In the blog interview (referring to the White Paper), Miss Fink & Miss Geller make the effort to highlight the vital need to, “explicitly address the quality of the learning environment or the culture of respect, responsibility, and excellence that must be in place for optimal student learning.” If the demands of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are to be successful in schools they believe that “conversations [about Common Core] must include a sustained focus on character education, social-emotional learning, and positive school climate.”
What does this have to do with adventure education? Essentially what I’m suggesting here is that, if you are working at, or with, a school aiming towards CCSS, dive into this White Paper to find supportive connects between your adventure education program and the suggested recommendations.
Here are just a few connections I found – things we tend to focus on in our adventure education programs (there are lots more!!):
We [i.e., teachers, administrators, parents] “want every child’s school to be a place where students and adults are caring and responsible, and committed to a learning community which values and supports everyone.” (p. 1)
“The Common Core…requires young people to develop the stamina to dig into challenging work.”
Three Ways to Strengthen Common Core (pp. 3-4)
- Needed: A specific Focus on Educating for Democracy
- Needed: A Specific focus on Teaching Moral and Performance Character, and Social-Emotional Skills for Students to Be College, Career and Civic Ready
- Needed: An Expectation of Intentional Planning to Develop a Safe and Caring School Culture…
Connections to a few of the Common Core Toolkit prosocial interdisciplinary themes (p. 8). The Toolkit is a Guide to Aligning the Common Core Standards with the Framework for 21st Century Skills:
- Collaborate with Others
- Flexibility and Adaptability
- Work Effectively With Diverse Teams
- Leadership and Responsibility
Let me know how this White Paper supports/helps your adventure education efforts!!
All the best,