March 02, 2018 / Urban Graduate Studies / Tamar Kupiec

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.

February 20, 2018 / Urban Graduate Studies / Tamar Kupiec

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.

February 12, 2018 / Urban Graduate Studies / Denaya Shorter

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.

January 21, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Alison Martin

This fall during my SOP practicum I began to experiment with integrating art and science learning. One project developed from the natural elements we were exploring.

January 15, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Summer Swallow

School buses pull up and unload over one hundred 5th grade students who, as reality sets in, are suddenly experiencing a range of emotions from ecstatic to homesick and everything in between.

January 04, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Tom Stonehocker

In the middle two weeks of November, I found myself taking on a role that was entirely new to me—school liaison. Finally feeling comfortable in my role of working with about ten students at a time, I now got to reach out to the whole 5th grade class of a school in Kitsap County.

December 10, 2017 / Urban Graduate Studies / Denaya Shorter

It was a calm I hadn’t felt since relocating three months ago from the California Central Valley.

December 09, 2017 / Urban Graduate Studies / Yen Baynes

I would never have guessed when I woke up last Monday morning that I would be on the evening news.

December 07, 2017 / Urban Graduate Studies / Sylvia Hadnot

A few weeks ago, I went out to the beautiful Cedar River Watershed Outdoor Education Center with my supervisor for my practicum—Green Jobs Research Assistant at Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and the SPR environmental learning unit, a team of naturalists and environmental educators—to plan 2018’s environmental education.

December 06, 2017 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

IslandWood artist in residence Jah Breeze was walking down the path on his way to the art studio, when he ran into a group of children with the School Overnight Program (SOP). “Jah Breeze!” they called out. Some of them knew him from his work in Seattle, others had heard about him from their classmates while at IslandWood.

December 04, 2017 / Graduate Residency Program / Alison Martin

I think of the School Overnight Program (SOP) like a laboratory where I can test the hypotheses and ideas that I’ve generated in my coursework in real-life scenarios. One “experiment” that all graduate students conduct is the investigation lesson.

November 20, 2017 / Garden and Food / Megan Carson

Last winter holds the remarkable distinction of being the wettest winter ever recorded in Seattle. The rains were indeed epic. Like all gardeners, we worried about what this would mean for the health of our plants. Some seemed unfazed by the seemingly endless rain. A few even performed better than usual.

November 16, 2017 / Graduate Residency Program / Jenny Whaley

I’ve been an elementary school teacher for the past six years now, and before starting the School Overnight Program I was confident that my well-honed talent for “reading the room” would be one of the valuable skills I could rely on here at IslandWood. And that skill has come in handy, but it wasn’t as accurate as I assumed it would be. 

November 09, 2017 / Graduate Residency Program / Tom Stonehocker

In my first days as a grad student at Islandwood, I can recall a conversation we had as a class about naming. Do you connect more or less with something when you know its name? In my experience I’ve seen it work both ways. Sometimes names give us a sense of the relationship we’ve built.

October 29, 2017 / Urban Graduate Studies / Sylvia Hadnot

One of the first things we’ve learned about in class this quarter is how to teach to different learning styles in one lesson plan based on how students perceive and process information. We learned that some students perceive knowledge through their emotions, and others process by absorbing abstract concepts.