This quarter I’m teaching a philosophy of education class called, The Social, Political, and Cultural Foundations of Learning.
The IslandWood garden welcomes all students with wide open arms, always ready to nurture and guide. The garden’s warm welcome is felt in its winding paths and low lying beds, in its generous ability to feed us all year round, and when students become experts on the plants and pollinators that fill the garden with life.
Late this summer, a few members of our team - Theresa Song Ichien, John Haskin, and Kristine Jimenez - sat down with Christina Hulet, host of Bainbridge Community Broadcasting’s Community Café, for an interview about IslandWood’s evolving efforts around diversity,
On Monday, October 8, students in the School Overnight Program (SOP) took part in a visit by Tlingit artist, dancer, and teacher Odin Lonning in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Before enrolling in IslandWood’s Education for Environment and Community graduate program, Rebekah Gardea (EEC 2016) says she lacked a language to talk about her developing passion for environmental education.
Lorrie Wolle has taught elementary school for 23 years, and she’s been coming to the School Overnight Program (SOP) with Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton for about half as many.
Mónica Mesquita came to IslandWood because she wanted to learn how to be a better educator.
This article by IslandWood graduate student Jenn Allen was originally published in Clearing Magazine.
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).
Kelvin Washington, class of 2014, was the first Black man to attend IslandWood’s program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC).
It’s April now. The Martin Luther King Jr.
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.
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.
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.
In October 2015, IslandWood began taking steps to become more culturally responsive by creating organization-wide and department-specific goals around diversity and inclusion.