1. Did you ever struggle in your early high school years to find your voice and become a leader? This fall I am working with a group of students who have signed up for a Wilderness Rites of Passage experience to meet other youth leaders and explore their own hero's journey by speaking up for the value of diversity to solve ecological inequities.

    The group of students that have been nominated for this Wilderness Rites of Passage experience will become a leadership cohort that represents the idea that diversity equals health: in our environment and in our human communities. The lessons this cohort will explore during after school meetings and a 4 day back packing trip is that that diversity is the innate architecture of being. Programmed into every living cell and visible in all environments is diversity. In my science classes we observe how biodiversity is an indicator of a healthy ecosystem. Socially we have the opportunity to experience how ethnic and cultural diversity can improve the health of our human communities if we learn to value the voices of all students. Our school has an average of 2000 students enrolled, 40 percent are racial minorities, 700 speak a language other than English at home and 90 are international students living in the United States as refugees.

    The leadership cohort is composed of five women and five men who bring knowledge from, American, Bosnian, Burundi, Karen, Mexican, Peruvian, Somalian, and Thai ethnicities. As a metaphor we will be embarking on a hero's journey together and discovering the power found in each one of us to find solutions to the ecological inequities we see in our communities.

    The wizard Merlin is well known as being a powerful wizard and change maker, but in the story The Lost Years of Merlin that we'll read together, we'll find out he wasn't always that way. There were many difficult trials that lead to him finding his powers and we will all embark on a similar journey through fundraising efforts and during the Wilderness Rites of Passage experience.

    As a leadership cohort we will begin work that will also impact the lives of many others in our school and in our neighborhood. This project will have long term implications for English Language Learners and other high school student leaders interested in the value of diversity. During the four day wilderness backpacking trip in southeastern Utah we will participate in both adolescent and adult rites of passage that focus on the value of diversity.

    One outcome of the rites of passage is that every participant, students and teachers, will select a personal action project that addresses the needs of their community.

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  2. From The Art of Critical Pedagogy - Duncan-Andrade and Morrell (2008)

    "What is revolutionary love? How is it practiced in the context of education? And how can teachers be taught to love in this way?"

    "First of all we feel that revolutionary love is the love that is strong enough to bring about radical change in individual students, classrooms, school systems and the larger society that controls them... something else will be required of teachers to achieve the kinds of outcomes described in this book. That something else is not easy to predict, nor is it easy to quantify. It looks like endless dedication, an unyielding belief in the brilliance and potential of every student, and the commitment to stop at nothing to get kids to learn. It demands the energy and passion to present learning as an amazing opportunity for young people to prepare themselves to be engaged citizens and social actors."

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  3. The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education and the Alice Ferguson Foundation presents the best practices of a multi-level partnership that helps schools coordinate diverse stakeholders. Through the 3 year partnership schools develop a compelling culture of learning at their school through site specific Schoolyard Classroom Curriculum (SCP) and a portfolio documenting criteria for an award as a certified Maryland Green School.

    This video was filmed at the NSTA national convention in Philadelphia on March 18th, 2010.

    Teacher participants experienced a slice of an hour long SCP lesson and discussed the best practices for teaching outdoors in the schoolyard. They also received information on coordinating resources and stakeholders through a Maryland Green School application.

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  4. The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education and the Alice Ferguson Foundation presents the best practices of a multi-level partnership that helps schools coordinate diverse stakeholders. Through the 3 year partnership schools develop a compelling culture of learning at their school through site specific Schoolyard Classroom Curriculum (SCP) and a portfolio documenting criteria for an award as a certified Maryland Green School.

    This video was filmed at the NSTA national convention in Philadelphia on March 18th, 2010.

    Teacher participants experienced a slice of an hour long SCP lesson and discussed the best practices for teaching outdoors in the schoolyard. They also received information on coordinating resources and stakeholders through a Maryland Green School application.

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  5. At 79 years old, Arthur Tuers has been fishing, crabbing, and boating the Chesapeake Bay for most of his life. He began working at McNasby's Oyster Company at age 10, and he has seen the oyster harvests plummet over the decades. Art has also noticed dramatic changes in the clarity of water, the difficulty of crabbing, and amount of overall pollution in the Bay. Learn more at chesapeakebay.net

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