Open Connections

PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES: Open Connections continues to be open, virtually. We recognize that springtime is often when prospective families tour the OC campus and come for an in-person interview. While our physical campus is closed for the time being, we ARE continuing to conduct interviews via Zoom or FaceTime. If you are considering enrollment for Fall 2020, we encourage you to take advantage of this option! To learn more about setting up a virtual interview, please click the "Inquire" link. We look forward to “meeting” you and showing you all that OC has to offer. Thank you for your interest in Open Connections! CURRENT FAMILIES: Please check your email for the kick-off schedule for distance learning!

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OC Blog

This OC Blog features articles from our quarterly OC Magazine.  Articles cover a variety of topics inspired by the different programs that we offer at OC. You will also find Peter's Podium written by Peter Bergson, OC Co-Founder, who explores broader philosophical topics related to Open Education.


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Creating New Opportunities to Develop Writing as a Part of Natural Learning

Jody Fitts, Facilitator

Moving into the Group Tutorial I programs, youth continue to develop their various skills around written communication. In recent years, writing has primarily centered around letters of appreciation...



The Value of Partnership Education at OC

One of the things that I found frustrating in public school was that when we returned from summer vacation, we did not start right back where we left off the previous June. In math especially, we...



Peter's Podium December 2017


I certainly hope that the saying “It’s always darkest before the dawn” has some validity today, especially concerning the prospects for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the younger...



It Is Not All Just Fun and Games


  The end of this program year was marked by a lot of fun and games: first the Tuesday groups held an all-campus, four team Capture-the-Flag game and then the Wednesday and Thursday groups took on...



A Joyful Approach to Parenting


Of all of the pearls of wisdom that fell from the lips of my dear wife (Susan Shilcock), perhaps the wisest and most useful to overwrought parents were the comforting words, “They are who they are.”...



Open Program: Supporting the Development of Life-long Learners

Michelle Brockway, Program Coordinator (ages 4-8 years), Facilitator

At the conclusion of each program year, we take time to reflect upon the year and to say goodbye to Open Program youth who are moving up to Group Tutorial. A lot changes from September to June;...

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