In preparation to launch Odyssey Young Leaders Academy, I hit the road to visit several amazing schools across the U.S. I have been from the East Coast to the West Coast to get a close-up view of best practices, new strategies, time-honored traditions, and experienced experts. I have gone to Waldorf, Montessori, and Expeditionary Learning schools; public, private, and charter schools; large schools, micro-schools, and many somewhere in-between. I have spent time in schools doing project-based learning, maker-centered learning and others following progressive education models. All along the way I have been inspired to blend the beauty, goodness, creativity and depth I have seen into what will be Odyssey Young Leaders Academy.
I'd like to frame a series of reflections to provide more of the road map for where the OYLA community is headed. Here's what is coming down the OYLA blog pipeline...
- The Sacred Season of Childhood
- Active, Transparent, Engaged
- Good Progress
- Simplicity Exploded
- Craft, Compile, Celebrate
- Rabbit Holes and Wonderland
I am so excited to share my travel takeaways with you. Take a look at my favorite stop in each city before we dive a little deeper!
Austin: Longview-Micro School
New York City: Portfolio School
San Diego: High Tech Elementary
San Francisco: Brightworks