Fall 2014 Project Based Learning Theme: Food

Summa Academy students explore the world around them through a different lens each season. Fall 2014’s overarching theme was food, encouraging students to examine food as art, food as ingredients, study the way food is produced in Oregon, and experience how food is grown, moved, displayed, and… Read More >

Families and Social Justice

Ba and I teach a course to graduate students through SelfDesign Graduate Institute. Our last course was in Applications of Child Development to academic excellence, conflict resolution, and social justice. This blog-post/article was written by an exceptional graduate student who studied with… Read More >

Using Restorative Justice at Summa Academy

I recently heard a story on National Public Radio (NPR) about the rise of Restorative Justice Methods in educational settings (5-14-14). It seems that more and more schools are recognizing that exclusionary discipline methods (such as suspension) harm children and don’t work. Many schools that… Read More >


Vulnerable. She sits, organizing her world in a whole new way. She is confused by “friends” turning into peers, while romantic fantasies trump casual conversations. She becomes aware, slowly, of inhabiting the future, although she is only dimly aware of what that means. Biorhythms in turmoil,… Read More >

Project Based Learning at Summa Academy by Mr. Ley

Emptiness is transformed first in the mind.
From each student, a spark of inspiration.
The idea once formed begs for a manifestation.
First on paper, students see the space as it exists, sparse.
Next they redesign in the boundlessness of imagination. 
They choose one element, one focus.… Read More >

Conquer The Tyranny Of Normal: How Children Can Succeed

Children are more than the sum of their capacities. In this post we will discuss a chief cultural mistake that holds children back. It is through connection to the whole-child that each person’s greatness is allowed to emerge. In relationship to one another’s greatness, we all thrive. This… Read More >

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