Environmental Education

  • Views the outdoors and the community as the classroom

  • Is interdisciplinary in nature, blending science, social studies, language arts, math, and more

  • Develops a connection with the natural world and a sense of place

  • Equips students with skills to understand and address ecological challenges

  • Recognizes how humans, wildlife, and the environment interact and affect each other


Critical Pedagogy

  • Recognizes that teaching and learning are innately political and never neutral

  • Focuses on exposing learners to inequalities and empowering them to seek justice and liberation

  • Examines dominant social norms and applies a critical lens

  • Employs a constructivist and student-driven approach guide learning

  • Prepares students for civic engagement and self-advocacy

Social-Emotional Learning

  • Explicitly teaches the "soft" skills needed for a successful and joyful life

  • Develops social skills, empathy, and communication

  • Helps students to critically evaluate information and make strategic decisions

  • Equips students with tools identify and regulate emotions and stress

  • Explores and solidifies students' identity, values, and goals