All Kinds of News for May 09, 2018
This summer at Montford Hall, school will be organized around thematic “mini-mesters” that allow students to have some seasonal fun while catching up on credits and developing important life skills. The themes are food, water, and shelter.
Inspired by the expeditionary learning (EL) model of education, these mini-mesters incorporate field work, explore real-world challenges, emphasize collaboration, and highlight connections — among team members, across disciplines, and between self and community. Each mini-mester also culminates in team presentations of business plans related to the unit theme.
For the “food” mini-mester, for example, teams will be working on plans for a mobile eatery that specializes in locally sourced food. They’ll visit area farms and farmers’ markets to find out about potential suppliers, investigate the Asheville food truck scene to evaluate the market, and learn about food waste (and waste reduction) at the landfill. On campus days, they’ll be using all this information and inspiration to develop and refine their own business venture.
For the final presentations, “teachers will be potential investors evaluating each team’s pitch,” explains Montford Hall Academic Director Sarah Jean Couture, MSA. “It’s like 'Shark Tank,' but much friendlier.”
Within teams, individual roles will be assigned based on credit needs. If a student needs to catch up on math, for example, he’ll be the number-crunching CFO; if he needs more visual arts, he’ll be the Creative Director — designing a company logo or creating a website home page.
“In terms of credit recovery, this a great way to give students that final quarter or half credit,” says Sarah Jean. She adds that the desire to break up the school year without actually breaking from school was also part of the motivation: “When June rolls around, these kids are well aware that the rest of the world is on vacation. Broadening ‘school’ to include food trucks, waterfalls, goat farms, and other fun locations around WNC means they get to enjoy some summer adventures too.”
About Montford Hall
Located in Asheville, NC, Montford Hall is a nonprofit residential treatment program for teenage boys in early recovery. The program combines comprehensive clinical care for substance use and co-occurring disorders, innovative academics, 12-step facilitation, family support, and a wide range of health/wellness and recreational activities to give students an integrated, individualized, an inspiring recovery experience. Montford Hall is licensed by the State of North Carolina and a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).