Luminaria Model

Discover a new way of learning.

We don't just iterate upon traditional school models — we are creating a new system of cultivating lifelong, motivated learners through groundbreaking research and implementation.

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All of our Curriculum and Learning Explorations draw upon and synthesize the whole Luminaria Education Model. Our learners integrate their core skills in literacy and numeracy, their social and emotional skills, and their cognitive reasoning and STEM skills into a single, cohesive area of inquiry. Learning Explorations are comprised of numerous project deliverables that result in novel product invention or innovative services for authentic, real world audiences.

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DESIGN & RUN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MAKER-SPACE
BUILD WATER IRRIGATION SYSTEM FOR ISLANDER COMMUNITY
CREATE & LAUNCH NEW SCHOOL GOVERNANCE MODEL
DESIGN NEW MULTIPLAYER MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
CRAFT CRYOGENIC FOOD RECIPES THAT IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH
DESIGN & MANAGE PROFITABLE MICROFARM
BUILD & RUN DRONE RACING INTRAMURAL LEAGUE
Curriculum Epistemology Framework

Cultivating a nurturing, supportive, and safe environment is a fundamental prerequisite for each child's learning success. We believe that the crucial capabilities of emotional resilience, grit, and growth mindset are ones that develop to their full potential through patient and dedicated practice, supported by validating relationships. We believe that every child can become a self confident, self-starting learner in a consistent and nurturing environment, and we work with children individually to strengthen their own intrinsic motivation.

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hierarchy of individual wellbeing
hierarchy of societal wellbeing
inquiry model
trauma informed resilience models
ATTACHMENT THEORIES OF RELATIONSHIPS
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
IDENTITY FORMATION MODELS
Nonviolent Communication

Each learner needs to be equipped with a vast toolbox they feel confident using and extending upon, in order to function confidently and thrive in the world of the future. Developing mastery of a wide range of concrete and tangible tools across a variety of disciplines — reasoning, executive functioning, decision-making, collaborating effectively in teams, and more - are a critical part of the holistic development of each learner.

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TEACHER TOOLBOX
PARENT TOOLS
STUDENT TOOLBOX
  • Decision Making Science
  • Cognitive Bias
  • Mindfulness
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiations
  • Persuasive Communications
  • Compounding Value
  • Time Management
  • Marginal Cost/Benefit
  • Opportunity Cost
  • Statistics & Expected Value
  • Ethics Frameworks
  • Human being as a system
  • Logic
  • Resilience & Distress Tolerance
  • Executive Functioning
  • + Many More

Luminaria develops numerous interconnected frameworks that enable us to deliver high quality student learning experiences in a more dynamic, personally tailored, consistent, and comprehensive manner.

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learning partnership groups
Design & invention framework
meridian levels: teacher & student
curriculum epistemology framework

The Luminaria Educational Philosophy is built atop five fundamental building blocks.

Building
Knowledge
from
1st Principles
CULTIVATING
SYSTEMS
THINKING
ORIENTATION
HOLISTIC
SYNTHESIS
OF
SEL* & STEM*
OVER 70% OF
LEARNING IN
HANDS ON
MAKER
PROJECTS
AUTHENTIC
REAL WORLD
PURPOSE &
MEANING