There are many updates for the student learning that is taking place. Nadiya followed up on her discovery and has collaborated to validate other sources. She also contacted the author of one of her books and received an email in return. Garrett found out that finding the answers to deeply scientific questions was easier than locating the political loophole that allowed the recent GMO extension to pass through legal avenues. He tried for several hours to find the sections covered by the passing of the bill. This growth was substantial as Garrett began his research fully in favor of GMO’s, desiring only to find evidence that their impact is far more positive than negative. He is now aware of the harm and possible negative impact associated with them and realizes the quagmire created when large corporations involve themselves in legislation. Finding out the facts proved to be a monumental learning experience for him. We have also had the benefit of attending a leadership conference with several captivating speakers. Guy Kawasaki, Terry Bradshaw, and Amanda Gore inspired my students in many ways. You know it was worthwhile when the content is discussed in multiple situations for over a week. Hearing discussions of enchantment, self-improvement, gratitude, joy, and spirit is delightful. These students are applying their experiences in their daily interactions. All in all it has been a valuable few weeks.
Future Leaders: A few of the students waiting for the speakers to begin.
I am leaving for a few days to attend my orientation for an Educator’s trip to India this summer. Sponsored by The Center for International Understanding, I am both honored and humbled by the chance to meet other educators who envision a world where borders dissolve and cultures cooperate. Before I leave, let me share the list of topics for this year’s graduating class. You will be amazed by the diversity here. I am learning so much as I act as mentor, guide, and collaborator for this amazing group of students. Please let me know if you have any questions or contacts for any of them.
List of Topics for 2013
The Tradition and Decoration of the Kimono
Sewing – Uniform design
Guitar Crafting (building an electric guitar)
Forensic Science and the Steps of Decomposition
Genetically Modified Crops
Photographic Documentation of Rural Appalachia
Tattoo – Evolution of Design
Tattoo – History and Culture
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Homelessness – Women and Children
Bacterial Infections – Causes, Treatment, and Prevention
Plant Identification and Natural Remedies on the Appalachian Trail
Slavery in Western North Carolina – George Avery
Nutrition, Exercise and Health
Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae
The History of Revivals
Out of School Migrant Youth Workers and Services for Education
HTML and Net Neutrality
Diseases of the Eye and Services for the Blind
Kindness and Self-Esteem in Children
Wow! Look out world, we are setting sail to make a difference.