Learning about Learning

Combining programs for teachers, community events and workshops, and afternoon classes, Learning about Learning was created to encourage children to explore their creativity and use skills to adapt new styles of learning. Jearnine Wagner and several  Trinity alumni who had gone through the university’s theater program implemented the Learning about Learning program in the San Antonio Independent School District in 1971.

In 1972, the program officially became a stand-alone institution, operating out of Trinity University with the financial support of the Moody and Brackenridge Foundations. Inspired by the Integration of Abilities class that Professor Paul Baker taught at Trinity University, the founders of Learning about Learning focused on the “development of a creative potential of children through an integrated arts approach.” 

Once up and running, Learning about Learning organized and hosted workshops and community events like “Futuristics” and “Brainstormers” which engaged students through art and creativity: empowering them as the experts of their own worlds. Through these events and activities, the Learning about Learning Foundation engaged not only children at their schools, but the local San Antonio community, thus building a foundation for which children could explore a new and more creative way of learning. 

Learning about Learning would closed its doors in 1986. After years of inspiring kids and adults, Learning about Learning’s expansive growth would ultimately lead to its downfall. Despite their closing, the creators of Learning about Learning went on to continue spreading their creativity through different avenues. The impact Learning about Learning had on its community was profound, inspiring children and adults throughout San Antonio. 

A promotional film for Learning About Learning.