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Harvest of Empire – Harvest of Empire
[Available on YouTube, for now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyncOYTZfHE ]

[See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_of_Empire:_A_History_of_Latinos_in_America ]

"The Untold Story of Latinos in America

“We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies 
are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.”
Juan González, Harvest of Empire

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, Onyx Films is proud to present Harvest of Empire, a feature-length documentary that reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.

Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! Co-host Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.

As Juan González says at the beginning of the film “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north.”

Harvest of Empire provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community. The film features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists María Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada."
film  documentary  us  history  immigration  latinamerica  puertorico  mexico  guatemala  honduras  juangonzález  cuba  nicaragua  elsalvador  rigobertamenchú  jessejackson  anthonyromero  junotdíaz  lorenzomeyer  maríahinojosa  geraldorivera  2011  martínespada  luisenrique  dominicanrepublic  latinos  imperialism  politics  policy  foreignpolicy  braceros  wwii  ww2  civilrights  race  racism  migration  communism  redscare  centralamerica  caribbean  colonialism  socialism  capitalism  fidelcastro  rafaeltrujillo  spanish-americanwar  inequality  exploitation  sugar  cotton  revolution  resistance  fulgenciobatista  dictatorships  oppression  deportation  texas  california  newmexico  arizona  mexican-americanwar  nevada  colorado  florida  nyc  óscarromero  harrytruman  democracy  jacoboárbenz  unitedfruitcompany  eisenhower  cia  intervention  maya  ethniccleansing  land  ownership  civilwar  iran-contraaffair  ronaldreagan  sandinistas  contras  war  bayofpigs  refugees  marielboatlift  1980  jimmycarter  language  spanish  español  miami  joaquínbalaguer  hectortruji 
july 2018 by robertogreco
The Kiva Center
"It began with a dream…

A yearning to provide children with learning experiences where they could feel at home within their community, revel in the wonders of the outdoors, and be recognized for their unique gifts in the world. We envisioned a place where kids could discover their intellectual and creative gifts outside of standardized test scores.​

It spontaneously launched with a request...

When families in the Boulder community asked the founders to host a backyard outdoor day camp in August 2014, we began to see an opportunity for growth.

And it continued with heartfelt enthusiasm…

“Well, are you going to continue?” asked a Father of three students on the last day of camp. “I want to send my kids here throughout the entire school year to get them outdoors and off the couch and screens.”

The Kiva Center was born. When it began, there was no classroom – just the awe-striking beauty of the outdoor scenery of their riverside home. Younger children arrived early in the day, and were joined by their older buddies who rushed over as soon as they got out of school.

Within a month, as the chill of the Fall began to set in, children, parents, and friends (including “Garrett the Carrot” who joined The Kiva Team) joined together to convert an old garage into The Kiva Center’s first classroom.

The Story Lives on...

The work of The Kiva Center now operates throughout Colorado, providing local school outreach programs, homeschool enrichment, summer camp enrichment, and family learning experiences. This work ignites a passion in our students to preserve and regenerate the natural environment by exploring the outdoors, planting permaculture gardens, sharing their stories through theater, learning traditional living skills with their families, and making lifelong community connections. In early 2017, The Kiva Center officially became a 501c3 non-profit, and within the first 9 months, we are proud to report that our programs reached nearly 600 students. That number is growing everyday! Come join us!"
boulder  colorado  education  openstudioproject  lcproject  homeschool  unschooling 
july 2018 by robertogreco
The Curious Life [Wes Bruce]
"an Auto BIOGRAPHY

Hi, I'm Wes. I run The Curious Life as a Wandering Art & Education Studio to Explore and Empower Creativity. This allows me to work independently, or collaboratively from anywhere. Like everyone else, I'm a lot of different things. I'm a son, a husband, a friend, a soul, a supporter, a lover of mountains, rivers, and wild places. I'm a believer in the power of the human imagination. I'm an investigator of the human condition. I'm an artist, an educator, an illustrator, a designer, and a photographer. I'm a poet, a climber of trees, and an advocate for play (for adults and kids). I'm a rememberer. I'm a protector and purveyor of walking trails, shared meals, and community engagement. I believe in others, and using art as a vessel for character development. I'm passionate, and deeply curious about the world around me. I was born and raised in the woods of Northern California, then spent 10 years in San Diego, and now live with my wife and best friend, Emi in Colorado. We live gratefully, and are aware of the threadedness between joy and mourning. We love libraries & swimming pools."

[See also:
http://mauinow.com/2013/08/02/documentary-about-maccs-first-artist-in-residence-tonight/

A Film About A Fort [trailer]
https://vimeo.com/17453116

A Film About A Fort [full film]
https://vimeo.com/26149746

https://instagram.com/p/5-uc6ADReR/
https://instagram.com/p/56XLNfjRRg/

https://www.facebook.com/wesbruceart/info?tab=page_info
"Growing up in the woods of northern California, Wes began an exploration of the outdoor world, which rested and roared just outside his bedroom window. Beginning with the discovery of tree root formations and light broken by branches on the forest floor, he began to deeply value the process of noticing. This noticing lead to listening, which lead to asking, which lead to learning and making. Through this continuation of vocabulary tied to physical form, he makes artistic decisions, which aim at significant and vulnerable human connection. He attempts to collaborate with the poetry that is saturated into everything, but often unrecognized. Since graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2007, his pursuits have led him towards west coast wanderings via thumb, abandoned buildings, a summer camp, imaginative education opportunities, dinner tables, strangers homes, families, scrap wood and many other objects and structures that play a part in our stories. Acting first as an explorative and curious individual with hopes of hospitality, then an artist, he acts on the freedom and responsibility to be inspired, daydream, create, and connect. Through this trial and error process he has experimented in a wide variety of mediums. Some of them being illustration, printmaking, fort building, poetry, and imaginative walking. Not tied to any specific discipline, he roams through his process focused more on ideas and connections that physical forms. Through every art endeavor he hopes to lean further into gratitude. He believes in a line spoken by G.K. Chesterton, which says, "The world will never lack for wonders, only wonder."" ]
wesleysambruce  art  artists  wesbruce  ncmsd  education  exploration  creativity  learning  sandiego  colorado  forts  play  glvo  lcproject  openstudioproject  edg  srg  curiosity  classideas  wonder 
august 2015 by robertogreco
Map | Platte Basin Timelapse
"A Watershed In Motion

Imagine if you could follow a drop of water on a 900-mile journey downstream from mountains to plains. Imagine you could listen to its myriad stories as it makes its way from an alpine trout stream to a prairie river full of cranes, or from a staircase of massive dams and reservoirs to a six inch pipe that waters a farmer's thirsty crop field.

Once considered part of the Great American Desert, the Platte River Basin is one of the most appropriated river systems in the world. Every drop of water is spoken for, and little is free.

The basin supports an industrial agricultural powerhouse laid over one of the most endangered and altered grassland ecosystems on earth. Beneath the ground it harbors more than half of the mighty Ogallala Aquifer; fossil water whose quantity and quality are now at stake. Today this basin is being asked to be both food producer and energy pump in an age of climate change and economic uncertainty.

What if we could use the tremendous power of photography and storytelling to see a watershed in motion? What if we could leverage those images to dig deeper and grow understanding about our water resources, and build community throughout a watershed? What if this could be used as a template to start a conversation and look at other stressed watersheds around the world?

This is what inspires us. This is our aim. Join us on the journey."
watershed  maps  mapping  platteriver  oglallaaquifer  rivers  us  nebraska  wyoming  colorado 
may 2015 by robertogreco
Anastasis Academy
"Our mission is to apprentice children in the art of learning through inquiry, creativity, critical thinking, discernment and wisdom. We strive to provide an educational model that honors and supports children as the unique and creative individuals that God created them to be. We work to shape the development of the whole-child by engaging the mind, body and spirit while inspiring each to personal excellence."



"Anastasis Academy began in 2011 as the bold idea of educators Matthew Anderson and Kelly Tenkely. Matthew and Kelly sought to create a new paradigm in education where children are challenged and encouraged as unique individuals to fall in love with the joy of learning.

At Anastasis, we work to re-imagine what education looks like in light of learning. We draw from powerful philosophies and teaching models, both old and new, and combine them to create something fresh that returns to timeless truths.

"Anastasis" is an ancient way of saying resurrection, literally to stand up again. We were created with many gifts, one of the most important and unique among creation is the ability to learn and reason. Has learning been reduced to homework, grades and high-stakes testing? What if there were a place where your children could be mentored and experience an actual apprenticeship in learning? A place they could stand up again with new life and a renewed desire to worship God with their mind and heart? Would you send them?

At Anastasis Academy, we don't only enroll students; we enroll families. We invite you to explore our mission, vision and approach; if you find that they resonate with you, please contact us. We look forward to partnering with you.

Anastasis at a glance

• Serving children in preschool through eighth grade Christian education in Centennial, Colorado.
• Focus on the whole child: mind, body, and spirit.
• Small student to teacher ratios.
• Personalized curriculum: curriculum tailored to meet the needs of individual students based on learning style preferences, multiple intelligent strengths, developmental levels, interests, and passions.
• Standards based grading tied to Common Core Standards.
• Students grouped based on developmental ability and maturity rather than based on age alone.
• Inquiry based morning block focused on transdisciplinary learning.
• Personalized afternoon "foundation skill-building" block.
• Blended learning environment with a 1 to 1 iPad program.
• Opportunities for students to mentor, lead, and participate in discipleship with other students.
• Intentional spiritual mentorship.
• Strong focus on building a community of learners.
• Development of each child's God-given strengths, abilities, and gifts.

Personalized Learning

Every learner is unique, capable, curious, creative and in constant process of piecing together how the world works. All of these factors must be taken into consideration when designing a curriculum. No boxed curriculum will ever be able to meet the unique cognitive, social-emotional, physical and creative developments of a child. The boxed curricula that most schools utilize are simply too narrow in scope to address the needs of creative beings.

At Anastasis Academy, we use a completely customized, integrative curricular approach that allows room for meaningful connections across learning, taking advantage of exploration, discovery and active learning. Learners are free to explore their individual interests and passions with the support of teachers and classmates. We customize the learning and curriculum to meet the needs, interests and learning styles of every learner while working within an established framework (Common Core Standards) that leads children along a consistent learning path. In personalizing education in this way, we are able to truly educate the whole child by utilizing their strengths to build up areas of weakness. Teachers, parents and students work together to carefully consider individual needs, learning styles, prior knowledge, strengths, abilities, passions, interests and vulnerabilities of each learner. Teachers partner together with students and families to create learning plans that seek out entry points into content, engaging learners by using the modes and styles of learning that best meet their needs. Learners are challenged to grow and stretch in new directions while remaining connected to who they are created to be.

Assessment

Teachers use observations, notes (field, anecdotal and monitoring), photographs, portfolios and various other forms of documentation made by themselves, and by the students, to reflect on and archive the learning that is taking place. Assessment is approached as an ongoing, everyday formative process. Standards based grading provides structure for these assessments and helps teachers personalize curriculum for each student. We move away from letter grades which are largely subjective and don't offer a clear picture of what a child has learned. Letter grades can build a classroom community of competition and success/failure mentality. Instead, our focus is on formative types of assessment that give us an accurate picture of what a student knows and the skills they have acquired that can be used to inform instruction. We also use ipsative assessment which measures a student's current performance based on past performance. This type of assessment challenges the student to constantly do one better today than they did yesterday. In this model students are not comparing themselves to other students, but constantly striving toward a personal best. "
schools  colorado  via:steelemaley  centennial  assessment  personalization  interdisciplinary  curriculum  formativeassessment 
may 2015 by robertogreco
HackSchool Colorado
"We're a one of a kind homeschool program that offers amazing opportunities for teens. We teach teens how to accelerate their learning through real-world projects and adventures. Whether solving local environmental problems, teaching English in the Brazilian Amazon, or painting giant murals with professional artists, teens will experience the world while learning how to accelerate and deepen their educational life.

HackSchool teens will work with organizations and businesses as creative partners to solve community problems. Unlike internships or extra-curricular programs, students work as creative partners with (not for) organizations and businesses to design and implement solutions to real-life problems. Through these creative partnerships, students develop the skills to work as professionals in any field at a young age. See our Programs page to learn more!"



"Our Mission

Traditional approaches to education are profoundly failing our children. Technological advances have created a world in which students can learn what they want, when they want it. The important questions in education are now questions about how to create things and experiences that make a difference in a young person's life—not about earning grades and jumping through hoops. HackSchool’s goal is to create a place where teens grow and create themselves as whole human beings.

We deeply appreciate the work that homeschool families do to find better and more authentic ways to educate their children. We want to learn from our community of families and provide teens with incredible, life-changing opportunities. We have consistently created these sorts of experiences in the past, and we are very excited to bring these incredible programs together in one place.

Our Future

We understand that homeschooling can get even more difficult during the teen years, so we plan to create our own full-time school for teens who decide that this is best for them. Because we are designing it with the help of our family community, the full-time school will be an easy transition for teens, but our part-time program will always be there for teens who decide homeschooling is the best fit."

[See also Paul Kim's Tumblr: http://hacking-curriculum.tumblr.com/ ]
nathanpaischmitt  paulkim  colorado  denver  hackschool  learning  lcproject  openstudioproject  unschooling  deschooling  homeschool  education  teens 
march 2015 by robertogreco
CV Mosaic Collective
[via: http://modernlearners.com/a-radical-rethink-of-school/ (podcast embedded, free account required to view)

"When we think about trying something “different” in education, most of what we come up with is pretty conservative. We digitize our curriculum and put it on an iPad, or we move toward “personalizing” coursework for each student. Those and other “innovations” rarely push at the fundamental vision of what roles schools and classrooms and teachers should serve in the lives of our kids.

That’s not the case, however, with Jim Calhoun. As the principal of Castle View High School in Castle Rock, CO, Jim is leading what might be the most radical rethink of schooling in the US this year. Ten teachers and 100 students in what’s called The Mosaic Collective, a “school” within the school that strips away almost everything familiar about traditional structures and roles and focuses solely on students and teachers as learners.

In this podcast, Jim talks at length about what led up to the idea of such a total departure, what the goals of the experience are, how things are going after the first six weeks, and what other leaders might think about in terms of creating their own Mosaic type school.

It’s a pretty amazing story that I hope you’ll enjoy." ]

[See also: https://twitter.com/cvmosaic
http://cvmosaic.blogspot.com/
http://preciseuncertainty.wordpress.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yex6PXxKMY
https://twitter.com/drjmcalhoun

https://www.dcsdk12.org/castle-view-sets-its-sights-creating-%E2%80%98transformational%E2%80%99-high-school
http://www.inventtolearn.com/colorado/
http://raisingmodernlearners.com/rethinking-school-seriously/ ]
unschooling  alternative  deschooling  education  schools  castleview  colorado  castlerock  jimcalhoun  progressive 
november 2014 by robertogreco
gSchool — Galvanize
"Learn from the best and launch a new path through gSchool's immersive developer training programs, or gain an edge with a gSchool workshop."



"We turn smart, driven beginners into marketable, contributing members of development teams over the course of our 24-week long developer training programs. Our full stack curriculum includes Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, Javascript, CSS3, HTML5, Responsive Design, Database, APIs, Version Control, and Test Driven Development - but our main focus is Rails."

[via: https://vimeo.com/103559084 ]
colorado  sanfrancisco  coding  education  gschool  ruby  rubyonrails  javascript  css3  html5  responsivedesign  development  programming  responsivewebdesign 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Inside Colorado’s flourishing, segregated black market for pot - The Washington Post
"The resentment goes something like: We Latinos and African Americans from the ‘hood were stigmatized for marijuana use, disdained and disproportionately prosecuted in the war on drugs. We grew up in the culture of marijuana, with grandmothers who made oil from the plants and rubbed it on arthritic hands. We sold it as medicine. We sold it for profit and pleasure.

Now pot is legalized and who benefits? Rich people with their money to invest and their clean criminal records and 800 credit scores. And here we are again: on the outskirts of opportunity. A legion of entrepreneurs with big plans and rewired basements chafes with every monthly state tax revenue report.

Ask someone who buys and sells in the underground market how it has responded to legalization and the question is likely to be tossed back with defiance. “You mean, ‘Who’s been shut out of the legal market?’ ” asks Miguel Lopez, chief community organizer of the state’s 420 Rally, which calls for legalization of marijuana nationally.

“It’s kind of like we made all the sacrifices and they packed it up and are making all the money,” says Cisco Gallardo, a well-known gang outreach worker who once sold drugs as a gang member. For the record, he does not partake. It rattles him a little, he says, to see the young people with whom he works shed their NFL and rapper dreams for the next big thing: their own marijuana dispensary.

In this light, taxation is seen as a blunt instrument of exclusion, driving precisely the groups most prosecuted in the war on drug further into the arms of the black market where they remain at risk for arrest or robbery. In one Denver dispensary, a $30 purchase of one-eighth of the Trinity strain of cannabis includes $7.38 in state and local taxes – a near 33 percent rate. As Larisa Bolivar, one of the city’s most well-known proponents of decriminalizing marijuana nationally and opening a true free market, puts it: That seven bucks buys someone lunch.

“It’s simple,” she says. “A high tax rate drives black market growth. It’s an incentive for risky behavior.”"
colorado  2014  blackmarket  warondrugs  inequality  legalization  marijuana  markets  economics  taxes 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Colorado Town votes on License to Hunt Drones « NextNature.net
"A small town of Deer Trail, Colorado is considering a bold move towards the wild robotics. The town board will be voting on an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for shooting down the unmanned aerial vehicles.

[image]

$25 DRONE HUNTING LICENSE FOR RESIDENTS 21 YEAR OF AGE, VALID FOR ONE YEAR.

The head of Deer Trail’s town board, Phillip Steel, proposed the ordinance that would enable the town clerk to issue permits for hunting drones with a shotgun.

“We do not want drones in town,” Philip Steel told a reporter of 7NEWS, “They fly in town, they get shot down.”

Although Steel has not yet spotted a drone flying over his town, he explained “This is a very symbolic ordinance. Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way.”

Although it’s against the law to destroy federal property, Steel’s proposed ordinance outlines weapons, ammunition, rules of engagement, techniques, and bounties for drone hunting. If passed by the town board, Deer Trail would charge $25 for drone hunting licenses for residents 21 year of age, valid for one year."
drones  droneproject  2013  colorado  hunting 
july 2013 by robertogreco
» Seeds Are the New Books - Blog of the Long Now
"The Basalt Public Library in western Colorado has recently started lending seeds out to members. The members “borrow” the seeds with their library card, grow the plants, and harvest the best fruits’ seeds to give back to the library. The library gets better seeds back, while the members get to enjoy most of the harvest and learn more about the embodied art of gardening in the process.

Saving seeds itself is not a new idea–it is an ancient practice that goes back to the invention of agriculture. But combining a seed bank with the modern library is a novel answer to the threat of digital irrelevance, and one that can help preserve the thousands of endangered heirloom varieties that we have cultivated over civilization’s history.

As books and other media start to make the cloud their permanent home, libraries inevitably face the question of how to stay relevant in the future. Part of the answer will probably always be free access to information resources, but the trend seems to suggest that this will become far less pertinent with the proliferation of ebooks, online classes, book-scanning projects, and general free digitalized information.

It is easy to forget that libraries are some ways, very radical institutions. It’s true, you have to be quiet, but the idea that everyone should have access to as much information as possible is a beautiful and powerful concept. When one considers that seeds and the DNA they contain are one of the original information storage devices, it’s almost hard to understand why libraries haven’t always included seeds."
longnow  seeds  planting  plants  libraries  colorado  basaltpubliclibrary  ariculture  gardening  2013  information  storage  civilization 
march 2013 by robertogreco
Harvard Education Letter: Opt-Out Movement Gains Steam
"The forces opposed to high-stakes assessment tests have their Montgomery, and it’s Snohomish.

When more than 550 sets of parents—about one out of 10—in this small town west of Seattle refused to let their children take the Washington State Measurements of Student Progress exam in April, they moved the anti-testing movement to a new phase of civil disobedience.

From two at an elementary school in Portland, Maine, to 550 in Snohomish, to 1,427 in Colorado, frustrated families that oppose the high-stakes tests required by the 11-year-old No Child Left Behind law are deploying a new weapon: keeping their kids from taking them."

"The proportion of Americans who say there’s too much emphasis on testing has nearly doubled, from 20 percent in 1997 to 37 percent today, according to a Gallup Poll conducted for Phi Delta Kappa International."
criticalmass  maine  colorado  washingtonstate  snohomish  2012  parenting  optingout  standardizedtesting  nclb  testing 
september 2012 by robertogreco
M12
"The M12 art collective is organized and operated by a collective of artists and creative professionals and is based in Denver and Byers, Colorado. We also operate a rural field office and land-based project site that is located 2 miles south of the HWY 71 and 36 intersection in Last Chance, Colorado. M12 creates interdisciplinary site-based art works, research projects, and education and outreach programs. Working in the fields of sculpture, architecture, and public art and design, we favor projects that are centered in rural areas and which can be developed through dialogical and collaborative approaches. Our projects explore community identity and the value of often under-represented rural communities and their surrounding landscapes. We strive to be stewards of effective local and global creative problem solving, and a community resource for evolutionary thinking and innovative communication."
byers  denver  collaboration  community  communityidentiry  sculpture  publicart  rural  lastchance  colorado  m12  art  culture  design  interdisciplinary  landscape  learning  place  architecture 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Art Workshops in Aspen Snowmass Colorado | Anderson Ranch Arts Center
"Anderson Ranch Arts Center Anderson Ranch celebrates artists, art-making, critical dialogue and community. We promote personal and professional development of artists of all levels of expertise through year-round workshops in ceramics, sculpture, photography, new media, painting and drawing, printmaking, woodworking, furniture design and more. Our artists residencies for emerging and established artists, summer internships, visiting artists and critics, community outreach, and public events offer a full spectrum of opportunities to creative people of all levels. The facilities feature fully-equipped art studios and galleries. Anderson Ranch programs and activities including art auctions and artist slide lectures, attract thousands of artists, art-lovers, students, faculty and patrons annually to this historic Rocky Mountain ranch dedicated to the fine arts."
furnituredesign  furniture  woodworking  drawing  painting  newmedia  photography  sculpture  ceramics  workshops  aspen  education  community  design  colorado  residencies  art 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Boulder Digital Works at CU
"Our 60 Weeks Program is an integrated projects-driven graduate program in media and business design.<br />
In today's age, learning digital isn't recommended, it's imperative. And while understanding this ever-evolving medium won't happen overnight, you can be sure that over the course of 60 weeks, you'll learn to think globally, design innovatively, and look past perceived barriers.<br />
No matter where you are on your career path, BDW will take your digital skills to a new level. Whether your background is in business, technology, or creative, you'll learn to move comfortably between all three fields. When your 60 weeks are up, not only will you be able to think big, you'll have the skills and experience to be big.<br />
Because digital is always evolving, no day at BDW is ever the same. While our program is fluid, we remain focused on pushing students to explore, refine, and apply the possibilities in digital spaces."
education  design  creativity  altgdp  bdw  boulderdigitalworks  lcproject  digital  projectbasedlearning  mediadesign  boulder  colorado  pbl 
august 2011 by robertogreco
trackosaurus rex - Jake Ricker for Tracko once again!
"Remember the Revival World Premiere Jam back in 2009? Well...it's 2011 and Jake just got back from the Yamaguchi Frame Building School in Rifle, CO. A few Polaroids, 6 rolls of film and about a hours worth of keyboard time and this is what we got from our now bearded friend up in Seattle (Damn Hippie, I'm proud of you)."

"I have no clue where to begin my story of attending the Yamaguchi frame building school. I'm not a good writer so I will do my best to share my two week experience in Rifle, Colorado with you. All I can say is Koichi Yamaguchi might be one of the most amazing persons I have ever meet, let alone learn from."
bikes  biking  yamaguchi  colorado  rifle  yamaguchiframebuildingschool  trackosaurus  2011  education  apprenticeships 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Eagle Rock School
"EAGLE ROCK IS BOTH a school for high school age students and a professional development center for adults, particularly educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people ages 15-17 from around the United States in an innovative learning program with national recognition.

The Professional Development Center works with educators from around the country who wish to study how to re-engage, retain and graduate students. We provide consulting services at school sites and host educators who study and learn from Eagle Rock practices."
education  curriculum  design  schools  eaglerockschool  progressive  pedagogy  colorado  estespark  residential  professionaldevelopment  learning  lcproject  tcsnmy 
may 2011 by robertogreco
A Colorado Conversation - Home 2011
"Learning 2.0: A Colorado Conversation, is a conference/unconference/meetup for teachers, administrators, students, school board members, parents, community, and anyone else who is interested in education…

Education is conversation. Conversation creates change.The future of education does not exist in an isolated world of theory conveyed through abstract conference sessions. Instead, it exists in conversations that begin with a robust learning network that is ever-expanding and just-in-time. Learning 2.0 is not the beginning of this conversation, rather it is a stopping point; a time to talk about the visible difference that we all seek.

We read. We reflect. We write. We share. We learn. Come join us for a day of conversation about learning and technology."
colearning  unconferences  colorado  2011  classroom2.0  teaching  learning  conversation  unschooling  deschooling  technology  future  arapahoehs 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Your city sucks! (And so does mine) – stu.mp
"I very much enjoyed my time in the Pacific Northwest and would recommend checking out both Portland and Seattle. I’m slightly biased towards Seattle because I prefer bigger, denser cities. I didn’t like Boulder at all due to the cold climate and small size of the city.

As a result, I’m sticking with San Francisco, despite poop filled bananas, because it’s a big, dense city filled with a bunch of weirdos who love building great technology."
via:cervus  sanfrancisco  seattle  cascadia  portland  boulder  colorado  comparison  california  cities  living  moving  technology  bayarea  entrepreneurship  pacificnorthwest  losangeles  nyc 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Jefferson County Open School
"Jefferson County Open School (JCOS) is the original Jefferson County School District option school. For over thirty-five years, the Open School has provided a viable, vibrant, and life changing alternative to conventional schooling. JCOS features a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade environment with inter-age groupings throughout the school. At all levels students work closely with their advisor in the development of their personal curriculum. Both individually and in groups, advising is about developing strong, caring relationships between adults and students, and between students and students. JCOS is committed to preserving educational choices for all students and parents. In the face of increasing standardization, our emphasis on personal, social, and intellectual development helps to prepare students for an ever changing world."
openschools  tcsnmy  lcproject  colorado  democratic  freeschools  education  learning  mixed-age  progressive  rockposner 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many - The Denver Post
"tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks & feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of urban fabric. More than 1/3 of streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday...police helicopters are for sale on Internet...city is dumping firefighting jobs, vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops...parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them w/ signs urging users to pack out litter. Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once per 2 weeks...Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; flower & fertilizer budget is zero. City rec centers, indoor & outdoor pools & handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding...Buses no longer run on evenings/weekends...city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on regional authority that can meet only about 10% of need."
infrastructure  collapse  taxes  peakoil  states  gop  colorado  politics  urban  news  coloradosprings  services  cities 
february 2010 by robertogreco
A Colorado school district does away with grade levels | csmonitor.com
"School districts across the US are trying to improve student performance and low test scores. But few have taken as radical an approach as Adams 50. For starters, when the elementary and middle-school students come back next fall, there won't be any grade levels – or traditional grades, for that matter. And those are only the most visible changes in a district that, striving to reverse dismal test scores and a soaring dropout rate, is opting for a wholesale reinvention of itself, rather than the incremental reforms usually favored by administrators. The 10,000-student district in the metropolitan Denver area is at the forefront of a new "standards-based" educational approach that has achieved success in individual schools and in some small districts in Alaska, but has yet to be put to the test on such a large scale in an urban district."
education  schools  policy  agesegregation  standardsbased  colorado  alternative  reform  change 
february 2009 by robertogreco
BLDGBLOG: N.A.W.A.P.A.
"Reisner describes something called N.A.W.A.P.A.: the North American Water and Power Alliance. N.A.W.A.P.A. is nothing less than the hydrological fantasy project of U.S.-based North American water engineers."
canada  future  technology  water  us  west  california  losangeles  colorado  rivers  lakes  lakesuperior  drought  futurism  northamerica 
october 2007 by robertogreco

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