Recently I have been studying Eastern philosophy and Raja Yoga and been finding ways to incorporate them into my Circles practice. In Raja Yoga you are encouraged to meditate with your eyes open and focus on your third eye (center of forehead). The belief is that if you learn to meditate and focus…Continue
In preparing students for the world outside school, what skills are important to learn? This goes to the heart of the research addressed in the Deeper Learning Report released by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science in Washington.
Simply defined, “deeper learning” is the “process of learning for transfer,” meaning it allows a student to take what’s learned in one…Continue
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On August 15, 2012 at 5:30pm Roca and the Massachusetts Refugee Immigrant and Advocacy Coalition will be hosting a free informational community forum on the deferred action for DREAMers. We will be expecting close to 300 people at this event. Advocates, lawyers and immigration experts will be at hand to help answer questions about eligibility and the application process for DREAMers.…
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One of the major controversies around Circles has been in regards to using them as an alternative to sentencing outside of Indigenous communities. In Canada and Minnesota they have been successful in using sentencing Circles however they are not appropriate…Continue
Today I am hosting a Community Learning Exchange among Roca staff to talk about Obama's announcement on June 15th. Below are 10 things everyone should know about this new policy change:
Current Status of New Immigration Policy
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The Beacon Hill neighborhood in Seattle, Washington is building an urban food forest on 7 acres of public land. Located in one of the most diverse zip codes in the United States, their neighborhood community has come together to grow their own food to rehabilitate the local ecosystem, improve public health and educate about the climate impact of food production. The…Continue
Which citizen participation/problem solving process has the better cost/benefit ratio for problem solving on a scale most of us have never known before?
We live in a time of unprecedented opportunities, in many ways created by the expansion of the Internet, and by electronic devices, communication satellites, etc which make it possible for information, knowledge and wisdom to be passed quickly to a broad range of international…Continue
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Eric captures the importance of the engaged citizenry we highlight in the CLE process.
This year I'll wrap up a decade as a trustee of the Seattle Public Library. Our board of five citizens has unusual authority. Appointed by the mayor, we are an independent operating body. The city council gives us a line in the budget, but how we spend those funds, on what programs, in what allocations across which neighborhoods, with what kinds of popular input, and under what policies --…Continue
Hope everyone is having a good time and great summer!!
I really miss talking with everybody and hope to share stories with everyone at the next CLE gathering!
But let everybody know what I've been doing more recently, here is the address to a facebook page I created that shows a collection of my Hats and the story and meaning behind them. Hope y'all get to check out the page and the Picture Stories I've got posted!
Much love and see all of you soon!…
Added by S. Kwesi Rollins on April 13, 2012 at 1:14pm — No Comments
An interesting article on how technology is transforming universities.
How can we creatively increase the ways we communicate in our network while maintaining a highly relational approach?
Added by Dale Nienow on March 30, 2012 at 8:09am — No Comments
Great article about a courageous girl who took a critical look at her own education and shared it with others in power. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like those she shared it with knew how to react to her criticism in a positive way.
The article is called: "…Continue
This article appeared in the Seattle Time February 10, 2012. Based on the chart in image 3 on the right, the issue isn't unique to Seattle. Kudos to the Edgar Martinez Foundation for taking this on locally, and to the Community Learning Exchange partners for recognizing the issue on a national level.…Continue
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And it's all over but the shouting!
What an amazing event! Sorry for not getting back to blogging yesterday, was tied up with all the amazing travel and experiences. Sometimes you have to take off your writers hat and settle down as a participant.
So here we are: Sunday morning. Seeing people back to the airport, saying goodbye, planning for the next one.
Yesterday, we had some incredible site visits in San Marcos and Austin. Folks got the chance…Continue
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Begins with a breakfast taco and set up for the day.
Last night we had an amazing evening and it was great to see everyone talking and connecting even after the event. A few teams hit the town, some headed back to the hotel. Our local team closed up shop and debriefed about the day.
Sunrise this morning was excellent and I am anticipating a beautiful day to continue the work.
This morning we outlined the process and set the space. Dale and Monica…Continue
Here we are. An amazingly beautiful evening in San Marcos, Texas. Right on the main square.
After several months of planning and one hectic afternoon, we kick off the Central Texas CLE with a wonderful group of people from all across the country. This gathering we are representing 14 different sites and over 65 people. Some old friends, some new faces. Everyone here to experience and learn from one another.
That is what we must…Continue
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