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Stanford d.School's Project Wayfinder at San Domenico School

Project Wayfinder Education

For over 169 years, San Domenico's educational mission has placed meaning and purpose at its core. We maintain this rich heritage today, with innovative teaching, learning, innovation, and collaboration. Starting in the winter of 2019, San Domenico partnered with Stanford d.School’s Project Wayfinder, a curriculum that utilizes a wayfinding metaphor—using traditional and indigenous navigation techniques and skills to journey through the natural world—to equip students and teachers with tools and skills to create purposeful lives. This collaboration will bring forth another layer of learning, providing students with not only an exceptional education, but also, a sense of personal purpose and meaning.

Last summer, Aran Levasseur, SD’s Director of Innovation, attended the Institute at Stanford. This past academic year, he integrated some of the curriculum into a senior elective with much success. Four more of our SD teachers will be trained in the curriculum at this summer’s Institute.

In summer 2019, San Domenico will host the West Coast 2019 Wayfinder Summer Institute, providing teachers with the training needed to successfully implement Project Wayfinder curriculum in their classroom. Upon completion of this training, educators will be equipped with strategies, tactics, and skills based in social-emotional learning, project-based learning, design thinking, and 21st Century skills to integrate directly into school and community programs. 

“We’re honored to have a network of mission-aligned partners like San Domenico School to help guide students to live meaningful lives,” said Project Wayfinder Founder and Director Patrick Cook-Deegan.

Members of Project Wayfinder and San Domenico’s leadership team are partnering for continued Project Wayfinder program integration in our School’s curriculum. Stay tuned for more updates soon.