What inspired Harmony in Practice – Teaching Tuned to Nature?
When HRH Prince Charles visited Louisville in March of 2015 he was accompanied by Richard Dunne, the Headmaster of the Ashely Church of England Primary School. The Ashley school in Surrey England is exploring education through the lens of nature. The Ashley project is inspired, in part, by Prince Charles’s book Harmony – A New Way of Looking at Our World. This project is inspired by and parallels the project in Surrey England.
Who can participate in Harmony in Practice – Teaching Tuned to Nature?
Our hope is to plant the seeds of transformation that lead to education at all levels that is better tuned to the wisdom of the natural world. Our target audience is classroom teachers but we welcome anyone that can help us develop healthier ways of educating our children. If you are not a classroom teacher we invite you to reach out to us with a reason why you should be included.
Is there a way to participate in only one or two of the program sessions without committing to the entire year?
Our focus is on building a community of people focused on developing education strategies over time. As a pilot program we require participants to sign up for the entire year-long project. But we are exploring other ways of expanding the Harmony in Practice program. Make sure you get put on the Harmony in Practice email list and we will let you know of other opportunities as they arise.
I can’t commit to the entire year but I want to follow the progress of the program. How can I do that?
You can follow the progress of the program through this web site. You can also read the books associated with each session. A list of the books will appear in the blog section and in the resource section. We even invite you to reach out to us with comments, suggestions, questions and ideas.
Can I get continuing education credit for participating in the program?
Hopefully. We are working on that. In part that will depend on the administration of your school or school system. If that is important to you we will be glad to work with you to investigate that possibility.
Will I be required to commit to anything other than participating in the six program sessions?
Yes. In the end, this isn’t entirely about you or the program. It’s more about how we can work together to provide children with experiences that help connect them to nature. We will ask each participant to help us find ways to put what we learn into practice and to report back on both successes and failures.
It looks like a great deal of the program is open-ended. Why can’t you be more specific about the class syllabus after the first two sessions?
This project is experimental and exploratory. We ask participants to embrace that along with us. As the project matures we will ask participants to help us refine how each session is presented. We will ask participants to suggest books the group might read. We will ask participants to help us identify the barriers they are facing in using what the program offers so we can find ways to knock down those barriers.
How much does the program cost?
The pilot program is generously underwritten. There is no cost for the program, the books or the class supplies. But nature tells us that nothing is free. Your time is valuable and we know that. If you provide us with your time and your passion we will provide you with the best programs we can.
What is the deadline for applying?
Apply as soon as you know you are interested. Please read over the letter of understanding to make sure you can agree with most of that agreement. We accept applications until the program is filled.
When will I be notified about being accepted into the program?
We will review applications as quickly as possible and notify you once we have had a chance to review your information.