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Reading the World 2018

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Reading the World: Finding intersections of literacy, creativity, and sustainability

April 11, 6:30-8:30 pm; April 12-13, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


What conditions do human beings need to thrive? What is the role of schooling in creating these conditions? How are literacy, creativity, and sustainability related and interrelated? How do we support children to connect their reading of the world to the things we do in school? How is creativity necessary for the sustainability of our democracy and our planet? How do we best support the transition between reading the world and reading the word in a way that doesn't limit creativity?

When we invite the 100 Languages into schools, we open the door to new kinds of relationships and creativity, including joyful learning that supports the growth and development of a citizenry that can reinvigorate our democracy. Reading the World invites participants into a study of Opal School children and teachers at work. Observe Opal Beginning School (ages 3-5) and Opal Charter School (grades k-5) in session. Engage in reflection and dialog about the role of quality in education.

A few reflections from 2017 Reading the World participants:

Amazing value: Restored my excitement and joy of teaching.

This strengthened my view of teaching as a creative, artistic act, necessary for individual and collective well-being.

The value of this experience to me has a been tremendous - as a teacher, a learner, and a human. I feel so grateful to have been pushed (gently!) to take risks and step out of my comfort zone.

I am leaving so energized! It's important to have difficult conversations and to see new possibilities in order to strengthen and deepen my teaching practice.

I learned so much about creativity and the importance of honoring children's thinking as an urgent priority.

Opal School itself is a powerful provocation to question our own practices.

Priceless. The overall experience has fostered the value of reflection to make meaning in all we and our students do.

I feel like this experience is truly a game changer for me. The beauty, care, and intentionality and kindness that I experienced in the classroom is one giant understanding/sensation/emotional experience that will endure and which will motivate me to act in ways that I have been craving/wanting/deserving for many years, yet I have been incapable of articulating those desires until now.
Reading the World qualifies as a Step Two training through Oregon Registry. Participants are eligible for credit through Portland State University.

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