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