I was in a fascinating meeting on Monday that forced me to think about a long-standing and substantive institutional learning environment, but one that doesn't easily fit within my existing framework.
During my first five years at Global Kids I became familiar with the after school learning environments, both within the school building and at community centers like Global Kids main office. In the years that followed I learned as well about what can be called informal learning environments - libraries, museums, etc. - as we as informal learning - e.g. youth playing console-based games or surfing the Web.
What we met Monday to discuss could only fit into "none of the above."
When I was a kid, growing up a Reform Jew on Long Island, we called it Sunday School - the few hours spent every Sunday at Temple in the extra building constructed to replicate a traditional school environment - classrooms with blackboard with a teacher's desk facing rows of seats. As I got older, it was called Hebrew School, as Tuesday afternoons were added to the mix.