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Article Title: "Connecting Students to the World Through Food Studies"
Date of Article: 04/22/2019
Article Author: Sarah K. Anderson
Article Type: Guest Blog
This winter, the 7th and 8th grade students at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science explored the question: “What can we learn about the world by looking at our food?” These explorations allowed students to learn about globalization through all of the disciplines mentioned above, leaning heavily upon personal and local connections. Emily Conner, the 7th/8th grade humanities teacher (and creator of most of the activities below), pulled in guest speakers, books, and other resources to create an interdisciplinary unit that additionally incorporated language arts, technology, visual art, and career skills. Below are elements of the unit, any of which can be led in a classroom as a stand-alone activity.
Sarah K. Anderson spent most of her childhood exploring rivers and forests near her rural Vermont home- experiences which provided inspiration for a passion for nature and all things wild. After graduating with a degree in American Studies from Bard College in New York, Sarah served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Metro Parks and Greenspaces in Portland, OR. Since then, she has worked as a crew leader at an educational farm in Vermont, a Teacher Naturalist in the California Redwoods and a Middle School Humanities teacher at The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland and 7/8th grade at The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science. Sarah received a Masters of Education from Antioch New England Graduate School, where she specialized in integrated and place-based education.
Sarah has written a book about Place-Based Learning and The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, titled “Bringing School to Life: Place-based Education Across the Curriculum.” Learn more about the book here .
Article Title: "Cottonwood School Student Podcasters"
Date of Article: 04/17/2019
Article Author: Ken Jones
Article Type: Article / Media
Our Radiozine guests today are a group of 7th and 8th grade students from Portland’s Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, and their Humanities teacher, Emily Conner. The students recently completed podcasts on the topic Globalization and Food, and entered them in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. The winners will be announced later this month.
We’re fortunate to have Emily and three of the podcast groups here to tell us more about the project and their work. And we’ll be playing those podcasts for you — Con Leche, Candy Calamity, and Consider the Vegan. The future of radio is in very good hands!
Ken Jones writes and produces radio comedy, in addition to doing author interviews and co-anchoring the Monday PM news on KBOO.
Article Title: "South Waterfront School Honored with SOLVE Award"
Date of Article: 04/01/2019
Article Author: Laura Stanfill
Article Type: Article in Newspaper
SOLVE, an Oregon nonprofit dedicated to environmental stewardship, has named Cottonwood School of Civics and Science its Youth Group of the Year for 2019. The whole school, kindergarten through eighth grade as well as staff, do an annual Willamette River cleanup in the South Waterfront neighborhood as part of its Earth Day celebrations.
Find the article on Page 11.
Laura Stanfill is a novelist, an award-winning journalist, and the publisher of Forest Avenue Press. She earned a full scholarship to the 2018 Yale Publishing Course from the Independent Book Publishers Association and Publishers Weekly designated her as a 2017 Star Watch honoree. She founded the Main Street Writers Movement in 2017 to encourage writers to build community at the local level. Laura Stanfill is also a board member of The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science.
For News prior to April, 2019, please refer to the blog archives.