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Hack Event: Student Engagement

On this Saturday, professionals, leaders, and graduate students will work together with high school students to create, inspire, and “hack” innovative student engagement solutions in a day-long “ideathon” or design challenge.

According to recent surveys, just four in 10 U.S. high school students are engaged with school. 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 better connect students to their school communities? In this day long interactive event, 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.

Leaders from Match Education, the NYC Department of Education Office of Innovation, the Future Project, Knowre and iMentor will help provide inspiration, and the ultimate experts on high school, current students, will participate as design team members. More information, including specific panelists, mentors and judges, will be revealed closer to the date of the event.
Sponsored by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) and the Bridge Design Lab. Free and open to the public – register and learn more at

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