Crosspost: Beginning with a Road Trip

October 10, 2019


This post is featured on the National Capstone Consortium website. RJ wrote it at the 2019 National Capstone Consortium Summit in Boston, MA.


My first hours on the job as Director of Social Innovation at Sequoyah School were spent in the car on the way to Ojai, CA with our high school director, head of school, and student support coordinator. We were headed to the 2017 Capstone Consortium at Thacher School. 


I spent my time at the Summit in a sponge-like state. I soaked up questions and answers, not yet even having created a summer prep to-do list for myself, let alone knowing what I’d be doing during the school year with our students in our Local Issues and Impact Project capstone curricula. I envied the schools with established programs and lessons from successes and failures. While I left with just as many questions as I came in with, the questions I returned to campus with were refined. I left feeling excited and nervous.


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