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WorldView is a place for leaders in the fields of language education, global citizenship, immersion learning and other topics central to the Concordia Language Villages mission to address issues important to their fields.

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GoodReflections: Staff Picks for Mental Health Awareness

Published: May 25, 2022

For Mental Health Awareness Month this May, we put out a call to staff asking for their recommendations for good reads and reflections on the topic of mental health and wellness. They suggested a wide collection of films and texts, reflecting mental health in all its mess, complexity, and potential.

Supporting Mental Health Together

By Mollie and Candace | Published: May 18, 2022

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so Mollie Nelson and Candace Kretchmar are taking a look at the current mental health needs of American kids. The last few years have taken a toll on young people, but there are ways to help . . . such as spending time in nature and being part of supportive communities, which have always been key pieces of the Concordia Language Villages experience.

Meeting the Living Building Challenge at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center - an Interview with Executive Director Peter Smerud

By Martin Graefe, Senior Director, Concordia Language Villages | Published: May 10, 2022

In this week’s WorldView Blog, Concordia Language Villages’ Senior Director Martin Graefe interviews Peter “Pete” Smerud, a Waldsee (German Language Village) villager and staff alumnus about his work as the executive director at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. When it comes to sustainability, Smerud advises, “Do not prepare to do less bad; aim for the best.”

Climbing to Net Zero

Published: May 4, 2022

Stewart Herman shares his third post on the ups and downs of creating a net zero home, highlighting five important steps to take up the mountain of carbon reduction.

Good Listens: Nine Poems on Being Lost and Found in Language 

Published: April 26, 2022

Block letters (similar to a printing press) scattered on a desk with some at the bottom spelling out: Poetry.

​​As April draws to a close, we celebrate National Poetry Month with some good poems on and around the topic of language and culture.Get inspired with these playful and provocative pieces (or maybe write a poem of your own)!

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