During a seminar on Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders, we empowered our parents to understand what we do and why we do it. Below, we expand on that discussion with a snapshot of some of the research-based models that enrich our program with experiences, challenges, opportunities and guidance.* 


Choice Theory 

per William Glasser

Creating a classroom community of students who choose lifelong learning and are ready to accept what life has to offer them. Glasser advocates that it begins with the sharing of power and a learning process that is satisfying and motivational. (p. 23)


Positive Psychology 

per Martin Seligman

Why survive when we can thrive? Seligman posits a sense of well-being that underlies lifelong success and personal joy. The learning environment flourishes under the principles of Positive Emotion, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment, working in concert to generate an upward spiral of prosperity in the face of adversity. (p. 26-27)


Power of the Possible

per Maxine Greene

The teacher must be as engaged in the learning as the students, perpetually thinking about the mindful artistry of teaching and learning. This involves moving beyond one's own perspectives and being able to see and experience the world from a variety of viewpoints. (p. 32)


Outward Bound Learning

per Kurt Hahn

Incorporating the human spirit into education, learning makes meaning in the outward community through service and direct experiences. Students feel their presence makes a difference in the world around us, and that their personal goals are part of the greater good. (p. 34)


Experiential Learning

per David Kolb

Students learn to take responsibility for their learning when it becomes a set of personal experiences, but this is not enough. Experiences need to be connected to the world around, developed through insight and reflection and synthesized with other concepts. Whether using project-based models, outdoor education, adventure learning, Socratic inquiry or service learning - students need to be able to transfer ideas across multiple borders. (p. 33)


Multiple Learning Theory

per Howard Gardner

A well-rounded education teaches students the art of balance and is a life-affirming experience that every individual learns and grows through a variety of learning styles. intelligence becomes the ability to fashion products or solve problems that have value in one or more cultural settings, and there are at least nine recognized modes of learning (p. 16-17)


Emotional Intelligence

per Daniel Goleman

Emotional literacy addresses the core objective of raising children to self-regulate their lives, in being self-aware, managing feelings, impulse control, delaying gratification and handling stress and anxiety. These skills are precedented on safe learning environment that promotes brain-based learning and social emotional success. (p. 17)


*The information above has been paraphrased/excerpted from Journey Toward a Caring Classroom: Using Adventure to Create Community, 2nd Edition by Laurie S. Frank. Wood N. Barnes Publishing & Distribution, 2013