27
Nov
2019

Ken and Blake on Liberated Learners and the Broader Alternative Education Ecosystem

Want to better understand the landscape of options in alternative education? Thinking about starting a Liberated Learners center? Check out Blake Boles’ recent interview with Ken Danford.

30
Mar
2019

The Self-Driven Child: Making it possible

The goal of Liberated Learners centers is to support teens to leave traditional school and to start living the lives that they want for themselves now. The approach begins with having kids take more direct control over their lives.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

17
Jul
2017

Move over, Rigor

Years ago, a good friend of mine said something that just stuck with me.  “I could care less about rigor”—surprising words from an honors-level high school teacher. “What I care about is vigor.” I realized that she had assumed a completely new intention for challenging students in their learning. Rather than trying to get them […]