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Extra Yard – College Football Playoff Foundation e-Newsletter – February Honoree

Jon Anderson is a Colorado educator at Eagle Rock School, a tuition-free alternative high school specifically designed to engage kids who haven’t had success in traditional learning environments. Anderson’s interest in teaching is focused on building relationships with individual students, an emphasis that led him to a school with an untraditional learning structure: “I was […]

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Estes Park Trail Gazette – Estes Park teacher honored for nontraditional teaching style

For Jon Anderson, trust is the foundation of learning. Now in his 16th year as a teacher at Eagle Rock, a nationally recognized tuition-free residential high school in Estes Park for students nationwide who commit to reengaging in their education, Anderson’s ability to connect with his students through the nontraditional nature of their curriculum has […]

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Honored – Meet Our February Honoree – Jon Anderson

STORY BY: Matt Skenazy, Senior Editor, Outside Magazine Vidal Carrillo’s childhood was restless. Growing up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, he and his mother, three older sisters and older brother moved constantly. His mother worked as a housekeeper and a waitress; his father had run off before Vidal was born. Vidal’s mother did her best […]

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Estes Park Trail Gazette – Hundreds gather for author’s insights and inspirations

By Kurtis Kelly, Estes Valley Library Communications Specialist A great author makes a magical connection with readers. All the more magical when an author connects with a live audience. Such was the occasion one week ago in Estes Park, as we welcomed acclaimed writer Reyna Grande for the featured event of this year’s One Book One […]

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Estes Park Trail Gazette – Estes Park students take on prejudice, discrimination during workshop

By Marcus Wade Prince, Eagle Rock School   The workshop ended with a speech written by Marely Avitia and Marcus Wade Prince, presented at the halftime of homecoming game. (Courtesy photo) In a pioneering activity Estes Park High School students partnered with Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center students to take on issues of prejudice, […]

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Estes Park Trail Gazette – Documentary ‘All Who Dare’ follows journey of Eagle Rock students

By Nic Wackerly A panel discussed the goals and benefits of outdoor and experiential education after the showing of “All Who Dare.” From left to right, Luis Benitez, director of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office and panel moderator, Rob Smariga, CEO of the Association for Experiential Education, Narinda Heng, wilderness instructor at Eagle Rock School […]

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School Reform Initiative Blog – Flipping PD – My Experience at the SRI Winter Meeting

By Anastacia Galloway Reed When people think of professional development, typically the first thing that comes to mind is a room with someone at the front speaking information probably using some type visual aids.  And don’t forget the eager participants jotting down notes (or daydreaming if the content isn’t engaging).  What if professional development was […]