Open Connections

Open Connections is

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

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Opening Day 2016-17

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.