Eagle Rock Collaborates With iLEAD Schools

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will be working with iLead Schools in Pacoima, Castaic & Lancaster, California on Thursday, May 12th – Friday, May 13, 2016 as they develop proficiency based graduation requirements.

iLEAD has built a model based on what they believe to be the best of all that is out there. iLEAD believes passionately in project-based learning not because it’s a fad but because it goes to the heart of how kids learn. They’ve incorporated technology not as a spiffy add-on but as an organic part of the learning process in the 21st century.

iLEAD values and encourage leadership not just as a part of a career track but by instilling in each learner the confidence and character that inspire others.

It’s not unusual that iLEAD wants their learners to think for themselves. But to do this requires a grounding in the arts, in design and in humanities, and the need to feel at home in the world. For iLEAD, “thinking for themselves” is not just about solving problems but about an organic vision of the world they live in and one they will inherit.

Finally, iLEAD values the social and emotional development of our learners. iLead believe there is an implicit, as well as an explicit, curriculum to teach.

Eagle Rock Supports Vermont’s Rowland Foundation Fellows

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will continue education renewal work in collaboration with The Rowland Foundation in Burlington, Vermont on May 5 & 6, 2016 as they support the 2016 Rowland Fellows in strategies toward implementation of their innovative school proposals.

The Foundation believes that systemic change, the kind that can alter a school’s culture and enhance its climate for learning, is derived from visionary leadership within the school. It cannot be mandated by top down attempts at school reform from Montpelier or through federal legislation. Visionary change is predicated on key partnerships that develop between a school leader and the faculty, often inspired by an individual teacher who is given the encouragement and resources to affect change.

To this end the Foundation annually offers up to ten fellowships to Vermont secondary educators. The Foundation seeks proposals in which a teacher/counselor and the principal/head of school form a clear partnership to improve an element of the school which will profoundly impact students by enhancing the institution’s culture and climate. The Rowland Fellow will assume the key leadership role in the project’s development and its implementation with financial support from the Rowland Foundation and the guidance of its Executive Director.

The Rowland Foundation provides Vermont secondary school educators with a unique professional development and leadership opportunity and the resources to positively affect student achievement and the culture and climate of their respective schools.

Schools which have received grants from The Rowland Foundation:

  • Black River Middle and High School
  • Blue Mountain Union School
  • Burlington High School
  • Burr and Burton Academy
  • Cabot School
  • Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Danville School
  • Enosburg Falls High School*
  • Essex High School
  • Fair Haven Union High School
  • Green Mountain Union High School
  • Harwood Union High School**
  • Lamoille Union Middle/High School
  • Lyndon Institute
  • Montpelier High School*
  • Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School*
  • Mt. Mansfield Union High School
  • Otter Valley Union High School
  • Peoples Academy
  • Randolph Union High School
  • Rivendell Academy
  • Rutland High School***
  • St. Johnsbury Academy
  • South Burlington High School*
  • Thetford Academy
  • Twinfield Union School
  • U-32 Middle and High School
  • Vergennes Union High School**
  • Vermont Adult Learning

*denotes additional grants

Eagle Rock Continues Collaboration In New Mexico

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will continue an innovative collaboration with The Leadership High School Network in New Mexico during the week of April 4th.

The Leadership High School Network (LHSN) is a network of cutting-edge, industry-focused schools that are rooted in deep intellectual rigor and relevancy. The LHSN functions to unify individual schools to propel innovation and ensure best practice. LHSN schools focus on promoting deep thinking and problem solving skills, and developing nuanced understandings through project-based learning. All LHSN schools are based on robust and active industries in New Mexico. The schools seek to provide students with the necessary skills to become successful professionals and meet the needs of our future workforce.

Eagle Rock participates in Deeper Learning 16

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will attend Deeper Learning 2016 in San Diego, California during the week of March 21st.  Eagle Rock is participating in several ways including:  presenting a workshop at the conference; convening Coalition of Essential School Affiliate Center Directors & working with the Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship.

Deeper Learning attendees come from around the globe and across the education field–from practitioners to policy makers, funders and researchers and others- who are committed to understanding and spreading deeper learning to all students. Deeper Learning attendees are encouraged to be leaders of change, proponents for equity and pedagogical innovators.

Participants will Experience deeper learning for themselves through deep dives, interactive workshops and an innovate makerspace; Connect with powerful educators who care deeply about preparing students for college and the careers of tomorrow; Create new ideas, synergies and tools to implement and scale deeper learning.


Red Dot on the Ocean: The Matt Rutherford Story

Once labeled a “youth-at-risk,” 30-year old Eagle Rock School graduate, Matt Rutherford risked it all in an attempt to become the first person to sail alone, nonstop around North and South America. Red Dot on the Ocean is the story of Matt’s death-defying voyage and the childhood odyssey that shaped him.

Red-Dot-Poster_1080x1600_ALL-Laurels_NEWPresented by WPBT2, South Florida PBS, and distributed nationally by American Public Television, Red Dot on the Ocean: The Matt Rutherford Story premieres on public television stations nationwide beginning in April 2016 (check local listings).

Matt Rutherford became a sailing legend when, at 30 years of age, he departed from Annapolis, MD in a scrappy old 27-foot fiberglass sloop without fanfare. Rutherford braved the icebergs of the artic and mountainous waves of Cape Horn to become the only person to ever sail single-handed, non-stop around the Americas; a 27,000 mile journey many professional sailors declared “a suicide mission.” Matt’s story is told through his own words and interviews with his family, sailing experts, and others. Through family photos, childhood videos, footage of his early sailing days and video, audio logs and stills from his historic around the Americas voyage, we experience Matt’s journey and his trials and tribulations.

How does a trouble youth become a sailing legend? Ask Matt Rutherford. His story is full of surprises and makes us all feel we can do more than we ever imagined.

Red Dot on the Ocean: The Matt Rutherford Story is a film by Amy Flannery, Tory Salvia, and Stephanie Slewka, which has been awarded various accolades by several national and international film festivals and has received stellar reviews by the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and the Film Journal International, among others.

Major funding for this program was made possible in part by American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

Eagle Rock Continues New Metrics Work In New Mexico

ALBUQUERUQUE, New Mexico – Can a standardized test summarize a student’s preparedness for life after school? The response is often a resounding “No.” A collaborative, multi-year effort is underway in Albuquerque, NM to develop new methods of evaluation that lay the groundwork for innovation and improvement in our education system.

On March 16th, the New Metrics Initiative, led by the New Mexico Center for School Leadership, the Eagle Rock Professional Development Center and the McCune Charitable Foundation, who have developed metrics and a tool that can document and measure the current and future effectiveness of public schools will be refining the tool so that it’s usable, ready to field test this Spring in multiple schools and develop data collection plan for field test.   The framework will also be used to facilitate cross-school collaboration to foster instruction and learning that is responsive to the community.

The New Metrics Initiative emerged from a challenge faced by many schools working in troubled districts: funding. While funders might readily recognize schools that inspire dramatic transformations in districts that struggle with high attrition rates, low test scores and other challenges, that progress is often not captured by standardized tests.

“A simple analysis of the number of students who are ‘competent’ at Math or Reading does not tell the story of a school.” Says Tony Monfiletto, Director of the Center for School Leadership, “The ability to solve problems, work on a team, and communicate ideas are fundamental to a young person’s future, but those can’t be measured within our current evaluation system. The New Metrics Initiative seeks to identify metrics that reflect and incentivize the development of these real-world skills.”

The Eagle Rock Professional Development Center is helping the school leaders to “raise their gaze and look at the contours and landscape of the innovative work they are doing” says Michael Soguero, Director of Professional Development at Eagle Rock, a non-profit that works with educators from around the country. Over a series of strategy sessions led by Eagle Rock Professional Development Center that began in February, 2014, school leaders have shaped their vision for an “Educational Sweet Spot,” a place where students successfully deploy what they have learned through real life projects that engage both inter-personal and academic skill sets to creatively solve real-world problems. “Eagle Rock is especially skilled at facilitating this kind of work,” comments Soguero, “we work with innovative schools and educators around the country so their day-to-day work can inform and benefit more schools locally and nationally.”

Henry Rael of the McCune Charitable Foundation comments, “Our goal with this Initiative is to support the development of approaches that measure school success in terms that align with our values as a foundation. We also want to learn about possible impediments to the kind of innovation that re-engages, retains, and ensures our students are well equipped to meet the challenges in their futures.”

Eagle Rock Works with iLead Schools

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will be working with iLead Schools in Pacoima, Castaic & Lancaster, California on Wednesday, March 2nd – Friday, March 4th, 2016 as they explore a proficiency based high school concept.

Eagle Rock Collaborates With Rochester City School District

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will continue working with Rochester City School District on Wednesday, February 10th & Thursday, February 11th.  The Rochester City School District is a public school district that serves approximately 32,000 children in the city of Rochester, New York.  Eagle Rock will be conducting asset inventories at schools focusing on Restorative Practices in order to highlight successes and bright spots that schools can then build upon.

Eagle Rock Continues Collaboration With Big Picture Learning

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will continue working with Big Picture Learning coaches as they work with LaFayette Big Picture in New York on Tuesday, February 9th.  As a non-profit organization dedicated to a fundamental redesign of education in the United States, Big Picture Learning’s (BPL) vision is to catalyze vital changes in K-Adult education by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized learning environments that work in tandem with the real world of their greater community.