This week four veteran Wildwood teachers embarked on an important adventure as the inaugural mentors to four graduate teaching candidates from the USC Rossier School of Education.
A year of conversations about this exceptional collaboration led to this initiative that brings together carefully selected teachers-in-training with classroom experts skilled in what matters about the Wildwood approach.
Here’s what’s truly unique: This is a three-way partnership between Wildwood, USC, and Palms Elementary, our partner public school in Systems Thinking learning. Now each of the teaching candidates will be able to spend their time both at Wildwood and Palms for the rest of the school year to gain insights and experiences they may find in many ways both different and similar.
Child-centered learning is the core of the Wildwood Way, and worth sharing in every way we can with a range of partners. Our connection with Palms is in its third year, with many meaningful teacher-to-teacher learning relationships across the two campuses.
USC Rossier School of Education leadership was persistent in making this new teacher training program a reality because of our Wildwood approach; plus, our genuine connection to public schools in Los Angeles made it an obvious match.
The Wildwood Outreach Center facilitates this kind of work because we believe—and the data shows—that Wildwood school culture is unique. Our philosophy is not just words on a page. Our teachers actively model in dynamic classrooms what it means to encourage respectful, thoughtful, reflective learning that engenders personal growth, and academic outcomes.
Please join us in welcoming Caroline Craig, Stephanie Kwong, Lauren Pfeffer, and Carra Rooke—our cohort of USC grad students to the Wildwood community.