This past school year we focused our attention on how birding is an activity that can help city-dwellers experience urban forests as places for practicing stillness in nature, while also allowing an opportunity to appreciate urban biodiversity we may not typically notice. Continue reading How movements like #BlackBirdersWeek can help students see themselves as environmentalists
The communities we visit have so many worthy stories but often no platform to share them. That’s where people like me come in. Sharing stories is a great privilege and responsibility, and it can make a difference. We’ve already seen it happen. Storytellers can change our world. Continue reading Changing the World One Photo at a Time: Reflections of a Youth Leader
gether exploring how our own views of the world influence our students’ curiosity, sense of responsibility to others, and perceptions of personal empowerment to lead change. Because this past school year marked challenges and opportunities for growth like never before, these kinds of questions and conversations are more prominent than ever. We are embracing a school-wide Explorer’s Mindset as we reflect on the past year and plan for the horizon ahead. Continue reading Embracing a School-Wide Explorer’s Mindset is More Important Than Ever
Schools, districts, and government agencies have all done their best to step up and try to create plans that don’t focus on deficits, but instead find opportunities to help students that create conditions for success. More and more, we are seeing these plans include opportunities for exploration, student-led learning, and reconnecting to the world they were shut out from. What’s more, recent guidelines released by the Department of Education supported these same ideas, creating a “trail” of sorts that schools and teachers can employ to help return students to a sense of normalcy that has escaped them during this past school year. Continue reading Why We All Need To Focus on Geo-Inquiry More Than Ever!
identity, I finally felt this epic confidence that comes with truly understanding yourself. I never had any queer role models in school, so it has always been super important that I am authentically me with my students. Continue reading Simple Actions Can Create More Inclusive Classrooms