For more than a decade, Sojourner School, a North Clackamas magnet, has helped hundreds of elementary students discover their talents and develop their many strengths through the lens of multiple intelligences, based on the work of Dr. Howard Gardner. Sojourner has produced students who moved on to middle school and high school speaking Spanish, writing at advanced levels, playing musical instruments, building and contributing in a multitude of innovative ways. Upon graduation, they have carried the messages of creativity and character into the North Clackamas community and beyond, and story after story has endorsed the lifelong impact participation in the Sojourner program made on their lives.
- Sojourner School recognizes that all children are uniquely individual, and the development of the whole child is paramount. Based on this belief, Sojourner Magnet School provides an educational program that embraces the multiple intelligences of its children.
- Sojourner School facilitates diverse learning opportunities through a variety of instructional models, strategies, and theme based, integrated curriculum anchored by the theory of multiple intelligences.
- Sojourner School fosters an environment where children, staff, parents and the community are partners in the educational process and the achievement of all of its students.
- Balanced Multiple Intelligences (MI): Sojourner’s model enables students to have regular instructional experiences across all eight of the multiple intelligences based on the work of Howard Gardner: Visual-Spatial, Verbal-Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal and Naturalistic.
- Constructivist Teaching Philosophy: Instruction within the MI framework is constructivist in nature. Constructivist teaching is based on the belief that maximum learning occurs as learners are actively involved in a process of meaning and knowledge construction rather than passively receiving information. Learners are the makers of meaning and knowledge. Constructivist teaching fosters critical thinking and creates motivated and independent learners.
- Integrated Studies: Curriculum at Sojourner addresses all state standards and district goals. Instruction according to standards is accomplished through a teacher-developed, integrated system that allows students to see and explore the connections between and among different content areas and experiences.
- School-Themed Projects: At regular intervals throughout the school year, students are involved in demonstrations of their learning through projects reflecting a larger theme. The themes are a connection point across the entire school, as students at all grade levels produce work addressing the shared theme.
- Student Progress: Sojourner staff communicates student progress throughout the school year in a variety of ways. Parent conferences are held three times during the school year to share student information.
- Celebrations: Regular celebrations enhance the community of Sojourner at both the learning level and the social/emotional level that supports the instructional model. Students and staff present and share their love of learning and evidence of their growth in a variety of ways and at various points throughout the school year, contributing a key component to the foundation of the school and the learning community.