Up Close: Voices of our Elders

“This is a great gift to our island.” —Friday Harbor Story Gathering Workshop Participant Over the summer of 2017, The Academy for the Love of Learning worked with composer/facilitator Grisha Krivchenia to deliver a Lifesongs Story Gathering Training in Friday Harbor, Washington and explore a model for bringing Lifesongs to new communities. This past September,…

Change from Within

More than twenty-five years ago, I made the decision to become a classroom teacher. It was not, admittedly, my first career choice. I believed I was destined to be a Saturday Night Live cast member or maybe an international photojournalist. But, as it turns out, I really loved teaching. I entered my first year in…

When does learning come alive for you?

Think back on a time when learning was very alive for you. What do you think brought you to life as a learner? What was happening within you, and in the environment around you? Was it sounds and textures of the space, or perhaps the inspiring mentor who patiently guided you, or the passionate teacher…

Teacher preparedness through a different lens

As the summer comes to an end, families are preparing children for the return to school, filling backpacks with school supplies, checking bus schedules, and tending to feelings of anticipation. Educators too are gearing up for the new year ahead of them. I think back on my time in the classroom when I was preparing…

Exploring the Essence of Self

Who are you? What is the nature of the ‘you’ with whom you identify day in and day out as you move through life, probably without a second thought? Much as you may attempt to define yourself by what you do, what you believe, and what you love, do you ever truly get to capture…

Stories of Transformation and Revelation

It’s a bright, brisk January morning when I roll up to the gates of the Thornburg Foundation. I buzz in through a speaker to announce who I am and what I’m doing here at this elegant, imposing office at the edge of Santa Fe. Just so I don’t mess this up, I’ve got the email…

Expanding the El Otro Lado program

Since its incorporation in 1998, the Academy for the Love of Learning has intended for its programs to be accessible to the greater community. The programs at the core of the Academy have become firmly rooted within our home city of Santa Fe, NM, and word has spread. In the last couple of years, organizations…

Helping teachers renew—not reform

A Peek “Under the Hood” of the Institute for Teaching’s Teacher Renewal Institute Every year around this season, as we prepare for the Academy’s annual Teacher Renewal Summer Institute, I can’t help but compare our work to other types of “professional development” for teachers. Though there are many terrific, engaging learning programs for teachers here…

Fostering a Respectful Environment

On Friday, April 28th from 5-8 PM, over 50 mentorship pairs, their family, friends, and the Santa Fe community will gather at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion to engage one-on-one with both protégés and mentors as they share what they have learned in the fields they care about most: computer coding, electric guitar, basketball, architecture, creative…

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