Tag Archives: identity

Breaking Down Barriers through Engaging Exchanges

Mark Urwick is the Instructional Coach at RJ Frank Academy of Marine Science and Engineering in Oxnard, California.  Last year he supported 11 classrooms that were participating in Out of Eden Learn. Getting Started In the early 1990s I started my teaching career in Japan at a small English conversation school about two hours north […]

Bridging Divides? Some Reflections on a Recent Symposium at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

What do meaningful cross-cultural engagement and interaction look like? And what might be some of the limitations or unintended consequences, as well as some of the promises, of cross-cultural digital exchange programs? These were the two central questions addressed at “Bridging divides? The promises and limitations of cross-cultural digital exchange programs,” […]

Stories of Human Migration: The potential for students to learn about the world, themselves, and perspectives on the past?

Emi Kane and Sarah Sheya, who have done a great deal of work on this curriculum, contributed to the ideas in this post. Nathalie Popa also contributed. Approximately 1000 teenage students from varied geographic locations and family backgrounds are currently participating in our Stories of Human Migration curriculum, a learning journey that addresses a timely […]

#RayofHope: Inspiring thoughts from Out of Eden Learn students

For many of us—especially in the United States—the political landscape in which we currently find ourselves is increasingly unnerving. With so much divisiveness in our public discourse and an often overwhelming amount of troubling news stories, it can be difficult to find moments of inspiration, hopefulness, or clarity. Now, more than ever, we (the Out […]

There is Another Way: Human Connections and Citizenship

Dr. Arina Bokas is a faculty member in the department of English at Charles S. Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. She adapted Out of Eden Learn activities and other Project Zero frameworks for her first-year composition class. On November 7, 2016, a day before the arguably most controversial presidential elections in the U.S. history, […]

The potential value of Out of Eden Learn for English language learners

Ann Rooney teaches at Wilderness School, an all-girls school in Adelaide, Australia. She teaches English as a second language to international students aged 16-17, who come from China. You can read more about Ann’s work on her Edublog The Possibility Post. I teach a small class consisting of eight students whose English abilities range from […]

Uncovering the Everyday: Student work from the Out of Eden Learn project

Young people in countries around the world are slowing down to notice, appreciate, investigate and uncover the everyday in their neighborhoods and local communities. We hope students develop a capacity for and inclination toward slow looking and listening by participating in the Out of Eden Learn curriculum. We recently published a two-part series on our […]