Monthly Archives: May 2018

Taking Teacher Education Back to the Future

By JEAN M. WALLACE Our future is in the hands of our children, and our children’s future is shaped and molded by their learning experiences in our schools. “Every road to a sound economy and a more civil society runs … Continue reading

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A Watershed Year

— Learning in an Authentic, Meaningful, Interdisciplinary Environment By JEAN M. WALLACE It is no surprise that children learn best by doing. With more than 16 years in a leadership role in experiential education, establishing partnerships, and guiding and supporting … Continue reading

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Should We Be Teaching Children’s It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World?: Thoughts on Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood

By RAE PICA As educators and parents, we only want the best for the children we work and live with. And that means giving every bit as much attention — if not more — to their social-emotional development in early childhood as it does … Continue reading

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“Be Careful!”: Teaching Children to Fear

By RAE PICA How many times do you imagine a child hears an adult say, “Be careful!”? I suspect it’s a close second to them hearing, “No!” And, if it’s a female child, it may be the number-one phrase coming … Continue reading

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The School of Nature: Greening Our Schools May Be The Real Cutting Edge of Education

By RICHARD LOUV Outside Atlanta, after returning from a class hike through the woods, an excited six-year-old grabbed his head and said, “There’s so much nature and I only have two eyes and one brain and I think it’s going … Continue reading

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Imagine a Newer World

By RICHARD LOUV The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. — Alfred, Lord Tennyson Imagine a newer world A world in which … Continue reading

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2018 Summer EAST Institute Filling Rapidly, Register Soon

CWI’s 2018 Summer EAST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability—SPACE IS LIMITED JUNE 25-29, 2018, BURLINGTON, VERMONT Don’t miss the longest running Service-Learning training for educators in the world, Summer EAST is a powerful learning lab for educators, set … Continue reading

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Lise Leist: Poverty as a Service Theme and College Admissions Process

We had a conversation recently with Lise Leist, Director of Community Affairs at the very exclusive King School in Connecticut. Lise digs into the rapidly shifting college admissions process. The usual test score nonsense in admissions continues, but they really … Continue reading

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“Soft Skills are the Real Skills Today

Tom Luthy is a veteran Math teacher at the University of Chicago Lab School. He shares his thoughts on the crucial importance of creating opportunities for students to engage with and feel invested in their local community. Tom says that … Continue reading

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How Peacemaking Changed a School District

By CAROLYN SCHODT AND STACEY CRUISE For decades, neighbors called John Paul Jones Middle School “Jones’ Jail.” Repeatedly disruptive student behavior made learning an everyday struggle for teachers and students. Abysmal reading scores were accompanied by rampant incidents involving weapons, … Continue reading

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