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.
When the forecast calls for a high of 100 degrees, you’ve got to do something to beat the heat. At Wayfinding Academy, that means a potluck by the river, in this case at the houseboat of a dedicated Wayfinding volunteer. Here’s what a day off looks like for the Wayfinding community.
It's the start of a new school year, and Wayfinding Academy students are kicking it off by welcoming cohort 2 into the student body government that cohort 1 students developed throughout last year.
What happens when 18 new Wayfinding Academy students spend a week in the woods together? One word: Magic.
We're excited to share the first installment of Wayfinding Academy's new weekly documentary series! Join us at our summer all-hands-on-deck retreat as we plan out the new "Show (y)our Work" chief initiative for the upcoming school year.
This term, cohort 1 have been dreaming, being, and participating in the Futures and Citizenship core course alongside internships, independent study, and other projects. Wayfinding Academy Faculty member Sarah Iannarone led this course. This Wayfinding blog shares more about the intersection of society and self.
Before founding Wayfinding Academy, Michelle Jones was a professor at Concordia University and the World Domination Summit (WDS) "Magician". For the five first WDS events, Michelle's mission was to weave the core WDS values of community, adventure, and service into the entire experience. WDS is an in-person gathering right here in Portland, Oregon where individuals with a shared pursuit of changing the world ask the question: How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?
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