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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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There's No Such Thing As Perfection: Exploring the Meaning of "Good Enough"

Julia Bergson-Shilcock, Co-Director

As I sat down to compose a piece for the OC Magazine, I found myself feeling pulled in many directions. I keep a running list of potential article topics on my dry erase board in my office, so that...



The Importance of Clientship

Peter Bergson, Co-founder, Board of Directors

I believe that I have described previously the origin of the term clientship as it is used at Open Connections. Perhaps, though, a short refresher would be in order before I go on to make the point...



Making Connections

Cindy Pizziketti, Choice Program Co-coordinator, Facilitator

The Choice Programs on Wednesdays offer a broad range of topics for in-depth exploration. This fall, we facilitated topics from broadcast journalism and American Sign Language to ceramics and...



Is Choice Merely an Illusion or is it Real?

Peter Bergson, Co-founder, Board of Directors

One of the supposed joys of retirement is that you can now do whatever you want. Presumably you wake up each morning and ask yourself, “Okay, Self, what do you want to do today?” You can go fishing,...



Trout in the Classroom

Cindy Pizziketti, Choice Program Co-coordinator, Facilitator

  When you walk through the program spaces at OC you will probably notice that many spaces hold animals; in 2015-16 we raised chicks, tadpoles, turtles, and fish. These “pets” present us with the...



Opportunities for Discovery Abound: A Look at the Open Program

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

Each summer, the Open Program Facilitators spend time researching, planning and preparing for the program year ahead. This year in the Open Program, youth will have the chance to dig into...

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