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Why It’s Important for Teens to Learn Leadership

By Molly Herber on 3/22/18 9:12 AM


Photo by Ella Bruijn.

As our students hiked off, each in their own small group and following the routes they’d planned themselves, a knot twisted and untwisted in my stomach.

My instructor team and I had spent the previous three weeks backpacking with our students, all 16- and 17-year olds, handing off more decision-making responsibilities to them each day.

I’d seen them make responsible choices, and also learn from making their own mistakes (like taking the “shortcut” through the boulder field rather than the slightly longer but much easier walk around the lake). They were ready for the responsibility, but it was nerve-wracking to watch them go, even knowing we’d meet up again in just a few days.

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Topics: leadership, teens, experiential education

Golden Apple Scholarship winner taking NOLS course in 2013

By Casey Adams on 7/31/12 5:34 AM

Angela Rosenberg, a math teacher at Edgewood HS, of Edgewood, Md. received the first annual Golden Apple scholarship from Freedom Federal Credit Union. Rosenberg was always interested in the outdoors and became more interested when her friends took her rock climbing and hiking. She enjoys rock climbing best, and wants to continue to improve.

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Topics: Master's Program, NOLS, Outward Bound, Southwest, Adventure Learning, Tucson Ariz., Expedition Prep, outdoor leader, Plymouth University, experiential education, Project Adventure, Angela Rosenberg, Edgewood Md., Golden Apple Scholarship, explore, math, Plymouth State, education

The Faculty Summit Has Begun!

By NOLS on 5/10/11 8:23 AM

Over 150 instructors from around the world have gathered for a week of workshops, discussions, lectures, seminars, networking and fun. Topics range from river crossing techniques to the state of inclusion here at NOLS. Today we will hear from Tori Murden McClure, John Grunsfeld, Joe Thomas, and an expedition-full of veteran instructors. Follow along on Twitter at #NOLSsummit.

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Topics: NOLS Faculty, leadership leassons, wyoming news, Faculty Summit, experiential education, Lander Wyoming, KTWO, Educators Notebook, nols instructor

The NOLS Podcast - Leadership Progression

By NOLS on 2/2/11 4:17 AM

In this episode of The NOLS Podcast, John Kanengieter, NOLS Director for Leadership, sits down with Jamie O’Donnell, NOLS instructor and program supervisor, to discuss the leadership progression on a course and speak to the unscripted nature and subtle nuances of how we teach leadership.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, jamie o'donnell, leadership progression, discussion, Expedition Prep, leaders, experiential education, learn, John Kanengieter, curriculum, NOLS Professional, teach, Educators Notebook, instructor, outdoor education