As I announced last week, in November I informed the TSS Board of Directors of my decision to transition from TSS in June 2021 when we anticipate the global pandemic to begin easing. We anticipate this timing, coupled with an intentional selection process, to result in a smooth change of…

Last year around this time we held our first OneTSS day to spend time together as a community, get a little inspiration, and celebrate all things place-based education. If you need a little reminder, you can find it here. We capped off the day with our annual TSS holiday party…

When my oldest child, Blue, was two years old he attended a Waldorf early childhood program in Washington State. Over meals at school they would say what they were thankful for and after everyone shared, they would finish with “blessings on our meal and kindness in our heart”. …

Since March, we’ve been in the urgent for much of our work. Through hard decisions and continual dedicated work by staff, we have established operating practices across TSS mitigating risk of rising COVID cases nationally and we have enough financial stability to start thinking beyond the urgent. The daily hard…

As election day on November 3rd rapidly approaches, a responsibility of everyone with the right to vote is to make a plan and follow through on voting. Place-based education invests in our community. Place-based education gives our students the courage and clarity to make change in our world. …

All indicators tell us the coming months will only bring more of the instability we have experienced in our country over the last seven months. Volatility, uncertainty, and polarization are exhausting in any context and are particularly devastating when overlaid in a pandemic. Our faculty and instructors are a shining…

Before I get to some updates, this week I am reminded of Friday, May 29th, following the murder of George Floyd. A theme of justice (or lack thereof) ran through the last week. The country lost a champion for equality in our country on September 18th in Justice Ginsburg. She…

We’re three weeks into our PreK-12 academic year (more for Grad) and we’re growing accustomed to new habits and protocols enabling modified in-person learning. It gives us a sense of what to expect for the fall and academic year. Right now, the Teton County (WY) School District has four cohorts…

All of you accomplished a significant thing this week. Following on the heels of summer camps and wildlife tours this summer and launching the Graduate program during COVID last month, this week we stepped it up again bringing 265 students back to the classroom for modified in-person learning at Mountain…

Chris Agnew

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