Eagle Rock School
Eagle Rock is both a school for high school age students and a professional development center for adults, particularly educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people ages 15-17 from around the United States in an innovative learning program with national recognition.
The Professional Development Center hosts educators from around the world who wish to study how to re-engage students in learning, keep them in school, get them graduated, and help them go on to make a difference in the world.
Location: Estes Park, CO
Highlights:FOCAL POINTS OF THE EAGLE ROCK PROGRAM AND CURRICULUM
Initiatives of the Professional Development Center
Creating a community of learners
A set of guiding principles — "8 themes + 5 expectations = 10 commitments"
Challenging new students with a wilderness trip
Personal growth as well as academic growth
Service, being of "use"
Standards-based education with high expectations
Documentation of learning to prove mastery or proficiency
Active, interactive, interdisciplinary, and project-based experiential learning
Orientation toward application of learning
Courses regarded as vehicles for learning and documenting proficiency
No grades for courses and, therefore, no failure
Learning in a variety of modes, including times and spaces
Performance assessment that enhances learning
include hosting visiting educators from around the world; speaking at conferences; sponsoring twelve fellowships with Public Allies
; offering a variety of learning opportunities to pre-student teachers, student teachers, graduate students and researchers; providing technical assistance to schools and districts; helping fellows become certified through an approved alternative licensure program; and publishing articles (in educational journals as well as the New York Times and Teacher magazine) and books about Eagle Rock.
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