Newsletter 1 Jan 17, 2018

Welcome to our community and we are excited to share our endeavor to reshape education with you all!

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Upcoming Events


Jan 31 - Launch Event SOLD OUT!

We are looking forward to hosting 20 students and 80 adults for a lively and informative evening.  If you did not get a ticket we encourage you to add your name to our waitlist on Eventbrite.  

General News

We are setting things up! In anticipation of setting up our first year studio space we decided to hit the road and tour the at Stanford University.  We have been inspired by workshops, books, and individuals over the past several years. We specifically wanted to get a feel for how they use their physical space to foster creativity and collaboration in their interdisciplinary teams and to see how some of their flexible space designs could apply to the learning studio we are creating. Needless to say, we were inspired and can’t wait to show you the space we want to present the students with!


Expeditions Update

In addition to setting up our physical site we are actively involved in establishing partnerships with experts in the local community to help inspire our students with amazing learning Expeditions. We are really excited about our most recent Expedition planning session with a local guitar maker.  From living trees to making music, we are preparing an Expedition that is truly unique. Students will be learning everything from the trees that grow to produce the wood for guitars, crafting the instrument and ultimately seeing it play in performance. We are looking forward to finalizing this Expedition for the 2018-2019 school year and will be sharing the details of how it develops along with the other amazing experiences we have in store at Expedition Academy Santa Cruz.

Stay Informed:  News and Ideas

Several large charter school networks that have sent students on to college found that their students were unprepared for the challenges of college despite being  “academically prepared”.  The charter school networks researched some of the reasons why their students were not succeeding in college and then they implemented a redesign of their learning models.  The school redesign teams added the same 3 elements that make up a day at Expedition Academy Santa Cruz:  Campfire, Expeditions, Self Paced Essential Skills.


Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson is one of the foremost experts on creativity and education.  The following TED talk has been viewed 49 million times in the past 11 years. Need some inspiration about the need to change current education models? Go no further, start here.

MIT Media Lab Recommends Lifelong Kindergarten?


We have all heard the saying “everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten.”  But according to Mitchel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group it is not what you learned in kindergarten that is so important, but how you learned it.  In his new book Resnick argues for educational institutions to embrace the learning processes often found in kindergarten in order to foster creative, and lifelong learners.  Resnick describes the 4 building blocks of creativity as Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play.  These 4-Ps are fundamental elements of our approach to learning at Expedition Academy Santa Cruz.  And yes, we also believe that WHAT you learned in kindergarten is deeply important!

We look forward to sharing our continued progress on Expedition Academy Santa Cruz!

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~ The Expedition Academy Santa Cruz Team!