Ancient Civilizations Expedition

In Expeditionary Learning, expeditions are built around an academic topic. The Ancient Civilizations expedition served as an opportunity for our 7th grade students to learn about the roots of our shared humanity. Beginning in the classroom, students divided into small groups to research ancient civilizations around the world. Tasked with the job of teaching one Read More »

Student-led conferences

The teachers at Safe Passage help our students understand that they are accountable for their actions. This is an important aspect of Expeditionary Learning, which is the guiding methodology of our full-day school. Student-led conferences are a major component of this. In these conferences, which are held every semester, students share portfolios of their work Read More »

VIDEO: Learning Outside the Classroom

Expeditions are a key part of Expeditionary Learning, which is the guiding methodology of our full-day school at Safe Passage. Expeditions are educational journeys that take place in and out of the classroom, involving research, group work, community outings, and final presentations. This past year, our students ventured beyond the garbage dump community on a Read More »

You’re not a passenger but a crew member on your learning journey

Crew is a key component of Expeditionary Learning, our guiding methodology at our full-day elementary school. What is a crew? A crew consists of one teacher and 10-15 students who meet every day to check in, set goals, reflect on their work, learn team-building skills, and implement our core learning values. Students are encouraged to Read More »

Student Stories: Meet Edinzon

Meet Edinzon, a sixth-grade student at Safe Passage. We’d like to share his story, in his own words: My name is Edinzon, I’m 12 years old, and I’m the sixth of eight siblings. My mom supports us by working in the garbage dump, mainly collecting plastic bottles to sell. One of my sisters also works Read More »

Expedition to the Museum of Natural History

Expeditionary Learning in Action: Our trip to the Natural History Museum 8:00 a.m. Our 6th graders wait excitedly inside the school, going over final details with their teachers. Today they’ll be visiting the Natural History Museum in Guatemala City as part of an expedition called Environmental Protagonists (Progatonistas Ambientales). This expedition teaches students about various Read More »

Learning by doing: how teachers provide support and inspiration

Meet Yasmin, one of our 6th-grade teachers. We sat down with Yasmin to get her take on how Expeditionary Learning is going at Safe Passage. Yasmin was one of the first four teachers hired in 2015 to pioneer the implementation of Expeditionary Learning in our full-day school. These four teachers bonded over their interest in Read More »

Studying the local economy: an expedition to the central market in Guatemala City

One of the core features of our new Expeditionary Learning teaching methodology is the concept of connecting student learning to real-world issues and needs.    By utilizing fieldwork, project-based expeditions, and service opportunities, we can better connect students to the world around them. Relevant, authentic curriculum will encourage students to work collaboratively and think critically Read More »

Safe Passage Fourth Grade Geography Class Expedition to Guatemala’s Relief Map

As part of our transition towards a full-day accredited school, we selected Expeditionary Learning as our new teaching methodology for full-day students in grades three and four. Expeditionary Learning focuses on providing students with engaging, relevant curriculum that inspires them to lead their own learning. We do this through hands-on activities that blend core academics Read More »

Expeditionary Learning a welcome addition at Safe Passage

To empower our students to overcome adversity, we must first provide them with support, motivation, and life skills—resources they are often missing. Hanley, of course, knew this when she started Safe Passage 17 years ago. For our students, staying in school is an uphill battle. Attending public school in Guatemala means paying for uniforms, books, Read More »