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Monday, January 27 • 10:35am - 11:25am
Creating whole school relationships in local communities through statewide collaborations.

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In 2014, Chewonki, an independent school and camp in Wiscasset, Maine, committed to a minimum of ten years in collaboration with our two neighboring public school districts, focused on nature-based education projects that encourage active, place-based learning. Through joint efforts with other mission-aligned organizations we were able to connect our local districts to two multimillion dollar statewide projects with foundation support. Transitioning away from a vendor-client relationship and stepping towards a deeper “whole school partnership,” we sought to discover the most effective collaborative models that would best serve our local learners and educators. Enlisting University partners to lead data collection and analysis, we are piloting and evaluating pre-k to 12th grade learning pathways - nature-based and youth-development activities - integrated with public school curriculum. This work includes strengthening resilience and capacity in teacher-leaders through professional development, jointly designing STEM-based curriculum, acquiring teaching materials and equipment, reimagining learning spaces, and on-boarding a 6-year mentorship program. Join us as we celebrate successes, reflect on challenges and consider what the next 5 years of partnership should include.


Keith Crowley

VP of Education Partnerships and Risk Management, Chewonki Foundation
Chewonki is a school and camp that engages in education partnerships with schools around Maine and New England to enrich educational opportunities. In my role I have the privilege of overseeing the programs that serve 26,000+ participants annually with our traveling science lessons... Read More →
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Willard Morgan, he/him/his

President, Chewonki Foundation
Chewonki is a school and camp in Wiscasset, Maine that provides life-changing learning in nature for ages 5-18.We do this work in three divisions: Camp Chewonki - overnight summer programs for ages 8 - 18, Chewonki Schools - comprised of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki and Chewonki... Read More →

Monday January 27, 2020 10:35am - 11:25am EST
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