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Back to School of Thoughtful Learning
September 7, 2017
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach Parents of Wildwood students have thoughtfully chosen our approach for their children. They know the Wildwood way intentionally matches academic rigor with attention to students’ full social-emotional development. That approach is integral to our progressive philosophy—getting kids to college and helping them thrive there, and in their lives beyond. […]
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Our Reputation Precedes Us
May 9, 2017
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   Wildwood School directly serves about 750 students each year. However, Wildwood’s influence extends far beyond our walls through the Wildwood Outreach Center—shaping teaching, learning, and school reform here in California, across the United States, and around the world.   Wildwood’s reputation as an institution at the leading edge […]
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Advisory Is Essential­—Every Day
December 1, 2016
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   Every student in Wildwood’s middle school begins each day with advisory.   Advisory is a time and place intentionally positioned to provide a bridge between the school day and students’ lives outside of school. That sounds simple, even obvious, and Wildwood’s middle and upper schools were founded with […]
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From Bangkok to the Inland Empire: The Wildwood Way Influences Teaching and Learning
September 7, 2016
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“Good schooling is built on the oldest idea around: you learn by the company you keep.” ~ Deborah Meier, Founder Central Park East School & Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Education   When students and teachers keep good company together the benefits are clear for all—higher academic achievement for kids and higher job satisfaction for adults. It’s […]
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ASM Meets ZPD: What’s That?
May 12, 2016
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   There’s a Wildwood tradition that’s a familiar rite of passage on our elementary campus, and fairly unique almost everywhere else. Every Friday, it looks something like this:   An 11 year-old stands on a lighted stage, the sole focus of a crowd of over 400 people. She’s there […]
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Advisory Is Essential–But It Isn’t Everything
March 3, 2016
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“Good schooling is built on the oldest idea around: you learn by the company you keep.” ~ Deborah Meier, NYU Professor of Education & Small Schools Reform Advocate   One mantra in my work as Wildwood’s Outreach Director is “Advisory is Essential.” Those words emphasize that caring, positive relationships among students and with the caring […]
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Special(ist) Assignment
January 7, 2016
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach. On one of this week’s rainy days I spend some time visiting a selection of the specialist classes at our elementary campus. Through the visual arts, technology, and PE, I get a peak into how our specialist teachers enhance our students’ daily experiences that are part of The Wildwood […]
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Serving Up The Wildwood Way
November 18, 2015
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach The Wildwood Way plays to many audiences—the most important one: our students. They are the primary beneficiaries of Wildwood’s program and practices designed to foster scholarship, innovation, and compassion.   The Wildwood Way has an outward focus as well: through the Wildwood Outreach Center, which I have the privilege of directing. Since opening […]
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(Self) Task Masters
November 5, 2015
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach Navigating elementary school isn’t easy. It shouldn’t be. There’s content to be mastered, skills to be learned, and social connections to be made along the way to middle school and beyond.   Beyond proficiency in reading, writing, and computation (remember the Three R’s?) research now shows us that students […]
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You In? Middle School Electives: The Casual Encounter or Finding Your Passion
October 8, 2015
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“One must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life.”  – Oscar Wilde   “If you are losing your leisure, look out! — It may be you are losing your soul.”  – Virginia Woolf   I like these two nuggets of wisdom on matters of occupation and preoccupation.   Yes, it’s […]