Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Forbes -- Ideas and adventure abound at San Diego Cooperative Charter School. For example, when students learned that their teacher’s spouse was being deployed, they decided to make blankets and care packages for military personnel and families. When a teacher discovered students’ interest in wilderness exploration, he designed a “survival” elective in which students learned to build makeshift forts and tools. Furthermore, when a group of teachers grew concerned that students were not interacting enough across age groups, they designed a multi-age component of the school day in which students work on collaborative projects. How does such a spirit of experimentation and innovation develop in a school?
Part of the answer sits about ten minutes down the road. Many teachers and administrators at San Diego Cooperative Charter School studied at The University of San Diego, which has a legacy of innovation and service. Since the start of USD’s service-learning initiative, students and faculty have contributed approximately 2 million hours of community support in disciplines from engineering to education. USD students graduate dedicated to their community and willing to propose solutions to social problems. (Full Story)