Have you ever wanted to start the school year by getting away somewhere, fun, challenging remote or culturally unique? No this is no holiday, this is the Aspen High School ExEd program, which provides students the opportunity to learn through experience right across the country.
In mixed year level groups, students get to choose from a huge range of options, from Hiking in the Tetons, to Biking in New Mexico, or perhaps a dive into the Cajun culture of Louisiana or some glitz and glamour of Fashion Design in LA!
There’s something for everyone in this fantastic practical and experiential education program, which has been running for over 50 years!
In this episode we talk with Brent Maiolo who is Chair of the ExEd program at Aspen High.
Want to have 3 classes a day and learn in the heart of a city and use everything around you as a lab?
The Downtown School in Seattle is a leading-edge school which uses Downtown Seattle as part of their integrated educational program. This is a grade 9 through 12 school. It’s a great example of a school that’s future focussed and enabling students to pursue their own interests and identity as part of their education.
More time in the classroom doesn’t equate to better learning outcomes and the Downtown school has built this into their overall program.
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Want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? Often this sort of thing is left to chance, luck or sheer force of will. Why not avoid this and get started at school with some real-world problem solving, idea hacking and industry partnerships to help you build an entrepreneurial mindset and skill set whilst still at school
In this episode,
we talk with Dr Paul Browning, Principal of St Paul’s School in Brisbane,
Australia and Author of ‘Compelling Leadership and Principled.
In a rapidly
changing world, we explore how St Paul’s has taken a proactive approach to
teaching and learning and created an Entrepreneurial stream for their students
to prepare them for an uncertain future.
From an in-depth educational
review with input from leading educational minds such as Andy Hargraves &
Pasi Sahlberg, to industry partnerships and a start-up fund, this school is on
the leading edge of education today.
information on St Paul’s and their wonderful program:
No uniforms, open plan learning and a wonderful happy school environment! I only wish I could have gone to the Australian Science & Mathematics School. Specifically designed to cater for students with an interest in Maths and Science, the non-selective government school based at Flinders University in Adelaide is a remarkable example of the future facing experiential education at its best.
This impressive campus and program is for years 10-12 and all education starts with a major social, health, technical, or world-wide problem. The challenge is to find solutions to these problems through the effective practical application of Science and Maths.
With self-directed learning a key component of the school, this was a highlight of my year being able to visit and see such an effective teaching and learning environment in action.
For more information about the Australian Science & Mathematics School: