We’re taking the successful organic, holistic, heart-centered education model from the Living Ethics School (preK-6th) and extending that to the unique needs of young teens. In our research, we were greatly inspired by the book The Self-Directed Learning Handbook: Challenging Adolescent Students to Excel by Maurice Gibbons. One particular school, Jefferson County Open, outside of Denver, CO, has been using this model with great success for nearly 40 years.
We have drawn upon these and other resources and combined them with our own experiences in life coaching and child education to create a unique program that provides the tools and skills for young teens to succeed in all their endeavors.
We’re also using the Agile Learning Center (ALC) model which employs Agile management tools (popular in the business world, especially in software development) to support self-directed education and to intentionally create a culture of self-challenge, self-reflection and productivity.
In the ALC culture, students feel they are heard, they belong and that they make a difference. As social creatures, adolescents thrive in this kind of vibrant community which builds confidence, improves communication skills, and brings out the best in them.