January 14, 2020

"If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

– Atticus Finch in To Kill...

October 18, 2019

The Drexel Fund is a venture philanthropy fund that invests in private school founders who are willing to bring innovative educational models to communities of the highest need. This blog series will keep you in the loop on my Drexel Journey! 

On October 6 I returned to...

May 9, 2019

"We are all in this together." - Power of Unity, Conscious Discipline

In cooperatively run schools, parents stand alongside educators and students to shape the growth and progress of the educational environment. Within this setting all stakeholders work together to buil...

December 4, 2017

Our November Coding Intensive with Eco-Collective Partner Codecraft Lab was a big hit with our student community!

We are so thankful to the team at Codecraft Lab for opening their space to our students and giving each child the opportunity to experience the language of...

May 19, 2017

With one week left to go before the end of our very first semester I thought it might be a good time to share my thoughts on the incredible experience of founding a not for profit private school. The Verdi EcoSchool was born out of frustration and a soul-deep belief th...

September 12, 2016

Our first community workday was yesterday. It seemed fitting to sow new life on this day - to appreciate the present. To revel in new growth.

The seed of community has been firmly planted and it felt good to meet new friends and make connections with kindred spirits.


August 20, 2016

*Some names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Julia Penman* has been a teacher for 5 years in her local public school district and this is her last year.

“I just can’t do it anymore.” says Penman.

“The parents hate the schools, the schools are failing the student...

August 1, 2016

For the past two months I have met with over 50 educators and professionals from a diverse range of specialties.

These meetings were often informal, over coffee or tea, and intensely personal.

My aim was to get to know each individual outside of the rigid structure often...

July 14, 2016

Community engagement is an integral piece of place based education*.

We set out to form our Eco-Collective** right away, aggressively recruiting community partners to host teaching gardens and farms that our students could cultivate. The response was incredible and our...

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