LECC principal spends summer on learning expedition
Loveland Early Childhood Center (LECC) Principal Kyle Bush will turn student this summer; Miami University selected the seasoned district administrator to participate in an exclusive learning opportunity: Earth Expeditions. Earth Expeditions is a global conservation and education program supporting university courses, degree programs, and collaborative projects in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Bush will travel to Queensland, Australia for 11 days this summer as part of the seven-credit, graduate-level science course and will be stationed out of the Reef HQ Aquarium, which is Australia’s National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef.
“This is an unparalleled hands-on learning opportunity,” said Bush. “Not to mention an opportunity for purposeful travel to one of the world’s ecological wonders.”
According to the program website, course themes include:
• Coral reef ecology
• Conservation of marine and coastal systems
• Design of public research exhibits
• Inquiry-driven learning
• Community-based conservation and participatory education
“From an educator’s perspective, my hope is to bring back some ways that we might connect some of what I learn for our students,” said Bush. “The paper that I am working on right now, which I will present to my classmates on the first day we all meet in Australia, is on the topic of inquiry and participatory education with a particular focus on implications in an early childhood setting.
“This course is also the first time I have had the experience of being fully submersed in an online course environment. What I have already learned about the different expectations for communication and the methods of interacting with one’s far-away classmates really helps me to see the great potential, as well as some of the challenges, of learning this way. For that experience alone, this is already proving to be worthwhile.”
To learn more about the Earth Expeditions program visit http://www.earthexpeditions.org/.