Become a Friend of the Academy

2018 marks two special anniversaries for the Academy for the Love of Learning, leading us to both reflect on our history and look to the emerging future. This year is the 20th anniversary of the formal establishment of the Academy as an organization. We are also celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Lenny, as…

“Don’t We Never Learn?” Part I: Trouble in Tahiti

Academy for the Love of Learning Founder and President Aaron Stern shared this letter with participants prior to the first of our anniversary offerings held on April 29th. We hope that you will join us on May 20th for “Don’t We Never Learn?” Part II: Learning and Transformation. Trouble in Tahiti In Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble…

Discovering the Power of Story

As the El Otro Lado in the Schools program enters spring semester, our teaching artists, teachers, and students are preparing for our 4th annual community celebration.  Here is a glimpse into what is unfolding in the 5th grade at Atalaya Elementary. We hope you will join us to witness the artwork and stories on Friday,…

El Otro Lado Family Interviews

Nava Elementary School in Santa Fe, New Mexico has been part of the El Otro Lado in the Schools program for seven years, with the teachers making it part of Nava’s school identity. Throughout the year, multiple classrooms experience the El Otro Lado program, using the power of art and creative expression to explore and…

The Time is Now for Whole Student Education: A Critical Dialogue with The Dalai Lama and Leading Scientists and Education Experts

From March 12-16, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will engage in an in-depth dialogue with leading scientists, humanities scholars, education researchers, and practitioners on the topic of education and how to best prepare young people for their roles in a rapidly-changing world. New models for integrating the teaching of compassion and ethics in schools…

Beautiful Trouble: 2018 Creative Facilitation Gathering

The third annual Creative Facilitation Gathering was held January 19-22, 2018 at the Academy for the Love of Learning, with the intention of bringing together a group of inspired change-makers to cultivate peer-to-peer community learning. This year’s gathering was focused on developing constructive feedback processes to deepen individual creative facilitation practices. Twenty-five deeply-rooted New Mexicans…

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,…

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