So for those that know me, you know I have been totally jazzed by the ideas of Wayfinding Academy.. http://www.wayfindingacademy.org
This is a small startup College in Portland Oregon where students focus on finding their way in their first two years of college through a well scaffolded series of courses that focus on themselves, their community and their goals. They have the support of mentors and job coaches and are supported in exploring and finding their path – whether that be completing a 4 year degree or doing something else after two years.
Maybe being 42 (almost 43) in the middle of a bit of a mid-life crisis has me thinking – but does college do this anymore? We spend a lot of time with degree plans and helping students progress but where do we really have them stop and say – what do I bring the world? What do I offer the world? What do I want to do with my life? And how do these choice impact me, my community and my world?
I know this kind of personalized learning is not scalable to the 1450 freshman that we have this year, but some features are.. So as the final session of my Center for Teaching Excellence Fellow from last year, I am bringing Dr. Michelle Jones the Founder of Wayfinding Academy to come and talk about what she learned. I have three events scheduled.
Thursday night -September 28th – 7:30 is open to the public and will be a general overview of Wayfinding. Room 334 in Collings Hall (College of Education)
Friday Morning – September 29th – 9am -10:30 – The Library Community Room – (the one with the glass by the Bookmark) This will be a special session for faculty on Lessons Learned in the first year of Wayfinding. There are things that we can learn and use for retention!
Friday at 4:30 -6:00 We are having an informal meet and greet at Yuyu’s Cozy Cafe (408 Main street – used to be The Screen Door (parking is easy in their own lot and we are using the private room in the back) We will sample their new food too.
Here is the facebook event with more details:
Thursday night and Friday afternoon is open to anyone.. I hope some people from K-12 and higher education and maybe some interested parents will take the opportunity to join me in learning more.