Thursday, October 16, 2008

Creating Respectful Communities - Alley Pond Adventure - 10.2.08

The theme of using adventure education as a tool for creating respectful communities in schools and agencies was embraced by over 100 administrators, educators, counselors and policeman under clear blue skies on Oct. 2 at Alley Pond Adventure Park.

Opening remarks from C. Warren "Pete" Moses, Chief Executive Director of The Children's Aid Society, set the tone for the interactive event sponsored by Project Adventure's Metro NYC Advisory Board. Moses recalled how his own experiences shaped his belief in the power of adventure as a tool for helping to increase social and emotional competency in children, youth and adults.

Jane Panicucci, the leading expert in incorporating active learning and adventure into curriuclum and culture in schools and agencies delivered a keynote on how self-efficacy is increased through the use of adventure. Leading the group through activities to experientially highlight the key points of her message, Panicucci helped participants then connect how increased self-efficacy supports increased ability to learn new behaviors and change norms, culture and climate.

Participants broke into groups lead by local practitioners who incorporate the core concepts of Project Adventure into their work.

Presenters included: Colleen Morey, Greenwich Public Schools, Director of PE, Health and Consumer Science; Rick Levine, Principal, NYC Public Schools; Vince Canziani, Director, Wagon Road Camp and Jane Panicucci, Vice President, Project Adventure.

Following a networking lunch, participants who so desired were able to experience Alley Pond's outstanding challenge course which was designed and installed by Project Adventure.

Feedback on the day from participants was overwhelming positive.

Adventure Success from Washington State

Hello from the great northwest. I just wanted to update you on how things are going out here in Washington State. I am using Project Adventure stuff in all my classes and I am a true believer.

If you use the stuff it works. There are so many team building, community building activities along with the Full Value Contract that it has all but cut any discipline problems we had. I truly don’t know where the discipline referrals are at our school.

Also, I just put our Junior Varsity volleyball through some of the team building activities and they just went and beat the local powerhouse. They didn’t touch a volleyball on Monday and went and won on Tuesday with a new found teamwork and togetherness. The girls were giddy and excited and their coach was pleased at their cohesiveness. Anyway, I just thought I would pass on a little success story from our neck of the woods.

Brian Hagbo
Physical Education Instructor
Ellensburg High School

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Project Adventure California Workshop Series

Earn Graduate Credit!

Earn a Master's in Education!

Learn to implement a portable adventure program!

Weekend Schedule!

Meaning and Relevant Content!

Active Learning!

All in Southern California!

Nov. 14, 15 & 16 Portable Adventure

Jan. 24 & 25 Debriefing Tools

Feb. 28 & March 1 Achieving Fitness

Register for five or more workshops and receive a 10% tuition discount!

Workshops are being held at Don Juan Avila Middle School, 26278 Wood Canyon, Aliso Viejo CA

Workshops are offered in an abbreviated format. 3 day workshops begin on Friday with registration at 5:30 p.m. and start at 6:00 p.m. Saturday hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 2 day workshops begin Saturday with registration at 7:30 a.m. and start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

If you are interested in earning a Master's In Education with an Adventure focus, please contact Plymouth State University to begin the enrollment process asap ( 603-535-3220 or Tell them you are considering the Project Adventure CA Workshop Series.