Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. spends time with students of CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC). They listened intently, captivated by his stories of being in Selma, Alabama as he ran the Voting Rights Campaign; lived within extremely difficult, even life-threatening situations; and how through nonviolence, he worked with others to instigate change.
Dr. LaFayette spoke about how when one devotes oneself to a cause, when one is willing to give up his life to that cause, then no other can ever take that life because it was already freely given. He asked students to consider what they each could give to the world to make a difference. Students are pondering this. Stay tuned for their writings and thoughts …
During a visit to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT students of the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) worked with museum educator Julie Garvin Riggs to learn about Impressionism, Tonalism, and the fascinating history of this former artists’ colony. Students toured the current exhibit entitled Harry Holtzman and American Abstraction and then created artwork in the style of this artist. An inspirational day, tapping into creativity and imagination!
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is host for the local National Geographic Bee for CELC students and all Connecticut homeschoolers in grades 4 – 8.
Friday, 16 January 2014 twelve students took their places on the stage of the auditorium of the Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford, Connecticut. All these students had been working to prepare for the day’s event – The National Geographic Geography Bee!
After the seven-question preliminary round to determine which five would advance, there was a tie for the fifth semi-finalist and third-place winner. The tie-breaking round commenced, followed by a final championship round, which ultimately determined our local 2014 Bee champion! Connecticut Experiential Learning Center student Coleman Riegle of Madison is this year’s winner. [Read more...]
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Monday sailed in and we are on our way, to energized learning as students engage in the interactive math class, writing workshop, and music for the morning events.
Gearing up for the CT Science and Engineering fair, CELCers read a variety of science news to explore topics and creatively generate ideas and pose questions to help decide a topic for a science fair project for this year’s Science Fair at Quinnipiac University coming in March.
Tuesday, along with more classes, we head to New Haven to visit and tour the Yale Medical Library and learn about the life and work of Harvey Cushing, a pioneer in the field of neurosurgery. Cushing documented his work through proliferation of writings as well as collected and catalogued over 400 brains from patients he had previously treated.
Currently housed at the Yale Medical Library, the Cushing Exhibit is a fascinating way to learn about real science. Thank you to our tour guide Terry Dagradi who acts not only as museum docent, but also staff photographer who is in process of converting hundreds of Cushing’s photographic images to digital film.
Branford Award Program Honors the Achievement
BRANFORD December 3, 2013 — Connecticut Experiental Learning Center has been selected for the 2013 Best of Branford Award in the Schools category by the Branford Award Program.
Each year, the Branford Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Branford area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Branford Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Branford Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Branford Award Program
The Branford Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Branford area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Branford Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Branford Award Program
Often Connecticut Experiential Learning Center is the only open school in the area (sometimes the state) when snow is upon us! Today, while we may depart early in consideration of travel conditions, the CELC students are currently actively engaged in a writing class. Our intern Maddie reads aloud a story appropriate for the day. As the snow falls outside our classroom window, beginning to cover the trees, we enjoy a reading of “Powder” by Tobias Wolff.
After reading, Maddie leads a discussion about characterization, the theme of the story, sharing thoughts and ideas about the particulars.
With lots of snow falling, a learning community has a day! Math and history class, and then outdoors to catch some snowflakes. Hazah!