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King's Way curriculum challenges students to build society from scratch

King's Way Christian Schools first-graders Meah Carlson, left, and Cali Creagan, right, pack bags full of popcorn to sell Thursday during the marketplace section of the school's new yearlong MicroSociety project. The curriculum puts students in charge of running a country over the course of the year.

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San Diego Coastkeeper Offers Lessons For Students, Teachers ... On a recent school day, third-graders at Joyner Elementary School in City Heights...

MicroSociety is Creating Responsible Global Citizens

Today’s learners need an understanding of our global society, and their place in it.

Talbot Hill Micrososciety inaugurates new student leaders

The MicroSociety is a school reform effort that helps students create a real-world mini-society, complete with student-run business ventures, non-profits ...

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Helping After Harvey
 
When the winds died down and the rain finally stopped falling, the fourth grade mayor of Kleberg Elementary in Kingsville, Texas was grateful that her town - and her school - were spared from the worst. But their neighbors to the north weren't nearly as lucky.
 
When she returned to school, Mayor Yoltzin Bruce knew she needed to take action. "It's not enough to send our well wishes," she explained to the Micro coordinator, Mrs. Juarez. "We need to do something to HELP them! Read More...

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Colegio San Juan del Camino (Bogota, Colombia)

When Colegio San Juan del Camino (SJC), a small Pre-K through 12 school located on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia, introduced MicroSociety three years ago, they ran into the same problem that many start up schools with older students encounter: they thought MicroSociety was just a game. How SJC overcame the challenge and won the hearts of their teenagers is a study in a willingness to listen and adapt.aohfgdb

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a MicroSociety®?

MicroSociety® is a cutting-edge elementary and middle school model through which students apply academic skills as citizens in a society of their own design. The students learn, work and manage their microcosm of the real world—as legislators, peer mediators, business owners, bankers, attorneys, community service-minded leaders, floating teachers, and many other occupations. The business ventures and government agencies provide the context for real world curriculum connections throughout the day. MicroSociety has helped dozens of schools dramatically increase student motivation, improve discipline, meet high academic standards and boost test scores and attendance. Read More FAQ's

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Dr. George Richmond, Founder

"My kids were poor, and if they didn’t learn, they were going to stay poor. I wanted to put the responsibility of learning on them because until they wanted to learn, I couldn’t teach them."

The Power of an Idea

In 1967, Dr. George Richmond, then a 5th grade rookie New York City teacher, faced 33 unruly kids.  Having grown in poverty by a single mother up in a tenement on the Lower East Side of New York, he understood that when grades and discipline don’t motivate students to learn, freedom and responsibility would. From Richmond’s vision grew the MicroSociety program, a revolutionary learning model that drives students to want to learn classroom curriculum when real-world activities make it relevant to their lives. His 1972 book, The MicroSociety School: A Real World in Miniature, was reviewed for Harper and Rowe by Peter Drucker and remains the definitive work in the field. Learn More Facts about MicroSociety

George Awards

Awards and Recognition

Nearly 40 years after its inception, MicroSociety continues to transform education across the world George Richmond’s legacy is alive and well in  the children fortunate enough to be citizens in their own miniature societies and in the spirit and actions of the indefatigable educators that we honor with these awards.

To recognize the commitment of  those who help make MicroSociety successful, we select teachers, principals, program coordinators, district and state level administrators, parents and community partners, as well as student ventures and agencies from a pool of nominees for these special awards. Preliminary requirements for nomination include two years of experience working with MicroSociety in any of the above capacities. Nominees must model MICROSOCIETY Inc’s Seven Guiding Principles. View all awards

 

 

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