2017-2018 EDAI Reporting Summary
In 2017-2018, we asked schools to describe how their program served historically underrepresented populations, including supports for students with disabilities or students receiving special education while at outdoor school. The reports provided by participating schools and districts indicated that schools did accommodate students with disabilities as well as students receiving special education, and the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program funded additional services and supports needed for these students to have a positive experience at outdoor school.
The following quotes are a sampling of responses to the report question "What actions are you taking to make the outdoor school experience one in which all students can thrive?"
"The program is developed to cater to all learning styles and needs."
"All students can participate in hands on, verbal, kinesthetics, visual learning. Housing accommodations are made for students with health needs to attend."
"No matter their levels, the students were engaged and exposed information that is catered to multiple intelligences and different learning styles. There was so much hands on, visual, auditory, social, etc."
"The Pendleton Outdoor School Program is complying with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. All ability levels find success through outdoor school. When kids are learning through games, hands-on activities, exploration, and group work, and they are supported by staff and counselors and have very small groups with lots of attention, it is difficult not to experience success, learning and growth."
"Outdoor school instruction is intentionally accessible. The limited reliance on text for information and the emphasis on experiential and hands-on learning help students with limited English proficiency and students with a variety of learning styles engage fully. Students learn kinesthetically, musically, and collaboratively. Small groups (usually around 5 students per group) allow instructors to ensure attention and engagement from all students."
"The OMSI facility we use for outdoor school gives both urban and rural experiences for students of all ability levels, academic and physical. Easily accessible pathways to get to and from different areas within the facility and the beach, including a state park which serves to give students learning opportunities for both coastal and forest ecology."
"The camp is very accommodating and works well with students of all disabilities whether they be physical, mental, etc."
"Information, materials activities can be adapted to meet the needs of individual students."
"Accessible activities provided for students with disabilities, including accessible transportation. Extra staff support was provided to assist students with disabilities and provide required health care."
In 2017-2018, we asked schools to describe how their program served historically underrepresented populations, including supports for English Language Learners (ELLs) while at outdoor school. Schools reported that: