Learning Communities includes Community Seedlings Preschool, Community Roots Academy K-8 and Community Care Club extended care.
The Genesis of LearningCommunities.org
What began with the germ of an idea shared by two dedicated educators who believed in the project-based learning philosophy to create an innovative public charter school in Orange County, California has in just 10 years blossomed into a full-fledged learning community.
In 2008, Co-founder and Executive Director of Education Jeremy Cavallaro, an experienced school administrator, teacher and curriculum developer, joined forces with Co-founder and Executive Director of Operations and Resource Development Eve Fein, a former faculty member of Hebrew Union College-Graduate School of Education and educational leader of Morasha Jewish Day School.
The pair was well prepared academically for the challenge. Jeremy completed Harvard University’s Principal’s Institute. He earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at New York City’s exclusive Bank Street College. He is a doctoral degree candidate at the University of La Verne. Eve holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from Hebrew Union College.
It took two years to formulate the plans to establish an innovative learning environment where students would learn by doing as they actively explore real-world problems and challenges. With Community Roots Academy, a premier project-based K-8 public charter school with rigorous academic standards was launched.
The evolution continued with Community Seedlings Preschool, a Reggio-inspired constructivist preschool encouraging children’s curiosity and excitement for learning. Seeing the need for keeping students engaged and learning before and after school and during summer, the Community Care Club, a licensed extended care program, was born.
Going forward, the co-founders will continue to evaluate other services that would enhance the educational offerings of this comprehensive learning community where the goal is to offer a new paradigm in preschool through eighth grade education.