The Traveling School

Empowering young women to spark change.

Bozeman, MT   |  www.travelingschool.com

Mission

The Traveling School amplifies female voices through transformative education to ignite positive change.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Jennifer Royall

Main address

PO Box 7058

Bozeman, MT 59771 USA

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EIN

81-0544729

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through an experiential international semester, The Traveling School empowers young women to be engaged and confident leaders. Ultimately the organization aims to alter gender inequality by giving young women a high-value education that concentrates on leadership development. Our society continues to see fewer females in leadership positions across all sectors. Through rigorous academics, outdoor adventure and leadership development, students gain confidence, are engaged in global issues and develop leadership skills. Alumnae emerge from the program with the tools to become our next female leaders.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fall Semester to southern Africa

During our fall semester, 16 high school girls ages 15-18 and their four teachers explore southern Africa for 15 weeks. Rigorous experiential courses include: Math, History, Environmental Science, English, Physical Education, and Global Studies. Custom-designed curriculum is based on the region of travel: Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Academics focus on the impact of Apartheid on modern South Africa, wildlife biology, the implications of mining and contemporary issues of the region. As well, students engage in local communities, participate in community service, develop strong outdoor skills and build self-confidence and leadership skills.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Our spring semester travels to South America. Traveling School students immerse in Spanish language study throughout the semester, building conversational skills and confidence. Standards-based courses designed to examine the region include: Math, History, Environmental Science, English, Physical Education, and Global Studies. Rigorous regional academics follow the course itinerary through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia with intensive focus on the Amazon rain forest, Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization, and contemporary politics. As well, students engage in local communities, participate in community service, develop strong outdoor skills and build self-confidence and leadership skills.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Young women unleash their inner explorer and discover the western United States with an adventurous spirit. Our Interdisciplinary curriculum will ask students to confront the intersection of historical and contemporary issues through a variety of lenses. Students navigate booming rapids while contemplating the social and economic effects of hydroelectric energy. They stargaze in the desert while discussing the injustices of dispossessed Indigenous homelands. The young women backpack through the Rocky Mountains while considering the geological, political and cultural forces that shape them.

This 15-week semester will develop students' critical inquiry skills, broaden understanding of power, privilege and identity in the US, hone outdoor skills and strengthen community-based leadership principles. Students will finish the semester feeling inspired to form their own opinions, deeply connected to a tight-knit cohort and empowered to confront the beauty and complexity of US realities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Women and girls

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) 2019

Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS-WASC) 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) 2019

National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) 2021

Semester Schools Network 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of students who report being moderately or extremely engaged in their learning during their Traveling School semester.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of students report their Traveling School semester improved their ability to: exhibit confidence in their own opinions, develop personal leadership skills and adapt to new situations.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of parents report the Traveling School semester increased their daughter's: confidence, perseverance, flexibility, willingness to fail.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Traveling School aims to provide an exceptional semester of learning and growth for high school girls. Our vision for this academic semester is to cultivate engagement, leadership, and confidence in these young women.

Through this experience, The Traveling School's objectives are for our students to develop the following traits:

*Inspired to Learn*
Students invest in their own learning process, incorporate new ways of thinking and multiple perspectives, and become the architect of their educational experience.

*Able to Adapt and Take Risks*
Students are willing to take calculated risks based upon possible successes rather than perceptions of difficulty of fear of failure. They are able to adapt and grow with challenging situations.

*Globally and locally engaged with widened perspectives*
Students engage with new situations and culture, recognize how cultural lenses affect perception, and travel with the spirit of a world citizen.

*Develop a Powerful Voice*
Students understand and practice expeditionary behavior to cultivate a successful group living experience and develop personal leadership techniques.

Over the course of a 15-week semester, students earn high school credit, develop outdoor skills, and build leadership skills as part of an all-female environment that fosters global competence and self-awareness. Traditionally, fall semesters are spent in southern Africa (traveling through Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa), while Spring semesters are spent in South America (Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia). Due to COVID-19, The Traveling School is now offering a semester based in the western US (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona) and will only run the US-based semesters in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Throughout the semester, we focus on:

1. *Inspiring Academics*
The Traveling School emphasizes student-centered instruction that is inquiry-based and experiential in nature. Students earn full academic credit for six semester courses in mathematics, history and geography, science, English, foreign language (Spanish spring semester only), health and physical education, and global studies. Students learn quickly that the world is their classroom, and their teachers and books are a merely a few of their resources. Learning comes to life through the places we visit, the people we meet, and especially from the stories they tell us. Regional curriculum and custom-designed textbooks support academic activities and cultural experiences. We focus on critical thinking and understanding that many perspectives exist in any situation. Of course there are tests and readings, but there are also debates, interviews, and academic activities where students engage in the surrounding environment.

3.*Outdoor Adventure*
Students camp, hike, backpack, canoe, mountaineer, rock climb, rappel, mountain bike, whitewater raft, and more. Outdoor experiences push students to try new activities, embrace the unknown, turn challenging situations into opportunities, and assess risk and act appropriately so they can enter new experiences with self-awareness and confidence.

4. *Leadership Development*
Leadership skill development is practiced in all aspects of the Traveling School semester. Starting with self-leadership (self-awareness, self-care), students learn to become independent. Next, students develop strong communication and conflict resolution skills to build community and strong relationships and promote group responsibility. Students leave the semester with confidence in their own ideas and an ability to address conflict, exhibiting confidence as a leader.

*Highly Qualified Faculty
The Traveling School hires teachers with teaching certifications, advanced degrees, and/or extensive relevant experience. Our faculty are trained in: risk management; mission and culture; educational philosophy, international travel protocols; crisis response; wilderness and international medicine; and leadership.

*Administrative Staff
The Executive Director articulates the school's vision and future. As the organization's leader, she supervises all programs; establishes standards of conduct; and develops and implements the educational goals. As the chief financial manager, they develop and maintain the budget and provide financial oversight for all spending and is responsible for ensuring the program is in compliance with standards in education, international travel and risk management. The ED guides a staff of six, which oversees all program operations/

*Volunteer Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of former faculty, parents, and community members who contribute to the school's success through its governance, strategic planning, and fiduciary oversight.

*Accreditation
Since 2004, The Traveling School has been accredited through the Council for Standards on International Educational Travel. This accreditation ensures The Traveling School follows best practices in standards of international youth education and exchange programs.

*Domestic and International Partnerships. The Traveling School is a member of the Semester Schools Network (offering semester-long educational opportunities for high school students) and the National Coalition of Girls Schools (the leading advocate for girls' education with a distinct commitment to the transformative power of all-girls schools). In addition, The Traveling School's success is directly tied to our strong partnerships overseas which include international non-profits, schools, guiding services, and other overseas businesses. With the creation of the new western US semester, The Traveling School is continuing to build partnerships in this new course area as well.

*Funding
The majority of our revenue comes from earned income via student tuition. Remaining revenue is provided by individual donations and grants which fund our financial aid program. This structure provides secure funding for our growth and ensures our ability to provide financial aid to students.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We collect feedback from students and their parents when they complete their semester. This is done with an online survey as well as in person conversations.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Personal phone calls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Traveling School

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Emily Mallory

Nancy Lykkehoy

Emily Mallory

Ellie Martin

John Shea

Meghann Teague

Jenae McCarroll

Christine Bacon

Nicole Cooper

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/08/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data