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.


Popular Online Education

The Cooperative New School is a fully online, cooperative next generation institution of higher education. The purpose of this institution is to prepare activists, organizers, and social entrepreneurs to survive and fight back in a rapidly changing world. We offer semester-long courses and webinars on the history, theory, and practice of social movements and community organizing. Our innovative student ownership model creates a networked community of activist scholars rather than focusing on certificates or degrees. Student owners have the opportunity to get involved in research that is organized by both faculty and students. Student owners also have the ability to influence the governance of the Cooperative New School. With time, student- and faculty-owners can design certificates that meet students' needs.

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): February 5, 2019 - May 14, 2019
Time(s): Tue 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central Time (US)

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 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Central Time (US)

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 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time (US)

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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