Skills for Life: Residential Community Learning
When dorm parents, student leaders, and campus administrators approach residential living as skills-for-life education, all students are empowered to build resilience with guided and intentional support. This brief introduction asks you to frame your thinking about Residential Life programming as skill building opportunities through the myriad of daily tasks and interactions students tackle, both on and off campus. Whether your students are on campus or spread across the globe, you can partner with families to keep building students’ skills everyday.
Jackie O'RourkeEducational Consultant, Outermost Education Services MA
A veteran English teacher, dorm parent, field hockey and ice hockey coach, Jackie O’Rourke opened her consulting firm, Outermost Education Services, in 2018 after serving as the Dean of Residential Life and Leadership at Tilton School. A graduate of Cushing Academy, O’Rourke earned her BA and played ice hockey at Williams College, then added her MAT in Secondary Education from Boston University. After beginning her career at Berkshire School in Massachusetts as the Director of Student Activities, O’Rourke taught English for a semester at Boston Latin School before venturing overseas to teach English, coach soccer and serve as a dorm parent at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. She later returned to Berkshire to teach, coach and advise. O’Rourke now lives and works on Cape Cod with her husband, Devon, and daughter, Finny.