Read the entire issue online - The Caller, Summer 2017
Educating for Democracy at Catlin Gabel
By Tim Bazemore, Head of School
Five-year old children sitting in a circle share ideas about classroom rules. Second graders present the division head with a proposal for a new student club. Eighth graders identify social issues in Portland and commit to sustained personal involvement. Upper Schoolers lobby the administration on academic policies and organize community dialogues in Portland.
At Catlin Gabel, one of our principles of progressive education is educating students for democracy. We believe that education is a powerful force for freedom and opportunity, and that a central purpose of education is to prepare students to take an active role in their communities. Our commitment to democratic principles has its roots in early 20th century progressive educational theory and the Black Mountain College ideals of the mid-20th century, and has been taught and modeled by Catlin Gabel teachers over the decades.
What do we mean by educating for democracy? Most schools in our country...read more
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Helping Students Find Their Personal Path and 'Who They Want To Be In The World'
As she steps into the role of Head of Upper School, Aline Garcia Rubio brings to the task nearly two decades of professional experience at top-tier educational institutions, and the unique perspective of a Catlin Gabel student, teacher, department chair, administrator, and parent.
Her deep connection with the school began when Aline was a high school student in Mexico City and accepted a foreign exchange scholarship to study for a year at Catlin Gabel in 1991-92. “Suddenly I was here in a cohort of people who really wanted to be doing school,” she recalls. “And I loved it. I loved that stimulus. And the depth of engagement of teachers, and the expansion of school into the lives of students—that was new to me.” After returning to school in Mexico City, she ...read more
From Your Admission Team
The School Search - Plan to visit!
Navigating the school search process can feel very overwhelming! Starting early allows time to explore many avenues to find the right fit for your child and family.
At Catlin Gabel, we believe that visiting campus during a regular school day is by far the best way to learn about any school. Catlin Gabel’s website and printed materials capture the school’s essence to a certain degree, but spending time on campus allows visitors to see firsthand how our community engages in lively discussions, how teachers and students collaborate with each other, how students “learn by doing,” and how our 67-acre campus enhances their experiences. Visitors will also have opportunities to witness some “aha” learning moments and feel the positive energy that permeates the campus.
Catlin Gabel provides a number of ways for prospective families to spend time on campus:
In addition, the Catlin Gabel admission team will be out in the community at the Portland-Area Independent & Private School Fair at OMSI.
Your school search process should help you imagine your child in a particular environment and address your core questions, such as: Would my child be nurtured and challenged here? Will my child fit in well with the other students? And ultimately, will they be happy here? We hope you will take the next step to investigate whether Catlin Gabel is right for your family.
We look forward to meeting you!