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

  • The Indistractible Child
    by Katy Burke on November 19, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Schools call it a problem. Entrepreneurs and some progressive corporations call it a superpower. […]

  • Good Stress, Bad Stress
    by Joel Hammon on October 26, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Our members often describe PLC as a low-stress environment compared to their previous schools. But are we “letting them off the hook”? […]

  • Courage is Fear Walking
    by Paul Scutt on October 6, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Reminds me of the bravery required for a young person to start a new school year with all the attendant unknowns. […]

  • The Tension between Creativity and Productivity
    by Katy Burke on September 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I find it jarring that we put far more emphasis on task completion than just about anything else including, thought. […]

  • But My Child is Not Self-Directed
    by Scott Gallagher on August 10, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    When parents say, “my child is not self-directed,” they seem to be implying that self-direction is some trait that only a select group of people have. The truth is a little more complicated. […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) #5
    by Katy Burke on July 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Knowing what is best for kids requires knowing kids, each kid. […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) #4
    by Katy Burke on July 1, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Kids’ emotional wellbeing matters in their education. […]

  • Why Are Our Kids So Worried?
    by Joel Hammon on June 15, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Ask any educator, guidance counselor, local therapist or parent and they will tell you the same thing - the rise in anxiety and depression among young people is alarming. […]

  • Common Sense Standard (CSS) #3
    by Katy Burke on May 31, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Education should be shaped around the students, not the other way around. I deeply, firmly, believe that “everybody [has] their something,” at least one special something to offer. […]

  • 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 […]