Welcome to Ceremony:
A note from your Team:
Welcome to Ceremony, we wish you a wonderful learning experiencie. We
invite you to join us on tuesdays and thursdays every week, and every
other saturday to share your questions/ideas. We also invite you to
communicate with your co-learners using the most advanced technology
available on campus. We also invite you to learn about the program so
you will be an expert when you explain it to others. Most of the
suggested readings are in our library. When you create your own
curriculum, you will create your own reading list.
The information we remind students about on the first day of each
Respond and post your responses to the 4 questions.
If you work for someone, volunteer, and/or provide a service to an
institution or individual as part of your academic plan - then you must
complete a program internship form with academic advising.
If your plan includes international travel, you can do it through an
Independent Learning Contract, please contact Michael Cliffthorne.
Keep in touch by email or on our moodle website so your colleagues know
of your work.
And, when you exit at the end of this quarter, contact us so an
evaluation can be completed.
and write to the the faculty team.
Have a great year/quarter!
To better understand our approach to education you may read some
aspects of the foundations
our program, our program:
- is part of the Twenty
long range plan NAS
on campus programs.
- is the praxis (in the Freirian sense) of our own
- is a learner-centered
learning environment based in the Native American approach to learning,
Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, (in our
learning environment we apply William Glasser's Choice Theory) and
Multiple Intelligences theory.
- emphasizes the Evergreen
and the expectations
- follows the brain natural
learning function (you learn
are interested in learning),
- puts strong emphasis in
technology (for distance learning praxis) we share our
during community visiting time (every tuesday or
thursday), in our Saturday Theory to Praxis class, or via email
using our program list
or using our program moodle site, and by presenting our projects at the
end of our experience.
- uses Howard Zinn's A
History of the US to help
out more about who we are and why we are what we are, (search for
- applies the Multiple
(everyone is a
everyone is an intellectual), this is required reading.
- is a community of co-learners and each one of us is
our instruction, our curriculum and
our assessment and our main tool for this is Bloom's Taxonomy,
- is committed to
our own Covenant
and by making together this program the dream program
construct/justify our program
(reading, seminaring, creating/delivering workshops, discussing in
small/large groups, writing our reflections via email, our moodle site,
self evaluations, talking during conferences, discussing in study
groups. and applying/using) concepts from
the following books:
the Oppressed by
History of the United
States by Howard Zinn
by William Glasser
Reframed by Howard
Gardner (this is required reading)
-Education for Extinction by David Wallace Adams.
-Embracing Contraries by Peter Elbow
-The Dancing Wu
Li Masters by
Alien is the World by
Ciro Alegria (travellers to Peru)
-Open Veins of Latin America, by Eduardo Galeano
-Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford
-1491 by Charles C. Mann
of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire-0826412769
Reframed by Martin
History of the U S by
Howard Zinn- 0060528370
The Art of
Changing the Brain by
James E. Zull-1579220541
Transgress by bell hooks-0415908086
by William Glasser-
Methodologies by Linda
Academics by Devon
Genocide of the Mind by Marijo Moore-1560255110
Commitment Therapy by
Steven C. Hayes-1572309555
the Oppressed by
How to Quit School & Get a Real Life & Education by Grace
Education for Extinction by David Wallace Adams.
The Schools Our Children Deserve by Alfie Kohn
Embracing Contraries by Peter Elbow
Human Brain Human Learning by Leslie Hart
Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford
1491 by Charles C. Mann
5 Million Footsteps: The Transcontinental Trek of the Global Walk for a
Livable World by Greg Edblom
A note from Raul:
Wherever you attended school, you went through a system based on a
specific psychology and philosophy. I didn't think about this for
many years after graduating from college and working for 20 years
applying the same psychology and the same philosophy, helping very
actively to perpetuate a system. I wish I was invited to learn about
the kind of psychology and the philosophy of the education system I was
obligated to go through in my home country. I would have been
better equipped to be a human being in my own community.
Being in Ceremony, you have the opportunity to learn about the ideas
and theories that
support this specific program in Evergreen. At the same time you could
also learn about the education system you just went through. This
knowledge will help you develop you own emerging curriculum.
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