North Star and LightHouse: Two School Alternatives Available on Either End of the Valley

By // June 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NORTH STAR AND LIGHTHOUSE: TWO SCHOOL ALTERNATIVES NOW AVAILABLE ON BOTH ENDS OF THE PIONEER VALLEY   After 13 years in Hadley, North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens packed it all up this week and moved to Sunderland. “Hadley has been wonderful for us.” says North Star Executive Director, Ken Danford.  “The Russell Street School building has been … Read More

Learning beyond the classroom

By // June 5, 2015

NPR recently did a piece about a public school teacher in Vermont who began taking her class outside and into the forest every Monday–”Forest Monday” she called it. The teacher had no set curriculum, no agenda, and no pre-determined outcomes. The goal was simply to provide a regular, unstructured learning experience that being confined to a classroom all day could not. I encourage you to … Read More