Tale of a Reluctant School Starter

In the United States we recently celebrated Juneteenth, a day which commemorates the end of slavery.  We are about to celebrate the 4th of July, the independence day of our country.  For me, freedom is always on my mind. You see, my heart yearns for the freedom of children. I wonder when will we celebrate their liberation?  When will we even acknowledge their...
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Kaleidoscope ALC

We are working to launch an Agile Learning Center (ALC) in Southeastern CT in January 2020. We've been recommended by Thames River Innovation Place to CT Next for funding. Our target location will be in Groton or New London and we will be open Monday - Friday. Our hours of operation will be finalized when we find a partner location with the possibility of extended hours (8a...
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Manifesto for Children

E. Paul Torrance and the Manifesto for Children significantly influence my philosophy on education. Manifesto for Children Don’t be afraid to fall in love with something and pursue it with intensity. Know, understand, take pride in, practice, develop, exploit, and enjoy your greatest strengths. Learn to free yourself from the expectations of others and to walk away from the gam...
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Courses

BECOMING A SELF-DIRECTED PARENT Making the decision to send your child to a free or self-directed school/learning center is not a decision most parents come to lightly.  Some parents spend years researching before taking the plunge, and others, prompted by a parental instinct to protect their child from a traditional school that is crushing their soul, make the decision quic...
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Hello Blogging My Old Friend

Five years ago today my life dramatically changed. On a whim, I made a Facebook post publicly committing myself to a 30 day challenge in which I would give myself permission to dream...vividly. The seeds of everything I’ve accomplished since then and all that I’m currently pursuing and planning for the future are in my blog posts at www.30DreamDays.com Since finishing my...
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Finding Mastery

I've been incubating the next chapter of my work for a few years now.  Phase I was to reinvent myself and get clear on my vision.  Phase II will kick into high gear this summer.  My goal will be to make the steps in this next phase as transparent as possible as I believe aspiring entrepreneurs need to see behind the curtain including the entrepreneurial actions that are success...
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Book Review: The Strength Switch

Waters, L. (2017).  The strength switch: How the new science of strength-based parenting can help your child and your teen to flourish. New York, NY: Avery. “He’s not coming back” muttered my supervisor in a defeated exhale.  Deep down I already knew this as he had been gone since day three, but I’d held out hope that the new special education teacher would return.  Instead ...
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Ignite

  This is a rough draft of some ideas that came to mind for Ignite.  With further input from the team and community, a Phase One plan would be finalized and a cycle of execution and evaluation would ensue and spark improvements and new ideas. PHASE ONE - Oct 2017 - December 2017 Get to know the Ignite and TRIP teams and gain a clearer understanding of the ideas that f...
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Teen LLC

Most of what is written below has not been updated since 2016 (except to add links to my more recent writings).  The current vision for TeenLLC will be developed as part of my participation in The Bootstrapper's Workshop. I'm super excited for this next chapter! Teen LLC is an entrepreneurship education venture that will seek to answer “what might be all the ways to learn, g...
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5 1/2 Mentors that will change your life

In what ways do you need to develop?  Doug Stewart reveals the secret of personal development that helped him turn himself from a 1.4 GPA to a 3.4 GPA student. His conclusion "Mentorship isn’t something that is done to you. Mentorship is something you can do for yourself, with the help of others."   If you are interested in personal development and learning witho...
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