Madrona Folk School
Madrona Folk School ~ Mission Statement
Madrona Folk School offers high quality supplemental educational classes for homeschoolers during the academic year and summer camps for all local youth during the summers in Grants Pass, Oregon and surrounding areas. Madrona Folk School offers classes in academics, fine arts, crafts, performing arts and land-based living skills.
Madrona Folk School offers education that centers connection and relationships and encourages a learner’s intrinsic motivation to learn new things, to participate in interesting, new experiences and to excel in whatever activities they engage in. We do not use rewards or punishment to motivate cooperation and learning experiences. This means we will not take away free time as a punishment and we will not give out candy or other rewards. We believe that positive relationships, group belonging, words of appreciation, having fun and gaining new skills are the inherent rewards of learning. We seek to inspire and cultivate the learner’s inner motivation to learn and gain mastery in the given subject.
In addition we will share principles of emotional intelligence and how to form and maintain healthy relationships including identifying emotions, building emotional safety and connection in our learning spaces and sharing proactive ways for resolving tension and conflict. We will encourage playfulness, sociability and curiosity through our classes to contribute to a positive and uplifting learning environment.
Our basic tenets for behavior in the classroom include: Care for self, care for others and care for the environment.
What is allowed: having the full range of emotions and expressing what you are feeling with words without judgement from others: asking for space or to take time alone if you are feeling overwhelmed or agitated: asking for one on one connection with a teacher at an appropriate time (such as during a break): asking before touching someone else’s body or using their personal property: asking questions when one is confused or curious: enthusiasm for learning: celebrating one’s successes and other people’s successes: asking for help from others and offering help to others: having fun and learning.
What is not allowed: bulllying (name calling, belittling, and insults), touching others or destruction of property out of anger or frustration: speaking disrespectfully to others, including youth and adults: excessively interrupting or disrupting group instruction: taking or using other people’s property without permission: any other behavior that is harmful to one’s self, to others or to the environment.
If a learner engages in any of the disallowed behavior we will ask that learner to take a break, with a quiet activity, at a separate table away from other learners. If the learner’s behavior does not resolve after intervention from teachers we will communicate with the parent as soon as is appropriate and come up with a mutually agreed upon plan of action to support positive behavior. If there are still behavioral issues (as outlined in the “what is not allowed”) after talking with the parent we will need to ask the learner to discontinue the class. The exception to this policy is if there is outright violent behavior, including causing harm to another person or property. This behavior may result in immediate expulsion from our program.
If we need to connect with a parent regarding any behavioral issue: we will need to speak on the phone or in person. We will not discuss behavioral concerns via text message or email due to the need for emotional attunement and sensitivity in such a discussion. Please know that we truly hold everyone’s highest wellbeing in mind as we offer our classes and never see ourselves in an adversarial relationship with families or youth. We wish to partner with families and to work as a team to support your youth
At Madrona Folk School we have the privilege of in person learning and connecting. Madrona Folk School is a low-EMF environment and we do not have WIFI or a “smart meter” on the property. We ask learners who have a cell phone to please turn it off or leave it on “airplane” mode unless they have permission from the teachers to have it on, such as when it is used for medical purposes. Youth are requested to keep all devices tucked away in their backpack during their time at Madrona Folk School. If a learner needs to contact a parent during class, he or she may ask a teacher to help them do that.