10
Jun
2018

A Cycle of Unlocking Opportunities

I read Seth Godin’s blog every morning. Short and to the point. Deeply inspiring. But I’ve not found a place in my daily routine to keep up with his new podcast, Akimbo. Maria, from Deep Root, posted to our Liberated Learners mailing list suggesting we all check out Seth’s Q&A episode, his “spot on” answer […]

28
Feb
2018

A Clip from New Self-Taught Documentary

Have you seen the movie Class Dismissed?  Filmmaker Jeremy Stuart follows a family’s journey from school to homeschooling to unschooling.  The process and emotions the teen and the family experience are quite familiar to what we see in our work at Liberated Learners centers. Jeremy’s follow-up project is to make Self-Taught, a film about adults […]

24
Jan
2018

Teacher Liberation

Here’s the video of the TEDx talk I gave in October entitled, Teacher Liberation. The primary focus was reaching educators who love working with young people, but are frustrated by the traditional educational systems where they work so they might be inspired to create self-directed education centers in their communities. But I think the talk […]

20
Dec
2017

BigFish to Open in January 2018

In a collaborative effort, including former students and brand new members of BigFish Learning Community, we now have our first promo video. Posted to Facebook Nov. 13, 2017, it has over 2.1K views! BigFish opens in January 2018. We met again recently to begin work on a second video which hopes to explain how Self-Directed Education […]

7
Dec
2017

The Secret Club

For the last 5 years, I taught in a Montessori school with someone who always spoke about how much she loves her job. She would do it for free, if she had to. She feels like it is her “true calling”… blah blah blah. I wanted to hate her… or feel sorry for her since […]

8
Oct
2017

Does This Count…

… is a question I hear frequently – the last time being  1 pm Friday afternoon, from a DRC teen at the end of our mentoring session, when she decided to try to set up a pen tablet (which has never been functional) on one of the DRC laptops. My vehement response, per usual, was, “of […]

24
Sep
2017

Is Your Child Having a Rough Start to the Year? 5 Reasons Your Family Might Consider a Semester Away from School

Unless you’re a homeschooling family, your child or teen has been in school for many years. Consider this a sabbatical. Everyone can use a sabbatical. Wouldn’t you love one? If Sunday nights are anxiety-provoking and homework is a constant battle, a change might be the best thing for the entire family. They can return to […]

11
Sep
2017

The Mentoring Effect

When PLC members move on from PLC, into college, work, and life generally, they nearly always express how much their mentoring relationship has helped and supported them as they forged their path through opportunities and offerings. Mentoring is without a doubt the part of the “PLC magic” that we most value. It’s more important than […]

27
Aug
2017

Inspired, Sobered

One of the pleasures of this past week has been organizing my notes from my first Liberated Learners conference. June 22 I caught a red-eye to the east coast and then spent the weekend reveling in hundreds of micro and macro “aha” moments. Having returned home I’m more excited than ever about all the goodness I know […]

31
Jul
2017

Who We Serve and How

Students choose LightHouse for a variety of reasons. But there’s always a reason. LightHouse is not the default choice—we are not free, public school. We are an alternate choice because something about the traditional option available to our students is not working for them. These reasons vary considerably. Some of our students were simply bored […]