Wildwood Institute Model

Wildwood is a hub for creating programs so different–and so successful–that we are changing the way education is delivered. Welcome to the Wildwood Institute Model.

The Wildwood Institute Model provides a parallel path for learning that resonates with 21st century learning skills and expectations. This path is not based on a curriculum, but instead uses authentic contexts such as a science research lab, a social leadership collaborative, or an incubator foundry. Participants assume roles, practices, and expectations as they navigate best practices for creating meaning and adding value to the community and to the world. In these multidisciplinary contexts, participants identify existing problems and/or opportunities, assign tasks, set agendas, determine benchmarks, create networks, communicate ideas, and present findings via publications, talks, blogs, social media, etc. Whatever is done in their context, they do.

Based on this model, Wildwood launched the first of three planned Institutes in 2014, the Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD). The second was launched in 2018 and has become the Wildwood Institute for Social Leadership (WISL). The third was launched in 2019 and is called the Wildwood Institute for Entrepreneurship (WIE).

Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD)

The context is a research lab. Its mission is to define problems and conduct research to better understand the problem and add knowledge to the community.

The Wildwood Institute for Social Leadership (WISL)

The context is a collaborative consultancy. Its mission is to define and address social issues by conducting community investigations and field research resulting in both deep understanding and concrete plans to actively create positive change.

The Wildwood Institute for Entrepreneurship (WIE)

The context is a startup incubator. Its mission is to foster ideas into disruptive products and services. Members identify problems, iteratively generate and evaluate potential solutions, and translate their work into products and plans for new ventures.

The Institutes at Wildwood were initiated through anonymous donations from the Wildwood community, with further support provided by the EE Ford Foundation. For more information, on the Wildwood Institute Model and the three contexts used, visit The Institutes at Wildwood: http://wwinstitutes.org.

The Institutes at Wildwood Fellowship Program

In its inaugural year, the Institutes at Wildwood Fellowship Program is designed to offer fellows an immersive, year-long opportunity for deeper, experiential learning and study in these fields. This Fellowship Program is intended for recent high school graduates interested in further exploring STEM, social leadership, or entrepreneurship. To learn more, please click here.

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