Open Connections

Open Connections is

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Community Day

Friday, December 9th, 2016

OC Community Marketplace

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Closed for Winter Break

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Return from Winter Break

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Community Day

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.