Self Directed Learning

Big Picture Schools

Summary: Big Picture Learning supports a network of over 60 schools worldwide that follow the Big Picture learning design, which is based on three foundational principles: first, that learning must be based on the interests and... Read on...

Rated: 43211 (4/5), based on 1 review Posted in ShowcaseK-12 Schools

Can Teachers Run Their Own Schools?

Accredited Author: Charles Taylor Kerchner with the assistance of Laura Steen Mulfinger

Summary: Through a case study of Avalon High School in Minnesota, this article explores the notion of democratic teacher-run schools where teachers collaboratively make school decisions rather than a single principal. Also... Read on...

Cooperative Catalyst

Summary: The vision of Cooperative Catalyst is for passionate educators to challenge one another to propose sustainable solutions and structures for re-imagining schools and education, supporting one another to enact and refine... Read on...

Rated: 54321 (5/5), based on 2 reviews Posted in The NetworkBlogs

Freedom to Learn Blog - Psychology Today

Accredited Author: Peter Gray

Summary: Children come into the world with instinctive drives to educate themselves. These include the drives to play and explore. This blog is primarily about these drives and ways by which we could create learning environments... Read on...

Posted in The NetworkBlogs

Howard Gardner: The Multiple Intelligence Theory

Accredited Author: Howard Gardner / Edutopia

Summary: Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor in Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this 1997 interview with Edutopia, he discusses student-directed learning,... Read on...

Posted in ToolsMultimedia

Jane Addams School for Democracy

Summary: The Jane Addams School for Democracy brings immigrant families, college students and other community members together to do public work and learning. It is a community-based initiative inspired by the vision of... Read on...

Jennings Community Learning Center

Summary: Jennings Community Learning Center is a unique public charter school offering Minnesota students an opportunity to experience education by exploring the world. For Jennings CLC, the world is their classroom, and for... Read on...

Lehman Alternative Community School

Summary: The Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) is a nationally renowned public, educational alternative, combined middle and high school in the Ithaca City School District in Ithaca, New York. Serving grades 6-12 with... Read on...

Prescott College’s Teacher Education Programs

Summary: Prescott College is an independent, liberal arts college that offers bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees with focuses in education as well as teacher certification. Educational programs at Prescott have a... Read on...

Reschool Yourself

Accredited Author: Melia Dicker

Summary: At the age of 28, Melia Dicker went back to kindergarten. She needed to get her life back on track, and she wanted to start over from the very beginning. Over several months, she repeated her education, from... Read on...

Rated: 54321 (5/5), based on 1 review Posted in The NetworkBlogs

Seacoast Charter School

Summary: Seacoast Charter School is an arts integrated public elementary charter school. The school was founded with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in 2004, beginning with 8 students. In the ensuing years, we have grown to 232... Read on...

Self-Determination Theory

Accredited Author: Edward Deci & Richard Ryan, et al

Summary: One of most powerful research fields that support the practices of democratic education, the tremendous number of studies within Self-Determination Theory demonstrate the value of settings that provide young people with... Read on...

Rated: 54321 (5/5), based on 2 reviews Posted in InformationResearchPsychology and Neuroscience

Students discuss: self-directed, project-based learning

Summary: Part of the EdVisions Design Essentials video series, highlighting the use of the EdVisions Design Essentials in schools. Students from these schools discuss how self-directed, constructivist learning happens at their... Read on...

Rated: 54321 (5/5), based on 1 review Posted in ToolsMultimedia

Why and How to Let Students Decide

Accredited Author: Alfie Kohn

Summary: This popular article by the author Alfie Kohn gives stories and cites plentiful research showing the benefit of giving students greater decision-making power in their learning. He describes studies finding that greater... Read on...

Windsor House School

Summary: The Windsor House learning community is founded on the principles of profound respect for all voices, real engagement in what one is interested in, and collaboration as a way of moving forward as a community. Our goal... Read on...

Zero Tuition College

Summary: Zero Tuition College is a strategy for giving yourself an affordable, effective, and adventurous education without college.

We're also a free online community of self-directed learners who support or practice the ZTC... Read on...

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