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March 22, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Déana Scipio, Ph.D., Director of the IslandWood Graduate Program

This quarter I’m teaching a philosophy of education class called, The Social, Political, and Cultural Foundations of Learning.

March 20, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Julia Glassy

Throughout the week, my students and I explored the lifecycle of salmon by discussing their habitat and developmental stages.

March 12, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Caroline Bargo

The thought of handing over a six-inch knife to a child you’ve only just met makes many educators anxious. I too was wary when I first started my career in garden education. With practice, though, the responsibility and trust that come with using a knife have become two of my favorite things to give children.

March 08, 2019 / Garden and Food / Mónica Mequita

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.

March 05, 2019 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

Lauren Watel is not the type to just pick up, leave, and not look back. She tends relationships at each stage and place in life, and she takes care that those relationships don’t end with graduation or a new job. Lauren has donated to IslandWood every year since she graduated in 2008.

February 27, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Haley Korcz

Our field group plan for day two of the School Overnight Program was to have a quick walk to the harbor and work on a watercolor of a marine ecosystem.

January 29, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Caroline Bargo

We have been at IslandWood since August—a whole four months and yet only four months. Part of me feels at home here on Bainbridge Island and on the IslandWood campus. Part of me, however, is still mystified by nearly everything I encounter here on our little island.

January 22, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Caroline Bargo

The floating classroom isn’t quite a boat. It has the double hull of a pontoon boat one might expect a fisherman to dangle his hook over on a lazy afternoon, but instead of oars or a motor, four student-powered pedals propel it slowly over the water at Mac’s Pond.

January 10, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Julia Glassy

As a graduate student instructor for IslandWood’s School Overnight Program (SOP), I am outdoors all day long with students. Weather in Washington is pretty unpredictable and does not provide too many dry, warm days during the school year.

December 28, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Tamar Kupiec

It was fall, just a couple months into the year for Hannah Levy, a first-time teacher and graduate student instructor in IslandWood’s School Overnight Program (SOP).

December 21, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Caroline Bargo

October evokes spooky imagery for many people. For the students who visited during the week of Halloween, School Overnight Program instructors did our best to make sure there was a healthy mix of whimsy and Halloween flair along with our traditional curriculum.

December 06, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Caroline Bargo

During our first week of teaching in the School Overnight Program I was partnered with a fellow graduate student to lead a field group of students from Bryant Elementary in Northeast Seattle.

December 05, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Tamar Kupiec

The Asheville Farmstead School is an outdoor, play-based early childhood education center founded and directed by Lauren Brown, a 2011 alum of the IslandWood graduate program.

November 30, 2018 / Garden and Food / Mónica Mesquita

Not long ago, I was reminded by one of our SOP students that “seeds are life just waiting to start.” Her words prompted me to think deeply and differently about one of our garden practices—seed saving.

November 18, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Julia Glassy

On the South end of Bainbridge Island, just northeast of Blakely Harbor is a “School in the Woods” called IslandWood. I live in graduate housing in a forest clearing just north of the main campus which consists of eight duplex-styled, dorm-like cabins, each side with a loft and a shared small bathroom.

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