Head’s Corner


Guest Experts – Lighting The Fire 

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

One of the touchstones of a Saklan education is making experiential learning the center of getting students engaged in academics. While we all can learn from a book, a lecture or a video, it is the in-person experience that lights the fire.

Experiential learning can be as big as swimming with turtles in the Galapagos (as many of our students did this past summer) or as simple as visiting the Moraga Gardens Farm to learn about plant life. Each is an example of getting outside of the box and into the real world and getting your hands dirty.

But there is another type of experiential learning that is as powerful, the Guest Expert.  We practice taking our students outside our four walls – but bringing the outside world into Saklan can have just as powerful of an impact.

This is where you come in…

We have begun to assemble a list of guest experts that we would love to have in our classrooms and we are reaching out for help. Maybe you are the expert, or maybe you know someone. If you or someone you know has knowledge in one of the fields or areas attached, please contact me at doconnell@saklan.org. We can start a conversation about how you can help us light some fires.

Warm regards,


P.S. We use the word expert lightly; one does not need to have a PhD to be an expert, just some experience and a willingness to share knowledge.


Author: The Saklan School Friday Blog

The Saklan School is a private Pre-K through 8 school located in Moraga, CA. Our mission is to think creatively, act compassionately, and live courageously.

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