This fall, Bosque School is launching an exciting pilot program called “WILLDS,” which stands for “Wellness, Identity, Leadership, Life Skills, Diversity, and Service.” The mission of this program is to integrate theory and practice to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and vision necessary to promote critical thinking and self-awareness, inspire discernment, build community, and engage as effective community members who cultivate a more inclusive and equitable world.
WILLDS is the product of intentional collaboration between the following directors: Anna Rutins (Service Learning), Ebony Booth (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), Eva Buchwald (US leader of Student Development), Carmen Martinez-Tittmann (MS leader of Student Development), and Barb Lazar (Literacy & Information specialist). These leaders, or WILLDS Guides, will work to bring transformational learning experiences to Bosque students through reflection, conscious and deliberate action, and constant vigilance—in an effort to guide students toward the discovery of their individual voices. Using this holistic approach, WILLDS fosters a school culture that is a positive, safe, healthy, nurturing, and respectful environment for all students.
WILLDS Guides will collaborate with staffulty to align with existing curricular content, leverage community partnerships, and invite external resources to design and facilitate developmentally-appropriate learning opportunities. Educational resources from a variety of well-vetted sources will be used for intentional planning and instructional delivery.
On Wellness Wednesdays and during special events such as Project SERVE, ME|WE, and new conference programs in this pilot year, students will explore different themes and content centered around wellness, identity, leadership, life skills, diversity, and service. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and social justice are two core principles that informed the chosen curriculum for this program. Also, students will be given opportunities to submit their ideas to inform WILLDS experience design.
We are excited to announce more details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to any of the WILLDS Guides with questions.
Anna Rutins (Service Learning)
Ebony Booth (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)
Eva Buchwald (US leader of Student Development)
Carmen Martinez-Tittmann (MS leader of Student Development)
Barb Lazar (Literacy & Information specialist)