Author Archives: Deb Hanson

About Deb Hanson

Always a learner...an endless seeker... educator, biologist, dreamer, innovator, mom, wife... Located in Portland, OR.

Four Circles Learning Site Update

This site is currently inactive, but remains as a reference for those wising to read any of its content. Keep fighting the good fight to make education and life-long learning accessible and relevant to all.

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Pam Moran: Let’s Bring Back Environmental Education

My lifelong mentor and world renowned environmental educator, Bill Hammond, taught me that if I was gonna be against something, then I had to decide what I was  for and fight for that! Being for something makes you really think about your … Continue reading

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Nature-based literacy – building lifelong learning and connecting kids to nature

Nature-based literacy is combining reading with being outdoors, helping kids (and adults) develop a love for both, and nurturing a lifelong connection to nature and learning. Having been an environmental educator for more than 30 years and a librarian for … Continue reading

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The Public School Challenge of Unschooling

I spent 24 years in various roles in public education. I believed in what I was doing. I learned about being a teacher by being a teacher, not going to “teacher school”. I learned it from mentors who saw in … Continue reading

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Four Circles Learning Supports Reading with Matching Funds

Four Circles Learning is putting its money where its mission is… helping people learn to love learning – and this time it’s for kids. Kids need books – good books – to read so they learn to love reading, and … Continue reading

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Honoring Different Ways of Knowing

We spend so much time in schools developing programs and tests that honor only a limited range of ways of knowing… Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant, reminds us through his experiences why it is so crucial for us to honor different … Continue reading

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Superhuman brain infographic

Infographic by Smarter.org

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