Outward Bound Professional Leadership Development programs

Winter Reading From Outward Bound Professional

When Thompson Island staff members are not in the field, you’ll find them working their way through a stack of books and research papers related to the education and leadership principles, models, and frameworks that support Thompson Island Outward Bound … Read More

Winter Preparation Professional Learning

Time to Refocus and Reflect

On Thompson Island, we often use the winter season to reflect. As the Island’s classrooms and dormitories become quiet and still, we ask ourselves: How can we make what do well, even better? This year the question takes on both … Read More

Students Learn ‘Above All, Compassion’

Compassion: Demonstrating concern and acting with a spirit of respect and generosity in service to others On Thompson Island we value self-reliance, craftsmanship, service, and above all, compassion, as part of Outward Bound’s unique approach to character development. Boston public … Read More

Strategic Plans to Combat the Opportunity Gap

A Message from Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center CEO Doesn’t everyone love summer? For many young people, the warm sun and sea breeze bring sailing lessons, summer camp, and family trips to National Parks. Experiences like these … Read More

Thompson Island Salt Marsh

Thompson Island Treasure

The sketch below is a student’s illustration of a food web. But something about it reminds me of an old pirate’s map. Cord grass -> mud snail -> mummichog -> muskrat -> norther harrier. 20 paces to the fallen tree … Read More

The City as Classroom

  Written by: Megan Bird, Executive Director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts and Arthur Pearson, President and CEO of Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center As summer’s blaze softens into autumn hues, our city’s children are back in the schoolhouse. For … Read More