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Dr. Grauer's Column - Grauer Forest School

One of the founding principles of The Grauer School is the importance of expeditionary learning, where our students learn important lessons from the natural world. More parents and educators who are now recognizing the value of outdoor education and the essential intelligence it imparts upon our children.

Dr. Grauer's Column - The Wisdom of Acknowledgement

This week's column features guest columnist Trevor Olson, High School Dean at The Grauer School. Trevor shares the wisdom he learned from Jim, a 79-year-old father and grandfather, about the importance of acknowledgment and respect for others.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Where Does Academic Pressure Come From?

The level of stress and anxiety that students feel has reached new heights, which impacts their happiness, purpose, focus, honesty, depression rates, and family dynamics. Where does their stress about academic pressure come from? The answer will surprise you.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Propinquity

Propinquity refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people. The Grauer School's campus layout was intentionally set up to foster close propinquity. Our students interact with each other while walking through the central quad, swirling into small gatherings forming like eddies.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Bill Toone: "On the Wings of the Condor"

Conservationist Bill Toone's new memoir takes readers on wild rides through jungle treks, across canyon-spanning footbridges, and pole barges as he faced dangerous conditions and difficult politics of conservation. Dr. Grauer became friends with Bill Toone through The Grauer School's conservation work.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Artificial Intelligence And Our Future School

The rapidly expanding reach of AI has the potential to reshape many aspects of our lives, including how students create their academic work. Our teachers are grappling with how to know when students submit original work, an issue that will be magnified when AI bots become even more prevalent and their output becomes more difficult to detect.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Top Tier

High school seniors around the country are in the process of submitting college applications, leading to important decisions about which colleges should they apply to for admission. One of the deciding factors can be whether the school is rated in the "top tier". Does attending a top-rated school lead to happiness for every student?

Dr. Grauer's Column - Thanksgiving

The Native American “giving economy” was based on sustainability for their whole ecosystem. We are learning that our campus ecosystem is just as much a curriculum as any textbook.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Dirt

To the Kumeyaay, the soil was a sacred commodity that they treated well so they could grow everything they needed to live on. Applying the same principles to teaching, we find that our students grow naturally when we provide them with conditions they need to thrive.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Kumeyaay Counsel For Our Teachers

This week's column expands on the concept of a giving economy, practiced by the Kumeyaay who lived on the land long before The Grauer School was built. Our students are learning how to model this behavior, helping us build a giving and sustainable campus.

Dr. Grauer's Column - The Age of Questioning

The Grauer School Faculty welcomed the 9th grade class to high school in our unique annual Matriculation Ceremony. Dr. Grauer shares his advice, which can also serve as words of encouragement for schools to celebrate the coming of age of our youths all over the world.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Stoke and Wisdom

Guest columnist Clayton Payne describes his transformational experience with the wisdom and connections shared between generations on his 39th Grauer expedition. It all comes down to this—do what you love, with love, because you love it.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Four Geese

Dr. Grauer is experiencing nature on the other side of the country in Maine this week, enjoying the quiet beauty of rain falling on the lake on an autumn morning while paddling in his kayak.

Dr. Grauer's Column - Appalachian Dreams

At The Grauer School, expeditionary learning is something we believe in so strongly that we cancel classes two full weeks each year. In this week's column, Dr. Grauer recounts his adventures in Kentucky during Fall Expeditions week.