Nanaimo Innovation Academy
A unique educational program to inspire life-long learning.
2021 Nanaimo Innovation Forest School Video
We created this video to share with families some of the aspects of our Forest School Program.
Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements.
What is Waldorf?
This video was made by students at Sprouts School in Thailand. It highlights some of the educational practices and theories of a Waldorf Education.
The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf education. This film picks up where that story left off. "Preparing for Life" takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning.
What is Montessori?
Montessori Education is based on the principles developed by Maria Montessori, who opened her first school for children of low-income workers in an apartment building in Rome in 1907.
What is Reggio?
A little animation about the Reggio Emilia Approach to early years education.
The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It is a pedagogy described as student-centered and constructivist that utilizes self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments.
The Decline of Play
In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but overall dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, suicide, and narcissism in children and adolescents. Based on his own and others' research, Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children's healthy social and emotional development and outlines steps through which we can bring free play back to children's lives.
Supporting the Whole Child for the Whole World
Carolin-Anderson believes that the current public school paradigm is not effective in fostering independent thinkers necessary for social renewal. Through holistic learning and teaching practices, Carolin-Anderson strives to create a higher level of social justice and well-being by uncovering emotional, social, academic and spiritual/metaphysical potentialities in our children. She now leads a progressive jr. high school program for Waldorf School of Bend.
The Secret to Unlocking a Child's Potential
In this provocative talk, Samantha Ettus argues that going beyond pink and blue is essential to helping all children get from where they are today to what they could become tomorrow. At a time when princess, pink and pretty are marketed more heavily than ever before, gender stereotypes have become even more prevalent. Ettus passionately makes the case that it is only by removing gender bias from the home, the classroom, the toy stores and the media, that all children will have the opportunity to reach their full potential.