Here are the most recent posts to The Learning Cooperatives blog. Check out the TLC blog page to see all of them.

  • Jumping Off A Cliff! But, Not Really…
    by Joel Hammon on April 13, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Princeton Learning Cooperative has been supporting young people and their families to be in charge of their life and education for the past 8 years. We’ve seen that providing a flexible, interest-based education in a welcoming community with caring adults can be a LIFE-CHANGING idea for young […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) #2
    by Katy Burke on February 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    (See the first post in this series – Common Sense Learning.) Children want more autonomy as they grow…and that’s a good thing. One of the greatest struggles I felt as a public high school teacher was working with kids who didn’t want to do what I was asking them to do. […]

  • Self-Directed Education is a Really Good Idea: A TEDx Talk
    by Joel Hammon on February 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    There is a lot of talk about how traditional education is not always a good fit for every young person. What’s not talked about as much, but is absolutely true from my experience in the system, is that traditional education is not a good fit for many of the adults working there as well. […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) # 1
    by Katy Burke on January 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    (See the first post in this series – Common Sense Learning.) Education is training; not a performance, game or race to the top.  It shouldn’t make or break anyone, but it should shape and build everyone. The way I see it, no one passes or fails in training. They simply get more or […]

  • Common Sense Learning
    by Katy Burke on December 29, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    “Common Core-aligned” has become the quality control test by which we measure a legitimate education. A quick Google search will reveal droves of businesses selling academic resources and programs on the basis of their “alignment.” Teachers are feeling constant pressure to […]

  • It’s Not a Mystery
    by Joel Hammon on December 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Let me start with a simple fact: a lot of teenagers don’t like school. (Shocking, I know.) There are a lot of reasons for this, but one of the big ones is that many teens don’t feel like they have much say in their day-to-day lives — the work they do, who they interact with, […]

  • Letting Go and Listening
    by Scott Gallagher on November 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    The traditional school system structure is top down with teachers somewhere in the middle. Everyone knows their role, and can choose to submit or rebel as it suits them.  At The Learning Cooperatives we replace the top down model with a collaborative approach where the teens have much more […]

  • Giving Grades the Deep Six
    by Eileen Smyth on October 8, 2017 at 11:52 am

    At The Learning Cooperatives, we view liberation from grading as a cornerstone of our approach. This decision isn’t only based in ideology, but experience. I’ve taught for over twenty years in various types of institutions including some that used grades and some that didn’t. […]

  • Knowledge: Pay It Forward
    by Jack Firneno on September 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    During my mid-twenties, I played drums in a band where everyone else was ten years older than me. They were good players and songwriters; organized and well-resourced. I became a better player by osmosis, and learned a lot about managing bands and booking gigs. My bandmates also gave me plenty of […]

  • The Mentoring Effect
    by Alison Snieckus on August 22, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    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 […]