We value every moment of each day as rich with
opportunities to cultivate learning experiences.
Boulder Journey School is a private school that welcomes over 200 children and their families. Students range in age from 8 weeks to 6 years. Our school is open 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, 12 months a year. Complementing the 14 classrooms in our 17,000 square foot building are an art studio, a materials studio, and a theater. All classrooms open to outdoor learning areas. Diverse environments and materials school-wide are designed to deepen children’s investigations into the world around them.
We value adults’ learning as well as children’s learning and have developed high-quality learning opportunities for educators as well as for children. In partnership with the University of Colorado Denver and the Colorado Department of Education, we offer a Teacher Education Program that offers Intern teachers the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in Education and Human Development and a Colorado Teaching License.
All of our teachers engage in research as part of their work, and our faculty is respected for its writings and presentations on this research. Boulder Journey School offers conferences, study tours, and consulting for educators throughout the U.S. and around the world. We have created strong collaborations and are internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in early childhood education.
For over 20 years, Boulder Journey School has been inspired by a strong relationship with educators from the world-renowned schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and intensive study of their philosophy and values. Closer to home, the work of Boulder-based educators, Frances and David Hawkins has informed our educational approaches and ideas.
What if the experiences from which we most desperately try to shelter our children are the very ones that will enable them to be successful, joyful, and capable citizens of our world? What if, rather than telling our children to be careful, we instead put aside our own anxieties and recognize that there can be no learning and no innovation without risk?
This video was created by Graduate Teachers in the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program.
Executive Director, Ellen Hall and Education Director, Alison Maher discuss learning spaces with educators from EdLab via Vialogues
Our learning experiences focus on collaboration, creativity, and community.
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I was immediately impressed with the degree of ownership the students
The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.
In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, studies show that students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate from high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own. We know this works. So let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.
We host local, national, and international visitors to initiate and support dialogues surrounding quality, innovative education.
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