A year-end message from Aaron Stern

In what has become a yearly tradition, I’m writing to share with you my reflections on the work of the Academy for the Love of Learning, and to give you a glimpse into where the Academy is heading in the coming year. 2018 happens to be a very special year, as it marks the 20th anniversary…

Reflection and Emergence

Founder’s Blog Celebrating the Academy for the Love of Learning’s 20th Anniversary In this series of blog entries, Academy founder Aaron Stern reflects upon the founding impulses of the Academy and shares images of the future – echoing our 20th anniversary theme – Reflection and Emergence. It was while I was Dean of the American…

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…

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