Opal School

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Founded in 2001 and sadly closed in 2021, Opal School was a fee-based preschool and public elementary school in Portland, Oregon.

Educators were invited to visit each year through a series of visitation workshops. Now many of those videos and resources are available here at opalschool.org.

Stay tuned as new updates become available about the future of Opal School Online.

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Opal’s mission driven professional development program served over 1,000 educators in person each year.

Opal opened it’s classrooms to observation several times a year during multi-day workshop retreats. They also used to create customized study tours with individual schools or districts.

Opal School worked with 125 children between the ages of 3 and 11 in six multi-age classrooms. Enrollment for the preschool was by application beginning each year in February. The elementary school was enrolled by lottery and applications which used to be available during the month of March each year.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


Participants in Opal School’s workshops were inspired by the connections they made – and that they’d like an ongoing platform through which to deepen their investigations. The Online Opal Archive will strive to keep those connections alive in the future. Stay tuned![/vc_column_text][ct_button link=”https://opalschool.org/workshops-and-events/” solid=”1″ has_arrow=”0″ color=”#f9a73e”]Find Out More[/ct_button][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Customized Consulting

Opal School worked regularly with schools and districts that wanted to explore Opal School’s resources. The Opal Online Archive will strive to continue to offer those resources virtually.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row u_row_style=”0″ u_row_paralax=”0″ u_row_scheme=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1505752120699{padding-top: 100px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_separator][u_testimonial css_animation=”appear”][u_testimonial_item name=”Drs. Louise Cadwell & Ena Shelley” title=”Cadwell Collaborative/Butler University” avatar=”20901″]”This is it. If you want to see complex theories in action, learning for the future taking place right now, rich, inspiring places and spaces and the real-life, hard work of collaboration that is paying off for children and their community, go to Opal.”[/u_testimonial_item][/u_testimonial][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row u_row_style=”0″ u_row_paralax=”0″ u_row_scheme=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1505752137545{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text css_animation=”slideInLeft”][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

About Opal School

Since 2001, Opal School had been in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Portland Children’s Museum to serve children and families in Portland, Oregon. Opal School’s work with children was for the purpose of working with educators around the world to expand imagination for the possibilities that exist for improving the quality of educational experiences and environments. Now that it sadly closed in the midst of a global pandemic. The purpose lives on here at opalschool.org.  Learn more about Opal School’s History.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]