This article by IslandWood graduate student Jenn Allen was originally published in Clearing Magazine.
The kale was in bloom, masses of tiny yellow flowers hoovering over the long-legged plants. The petals obscured the children’s faces. Curious hands disappeared into their midst and then reappeared with pinches of flowers.
IslandWood is thrilled to welcome Dr. Déana Scipio as our new Director of the Graduate Program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC). As an alumna of the program herself, she brings a unique perspective and extensive experience in the field.
A couple of weeks into the UEE program, Mitch inspired me to start a new morning routine. This is going back to August of 2017, which might as well be a lifetime ago (if we measured lifetimes in insights, books read, or papers written).
There’s nothing like watching a video of yourself engaged in doing something new to elicit feelings of discomfort. The awkward struggle so evident in one’s subtle body language is enough to make the viewer reach for the pause button.
Kelvin Washington, class of 2014, was the first Black man to attend IslandWood’s program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC).
Nadya Revchuk’s first impression of IslandWood is perhaps her most lasting. She came as a stranger, she says, and was welcomed as family.
It’s April now. The Martin Luther King Jr.
Childhood wasn’t easy for Tiffany Adams, growing up in the housing projects of Manhattan. But she found respite in watching National Geographic and the Discovery Channel for hours every day and dreaming of being that person on TV, studying the exotic animals of faraway Africa or Alaska.
We stood huddled in a circle outside the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum early on a Friday morning, ready for the day-long experience our professor, Running Grass, had curated for us. One of my classmates led us in a silly song and dance to warm up—it’s such a joy to be with these fellow educators, these friends.
My field group of 6th graders was midway through our Each One Teach One plant walk on the marsh loop trail. These students had chosen a science elective at their school, and many had already been to IslandWood.
Washington State formally adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013, but to many teachers, they still feel new. With an increased emphasis on engineering, the standards call for students to study natural phenomena and to use their scientific understanding to solve problems in their communities.
IslandWood graduate student Josh Parker was just the sort of person Mike Schlafmann, Public Services Staff Officer with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, was looking for.
CJ Goulding loves mountains—the Santa Monica mountains, Grand Tetons, dramatic and wild ones. Lakes too. And he loves sharing this passion, his outdoor skill, and philosophy of stewardship with young people.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” This quote has been one dear to me on my journey to a career in education and has recently taken on a deeper meaning.