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Kindergarten through Higher Learning

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CLP has a range of trainings & course experiences.  Our programming is designed to build

communities of support among teachers who are creating radically empowering educational spaces for their learners.  We believe  scholarship, practice, action, conversation, reflection, self-expression, humility and understanding are key pieces to literacy and our educator experiences are designed to constantly refine these tools.

In exploring the Tribal foundations of American Indian education we are tracking the earliest sources of human teaching and learning.  These foundations teach us that learning is a subjective experience tied to a place environmentally, socially, and spiritually. Tribal teaching and learning were intertwined with the daily lives of both teacher and learner. Tribal education was a natural outcome of living in close communication with each other and the natural environment (p33).

Gregory Cajete

Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education, 1994

I merely wish to point up the dialectical relationship which exists within the triad of the perceived, the conceived, and the lived (p.39)....Knowledge falls into a trap when it makes representations of space the basis for the study of 'life', for in doing so it reduces lived experience...'Our' space thus remains qualified (and qualifying) beneath the sediments left behind by history, by accumulation, by quantification (p.230).

Henri Lefebre

The Production of Space, 1991

Trainings & Workshops

Trainings are offered in May, June, August, and September of each year.  They are a fun way to meet other educators doing great work and tool up on the possibilities of using CLP's Wormology Curriculums.  Additionally, we offer Food Literacy and Compost Science workshops to schools and groups of educators.


See the calendar for dates. 


Wormology Training

  • ECE (3 & 4) or Cafe to Compost (4th grade)

  • 2-hours face-face or webinar

  • Free with curriculum subscription (See subscription info here)

Food Literacy & Compost Science Workshops​

  • 2 - hours

  • Interactive, fun, and information packed 

  • $500 for schools (sliding scale)

  • Educator groups inquire for fee


Our courses lead educators into explorations of the ways in which they see the world as individuals and how their experiences compare with their peers. Infinitely, we all are experiencing different lives, these differences are rich classroom resources to develop our thinking and understanding about the world. Each of our courses utilizes the tools of reflection, conversation, and artistic self-expression as fundamental components of learning.  We offer a variety of courses that are designed to offer educators space to practice and develop this crucial part of their expertise.  

CLP's programming is intended to nourish a scholarly understanding of our pedagogy, while advocating for a radical shift in the way we foster a compassionate and learner-centered approach to leading the processes of teaching and learning in PreK-University classrooms.  We advocate for a way of educating where we, as educators, hold space for students to practice thinking, speaking, reflecting, expressing and possibly modifying their understanding towards more equitable, compassionate, and mindful ways of being citizens of the future.

Courses are offered in Fall, May, and Summer.  See the calendar for dates.

Education, Culture, and the Environment:

A Journey through and Ojibwe Homeland 

This course takes an unforgettable journey across Manitoulin Island.  Through this once in a lifetime opportunity, students will experience a cultural worldview juxtaposed to their own. Walking through the untouched natural beauty of the soft-floored, fragrant white cedar forests and feeling the vast expanse of Lake Huron will provide a textbook where the land can still speak for itself and where the power of this place is expressed through a culture where they come from the land.

Introduction to

Consumption Literacy:

A New Pedagogy for

Environmental Science 

This course is an exploration  in scholarship and everyday representations of consumption. We will examine topics of social and environmental justice through investigations of natural resource consumption within everyday life. Discussions will focus on food, water, transportation, energy, urbanization, and the influence of consumption cultures on self-identity. Through a storytelling approach, we will learn ethnographic strategies to identify and analyze our life experiences to find evidence of consumption cultures at local and global levels.  

Educating through


Literacy, Justice,

and Building Access

Food is a valuable resource that each and every person on earth touches in their everyday life.  This course uses food as the centerpiece for discussing health, equity, environmental sustainability, and creating school communities of action by building better access to local and organic sustenance.  The first portion of this course happens through reading food justice scholars and reflecting through conversation.  The last half of the course is in the community working with food justice activists to build food access.  

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