Through the Conexiones Approach and curriculum, our students (young and old) learn about the interconnectivy of everything, creative expression, cooperation, second language skills, and about the importance of joy, ecological and cultural diversity, art, and many other related concepts. The Conexiones approach is especially designed to introduce students to skills and ideas that will help them become part of a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world for all. Like peace education, the approach seeks to connect students to the natural world, each other and their inner selves.
It is a philosophy of education created for citizens living in increasingly globalized communities and/or those living in ecologically sensitive ecosystems. Thus, it is equally relevant for students living in areas like San Francisco and for those living in areas like the Costa Rican rainforest. It was developed by a multi-disciplinarian and diverse group of applied researchers and professionals and led by Kimberly Newton-Klootwyk – together, the 55 Founding Members of Conexiones have over 110 years of combined experience and applied work in the fields of education, sustainability, social justice, psychology, peace, intercultural relations and many other diciplines around the world, especially in Latin America and the U.S.
The Conexiones Approach draws from various disciplines, theories, approaches and philosophies including Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Piaget, International Education, Gardner and many more. It aims to fall in alignment with and go beyond California standards (for K-12 programs), and the U.N. Millenium Goals.
Some basic tenants to the Conexiones approach are:
- SECOND LANGUAGE IMMERSION
- COMMUNALLY-CREATED PROJECTS
- CULTURAL AND ECOLOGICAL THEMES
- CONFLICT RESOLUTION & DEMOCRACY
- ENGAGING ALL INTELLIGENCES
- CLOSENESS TO NATURE AND GROUNDING
- MIXED-AGE GROUPINGS