Wayfinding Academy's Creator in Residence Program

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Wayfinding Academy's Creator in Residence Program

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.

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Welcome back, Wayfinders

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Welcome back, Wayfinders

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:

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The transferability of a Wayfinding degree

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The transferability of a Wayfinding degree

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.

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Let's get (Re)oriented

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Let's get (Re)oriented

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.

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Making Mirror Art

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Making Mirror Art

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.

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Live Your Dreams Party 2017

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Live Your Dreams Party 2017

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.

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Open House 2017

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Open House 2017

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.

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A Look Back At The Past Term

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A Look Back At The Past Term

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.

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The First-Ever Wayfinding Academy Art Show

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The First-Ever Wayfinding Academy Art Show

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.

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Understanding Our World (Course Preview)

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Understanding Our World (Course Preview)

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.” 

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Meet the Matchmakers

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Meet the Matchmakers

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.

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Let's get visual

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Let's get visual

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...

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How to put on a TEDx event

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How to put on a TEDx event

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.

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How we're making college more affordable

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How we're making college more affordable

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.

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Wayfinding on the River

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Wayfinding on the River

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.

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