The Rida Institute offers a crash-course in reimagining what is possible within schools. The question “what is the purpose of education?” frames the institute, as participants explore the educational theories of Paolo Friere, Duncan-Andrade, James and Grace Lee Boggs, and others. Moving from theory to practice, participants will think critically about the specific social and historical contexts in which they work in order to create their own purpose of education statement. From there, they will use the DFS Rida framework to create visions for their classrooms and the kind of students they will produce. Instructional practices for integrating the 11 Essential Skills into classroom content, as well as daily practices for making lesson-planning more efficient and effective will be shared. Participants will have the chance to design and refine lesson plans over the course of 3 days, returning to their purpose of education statement to evaluate what instructional practices best allow them to fulfill that purpose.