An Evaluation Structure That Empowers

By Haley Leopold During my adolescence, acing my exams was top priority. I would spend endless hours memorizing bits of content and vocabulary only to forget the majority of it the following semester. I graduated with a GPA that ranked me higher than the majority of my peers yet told me nothing about my passions, how well I collaborate, or my overall level of self-awareness. I believe this experience has influenced my work with the Springhouse curriculum, including the implementation of a skills-based competency framework and its complimentary evaluation structure, the Defense of Learning (DOL). At the end of every trimester, learners self-assess and defend their progress in the specific ski

Community Internship Program - A Learner's Perspective

By Conner Katerba When I first came to Springhouse, I had no idea what exactly internships were and why we even had them. I thought internships were just something adults did to gain experience over a small field of work. As it turns out, I was very wrong. Over the course of the first trimester, I learned the importance of internships and some of the skills that can be acquired through one. My first internship was cob bench building with local builder Juan De Risio. My internship group started off with learning about “Deep Ecology,” which means that everything is connected in some way. We then created clay concepts of what we wanted the bench to look like. Before we were able to start workin

Learner Voice - #GivingTuesdayforTeens

We need Springhouse because it supports and cultivates learner voice. Earlier this month, a learner-organized fundraiser event was held at the school. More than eighty people came and enjoyed a gratitude walk with reflection and story, an amazing Indian dinner, and songs shared by Springhouse teens. Through this well-planned and meaningful time together in community, the teens raised over $2,000! The learner voice continues to strengthen and grow as teens have come together to change up the way we, as a school, make our annual ask through a mailing. Several teens summoned their creativity and courage to reimagine this ask of financial support and also share more personally why they are at Sp

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