FL González

is creating Adult-Montessori Programs in the Dominican Republic

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Introducing our 'mission' field in Andres, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic:

I serve the universe as a Unitarian Universalist minister, in an impoverished district in the capital city of the Dominican Republic. Poverty here reaches out for western-world dreams with a vengeance; children as young as 5 are routinely exposed to cyberspace violence and hard-core pornography. And families are literally torn asunder by an economy reliant on cheap (and often fatal) transportation - meaning - taking your loved ones on dangerous trips to school, clinic, and work, on ill-equipped & unhelmeted rides (on fast highways alongside poorly maintained trucks, luxury double decker busses, and farm vehicles). Animals are routinely neglected; in rural areas untreated (human) mental illness is culturally normative, as evangelical fervor minimizes science & clinical best practices in favor of demonic deliverance and allegiance to formulaic salvific doctrine.

Religiosity is an issue we address. 

To counter these social realities we are building an educational program that utilizes Montessori practices as central/essential methods of novel social-learning. Our thrust is not vocational, but the neglected humanities; under our Unitarian Universalist banner our students learn to ask difficult questions without the cultural weight of bias or peer scrutiny. We are the first UU congregation on this island nation, and are often in the hurricane-eye of unfounded village mistrust - as minister I am prepared, but we need ongoing funding to help us fix the property and provide classroom spaces in a timely manner.    

A Word about Educational Novelty:

Typically, Montessori education involves objects to see and feel, and learning games (many created by Maria Montessori herself, and passed down to us). As a Constructivist venue, Montessori schools today are wide-open to pedagogical interpretation; adult methodologies are constructs of the present, as Maria passed away before she included age-advanced curricular work. Nonetheless, the main ideas are sound.  In our service area, where the majority of adults are poorly educated, many illiterate - the premise of Montessori is a valid means to teach (and learn). 

I am the creator of Role-play Characterization Network, RCN, which immerses learners in Astronomy & Geography. RCN is avatar-based, and learners create original characters that populate the vast reaches of space. We do not press these matters; learners can create characterizations on Earth (no one needs to travel farther than his/her comfort zone!). You can be a farmer, an explorer, a man-about-town, or conversely: an extraterrestrial visitor (that is my avatar!). Our free associations are compatible with the Montessori world-view!  As learners assess their peer's creations the stage is set for sociocultural conversations on many levels.  We also have a number of original multiple-player games - all our methods foster socialization and reflection.  

Our campus too is an innovative experiment - we grow Passion Fruit, Pumpkins, and own many fruit trees (avocados, plantains, bananas, guavas, lemons & limes,  mangos).  We build chinola-ivy armatures, fish enclosures, and places of reflection. We are building our own museum-quality cave! The cave will be used as a safe hideaway for children - learning natural history in the process. 

We are careful; we are wise; we press forward. 

Tiers
Friend
$1 or more per month

As UUDR 'Friend', you are helping to build international interest in our important outreach, as well as supporting our novel adult-Montessori pedagogies - which can be replicated elsewhere, in other impoverished culturally-turbulent communities worldwide. 

Coworker
$5 or more per month only 500 left

As a UUDR coworker, your donations, along with others, help us buy chairs, tables, notebooks, pencils, etc., It's important that we set-up our programs quickly, without the disadvantage of logistical hesitation.  As a UUDR coworker your funds will enhance other funding sources.

Funder
$10 or more per month only 500 left

UUDR Funder's funds are earmarked for larger projects & repairs ('Friends' improve our global-reach by their projected numbers; 'Coworkers' help with furnishings & supplies).   Funders target Montessori innovations,  including micro-farms, animal care, our proposed children's academy, and ongoing building additions - these activities will be highlighted in our blog. 

Goals
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We consider ourselves a street university because of the big-picture-view of our mission/vision, which we hope will encompass more than our Dominican Republic outreach. Our thrust is Humanities Education, specifically Adult Montessori-based education. Currently we are planning on two urban learning fields (Providence, Rhode Island, and Pembroke Pines, Florida) and two rural campuses (Dixfield, Maine and Andres, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic - 34 acres total).  Our goals encompass three distinct areas - logistics, leadership, and academics.

Logistically, we need to shore-up and improve our buildings (we have three).  In Maine, besides renovations to our mobile home - making it year-round permanent), (we need to cut trails to our proposed hermitage sites). The Dominican Republic property needs a lot more work, but has a permanent staff of two (2).  

Academically, we need to use our properties for their intended educational purposes as adult Montessori campuses.  In the DR we need to complete our virtual cavern (a constructivist classroom), a rooftop astronomical observatory/planetarium/classroom, an outdoor cafe (a proposed culinary program), a neighborhood pet center/club, and a metalsmithing shop (from which will emerge several culturally-relevant micro-business outreaches [micro-farms, modular homes, and basic furniture designs]).  In Providence we are collaborating with partners for a dedicated space to address issues of housing, education, and mental health referrals. 

Leadership, besides me, we have one dedicated intern, Roberto, and several staffers: Erika, Fello, and Caty.  We expect more.

All the while, we are creating the content areas necessary for our student population's needs, and within our mutual programs. Ideally we move our students from homelessness to professionalism; in their travels, our campuses allow a deeper level of humanities immersions. 

Specific details are ongoing - READ OUR BLOG
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Introducing our 'mission' field in Andres, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic:

I serve the universe as a Unitarian Universalist minister, in an impoverished district in the capital city of the Dominican Republic. Poverty here reaches out for western-world dreams with a vengeance; children as young as 5 are routinely exposed to cyberspace violence and hard-core pornography. And families are literally torn asunder by an economy reliant on cheap (and often fatal) transportation - meaning - taking your loved ones on dangerous trips to school, clinic, and work, on ill-equipped & unhelmeted rides (on fast highways alongside poorly maintained trucks, luxury double decker busses, and farm vehicles). Animals are routinely neglected; in rural areas untreated (human) mental illness is culturally normative, as evangelical fervor minimizes science & clinical best practices in favor of demonic deliverance and allegiance to formulaic salvific doctrine.

Religiosity is an issue we address. 

To counter these social realities we are building an educational program that utilizes Montessori practices as central/essential methods of novel social-learning. Our thrust is not vocational, but the neglected humanities; under our Unitarian Universalist banner our students learn to ask difficult questions without the cultural weight of bias or peer scrutiny. We are the first UU congregation on this island nation, and are often in the hurricane-eye of unfounded village mistrust - as minister I am prepared, but we need ongoing funding to help us fix the property and provide classroom spaces in a timely manner.    

A Word about Educational Novelty:

Typically, Montessori education involves objects to see and feel, and learning games (many created by Maria Montessori herself, and passed down to us). As a Constructivist venue, Montessori schools today are wide-open to pedagogical interpretation; adult methodologies are constructs of the present, as Maria passed away before she included age-advanced curricular work. Nonetheless, the main ideas are sound.  In our service area, where the majority of adults are poorly educated, many illiterate - the premise of Montessori is a valid means to teach (and learn). 

I am the creator of Role-play Characterization Network, RCN, which immerses learners in Astronomy & Geography. RCN is avatar-based, and learners create original characters that populate the vast reaches of space. We do not press these matters; learners can create characterizations on Earth (no one needs to travel farther than his/her comfort zone!). You can be a farmer, an explorer, a man-about-town, or conversely: an extraterrestrial visitor (that is my avatar!). Our free associations are compatible with the Montessori world-view!  As learners assess their peer's creations the stage is set for sociocultural conversations on many levels.  We also have a number of original multiple-player games - all our methods foster socialization and reflection.  

Our campus too is an innovative experiment - we grow Passion Fruit, Pumpkins, and own many fruit trees (avocados, plantains, bananas, guavas, lemons & limes,  mangos).  We build chinola-ivy armatures, fish enclosures, and places of reflection. We are building our own museum-quality cave! The cave will be used as a safe hideaway for children - learning natural history in the process. 

We are careful; we are wise; we press forward. 

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Tiers
Friend
$1 or more per month

As UUDR 'Friend', you are helping to build international interest in our important outreach, as well as supporting our novel adult-Montessori pedagogies - which can be replicated elsewhere, in other impoverished culturally-turbulent communities worldwide. 

Coworker
$5 or more per month only 500 left

As a UUDR coworker, your donations, along with others, help us buy chairs, tables, notebooks, pencils, etc., It's important that we set-up our programs quickly, without the disadvantage of logistical hesitation.  As a UUDR coworker your funds will enhance other funding sources.

Funder
$10 or more per month only 500 left

UUDR Funder's funds are earmarked for larger projects & repairs ('Friends' improve our global-reach by their projected numbers; 'Coworkers' help with furnishings & supplies).   Funders target Montessori innovations,  including micro-farms, animal care, our proposed children's academy, and ongoing building additions - these activities will be highlighted in our blog.