Newsletter #9 - The Power Behind Expeditions

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

Upcoming Events

Expedition Academy Santa Cruz Open House Event!

On Saturday, May 12th, we will be hosting our fourth Open House event for prospective families. We look forward to giving parents and their eligible children a glimpse into the Expedition Academy Santa Cruz experience.

Tickets available on Eventbrite!

Summer Offerings!

We have Summer activities for students! We have classes in Robotics, Chemistry, Design and Nature Science! Check out our week-long activities and sign up today!

General News and Ideas

What School Could Be

by: Ted Dintersmith

In his book What School Could Be, Ted Dintersmith distills his yearlong journey in search of inspiring learning experiences in American schools into the following graphic:  


Our goal is to infuse the elements of powerful learning experiences Dintersmith identifies into the daily fabric of Expedition Academy Santa Cruz.  


We are inspired by the way other schools such as High Tech High engage their students with projects that clearly incorporate all the elements of PEAK.  Look for the elements of PEAK in the following video from High Tech High.


Designing and Implementing PEAK at Expedition Academy Santa Cruz

Cultivating a growth mindset in our students and in ourselves....this summer we are going to be students at Explo where we are going to continue to develop our abilities to design and implement PEAK learning experiences for our students at Expedition Academy Santa Cruz.  We firmly believe that by continuously putting ourselves in the role of student we not only develop new skills and mindsets but we also develop our empathy for the daily struggles and successes that our students experience which helps us guide them through their learning process.  We are excited to announce our participation in a week long Critical Making Workshop hosted by ExploStudio in Norwood, Massachusetts this summer.  Explo has been running summer and after-school programs for over 40 years following the motto:  Learning Through Exploration. We are excited to learn new skills and mindsets as we partner with their curriculum development team on designing our first year of PEAK infused Expeditions (our term for extended interdisciplinary projects).


Partnering with the Community to Create PEAK

The Santa Cruz community is full of experiences and experts that can help our students through their PEAK learning experiences.  One of the major cornerstones in the Expedition experience for students is the Student Action Project. Students will have the ability to apply their knowledge learned in an expedition to their own creative projects. To prepare for these exciting projects we are developing a relationship with the Santa Cruz Idea Fab Lab to provide a workspace for student creative projects.  We will not just be visiting the Fab Lab for a field trip, we will be using the space regularly to explore our creative design ideas. Whether students want to use 3D printers, laser cutters, wood routers or electronics, the Fab Lab will be an amazing space for our students to unleash their creative potential!


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

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~ The Expedition Academy Santa Cruz Team!