Voices & Stories

  Joel Tolman           April 16, 2018

I am really excited to welcome you to Teaching Our Cities -- a new web resource center dedicated to rooting urban public schools in their urban environments. I hope you'll explore this new web site, and share it with others who care about city students and city schools. In a hundred different ways, urban public high schools can turn their backs on their cities. They can fortify themselves with...

  Zach Stallman           March 21, 2018

For me, community-based learning is about finding your strengths and learning how you can help other people. By working with people in the community you are able to widen your circle of friends and connections. Whether it be through a local internship with a concert promoter or volunteering at a local elementary school, there is always something new to learn about your community. I have never had...

  Tina Nilsen-Hodges           March 21, 2018

Throughout the year, New Roots students joined staff and administrators in an initiative called “Teaching Our Cities.” Funded through a mini-grant from the Environmental Protection  Agency, we were able to participate in a year-long collaboration between six urban environmental public schools throughout the Northeast to answer one driving question: “What if urban public schools embraced...

  Jeff Johnson           March 19, 2018

The Greene School's 12th grade learning expedition, “Our Place By The Sea,” is a year long multidisciplinary unit, through which students study Rhode Island’s historic lack of sustainability from an economic, environmental and social lens. Over the course of the year, students engage through these” three pillars of sustainability,” and through the multidisciplinary lenses offfered by their...

  Brendan Haggerty           March 19, 2018

Expeditions are the defining, rewarding, engaging core of students’ experiences at the Greene School. They are totally worth all the energy we put into them. But it’s important to acknowledge that there are many challenges to this to approach to teaching and learning, for both teachers and students.  For teachers, one of the greatest challenges is of course time! When integrating multiple...

  Tom Sullivan           March 10, 2018

To volunteer is to give back to a person or community in a genuine and meaningful way. As a regional education service center, LEARN demonstrates this commitment through its mission to innovate, collaborate, and serve. Connecticut River Academy then extends this mission with our vision for all scholars to graduate with the gifts necessary to contribute to a just and sustainable world. Throughout...