In the spring of 1994, Anne Hogeland and Elizabeth St. Clair, both graduates of Williams College who live in Williamstown and who had children in the elementary school, began to discuss ways to forge links between “town and gown.” At about the same time, the college began to explore ways to make more explicit connections between Williams and the local schools.
Prior to Adventures in Learning, a number of college students were assisting teachers during the school day. What was missing was an opportunity for the students to create their own courses and to share their particular strengths and talents with children. Adventures in Learning fills that need and encourages learning for the sheer pleasure of it, without reference to grades or performance standards.
Adventures in Learning has been a success from its inception, with an average of 20 courses offered each year. For the past three years, some 45-50 instructors and approximately 100 students annually have participated in Adventures in Learning.
Since 2014 the program has been formally tied to the Center for Learning in Action.