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The Tecolote Group at St. John’s College Celebrates 10 Years of Service
to New Mexico Educators
Over the last ten years, the Tecolote Group at St. John’s College has offered programs or “colloquia” to New Mexico educators. These colloquia are based on the method of learning developed in the Great Books Program at St. John’s College. For its tenth anniversary, the colloquium is “Economics: The Dismal Science.”
“Economics: The Dismal Science” is an exploration of careful thought behind the bombast of political slogans about the economy and what to do or not to do to fix it. As with topics in prior years, the goal with economics is to think through some basic concepts to help participants participate more meaningfully in the political process. The program is non-partisan and treats concepts from different parts of the political spectrum.
Designed after the Great Books Program at St. John’s, the colloquia are intended to be non-competitive, so that participants may explore and learn through shared inquiry. They target no particular discipline or grade level, but focus on books and questions that all teachers can profitably discuss. Participants, who are invited, are chosen with attention to diversity of experience, location, ethnicity, gender, age, and a commitment to liberal education.
Additionally, all books, materials, and meals are provided at no charge. Participants pay no fees for attending Tecolote events; in fact, they receive a modest honorarium in recognition of their involvement in this important work. Scheduled on Saturdays that avoid the busiest times of the school year, these colloquia are planned primarily for the benefit of elementary, middle and secondary teachers and administrators in public and independent schools. Participants also include a small number of school principals, school board members, and students planning to become teachers.
The Tecolote Group at St. John’s College has received generous support over the years from many foundations and corporations including:
Tecolote also benefits from gifts from generous individuals for its annual operations. In 2008, Tecolote received an important endorsement from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) when St. John's College in Santa Fe was awarded a grant through the NEH "We The People" Challenge Grants Program to establish an endowment for Tecolote.
For more information on the Tecolote Group at St. John’s College, please contact Keiko Giacona at firstname.lastname@example.org.