HOW WE LEARN
PLACE AND NATURE-BASED EDUCATION
By placing importance on expanding learning beyond the traditional four-walls of a classroom and using the community as a campus students develop a strong connection to nature and place.
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a student - led, interdisciplinary approach to learning in which students learn collaboratively about a subject through the experience of solving open - ended, interdisciplinary, real-world problems.
SOCIAL - EMOTIONAL LEARNING
We employ the framework of Conscious Discipline to support self-regulation in ways that strengthen relationships and help children to build respectful relationships with themselves, peers, parents and each other.
Multiage classrooms are composed of students with a diverse range of abilities and ages. Educators focus on teaching each child according to his or her own strengths and challenges to increase engagement and growth.
COOPERATIVE SCHOOL COMMUNITY
As a nonprofit, cooperative school, Verdi EcoSchool continues to evolve and grow into the best version of itself: an organization in which the entire school community shares responsibility for running the school. In cooperative schools, which are also sometimes referred to as parent participation schools, the focus is on creating a school in which all stakeholders work together for the collective good and benefit of the student body.
Cooperative schools are based on the premise that strong and positive school-family relationships are the foundation of an effective education. Parent involvement/participation is not just about volunteering/attendance at events but a recognition that the health of the School Family extends into the parent-child relationship.
ECO-COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The process of using the local community as a classroom to create an immersive curriculum forms the basis of the Place-Based Education philosophy. Hands-on, real-life experiences create profound learning moments that offer context for traditional academic subjects. Our Eco-Collective is a partnership of institutions, businesses and individuals primarily within the immediate area of the Eau Gallie Arts District who have come together to cultivate a dynamic campus.