We have been sharing news though a number of formats, but there is nothing like the good old Bridge to keep you up to date. City of Bridges is moving along well: students are enrolling, learning experiences are being planned, and ideas are being hatched. We have added an online version of our application which can be found here.
City of Bridges High School is a community based around the values of learning by doing and learning for joy and justice. We have held a number of events for youth and some for the broader community. This past month, board members Fitzhugh Shaw and Michelle King facilitated two workshops titled “Meditation and Messy Utopia”, Michelle and Fitzhugh, who are both City of Bridges Board members, exploredvisionary non-fiction, collaboration, and writing about the beloved community with an intergenerational group of participants.
We have a number of other events and community gatherings in the works which we will announce soon!
In early May, we held a “Homecoming” event for COB supporters. They got a preview of some of the types of real work learning that students will be experiencing in the fall. We explored the future of schooling with Stuart Candy, visualized school district data with Gabriel O’Donnell, examined traditional and alternative schooling through poetry with Alice Lee and created community art with Lauren Hinish. We look forward to next year when the students can share their projects and work at quarterly City of Bridges showcases.
Michelle King, Randy and Adam Lobel will be running a workshop at this year’s Progressive Education Network national conferenceon October 4-5 at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. The theme for the conference is “Education for Democracy: Navigating the Current and Channeling the Future of Progressive Education.” Our workshop will be a three-hour experience, Imagining Progressive Educational Practice into the Future: A Collaborative Co-Creation. We will send more details later, we will have some students join us and welcome any families and COBHS community members to attend as well.
We also want to share the two newest members of our Board of Directors.
Chamya Reed is an associate attorney at Burns White. She practices insurance defense and commercial litigation. In her free time, she is an active alumni mentor at Pitt Law and a member of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund Outreach Committee.
Stuart Candy, is an award-winning foresight practitioner, designer, artist and educator. His work aims to augment our capacity for navigating alternative futures by any means necessary. At CMU he is responsible for integrating foresight / futures practice throughout the design curriculum. You can learn more about his work here.
City of Bridges strives to support young people in envisioning their possible futures and in building the skills, knowledge, understanding, and networks to bring those futures to fruition. We are incredibly grateful for people like Chamya and Stuart who have joined us to support this work.