I just finished a very exciting phone call with Amanda at Lincoln-Sudbury high school.
Ed Despard made a map of the school that she'll use.
Amanda has already begun teaching her Adventure Fitness class. They have talked about the map and how to orient it.
We will prepare a list of activities and progression of O skills for her.
There are THREE classes that we will work with. Amanda teaches two of them, and her co-teacher is Chris.
Ethan, Violeta and/or Juanma would come out there twice.
On one of those days, they would talk in some depth about their experience as an orienteering athlete: talk about some competitions (maybe show GPS tracking), and training.
On one of those days, we would also give a 1-hour professional development seminar to teachers. This would probably include me talking about the curriculum with middle schools; Violeta/Juanma/Ethan talking about being an athlete; Violeta/Juanma/Ethan talking about coaching; us talking about the LIFE SKILLS that kids can get from learning orienteering. I told her that I see the high school potentially using orienteering in 3 ways: (1) as they are now in focused class, (2) develop a school team that competes, (3) team-building for other groups or classes as we do with the middle schools.
Amanda told me she is being encouraged by her administration to develop a full 20-hour course on orienteering or navigation more generally. It takes about a year for the course to get approval, so she would submit it for approval in 2018 with the expectation of having it approved by the school board and then start teaching in 2019.
We both want to document what we do this fall. I told her I'd like to publish it in ONA and on OUSA website as a model for others. She needs to present it in other contexts.
She was very excited to get the map. She is thinking of sending the kids out this coming week on the old map that they have, to find the old markers on trees, because the contrast with the new map will be educational.