Mission & Vision

Cada Casa is a community-based education organization aimed to connect educators and students of all ages. Our goal is to redefine education as a life long process that comes from passionate members of our community. Furthermore, cada casa aims to connect cultures through outreach and educational programs.

Guiding Principles:

Explorative Learning. By providing unique, multi-disciplinary programs, children can find interest in new subjects. With classes that take place in the community, rather than the classroom, one starts to explore their surroundings to find things that truly interest them. cada|casa provides the resources, connections, and organization for students to explore and learn from the world around them.

Community Awareness: One's own environment has a potential for great learning. Our instructors come from the community and teach their art, craft, or profession with great passion. This contagious passion inspires children to learn from someone who isn't their daily teacher. In addition, it teaches the student that to do something, anything, all you have to do is learn. And furthermore, that this learning can come from the people around us.

Environmentally Conscious: Due to worldwide environmental deterioration and irresponsible resource dependencies, the modern student's mentality of one's natural world must change. Concepts of responsibility and sustainability are emphasized as we find new ways to think about food, consumption, materials and transportation.

In the Community

cada|casa is very proud to be an active member of the Central Oregon community.  We have worked with many groups, including non-profits such as Rise Up, CAUSA, Jobs for Justice, Deschutes County Mental Health, Oregon Rush Soccer Club and our parent non-profit, PoetHouse Art. Our involvement with the youth in and around Bend includes classes with Bend High School, Tumalo Middle School, J Bar J, NorthStar, and more.

History

Cada Casa was started to offer a different form of learning for today's youth. The idea behind community education is that there is a wealth of skills and information that can be learned from one's environment.  It is the role of cada|casa to facilitate such learning.  Founder, Tymon Emch, has spent over a decade working with children in many forums, which has eventually led to the creation of this educator/student facilitation. Tymon is a Two-Way Immersion Science teacher in the Beaverton school district, but Cada Casa started well before this.  

 

In 2008, Tymon spent 6 months living and working at a children's home in Cusco, Peru. While teaching English, and acting as Director of Extracurricular Activities, Tymon found that there was a disconnection between the children's perception of education and its relation to their life. A new class was created where passionate college students and US volunteers came and spoke to the group about what they do, and how education is integral. Classes included the creation of a newspaper, mock-archeology excavations, screen-printing, web-site development, musicianship, and more. It became apparent that people could become great educators when assisted with curriculum development and when done so with great passionate. Returning to the US, Tymon wishes to bring this idea of transforming enthusiastic, inspired members of our community into educators of new, interesting classes.

In 2008, initial classes included Bilingual Soccer, Art Movements and Techniques, and Spanish Conversation, and Math Tutoring. With support from the community, cada|casa is very excited to collaborate with the PoetHouse Art community. These programs grew in popularity, and soon we were in public middle and high schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, half-way homes, and much more.  Check out some of our Past Classes.

 

In 2013 we offered our first full-day summer school.  Students chose their own four class schedule with a wide range of academic, arts, and sport classes.  As our after school and in school classes continue, we look forward to the 2015 summer course offerings.

In the News

The Source weekly names cada casa "the cool school"

 

The Bulletin covers cada casa's mural project

 

the Broadside talks about cada casa instructor, mosley wotta's work in the community's schools

 

The Future

We are excited to announce our expansion into the Portland-metro area.  Starting in 2015 we will be offering some of our classes at two new locations: Meadow Park Middle School (Beaverton), and West Sylvan Middle School (Portland).

It is never too early to start thinking about the summer.  We will be hosting a summer camp (Monday - Thursday) from June 22nd to July 9th.  Be sure to check back in during February when the final schedule will be released.

Take a look at our calendar for upcoming events in your area.