Philosophy

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Nature Connection

  • Views the outdoors and the community as the classroom

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

  • Develops 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

Global Citizenship

  • 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

  • Helps learners discover their place in the world and their unique contribution

  • Encourages learners to examine complex systems and consider the effects of small interventions

  • Requires learners to collaborate, compromise, and seek solutions

  • Prepares students for civic engagement and self-advocacy

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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