As many educators navigate a new school year, we want to remind ourselves and our community of the ongoing complexity and nuance that awaits us on this horizon. So we are sharing some of the #BothAndStories from educators who shared with us to create a space for reflection on all that the last year has brought to you, your students, your communities. We hope to honor the past as we all begin to look ahead. Continue reading In Conversation: A Both/And from the Classroom
When you enter new terrain as a Black person, you take the risk that racism will meet you there. You risk entering spaces and meeting people who believe nature only belongs to them, but it doesn’t. I remind myself that I also belong on the mountain or in the water or in the forest. I too have a right to adventure. As educators, it is so important that we help students push back against feelings that alienate them from spaces—especially public spaces. Educators can be conduits for students to embrace what they may not know about nature. Continue reading I am a Black man with an Explorer Mindset. But it wasn’t always like that.
Louisville is the most diverse city in Kentucky and our public school system is home to 96,000 students. We are the 29th largest school district in the US. Home to 500 students Pre K-5, Hawthorne Elementary is the only full school Spanish immersion program in the Louisville area. Our students share two teachers during a school day, receiving instruction for math and science in Spanish and social studies and ELA in English. Our vision is to develop globally and culturally competent learners each day through our actions, our studies, and our school community. Embracing a school-wide Explorer Mindset in collaboration with National Geographic aligned perfectly with our vision and the path we hope to cultivate going forward. We knew our next step was to roll out the nuts and bolts, supporting educators as they set about the path of embracing the Explorer Mindset that National Geographic teaches. Continue reading Exploring as a School Community in the Face of Uncertainty
We teach from who we are. Teaching young people to embrace an Explorer Mindset is more critical than ever before, but if we want to teach and develop the Explorer Mindset in our students, the place to begin is not with curriculum or lesson plans. It is with ourselves. Continue reading In Need of Professional Learning Worthy of an Explorer? Create Your Own.
for in-person and virtual teaching to providing accessible forums to engage with other educators, the goal is to support the full you—both head and heart. Continue reading Dear Educators…No One Explores Alone