When I visited Eagle Rock School in Colorado, an excellent school that targets at-risk kids from all over the country, I found many students who fit this description, many who were extremely gifted in writing, visual arts or music, but had been a problem in their schools because they were so bored.
by Robert Burkhardt “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” Aristotle Three hundred and seventy years ago the Massachusetts Bay Colony denounced “that old deluder, Satan” and promoted “knowledge of the Scriptures” as bedrock to what would become […]
At Eagle Rock, DeRaps’ classes included a fashion design – she made a dress she designed – and a course named mountain lion citizen science, during which she participated in an ongoing research study.
Eagle Rock School students aren’t admitted as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors, but rather as adolescents interested in taking control of their lives and learning. They must complete a minimum of six trimesters, time for sufficient personal growth and character development. Graduation is based on demonstrated competencies rather than more traditional “seat time” and grades. […]
By Barb Boyer BuckFor the Trail-Gazette Cindy Elkins explains how quilts are constructed in blocks to students Taj Mahal and Anaya. (Barb Boyer Buck / For the Trail-Gazette) At Eagle Rock School (ERS), there is a more concrete relationship between art and what’s traditionally considered “core curriculum.” Estes Park resident and ERS arts educator Cindy […]
BY LINDSEY COX | POSTED ON DECEMBER 16, 2016 As one of the schools participating in The Growing Equity Together Project, inspired by Sarah Bertucci’s Deeper Learning and Equity fellowship, we are nearing the end of our first continuous improvement cycle aimed at over time progressively supporting Winooski Middle/High School students in grades 6-9 to develop the […]
by Robert Burkhardt “The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder […]
By David Sanchez I recently spent two and a half days at Eagle Rock School and their Professional Development Center (PDC) in Estes Park, Colorado. The school is an expeditionary learning school where students who’ve not thrived in traditional educational models live on campus and engage in classes that combine theory with hands on learning. […]
Michael Soguero (@tiomikel), Eagle Rock Professional Development Center: “Professional development to support teachers is our greatest need. It’s important to scaffold what is expected of teachers as much as it is of students.”
He is now using that experience to mentor an Eagle Rock School student in the tattoo business. Johnston said he is hoping to get the 17-year-old ready for a career as a tattoo artist while helping avoid some of the pitfalls he found in his own career.