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Education for life.
The Educators' Initiative is an innovative program that focuses on professional development for classroom teachers through the lens of experiential education. Teachers are immersed in a collaborative environment where firsthand experiences, hands-on learning, and individual and group reflection foster professional growth and personal transformation. Educators will focus on how to incorporate experiential education into their classrooms while receiving the support of a network of colleagues to assist them in their curriculum development and delivery.
Weeklong wilderness expedition in the North Carolina mountains, including backpacking, rock climbing, ropes course, and a one-day transference workshop
Yearlong coaching utilizes a “blended” instructional model that includes both one-on-one video conferences and online collaboration
A weekend retreat in November where EI participants reconvene with NCOBS staff and other experts in the field of experiential education
Readings on current educational topics that spark reflection, discussion, and innovation
Regular meetings between EI participants at each school, providing opportunities for collaboration, support, and curriculum development
Continuing Education Credits will be documented for wilderness course workshops and weekend retreats. It is the responsibility of each participant to submit the required paperwork to their local or state district
Goals and Objectives
Develop and reinforce teachers’ understanding and appreciation of experiential education philosophy and methodology
Support teachers as they seek to integrate both the process and content of experiential education in their classrooms
Provide teachers with tools and strategies to promote intentional community development among students
Encourage teachers to focus on reflective and student-centered practice, empowering student responsibility for classroom leadership
Develop community among participating teachers at each school as well as with colleagues at other schools
Promote accountability for teachers and sustainability of the program through ongoing collaboration among participants and North Carolina Outward Bound School staff
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North Carolina Outward Bound School is a registered 501(c)(3). Contributions are therefore tax-deductible to the full extent provided by the law. Financial information about North Carolina Outward Bound School is available from the NC State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (919) 733-4150.