Welcome to the Pacific Slope
We are a collective of teachers who take joy in challenging ourselves and our students, co-developing learning resources, collaborating on professional development, and learning from/sharing our practice with others.
Educators, Storytellers, and Guardians of the Secret Flame.
Public Education Advocacy
Good Cheer Pro-D Model
We believe that professional development should, as often as possible, involve something to do with fire, good food, strong conversation, and an inspiring location. There should be as much laughter as learning taking place, and while serious things should be discussed, no one is allowed to take themselves too seriously. Essentially, we have developed our Code for Pro-D along the lines of the Order of Good Cheer, the attempt by early French-Canadian settlers to survive the winter and "land-disease" through mutual contributions to the mind and body of companions.
Hivernant Consortium Model
We believe that successful initiatives of this nature are underpinned with mutual contributions and shared ownership, not unlike the hivernants (wintering partners) of the historic Northwest Company. Their shareholders were also fur-traders, the same people who set the vision were also the ones to carry it out. "This nature" is key here -- although we have goals, ideas, and projects, we also foment the kind of dissent that comes with open-ended inquiry and a willingness to both build and dispense with tradition at the same time. Somewhere midst joy and cynisim, ideals and realities, we find our paths across educational landscapes.