The Wildwood Way finds fertile ground in all kinds of schools, public and private, here at home and around the globe.
Last week The Wildwood Outreach Center held an advisory workshop where we trained half of the faculty from LA’s Para Los Niños (PLN) Charter Middle School. They were impressed by the palpable relationships that Wildwood students and faculty have forged through our advisory program, and are working to develop a similar program that meets their students’ needs. We’re training the rest of PLN’s faculty in April.
This week I’m in Switzerland, bringing Wildwood’s advisory philosophy to the high school at Zurich International School (ZIS)—a 50 year-old independent school serving 1,500 students from 55 different countries.
ZIS learned about the Wildwood Way last year when school leaders purchased a copy of The Advisory Toolkit a how-to and curriculum guide published by The Outreach Center. ZIS already had an advisory program, which school leaders felt it needed a shot in the arm and—like a growing number of schools worldwide—they found inspiration in Wildwood’s program. ZIS’s two assistant high school principals reached out earlier this year, and we arranged for a week-long visit and professional development sessions with ZIS teachers. The goals: help build up the program and assist teachers in adding new facilitation tools to their advisory repertoires.
Last week’s work with an LA public school, and this week’s trip to Switzerland demonstrate the real reach and resonance of the Wildwood Way: two very different schools, diverse populations, both finding myriad useful applications in our approach.
Over the past few weeks, The Outreach Center and Wildwood faculty have delivered workshops in 4 different Wildwood specialties for 60 teachers and administrators from 11 public and independent schools. Here’s a look at who’s been helping other schools learn The Wildwood Way:
Monique Marshall—Elementary students & social activism
Roxanne Bergmans—The Life Skills as a foundation for lifelong learning
Deb Christenson & Steve Barrett—Standards-based English assessments
Jill Valle & Steve Barrett—Advisory
After a few days back in LA next week, I’ll return for a week to the Singapore American School to continue work on their advisory program begun in the fall, followed by a stop in London to help prepare The American School in London for the rollout of their advisory program. Just before spring break, The Outreach Center heads to the annual California Charter Schools Association Conference to spread the Wildwood Way to the many public charter school educators across the state looking for programs that work for kids.
Our calendar tells the story: the Wildwood Way works, in a range of settings. Wildwood’s approach to supporting programs that nurture academic and social-emotional development is good for kids, everywhere.