IslandWood EEC Graduate Program Reference

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IslandWood’s graduate certificate in Education for Environment and Community is a ten-month intensive program emphasizing an ongoing cycle of theory and practice. Working, studying, and (often) living closely together, our students take a full course load each quarter and teach alternating weeks in our School Overnight Program, a four-day integrated learning experience for school children aged nine to twelve. Graduate students also act as liaisons to two or three of our attending schools, making visits to classrooms and helping teachers to bridge the classroom and IslandWood experiences.  This is a challenging, experience-based first half of a master’s degree in education through the University of Washington, where most of our students complete the degree in two additional quarters.


Please attach a letter of reference that addresses what you know to be this applicant’s strengths, ambitions, and areas for growth, as a student and as a professional.  We are especially interested to know about what you may have witnessed in his or her teaching, working with youth, or collaborating in community. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with information that will help us understand the qualifications of this applicant and envision a match with our program.