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Engaging Bodies, Minds, and Cultural Identities
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February 13, 2018
Green Teacher

Originally appears in the Winter 2018 issue.

Four years ago, a group of educators, community organizers, and medical and environmental professionals met around a dinner table to talk about getting involved in the education of our youth. We discussed two of the many causes for the high dropout rate: the curriculum is too often disconnected from the students’ lives and cultures; and there is a severe lacking of hands-on and community-based learning. Toward the end of our conversation, we decided we had to do something to reverse these trends. We needed to be the village in the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” and pool our resources. Every year since that dinner meeting, we’ve worked collaboratively to create an eight-week hands-on experiential summer program and subsequent year-round internship program for high school students, based out of Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The summer program curriculum is focused on water conservation, environmental restoration, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable building/planning, which students learn through hands-on community-based projects. Considering that we live on an arid, high-elevation desert, the centerpiece of our curriculum is water. Recent events across the country (and world) — from lead contamination issues in Flint, Michigan, to the indigenous-led protection of water at Standing Rock, North Dakota — helped solidify our belief that water as a curriculum topic should be front and center.


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