While I do not have the time or energy to fully explain what I saw and heard, I did write down and pull from the conference program/materials several key phrases that to me, help define the conference:
- Inquiry-driven education
- international partnerships
- success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants
- build an alliance
- community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding
- authentic dialogue
- "That's all we can really do--make a difference where we are."
- time in nature benefits students
- What more can I do? How can I reach them?
- Increase inquiry
- Focus, Purpose, Have a cause.
- Cultural experience
- Diverse cohort
- "We tell students all of the time to make a difference, but you can go all the way from Kindergarten to high school to college without ever practicing making a difference."
- environmental education
- Living with people, alongside of them
- build partnerships with small, grassroots organizations
- children eat 33% more when lunch is after recess
- mindfulness in the classroom--give children the opportunity for a positive break
- Incomparable field experience
- Inquiry as a lifestyle
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Can you tell I am inspired?