Abel McClennen on Place-Based Community Schools

Key Points

  • International schools can be a sustaining source in the community as well as a driving force of innovation when they commit to integrating into local places.

  • Learners should be able to engage with the curriculum in a communal way. 

  • Let time solve problems sometimes. When there is conflict one of the best problem solving strategies is to wait. 

Abel McClennen Place-Based

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, it’s a family reunion! Nate McClennen is joined by Abel McClennen, the Director and one of the founders of La Paz Community School in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. A PK-12 school on two campuses with a mission to cultivate informed, mindful citizens of the world.

There is a difference between communication and understanding – language is an essential element of both. 

Abel McClennen


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