academic work starts
where you are with the
already have and it follows the natural
brain process, the order of events
might be different for different people. We suggest to start these
events when you are relaxed and ready, you may benefit from writing
reflections to questions/statements similar to:
- What brought you to Evergreen?
- Being in Evergreen, what brought you to the Heritage Summerwork program?
- How do you plan to do it?
- What do you plan to learn?
- What difference will it make?
Your answers to the 4 questions become your own contract. Ideally, every participant already has a project in mind and wants to continue her own personal liberation process.
Some aspects of the foundations of our program follow:
- it is the praxis (in the Freirian sense) of our own educational philosophy.
- it is a student-centered learning environment based in Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed,
- our learning environment uses Choice Theory and a different leadership model
- it emphasizes the Evergreen five focii and the expectations of our Evergreen graduates,
- it follows the brain natural learning function (you learn what you are interested in learning),
- it puts strong emphasis in developing communication skills and use of instructional technology (for distance learning praxis) we share our learning during community visiting time (every tuesday or thursday), or via email using our program list or using our web crossing site, and by presenting our projects at the end of our experience.
- it uses Howard Zinn's A People's History of the US to help us find out more about who we are and why we are what we are, (search for identity)
- it uses the Multiple Intelligences Theory (everyone is a learner, everyone is an intellectual),
- all of us as co-learners are in charge of instruction, curriculum and assessment and our main tool for this is Bloom's Taxonomy, we want to operate in the analysis and synthesis levels in our daily life.
- one main group activity is to build community by creating our own covenant and by making together this program the best it could be.
We construct/justify our program process by studying/internalizing (reading, seminaring, creating/delivering workshops, discussing in small/large groups, writing our reflections via email, web crossing, self evaluations, talking during conferences, discussing in study groups... and doing/using) concepts from the following books:
-Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
-A Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn
-Choice Theory by William Glasser
-Intelligence Reframed by Howard Gardner
-The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav
-Ceremony by Silko
- Education For Extinction by David Wallace Adams
- 1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann
-Broad and Alien is the World by Ciro Alegria (travellers to Peru).
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire-0826412769
Intelligence Reframed by Martin Gardner-0465026117
A People's History of the U S by Howard Zinn- 0060528370
The Art of Changing the Brain by James E. Zull-1579220541
Native American Testimony-Peter Nabokov- 0140281592
Teaching to Transgress by Bell Hooks-0415908086
Choice Theory by William Glasser- 0060930144
Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith-1856496244
Natives and Academics by Devon Mihesuah- 0803282435
Genocide of the Mind by Marijo Moore-1560255110
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Steven C. Hayes-1572309555
Methodology of the Oppressed by Chela Sandoval-0816627371
5 Million Steps, The Transcontinental Trek of the Global Walk for a Liveable World by Greg Edblom; Ombligo Press, Eugene,OR