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February 15, 2019 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

The walk to Port Blakely Cemetery, at the southwest boundary of the IslandWood campus, took over an hour. Team Ravine headed south on a well-worn route, but just past the Suspension Bridge, instead of continuing on to Mac’s Pond, they turned onto a spur trail.

February 06, 2019 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

This year IslandWood’s School Overnight Program (SOP) issued its first ever annual report.

January 25, 2019 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

Principal Angela Sheffey Bogan got a new school this year. Last fall, the longtime principal of Dearborn Park International Elementary in Seattle took the lead at Sartori Elementary, a new STEM magnet school in downtown Renton.

November 12, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Tom Stonehocker & John Haskin

After completing his graduate certificate in Education for Environment and Community at IslandWood, Tom Stonehocker began a Master in Education and a Restoration Ecology Certificate at the University of Washington.

October 17, 2018 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

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.

October 09, 2018 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

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.

September 19, 2018 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

To this day, Kaiti Hanger, a teacher at West Seattle Elementary School, can recall the trash spreading before her like an ocean. As part of a year-round youth leadership program, which instilled in her a commitment to social and environmental justice, Kaiti visited one of the largest landfills in the Americas. Kaiti can’t let go of that image.

June 21, 2018 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

It was the last community campfire of the year, when IslandWood instructors and children in the School Overnight Program (SOP) gather at the Friendship Circle to perform skits, sing songs, and celebrate the week of learning.

June 04, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Jenn Allen

This article by IslandWood graduate student Jenn Allen was originally published in Clearing Magazine.

May 29, 2018 / Garden and Food / Tamar Kupiec

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.

May 03, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Alison Martin

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.

April 26, 2018 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

Nadya Revchuk’s first impression of IslandWood is perhaps her most lasting. She came as a stranger, she says, and was welcomed as family.

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.

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