This community is serious about digging deep into ourselves, remaining open to new perspectives, and creating learning environments that work for the people we seek to serve. We are not here to tell you what you should do, we are here to support you to be brave and trust yourself to create your own school.
When you leave the status quo in education behind, it can be hard not to recreate that at home even if you really, really don’t want to do that. This is because our thinking has been so shaped by the way school has been for over 100 years that we aren’t sure what all the possible alternatives are. When you join the Create Your Own School Community you will be guided through prompts that are meant to help you clarify your vision, ideate all the possibilities, and make choices that refine the plan. Implementation in your learning environment will be iterative, and the community will be here to help you problem solve when things don’t work as you intended.
You are embarking on a life-changing adventure…for you and your children. Our guides are essentially here to ensure you make the absolute most out of your homeschooling experience. We are here for you for however long you journey with us.
Your adventure isn’t going to look like anyone else’s. You get to decide what you bring along for the journey. Sometimes we find you may need help realizing what is too heavy for the terrain. Our guides have spent years acquiring lots of experience and knowledge and can help you test those limits safely. We want you to confidently roam free in the wild, knowing that we are always nearby to help you assess risk, and courageously explore the edges of what is possible for you and your children.
Sometimes you may hit a patch where you want a private guide for your adventure, or you and a few fellow travelers are looking for a group excursion. These are not necessary, but are also available for an additional cost.
Nicole became an instant mom to three children ages 5, 6, & 7 and over the next 12 years she also built three different businesses without any prior knowledge of, or training in, those industries. She learned the value of creativity and self-direction and is now on a mission to cultivate these skills so that all people can thrive in these changing times.
Jethro attended 5 elementary schools and 3 high schools. He learned early on that education could be better for kids. After changing education from the inside out as an award winning public school principal, Jethro is now fully devoted to helping families chart their own educational path for their children (and themselves)
Cassandra attended one week of high school and knew that if she stayed she would completely lose her love of learning. As director of The Kinship School, Cassandra synthesizes somatic practice, place- and nature-based learning, radical self-inquiry, collective care and intergenerational learning to build bonds that strengthen the individual, family, collective and the web of life.
Deb is a supporter of self-directed and creative schooling. She hybrid homeschooled one of her own children. As Harmony Harvester at Precisely Yourself Life Coaching LLC she has a passion for helping others, most specifically through partnering with motivated individuals and organizations who seek to bring harmony to an environment of dis – ease.
Sanat is currently a senior in high school. Outside school, he has largely self directed his learning through taking on projects and connecting with people involved in his areas of interest including sustainability, education, journalism and entrepreneurship. He is presently focused on empowering young entrepreneurs and leaders via his podcast, 21st Century Visionary.
Hannah graduated in January 2020 after homeschooling her whole life. While co-founding the Learner Council and volunteering at virtual camps in her distributed learning high school, she discovered a passion for guiding and supporting other learners, and for creating systems that work. She wants to help other kids by designing and supporting individualized learning paths.
This is not a place to tell other people what you think they should do or believe. Its also not a place to hide – you will be seen and heard, if that makes you uncomfortable then this might not be for you.