Outside Days

Every day is an outside day for the Kindergarten to Grade 7 students at Maple Ridge’s Environmental School Project (ESP). That’s because there is no school building. However, throughout the winter, there is a 5,157-hectare forest to study and explore. Five years ago, then Vice-Principal Clayton Maitland and teacher- librarian Jodi MacQuarrie, were imagining what […]

Listening Place

A relationship with ‘place’ has the potential to transform our practice as educators. As Gruenewald (2003a) states, “an understanding of it [place] is key to understanding the nature of our relationships with each other and the world” (p.622). Yet, renowned nature writer Hay (as cited in Gessner, 2005) has said that one of the worst […]

AMD Case Study Report Nov. 2013

Putting education in context  School District 42 is in the municipality of Maple Ridge and the District of Pitt Meadows in British Columbia, Canada. Public educators there have been working to complement their conventional school system with a revolutionary approach to teaching—one that doesn’t rely on desks, chairs, blackboards, or even a classroom. Local educator […]

Parents petition for changes to math

Parents concerned with Canada’s dropping math scores have started a petition to have educators return to teaching basic math skills. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development measures the academic ability of 15-year-olds in 65 countries. Overall, Canada ranked 13th. The Canadian score in math of 518 still ranked above the average score of 494, […]

Taking Learning Outside

One of the key themes of our education transformation work is to create the conditions where students can pursue learning experiences that truly appeal to their interests and passions. Sometimes these experiences take place in the traditional classroom; other times they take place in a community setting like a recreation centre or a job site; […]