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As part of a new pilot program for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Education Department, eighth grade students from Pinnacle Peak Prepatory School of Paradise Valley, Arizona led a tour of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and desert laboratory, for their families, teachers, and peers. Eighth grade teacher Danielle Else teaches an elective for seventh and eighth graders at Pinnacle Peak Prep that centers around Wright and his work, and this project was a great showcase of all they have been learning and studying in her class.
The “Junior Fellows” program is inspired by Wright’s teaching motto of “learning by doing,” as well as other contemporary junior docent programs. Having students follow their own curiosities in this new program is meant to encourage self-guided learning and create a space for students to find their own voice to express what interests them about Wright, Taliesin West, and organic architecture.