AEE Accreditation Council Meets at Eagle Rock

For the third time in as many years, the Association for Experiential Education’s (AEE) Accreditation Council recently held its mid-year meeting here at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colo. The association, which was founded in the summer of 1977 right here in Colorado, has become the leading accrediting body for organizations that utilize adventure-based experiential education.

AEE’s Accreditation Council – May 2019 (Image courtesy of Steve Pace)

AEE’s accreditation standards, which were first proposed in the early 1990s, are now expressed in six distinct areas:

  1. Philosophical, Educational, and Ethical Principles
  2. Program Governance
  3. Program Management, Operations, and Oversight
  4. Technical Activities – Land
  5. Technical Activities – Water
  6. Non-Technical Activities

Since February of 1995 — when the Accreditation Council awarded the organization’s first seals of approval to the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Project Adventure — AEE’s highly sought-after accreditation has become the standard by which all adventure-based programs are judged.

During the three-and-a-half-day meeting, which took place from May 31 to June 3 in our on-campus Professional Development Center, council members covered a number of topics, including: Continue reading…

When It Comes to Social Media, Eagle Rock Continues to be Authentic

Authenticity matters. It matters in the classroom, where students are much smarter and interested than many educators want to give them credit for. And it matters online, where followers and fans of brands, organizations, and institutions know when you’re trying to be something that you’re not.

Here at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, we’re known for our tactful yet radical candor. When we publish a blog post or something through one of our social media channels, you can expect that it will be authentic, meaningful, and beneficial for those who care about engaging youth in their own education and/or keeping up with what’s happening within our school or professional development center for educators.

Eagle Rock School Social Media

If authenticity matters to you, then we’d like to “re-invite” you to visit and engage with us through our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube. With so many people visiting our social accounts, it is imperative that we continue to make improvements. For instance, there’s the Home page of our website, which now features a visual news feed displaying all of the latest Eagle Rock-related content broken out by social platform (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).

Here’s a snapshot of where to find, follow, and engage with us through social media: Continue reading…

Here’s Some of What We’re Learning This Trimester at Eagle Rock School

Each trimester, we offer classes that traditional high schools might term progressive or unique. And while we pride ourselves on these offerings (please see our latest class descriptions below) because they truly engage students in their own education, there’s an approach to education that’s at work here at Eagle Rock School that may not be readily evident by just reading a bulleted list of class names.

Ours is a high school that has deep interest for classroom topics that make students think, build and validate their skills, and provide insight into what to expect in the real world upon graduation. And if everyone involved in the process — students and instructors alike — experience enjoyment along the way, all the better. Our instructors are as knowledgeable and helpful as our students eventually are eager and enthusiastic.

Lily Lake — Site of ER 78’s Phenology of Lily Lake Class.

It’s worked quite well for us this past quarter of a century as we continue to provide meaningful and engaging classes for our student body. Below are some of the topics we’re tackling this trimester, as well as a description of each. We’ll publish a second edition of classroom offerings for this, our 78th trimester since our founding in the early 1990s, at the beginning of July: Continue reading…

Professional Development from Eagle Rock Continues its Blistering Pace

Our staff returned last week from our most recent trimester break, and most Eagle Rock School students are back this week as we kick off what is arguably the best part of the year — summer trimester.

Classes for returning Eagle Rock School students begin on Monday, May 20, while our new incoming class of students is set to arrive on campus on Tuesday, May 21. The following Monday the new students head off for our school’s traditional three-week Wilderness Orientation program that is a requirement for all new Eagle Rock School students.

Not only are we enjoying the bright sunshine and longer days in Colorado, but we are also initiating the school’s 78th trimester — also known as ER 78. And while administrators, staff, instructors and students take on the work of reengaging in education here in Estes Park, our Professional Development Center (PDC) facilitating school improvement workshops throughout the country as well as hosting educators here on campus in Estes Park. In this post, we bring you the latest update on the working engagements of the PDC.

As you can see below, we have listed the schedule of professional development deliveries that we are hosting, participating in, or offering from now until the middle of August. Continue reading…

Hiring our First-ever Learning Specialist

We’re pleased to announce that if all goes according to plan, the first-ever Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center Learning Specialist will join our Instructional Team by Sept. 2 of this year. This new position, which was created to ensure all Eagle Rock School students receive the academic support they need, calls for someone possessing an entrepreneurial disposition (to help us, in sense, co-create the new role).

Reporting to our director of curriculum, the learning specialist will be responsible for serving students with learning needs by means of creating and managing learning plans, directing tutoring and instruction, and coaching our instructional specialists in new and emerging learning techniques.

To accomplish these and other responsibilities, the successful candidate should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Special Education or a related field. Applicants should also have experience in progressive models of education at the high school level and have participated in a successful Learning Specialist program — or better yet, have experience in building such a program — in the past.

Additional responsibilities the new staff member will take on include: Continue reading…