Education

While the tech industry is booming in the U.S., women’s participation in it is not.

Jeffrey Gorsuch has been involved with the Aspen Education Foundation, or AEF, as both a member of the board and as a parent. Gorsuch discusses the future of AEF and their goals to build an Innovation Center and expand classroom space for the Aspen School District. AEF Executive Director Brooke Bedingfield also contributes. 

Dr. Kathy Klug is the college counselor at Aspen School High. She discusses the importance of giving students options for life after high school. The Aspen Education Foundation (AEF) funds the college counseling program at Aspen High School, and as a result of the program's success, dedicated college counseling programs are appearing in schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Brooke Bedingfield is the Executive Director of the Aspen Education Foundation. She discusses the programs and positions the organization helps fund in the Aspen School District. Dr. Kathy Klug also contributes.

Raifie Bass, Chair of the Aspen Education Foundation (AEF) Board, shares the history and importance of the organization. Going on 25 years, AEF has given over $11 million to the Aspen School District, which is comprised of Aspen Elementary School, Aspen Middle School, Aspen High School, Aspen Community School, and Aspen Cottage Preschool. Dr. Kathy Klug also contributes. 

Aspen TREE Co-Directors Eden Vardy and River Morgan share their vision for Aspen TREE in the coming years, and discuss the power of thinking positively about environmentalism. The organization has ambitious plans for growth and expansion, which includes a model for up-and-coming farmers. 

Aspen TREE Founder and Co-Director Eden Vardy discusses Aspen TREE's signature event, the Farm to Table Community Meal, a free meal served the week of Thanksgiving and made entirely from local ingredients.

Board members Michael Miracle and Jeff Davlyn discuss the importance of Aspen TREE in the community and their role in educating the Valley about local and sustainable food. 

Learn more about Aspen TREE and their events at www.aspen-tree.org

Co-Directors River Morgan and Eden Vardy share Aspen TREE's formal and informal programs, which range from Earth Keepers summer day-camp to self-guided tours of the FarmPark, located at Cozy Point Ranch outside of Aspen. Board Vice President Michael Miracle also contributes.

Aspen TREE Co-Directors Eden Vardy and River Morgan share the history of the organization and the inspiration behind the work of Aspen TREE. Vardy became inspired after taking an Environmental Literacy class at Aspen High School, which would lead him to pursue his undergraduate and graduate degrees focused on positive environmentalism. 

Rebecca Mirsky is the Development Director at Wilderness Workshop, and oversees the Artist in Wilderness Program. The program invites artists for a one-week residency in the Aspen area, where they create art inspired by the places that Wilderness Workshop is working to protect. Mirsky also discusses the organization's summer guided hike series, local lecture series, and volunteer opportunities.

School representatives and members of local arts groups will discuss how Carbondale’s Creative District status and the school’s curriculum can be more in sync on Thursday.

 

The collaboration won’t begin for another year, but Koenigsknecht hopes to include a framework of project-based learning, where students learn through individual projects.

 

Crystal River Elementary’s principal, Matt Koenigsknecht, said the goal of this meeting is to come up with a cohesive vision for how the students might be learning.

Spellbinders Executive Director Catherine Scales Johnson discusses the impact of Spellbinders on the students in schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the future of the volunteer-based organization. 5th grade Aspen Middle School teacher Amy Gray also contributes to the importance of the program in the classroom. 

Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders Chapter leader, Annie Sinton, also can be heard telling the story of a dog and a mountain lion from a storytelling event at Explore Booksellers in July 2016. 

Amy Gray is a 5th grade teacher at Aspen Middle School. Every month, her class is visited by a special guest, Adelaide Waters, a volunteer storyteller for Spellbinders. Waters has a new story to tell the students every month, and as Gray explains, the students are captured by each and every story. 

Gray shares the importance of oral storytelling for her students and the value the program brings to her classroom. Spellbinders Executive Director, Catherine Scales Johnson also contributes. 

Catherine Scales-Johnson is the Executive Director of Spellbinders, an organization that is best known for its in-school storytelling program. Told by volunteers, the stories span from folk tales and personal stories to historical fiction. All volunteers must go through a 14-hour training and continue to have regular meetings with other volunteers.

Volunteer teller, Adelaide Waters, shares her personal experience with Spellbinders and the inspiration for her own stories. 

3rd grade Aspen Elementary School teacher Dana Pingatore shares the importance of the Aspen Historical Society's school programs and the power of being submerged in history for her students. Nina Gabianelli, vice president of education and programs, also contributes. 

Learn more about the Aspen Historical Society and their education programs at www.AspenHistory.org

Leticia Ingram

Leticia Ingram is having a huge week. The Basalt teacher was honored by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, with other celebrated teachers from across the country.

The Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership is best known for their year-long program, Roaring Fork Leadership, where individuals go through 10 months of classes and training with the end goal of becoming better leaders and more engaged citizens. Andrea Palm-Porter is the Executive Director of the organization. 

Learn more about the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership at www.rfleadership.org, or find the application for the class of 2017. 

John Sarpa is a long-time local who is a graduate of  the Roaring Fork Leadership program and then served as the President of the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership. Often confused for the name of the organization, Roaring Fork Leadership is the 9-month long program that trains professionals in the Roaring Fork Valley to become better leaders, thinkers, and activists in their communities. 

Sarpa shares the history of the organization and its importance today. 

Buddy Program Executive Director, David Houggy, talks about the organization and his vision for the future. The Buddy Program has been expanding its services in Carbondale, and are anticipating more growth in the coming years. 

Cross Currents

Mar 23, 2016

Coming up on CrossCurrents, Partnering in Education and Aid for Kenya with Debbie Welden, Jane Keener Quiat, and Isaac Soita (SOY-tah) from Running Water International.

 

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