In 2002, a young gentleman who goes by the stage name of The Streets put out a song called Let’s Push Things Forward. In it, he raps about his belief that the music industry had become stagnant and that it was time to, well, push things forward.
We've got a gift that we're working on right now, a gift that we'd like to give to our students and to our broader community. It's called 5 Talks & 5 Prompts to Help You Live Life on Purpose. The idea is that we'll select five talks (think TED Talks, commencement addresses, etc.) that are particularly impactful and then pair each talk with a prompt so that after watching you're able to process, reflect on, and then act on the ideas shared.
We think that the best way to get to know Wayfinding Academy is to come visit us in person. The second best way to get to know us? How about this: a student-led video tour of campus on a typical Tuesday. That's what we made last week.
One of our priorities here at Wayfinding Academy is to weave together college and community. We did that last night when we hosted a TEDx Salon event, organized by many Wayfinding students and attended by Portland community members. Students do it through internships that take them outside of our campus to work alongside others in the community. Today we'd like to announce another way in which we're weaving together college and community - through our new Creator in Residence program.
A new term has begun at Wayfinding Academy, a term unlike any other. For the first time in Wayfinding history, both cohorts are taking a course together. That course is titled Making Good Choices, and it's taught by Sarah Wolfarth, who had this to say after the first day of class:
In 198 days, the first-ever cohort of Wayfinding students will graduate. Weve started planning what a Wayfinding graduation will include with a blend of recognizable traditions from higher education and elements that are uniquely Wayfinding. For the next few months, our crew, faculty and these students will be focusing a lot on their next steps and helping them be prepared for success in whatever they choose to do after Wayfinding.
Unless you build in the time and the space for it, stepping back to reflect on where you've been and where you're going can be a hard thing to do. Right now, though, as we near the end of 2017, it's probably a little bit easier, and you might already be doing some version of that yourself. Just a month ago we did it with cohort 1 (our inaugural group of students) during a weekend at the Oregon coast.
Where does your voice get stuck?That's the question that Wayfinding Academy student Elizabeth explored in a collaborative art piece within our course Communicating Effectively.
At Wayfinding Academy, we like to dream. We also like to back up those dreams with action. (If we didn't we never would have gotten this college off of the ground in the first place.) Last Saturday we had the opportunity to celebrate not just our dreams as a new college, but the dreams of those within our broader community at the 2nd-annual Live Your Dreams party.
Earlier this month we opened up our doors to potential students and new community members for an opportunity to get to know us and our space a bit better. We captured that Open House event in the recap video that we think you'll enjoy watching.
We've reached the end of the first term of the second year of Wayfinding Academy. For us it flew by, so we thought we'd take this opportunity to look back and reflect on what happened in the past few months, using our weekly video series This is Wayfinding to help with that task.
There's a line in Wayfinding Academy's creed that goes like this: "We are humans to be cultivated, not objects to be sorted. We value students before edifice. And crafting by hand over assembling by line." It's that "crafting by hand" piece that we'd like to highlight in this post.
Understanding Our World, a course within Wayfinding Academy's core curriculum, is grounded in some basic philosophical and pedagogical beliefs. The course attempts to achieve two basic goals: to understand the history and major paradigms that have shaped our world and to explore alternative ways to think and act to “relieve the suffering.”
It might seem odd to refer to student recruitment as Matchmaking, but like everything else at Wayfinding Academy, we do things a bit differently here.
Do you remember back in May when we shared what our students were up to for their internships and how one of those students, Austin, was developing his visual thinking skills?Well, that's not the only way that students and staff have been tapping into the visual powers of the brain. Here are a few more stories for you...
Curious about what is takes to put on a TEDx event? Last weekend, a year's worth of work culminated in a transformative day-long experience known as TEDxMtHood. This was the seventh year that Wayfinding Academy President and Founder, Michelle Jones, was the lead organizer of the event. But for the Wayfinding students on the planning team, as well as those that served as day-of volunteers, it was their first time seeing an event like this from the inside.
Students, Luminaries, Community Members, lend me your ears...
Last weekend a group of six students and community members embarked on a road trip to Ashland, home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Although we each had a varying degrees of experience with theatre we were excited to see what the festival had in store.
A few weeks ago we shared a bit about how we welcomed our second cohort of students with a week-long orientation. Over the past month, they have been digging into their core classes, making new friends, and beginning to explore some big ideas. Our building has been buzzing with continuous energy.
At Wayfinding Academy we are committed to helping students graduate without soul-crushing debt. As a young non-profit college, we have the opportunity to build a different kind of financial model, and we’re not letting that opportunity pass us by.