By focusing on the similarities and successes of the many varieties of holistic education, from Waldorf and Montessori to forest schools and Reggio-Emilia, I've collected a treasure chest of Holistic Education. With the design support of u.lab, I put all of these gems together into a prototype for a Holistic Learning Center that focuses on the experience of the child. From creating a nurturing environment for early childhood, to supporting innovation and exploration as they grow in maturity and responsibility.
From u.lab 2015, I created a prototype that failed very fast! But I learned the importance of starting with a dedicated team that embodied the design, rather than just liked it in their mind. After u.lab 2016, I was able to join forces with a stronger team. We ran a successful summer program and are about to launch our fall program based on my design and their practical application. Based on the outcome of this pilot program, we will be able to continuously refine the design so that we can grow the program to accommodate more students.
My goal is to document and then create templates of our experience in the emergence of the Holistic Learning Center so that the design can be shared and bio-regionally adapted.