Ever felt sick or were injured at school? Ever have to face the grumpy school nurse? Well, not at Bosque School in Albuquerque New Mexico! This is an amazing student led program, where all of the first responders for illness or injury are the students themselves. As members of the school’s Medical Reserve Corps, the students learn how to respond to medical incidents and emergencies and take the lead when something happens.
In this episode, we talk with Dan Shaw, teacher, first responder and faculty head of the MRC at Bosque School, as well as Maddison, Taylor & Abigail, three of the students who are part of the MRC program and first responders.
What better way to learn a unique and practical medical skill set than through real-world experiences.We take a look at how this unique program came about and how it’s been developed over the years to provide students with some amazing and challenging opportunities and experiences to develop an excellent skill-set and ability to respond and deal with a range of medical issues and emergencies.
This is true leadership in Experiential Education and one of the most impressive programs I’ve come across in a school. Whilst many schools profess they provide opportunities for leadership, this school actually does it in such a fantastic and meaningful way.
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 lose
yourself in centuries of political and religious conflict and dark mysteries
locked in snapshots from the past? Then the National Gallery in London is just
the place for you. With an enormous collection of stunning artworks spanning
over half a millennia, this is an amazing experience. No matter how many times
I’ve been there, I haven’t even scratched the surface of the passion, the love,
the hatred, the rebellion, the political intrigue and the social and emotional
commentary that’s behind the huge collection of art in the National Gallery.
In this episode,
we talk with Caroline Smith, head of educational programs at the National
Gallery and explore how they engage students in one of the most amazing
galleries in the world.
From the early
Renaissance to legendary artists such as Monet and Van Gough and stunning works
which take up entire walls, this is something which will awe and inspire
students in ways that the classroom can never replicate.
information on the educational programs at the National Gallery checkout:
Coffee is well worth seeking out as you will struggle to get a decent coffee
anywhere in the UK. However, the coffee here is amazing and some of the best
coffee I’ve had in the world! Just go there and try it. You’ll know what I
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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How do you get
students to buy into their role and responsibility in caring for the
How do you use
this to build a sense of community at the same time?
In this episode,
we talk with Pete Johnson, from the Christchurch City Council in NZ who leads
the environmental experiential education programs for schools.
We take a look at
how these programs are aimed at all ages and build and grow on prior experience
year after year to help students, not only understand the local environment and
the challenges we face to care for that, but also taking real action to do
something within the community.
information on Pete’s work and the great Learning Through Action programs on
offer at the Christchurch City Council checkout:
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.
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What happens when you collect a lot of random stuff? Well, if you only have a small house, you get called a hoarder. However, if you have massive amounts of money and can build an enormous building to put all your stuff in, then you’re called a philanthropist. Queen Victoria and her husband Albert, happened to be the latter. The V&A has an astounding collection of rare and unique artefacts from around the world.
In this episode, we talk with Adrian Deakes, Program Manager For Theatre & Performance for schools at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. We explore how the V&A leverages its collection and industry partnerships to bring some unique and valuable experiential learning to life for theatre students, including Shakespeare In A Suitcase, which is a super cool and challenging experience!
What’s a great way to get boys to mature and take responsibility for themselves and the direction of their lives? Send them away to live in remote rustic timber mill cottages with seven other boys, where they have to cook for themselves, keep their cottages in good order, study and take on all manner of outdoor challenges, including skinning and cooking their own rabbits!
In this episode, we talk with Cyn Smith, Director of Tihoi Venture School in NZ. Situated near Taupo on the North Island of New Zealand, Tihoi Venture School was started in 1979, using buildings which were previously the workers’ cottages for the timber mill.
This is very much a ‘back to basics’ program which provides amazing opportunities for the students to grow within themselves, gain independence and build a set of skills to prepare them for the uncertainties of life.
For more information on Tihoi and their wonderful program: