About Mike Dunn

Mike has been working to build strong connections between students and communities in outdoor and indoor classrooms for over 15 years. His practice is rooted in a deep understanding of History and the foundation on which we build our personal and institutional educational philosophies and values. He currently serves as the Director of College Counseling at a small independent school outside of Philadelphia, teaching courses in interest/career exploration, college essay writing, and college admissions fundamentals.

The Sound and The Fury, The Bite Fight, and the Demise Of Standardized Testing: Part I

I sat on the couch with popcorn and soda ready for the match. “Dad! Come on, Don King is on camera!” Wide-eyed, I watched the infamous boxing promoter smile and chat with his evening’s guest. It was 1997, I was 15 years old, and had never really been into boxing. My experience with the sport [...]

Social Studies Lessons from Zootopia

NOTE: If you haven’t seen this movie, there are spoilers below! Zootopia was hardly the largest grossing movie of its opening weekend. With a meager $23.2 million in box office sales, it fell short of the much heralded (and much worse…) Batman vs. Superman, which grossed over $170 million. But, while countless articles have talked [...]

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Commitment Is Key: Love and Logic In The Classroom

The concepts behind Love & Logic (L&L) have been around since the early 1990s and were initially developed as a parenting strategy. With the goal of creating independent, thoughtful, caring, young people, L&L is is designed to help encourage students to be active participants in their existence while providing clear consequences and rationale for them [...]

Crisis In Flint = Disaster For A Generation Of Students

When hearing news about the financial issues of major cities in the United States, headlines often point to Camden, Cleveland, St. Louis, and, of course, Detroit. Countless articles have been published about the downturn of these formerly bustling hubs. Detroit alone has garnered international development attention from planners looking to avoid such collapses in the [...]