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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The Value of Storytelling For All Ages in All Areas of Life

Lucy Tyson, Facilitator

The Value of Storytelling For All Ages in All Areas of Life  By Sue Wenger, Lucy Tyson and Mike Hilbert, Shaping Your Life Facilitators   Imagine life without stories. It’s hard to do. There...



The Risks of Un-invited Instruction


The Risks of Un-invited Instruction   Watching my six-year-old grandson at his T-ball practice this spring, I was taken back to my time as assistant coach with my daughter Julia’s youth soccer...



Looking Back . . . Reprinted with an update.

This article was originally written by OC Co-Founder Susan Shilcock in 1997 and printed in Growing Without Schooling. Here we are reprinting it with updates from Amanda, Emily, Julia and Nicholas...



Benefits of Read-Aloud With Older Youth


Picture this: a room full of 11-13-year-olds so intent, so absorbed, so engrossed by their Facilitator’s voice that if you muted her momentarily, you could most assuredly hear a pin drop. I promise...



Exploring Mindfulness in the Group Tutorial II Programs

Amy Hertzog, Facilitator

  Imagine holding a jar containing glitter and water. The glitter rests on the bottom of the jar waiting for its chance to move. You shake the jar and watch the flecks of glitter swirl and tumble...



Effective Written Communication

Emily Bergson-Shilcock, Substitute Facilitator

Effective written communication matters. It matters if you are planning a career as a journalist or a writer, but it also matters if you plan to work with people too. It matters. Therefore, as both a...

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