What Is It?

MicroSociety is a national educational model that provides compelling real-life learning opportunities for K-8 students through the creation and operation of miniature societies. These societies, held during part of the school day, enhance academic lessons and provide platforms for young people to develop into leaders, entrepreneurs, creative forces and confident citizens. They also generate intrinsic motivation to do well academically because students understand school is key to their success.

Proven Model

MSI has a 30-year track record and supports 120 educational sites across the United States and in five countries. It has proven successful with every segment of the population — disadvantaged and advantaged, minority and majority — and has impacted the lives of more than 450,000 children and youth globally.

The Micro Model

Student & School Diversity

We work with students of diverse backgrounds…

  • 33% Hispanic, 31% African American, 29% Caucasian, 7% other
  • 85% elementary grades, 15% middle grades

…in all kinds of schools, in all kinds of settings.

  • 64% public, 18% charter, 15% magnet, 3% private
  • 66% urban, 19% rural, 15% suburban
  • 90% implement the whole school model and 10% the after-school curriculum

Dive Into a School

Impact

MicroSociety lifts student academic achievement, improves attitudes and engagement, and reduces discipline problems. It has a long record of success with at-risk populations, English language learners, and children with special needs. All MicroSociety students develop vital career and social emotional skills as they start and manage their own business ventures, nonprofits, and government agencies. We prepare them to navigate the future workplace, become active citizens, and take on our global challenges.

See the Results

Episode 4: Nyla Gilstrap Is Bringing NYC High School Students Together to Fight Racial Injustice

Adventures With Jaida

Nyla Gilstrap is co-president of the Black Affairs Club at Trinity School in New York City and an activist with Black Students Demanding Change, a group of high school students from around the city who are working to make independent schools safe and welcoming for all students. A self-described communicator, Nyla has pushed for discussions about Black culture, systemic racism, and the Black Lives Matter movement, and used her voice to bring people together and create change. 

Learn More

Carolynn King Richmond, Ed.M, Esq.

President and CEO

cking@microsociety.org
(215) 922-4006

Chris Bozzone

Director of School Partnerships and Community Relations

cbozzone@microsociety.org
(215) 922-4006 ext. 100

Laura Mejia

Executive Director, South America

microsociety@sjc.edu.co

Milt Williams

Executive Director, Canada

microsociety.canada@gmail.com

Sandi Williams

Executive Director, Africa

swilliams@microsociety.org
(215) 922-4006 ext. 160

Riva Richmond

Content Director

rrichmond@microsociety.org
(215)-922-4006

Veronica Keenan

Program Assistant and Instagram Coordinator

vkeenan@microsociety.org
(215) 922-4006 ext. 150

Robyn Pancoast

Communications Guru

rpancoast@microsociety.org
(215)-922-4006

Nyla Gilstrap

Diversity and Equity Lead

ngilstrap@microsociety.org
(215)-922-4006

Pam Coad

Senior International Consultant

pcoad@microsociety.org
(215) 407-5437

Suzanne Downing

Senior International Consultant

sdowning@microsociety.org
(215)-922-4006

Marcos Navos

Technology Specialist

mrnavasuc@gmail.com

Francie Summers

Senior International Consultant

fsummers@microsociety.org
(215) 922-4006

Donna Wilson

MicroSTEM, Senior Advisor

dwilson@microsociety.org
(215) 290-5437

Belief Statement

We believe in the power of kids and in their potential to do extraordinary things so much so that we challenge the status quo about who they are, what they can do, and how and from whom they learn. We help young people create their own world inside school and turn over the reins for them to manage it. We encourage them to design and manufacture products, sell them in their own marketplace of ideas, write and enforce their own laws, and along the way to grapple with the moral and ethical challenges that arise. Through the MicroSociety system, students learn the value and utility of their curriculum while making sense of their world.

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