Kids' minds are wide open. They are constantly learning, questioning just about everything.
Our work starts with this premise and encourages children to learn through inquiry, to grow authentically, and in the process, become more self-reliant, engaged cooperative citizens – critical thinkers and doers. We focus our work in elementary school : the child's first community outside of home.
We work with teachers to support a learner-centered, inquiry based strategy that guides students to see them selves as fully capable human beings. We encourage children to recognize how they may affect positive change in all their communities and to feel how it nurtures themselves to do so.
Upper elementary school students often feel they have a legacy to leave their school better off for the 'littler kids'. Helping kids improve the school brings out the best in kids. It helps cultivate a growth mindset. They start to become active, engaged citizens.
By helping kids cultivate navigation skills at an early age, they approach critical problems with greater confidence and agility. And when we help the teacher shift her/his role to trusted illuminator, the student is free to become his/her own teacher. The shift to a learner-centered classroom may help the entire school. Can't kids help improve their school? Aren’t the students the most valuable, yet most overlooked, resource in any school?
All of our work embraces an iterative, exploration process. And we believe "Failure is the best teacher: Success is the best reward."
Looking for something? In our talks with some exceptional elementary public and private school teachers we have been graciously welcomed into classrooms to help meet the challenges they and their students face firsthand. It's this extended access that has allowed us to innovate to help kids become critical thinkers and doers, cooperators, iterative strategists equipped with the skills they need to succeed.