Open Connections

Open Connections is

where life and learning connect in a natural way.
founded on the belief that people are natural learners.
-Peter Bergson, OC Co-Founder
where we go to create the world we want for our youth.
a supportive community that nurtures life-long learning.
a place where my young people and I feel valued and appreciated.
a forward thinking, educational community that values process-consciousness.
where youth can safely explore the outer world around them and the inner world within them.

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Community Day

Friday, December 13th, 2019

OC Marketplace

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

CLOSED Winter Break

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Return from Winter Break.

Monday, January 20th, 2020

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testimonial

I have no doubt that it is my experience at OC itself that stoked the flames of my . . . curiosity.

-Madeleine, OC Alumna

"OC Speak" Glossary

What we mean when we say:

Self-directed Learning

Self-directed Learning covers a spectrum of meanings for different users.  At Open Connections we tend to use the term to distinguish student-centered learning from learning that has been initiated by--and usually coerced by--someone in a position of authority.  The content may be identical in the two different schemes.  What distinguishes them is the source.  Choosing Moby Dick from the library is one thing: having it assigned by a parent or English teacher is quite another.  Similarly, learning to add and subtract so that you can balance your financial accounts is different from learning by way of completing assigned worksheets. While the outcome may also be similar, the self-directed learner has self-motivation and a sense of purpose that are likely to be lasting benefits that far surpass the skills learned or the the data memorized.