20
Feb
2017

What Happens to Self-Directed Learners?

Even in the world of alternative education, North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens is a hard program to fully grasp. Now in our 21st year, those of you who have met me or spoken with me about the model probably most remember my mantra, “It’s not a school!” It’s easy to remember what we “don’t […]

23
Jan
2016

Changing a Life in Eight Minutes

Just as I was packing up to head home from North Star late one September afternoon, the phone rang in my office. “Hi, this is Angie. I’m in California, and I really need some help!”  Yikes, I thought. It had been a full day of talking to people, and I had somewhere to go. “Well, […]

23
Sep
2015

Trusting in Trust: One Parent’s Practice

Being a parent is rough, right? Let’s not talk about the physical challenge of growing and birthing a whole human being, and let’s not talk about the ongoing physical challenge of nursing and cleaning and feeding and caring for that tender little creature for YEARS and YEARS and YEARS. (Which holds true whether you’re a biological […]