At the Cooperative New School, we build networked learning communities using the time-tested approach of popular education. We bring environmental justice, social justice, and organizing strategies to the people, to make knowledge accessible to everyone. Our goal is to improve our mutual capacity as scholar activists to make positive change in our own communities.

As student-teachers and teacher-students, each of us has the capacity to produce the knowledge that will change the world. Education is the foundation of on-the-ground action for a socially, economically, and environmentally just future. In community, we seek to change the hearts and minds of everyday people to realize their agency as activists, community organizers, and social entrepreneurs.

We envision growing a committed group of student owners to form communities of learning and scholarship. As a student owner of the CNS, you will receive a 10% discount on the sliding scale pricing on 15-week courses offered by the CNS. You also will have access the student owner governance body, with an opportunity to join a portion of the CNS's annual retreat. Student- and faculty-owners design curricula, certificates, and activist scholarship research agendas.

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The Environmental Justice Knowledge Factory

The Environmental Justice Knowledge Factory is the activist scholar arm of The Cooperative New School. The Factory focuses on producing whitepapers, plans, surveys, and other research intensive projects for community organizations, non-profits, law offices, and municipal governments. These contract research projects culminate into deliverables in the form of documents and/or reports that are intended for use in creating positive outcomes for vulnerable communities and neighborhoods under the tenets of environmental justice.

Date(s): October 20, 2018 - October 20, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

This webinar, taught by Mel Figueroa, continues our historical overview of capitalist development through exploring the evolution of three distinct schools of thought in economics, their approaches to macroeconomic policy, and their real-world effects in the 20th century: Marxism, Keynesianism, and free-market monetarism.

Date(s): October 27, 2018 - October 27, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

This webinar, taught by Zac Henson, is a new theory of social movements and community organizing that uses a dialectical framework. There will also be an overview of organizing theories and examples of their implementation.

Date(s): November 10, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

In this webinar, taught by Mel Figueroa, we dig into the nature and dynamics of capitalist crises, explain how and why the financial crash of 2008 happened, and connect the dots between 2008 and the economic, political, and social upheavals we are experiencing in the world today.

Date(s): November 17, 2018 - November 17, 2018
Time(s): Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

This webinar, taught by Zac Henson, is a brief history and introduction to asset based community development, which builds from what communities can already do to create community controlled institutions that address a wide variety of concerns.

Date(s): February 5, 2019 - May 14, 2019
Time(s): Tue 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

This course offers students and teachers the opportunity to exchange ideas and support one another in their movement work through a popular education framework.

Date(s): February 7, 2019 - May 16, 2019
Time(s): Thu 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm CDT

This course takes an ecosystem approach to the study of urban gardens with an organic perspective. The course also studies how urban food production interacts with social, cultural, and political dimensions of the urban environment.

Date(s): February 8, 2019 - May 17, 2019
Time(s): Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

This semester long course will move through theories of organizing by Saul Alinsky, Paulo Freire, Myles Horton, and Gary Delgado to allow students to develop their own approach to organizing.

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