Enhancing Geography Education in Washington State
At Oroville High School we are a somewhat remote, but definitely rural, small school. We have to step outside of the box to provide our students with a broad experience. We've worked hard to do this, here are some activities we are engaged in trying to grow the experience for our students:
Online video conferences through AAG and MyCOE with Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ghana to date. Our students are conversing and sharing our experience in a community based effort to upgrade and develop part of the Pacific Northwest Trail (www.pnt.org/) that runs directly through our community and only a few blocks from our school. We learn about comparable sustainable local efforts in our corresponding schools in other countries and share our cultural experience while gaining some understanding of other students lives.
All of our seniors are required to do a community based senior project that enhances or contributes to the community. We steer as many students as possible to hard projects that enhances our community, builds connections between our school and town, give our students a sense of engagement with the community, develop a network of cross age connections and allow our students to be seen as engaged and involved.
Our students have been engaged in international exchanges to the Dominican Republic and Turkey, We continue to seek opportunities to give our students the opportunity to engage in a variety of Global Education opportunities. We are working closely with AAG and MyCOE, with iEARN and Journalism 2.0 and explore more opportunities as they arise.
We are growing, expanding and searching for more opportunities. We are most fortunate to be a small school with the flexibility to jump at opportunities and take our students where they might go. We have support from the community and eager backing from our administration to try out new adventures as the offer themselves.
Personally I am involved in Global Washington, WSCSS, NCSS, OAH, the USFS (as a Botany Technician doing vegetation surveys), Rare Care, PNTA, NWMI, and a many other programs. Currently I am involved with a research effort to determine if we have a new species of plant that was recently discovered in our nearby forest, push for continued development of our nearby section of the PNT, cooperate the local Borderlands Historical Society and more. I was recently honored with a 2011 KCTS Golden Apple Award in recognition of the long term involvement of our school and students in Global Education efforts. We continue to expand our opportunities.