opal school online – a resource for educators

Opal School Online members are immersed in rich documentation from Opal School classrooms – developed on an ongoing basis and culled from 17 years of experience.

This is a place where together we are building an extended community of support and collegiality — both for those who visit with us in person, as well as those at a distance from Portland.

Become a Member!

Opal School Members Receive:

  • Documentation from Opal School classrooms.  Access insight as it emerges – while retaining access to 16 years of learning.
  • Points of connection to Opal School teachers and colleagues from around the world. This is the place to share the questions central to your practice with others facing the same concerns.
  • Exclusive access to – or deep discounts on – Opal School’s online courses on topics like Story Workshop, playful literacy, and online versions of our in-person workshops.
  • The pride of knowing that your contribution keeps Opal School thriving.

Why Opal School Online?

Schools today face an unending list of false choices.  Standardization or autonomy? Rigor or free play? Reading scores or recess?  Opal School Online welcomes a richer vision of high quality educational experiences for children and adults. 8-year-old Paul reminds us that third doors are always possible, and together we can find them. At Opal School Online we’ll explore vital themes:

  • How can schools support empathy and agency?
  • What is the relationship between literacy and the arts?
  • How might a pedagogy of playful inquiry draw on children’s natural learning strategies?
  • What is the difference between being in charge and being in control?
  • How can we better understand the habits of heart and mind that inspire young learners?
  • How can the tools of the arts create conditions where children develop complex ideas?
  • What happens when we hold a strong image of all children?

Join our community of education professionals.

Your membership supports the staff and students of Opal School and allows us to continue providing these resources as we continue to develop and learn from one another.