It is with a heavy heart that I have come to the hard truth that I need to close the doors of Radicle Roots next school year. I have done a lot of soul searching to reach this point, and I know I have to admit it, despite it being an extremely tough call.
Several things have influenced the decision to close. The bottom line is I really want to be with my own family and child more, and am planning on growing my family soon. The growth of the schoolhouse has also brought several challenges that have accumulated beyond the limits of my mental health and energy level.
In closing, I want you to know how deeply I have appreciated the opportunity to work together with families to create a more just and sustainable future through learning and growing with beautiful young people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thanks to all the garden-sitting volunteers, the schoolhouse garden is alive and thriving as we reconvened after the summer. It was no small feat, considering how hot and dry it was. The garden looks great!
A special shout-out to NicholasKoch and his company, Equitable Green Group, for installing our brand-new awesome rain barrel! And thanks to the city of Austin for the grant that paid for it! Caitlin and I applied for the Bright Green Futures grant almost two years ago; the city gave us the grant last fall; Nick installed the rain barrel this summer; and Hurricane Harvey filled it up. And thanks to a generous donation from a friendly neighbor, it’s now hooked up to a new garden hose. We are ready to put it to work. 😀
The kids have been busy in the garden too. They made tea from mint that they picked and that they shelled dried black-eyed pea pods last week. Many mornings you can find children harvesting black-eyed peas, a few tomatoes, and lots of Tatume squash. They also helped pull up bindweed, which makes pretty flowers but spreads like crazy and out-competes the more useful plants.
We have a small number of okra plants, which are producing a few pods. One of the pods is almost mature enough to pick and dry for seeds to plant next May! The kids also like to nibble on the perennial herbs, including mint, oregano, and garlic chives – a fave snack during Democratic Meetings each Friday. Yarrow and aloe are also on hand in the garden for cuts, scrapes, and itchy bug bites.
Radicle Roots has always had a commitment to sustainability, since its origins as 9th Street Schoolhouse. For a slice of schoolhouse history, and more about my personal experiences biking with a kid in Austin, check out this interview with friend and fellow cyclist Sarah Kopper on her new podcast Family Pedals. Video of the 2014 schoolhouse move-by-bike linked in the show notes!
Immediate job opening: Extended Day Counselor (K-5th)
We are looking for a creative, flexible, and hardworking Extended Day Counselor for our new Radicle Roots extended day program, beginning this school year. This program is an extension of the Radicle Roots Community Schoolhouse day where our mission is to be a diverse and accessible learning community that has the freedom to pursue meaningful learning, joy, and connection.
We believe that giving children the freedom to pursue their own interests and to follow their innate curiosity will build a love of learning that will carry them into adulthood. Read more about our philosophy at www.radicleroots.org.
Radicle Roots is committed to building a culturally and racially diverse teaching staff, and strongly encourages applicants who identify as people of color to apply. LGBTQIA applicants strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants of the teaching profession minority (aka male-identified) are encouraged to apply.
Details of Position:
15 hours/wk. Monday-Friday 2:30-5:30pm @ $10/hr.
August 28th (a week of training prior to schoolhouse start date)
Train in and carry out the Radicle Roots teaching methodologies
Plan and implement arts and crafts, games, free play, and nature activities
Coordinate with parent volunteer teachers and schoolhouse Organizer
Responsible for attendance, student health and safety, materials, and parent communication
I’m a Calvin and Hobbs fan and Hobbs is a tiger so that’s why I’m studying tigers. I found out that Siberian tigers usually prey on deer and wild pigs. They also like fish. I found out that the habitat Siberian tigers live in is the birch forests of Siberia in Eastern Russia. They live in cold climates where temperatures fall as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit and there is lots of snow. Finally, I learned about
tigers’ stripes. I learned that scientists are not entirely sure but since tigers’ stripes help them blend into their surroundings, the ancient tigers that developed stripes have survived. Boom!
For my project, I did gardening and identifying plants. This is swiss chard, a vegetable. It’s better cooked, like kale or spinach. This is strawberries. I love strawberries and I have them for my snack today. There is one that just grew ripe, and I’m thinking of telling it at announcements.This is a cucumber. It looks like squash, but how you tell the difference is it’s more spiky and fuzzy. This is Seminole squash, like I said don’t get it mistaken for cucumber. This one kind of feels like lambs ear, it’s soft and it’s a tad spiky.This is the mint. It’s an herb. It is kinda sourish spicy. It’s used in lots of tea, if you’ve seen mint tea. Another way I would describe it is tangy. I’m pretty sure everyone will know this one, TOMATOES! I love tomatoes, they’re one of my favorite fruits, but they’re not vegetables!
I love gardening, it’s one of my favorite things to do, but I’ve never really done it, I usually just pick things from the ground with the root still on with it and plant it somewhere else. Or I used to get beans that my mom never used and I used them for planting. One time they grew, but I never really got to see the beans, because I always forgot to water it. This time I got to water these plants in our garden and now they’re growing. I’m thinking about keep going with gardening for my next study. And I hope you like gardening too!
Radicle Roots is hiring an additional teacher for 2016-2017! We’re in an exciting phase of growth and we want to find a fabulous person to contribute to the building of our program. Please help spread the word! If you love doing real learning with kids and being outside, this is the job for you. Position closes April 8th. Details below!
I just wanted to send a shout out and huge Thank You to all the families that came out Sunday – y’all made Parade!Club awesome this year! We had a great time playing music, waving at onlookers, struttin’ in our costumes, and dancing in the streets to the Hey Lollies and the Yes Ma’am Brass Band. It was a lot of fun with old and new friends.
Honk!TX couldn’t be the beautiful transformation of public spaces without your participation, and the parade would be a lot more drab without the youthful rainbow energy that Parade!Club brings. It’s a really cool thing to see kids be ambassadors for peace through music and joy.
We especially want to thank Laura N. and Mollie for incredible seamstress skills, Kami for letting us have our open shop at the Tinkering School, ALL the families who donated materials and time for our crafting, Boone at Whole Life Learning Center for bringing out ukelele playing students, Aaron and the RRCS kids for puppet creation, and Laura B. for leading the kid krewe through the streets.See you next year!
Please read on to meet Aaron, the new addition to our teaching team! Laura and I are very excited to work with him, and we are looking forward to the growth and learning ahead of our community this year.
My name is Aaron Goldman and I am exceptionally excited to join the Radicle Roots Community Schoolhouse! I can’t wait to meet all the students and families involved and am looking forward to a stupendously creative school year. I am deeply passionate about education and have worked in community-based education initiatives for the last 5 years.! I received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas in Austin in 2012. A few projects I have been grateful to have been a part of include: Creative Action (a local community art/education non profit) as a teaching artist for a little over 2 years, Austin Free Skool (local nonprofit that offers free skill exchange) teacher and collective member for 4 years. Outside of educational endeavors, I really enjoy making zines/comics, exploring the wild on grand adventures, climbing trees, riding my bicycle, making puppets, putting together costumes,and many other fantastic things. I have been an independent artist, musician, organizer, and activist within the Austin community for over 7 years and believe that everyone in this world has something to share and teach. It is in this capacity that I strive to provide education and believe it to be a tool of individual and community empowerment. I hope everyone is having a great summer and I will see you all soon!