SFU, Maple Ridge eye environmental school

SFU’s Faculty of Education, the District of Maple Ridge, School District 42 and other community partners are exploring the possibility of opening a model environmental school and learning centre in the municipality as early as September 2010.

Assistant professors Sean Blenkinsop and Mark Fettes, co-directors of SFU’s Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG), approached Maple Ridge with a proposal to begin developing the school as a research project earlier this year.

The school board has already approved and is now gathering parental support for the school, which would operate for five years as a “community-based school for place-based ecological education,” says Blenkinsop. After that, he says, “it would hopefully become a model for similar schools elsewhere.”

Full Story: SFU News Online – SFU, Maple Ridge eye environmental school – July 9, 2009