Roots & Wings Community School was founded by Todd Wynward and Peg Bartlett in 2001 in the small rural community of Lama, NM. RWCS is affiliated with Expeditionary Learning, an acclaimed national school reform movement with over 150 member schools. Set in a farm and mountain environment, Roots and Wings uses the natural surroundings, wilderness treks, active pedagogy and personalized atmosphere to make learning an adventure. Students engage in semester-long themes and product-based learning. The results? Students become engaged, informed, self-reflective, and active citizens. The school promotes academic excellence, fosters character and service, and deep connections to the unique agricultural, cultural and linguistic heritage of Northern New Mexico.
Todd is no longer involved in the daily operations of RWCS. However, he continues to be involved with the school by training teachers, developing long-range plans, crafting theme-based curriculum, and leading wilderness trips.