful in reaching many educators through word of mouth and social media, and maintain our website and resources by utilizing experts. We are admittedly restricted from our full potential by a lack of time and resources.

Human Restoration Project has reached over 20,000 educators in 121 countries, engaging over 1,000 educators a month on our podcast, and 2000+ educators in our coursework. Our handbooks have been downloaded over 50,000 times.

We have developed a writing platform with a diverse contributor base, podcast platform with 80+ episodes, livestreams and monthly PD "summits" since late 2018, over 20 different original resources, a microcredentialing platform, and an extensive research database.

Financials

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Human Restoration Project

Board of directors
as of 12/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sunil Singh

Susan Engel

John Warner

Bennett Jester

Skylar Primm

Julia Fliss

Yong Zhao

Sean Morris

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/01/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability