Meet those leading our student leaders
Meet MarinSEL's Teachers! Jesse Madsen, MarinSEL Lead Teacher/Seminar/World Geography, 9th & 11th Grade Teagen Leonhart, MarinSEL English, 10th Grade Sara Frack, MarinSEL…
A progressive school focused on leadership and the environment
The Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) is comprised of students, parents and educators from Marin County and beyond who…
What's it like to be a MarinSEL student?
During the first month of every school year, MarinSEL students and teachers participate in a long weekend Leadership Retreat designed…
Project-based environmental learning
MarinSEL’s curriculum combines themes of environmental stewardship, global awareness, community service, innovative thinking, and group projects to create a uniquely…
MarinSEL in the Marin IJ!
Check out this article in the Marin IJ about our MarinSEL juniors and the work they are doing in their engineering course! Thanks to our amazing students and Allison Oropallo, their teacher, for doing such inspiring work. We went to watch the students test their wind turbine designs and it was incredible to see their innovative design work.
Message from the Executive Director: Measuring Success
In traditional high schools, student success is defined via grades, attendance, and test scores. While these measures can be important, at MarinSEL we are redefining how we measure success to incorporate assessments that prepare students more holistically for the challenges of the 21st century.
Our measurements occur in several ways: The first is a grade-based requirement that they maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the school year. The second looks through the lens of what is called the 4Cs rubric (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication) at leadership skills students exhibit in their work and group projects. Students set goals in each area during individual meetings with their teacher, then use this rubric to assess themselves and each other, and are also assessed by a teacher.
MarinSEL Juniors at Energy Recovery
The juniors visited Energy Recovery in the East Bay to see how engineers work and hear a presentation by their CEO. You can check out more photos on the MarinSEL Facebook page and learn more about the field trip at Ms. Oropallo's website. Currently, the juniors are designing blades for a wind turbine with the help of Energy Recovery and Ms. Oropallo. It has been great partnering with Energy Recovery on the wind turbine projects - our students are thinkers, designers and doers!
Celebrate with MarinSEL this November! Get your tickets today!
Super Fun ! This special wine tasting event is hosted by Cyane Dandridge and Ward Bouwman. Wines will be wrapped and grouped by type, including Zins, Chardonnays, and Cabs. Your job will be to see if you can taste the difference within each group! Nibbles and fun provided. $40 per ticket, with proceeds supporting the MarinSEL program.
Sustainable Good News: A leader in our community
A leader and inspiration in our community: Allison Oropallo
"My passion is learning. And I love educating people; I focus on practical projects that provide real life experiences." - YHWDIY.com
Ms. Oropallo is our MarinSEL teacher for the Junior class in Engineering. Her background in technology education and curriculum development have helped her implement new industrial education programs across California, teaching engineering technology through hands-on learning. A self-described handywoman, Ms. Oropallo had to figure out how things worked at an early age, being without the ability to hear for the first 5 years of her life. She has played ice hockey, been on DIY (Do It Yourself) shows on television, and has consistently achieved her goals, excelling as a woman in a profession dominated by men. She is truly an inspiration to our students, and to all of us.
MarinSEL Students at Marin National Plug In Day
Members of the 9th grade LEAD Project group on electric vehicles volunteered at the Marin National Plug In Day at the Civic Center on Septemeber 29th. The students helped staff the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association's (GGEVA) table. The event showcased many electric vehicles, offered test-drives and provided useful information to participants. Our students distributed educational flyers and helped gathers entrees for a drawing to win 49ers tickets, an electric vehicle charging station or a charging station installation.