The mission of this symposium is to help create a sustainable future for Houston by educating our community about solutions to climate change and empowering one another to take action in our personal lives.
During the spring semester of the 2017-2018 school year, a select group of students from the AC and HS worked on and applied for a grant through the National Wildlife Federation. Over the summer the news reached us that the grant request was approved! This fall, the students and guides found out they were awarded $6,500 to be used towards the development of the symposium. Because of the generosity of the NWF, they will be able to are bring their vision to life.
Every HS and AC student will be participating and conducting research on a topic of their choosing to be presented at the May 3rd symposium. These are Montessori students doing real work helping us all to see ways we can take action and be motivated to make a difference in the world.
An important part of the Adolescent Community curriculum has been learning about and caring for the environment. In 2008, the AC students worked together on their first symposium, "Focus the Nation," to help raise awareness of the current state of our environment. The students came together again in 2013 for a symposium on water called, "Mind on Water."
Each time the community of students worked together on a “deep dive” into the topics and then presented their work to the SCM community. The symposiums featured key note speakers from experts, panel discussions about the issues and displays featuring the work of the AC student on their chosen topic. The displays were created from the student research and supported by lessons learned by their professional mentor.
At the end of the symposium, attendees were given bound copies of all of the research. The professionals attending commented on the quality of the work, both in their ability to talk about their individual research and in the publication the students presented.