Open Connections

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Additional Services

Additional Services

Open Connections provides additional services to Current OC Families. For more information, or to register for any of these programs/services, please CONTACT US for details. 

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For families registered with their school district under the Home Education Law, one of the requirements is an annual evaluation with a PA-certified teacher or licensed school or clinical psychologist. We provide this service for interested families who are enrolled at Open Connections. 

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Test Preparation and Testing


Home Education Law requires youth to take a standardize test in third, fifth, and eighth grades. Open Connections offers a half-day “test prep” in the late winter in order to familiarize both parents and youth with what to expect if they take their test at OC. The Prep Session includes a chance to practice and ask questions about both the process and the content of the tests. We administer the tests in May to interested families who are enrolled at Open Connections.

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Open Connections Educational Consulting

(also available to families not currently enrolled at OC)


Educational Consulting options are tailored to the individual family and youth. Typical services include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Working with the youth (and parents, when requested) to develop the big picture;
  • Identifying areas of interest and helping to locate and secure tutors, mentors and other useful resources;
  • Working to obtain an internship/apprenticeship;
  • Identifying long-term goals and finding ways to work towards those goals;
  • Helping to navigate the college search process; and
  • Assistance with applying to colleges (or signing up for individual college courses).


As Co-Directors of Open Connections, Mike Hilbert and Julia Bergson-Shilcock conduct the Educational Consulting at Open Connections.


Please contact us for details.

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"OC Speak" Glossary

What we mean when we say:

Process Consciousness

An understanding of Process Consciousness begins with the realization that when people speak to one another, or to themselves for that matter, there are two major aspects of their communication: content and process.  We first learn the distinction between these two factors, and the way they are related.  Specifically, we are interested in the impact  that process has on content, and how much the process of a person-to-person interaction affects the probability of success.  The way an idea is presented and the way in which the idea is responded to are likely to have a profound effect on the members’ ability to achieve both their immediate and long term purposes. To be conscious of process, at a deep level, is to be able to increase the quality of our results, whether our goal is simple communication--to be understood and to understand others--or to create a new solution to a problem or opportunity.  Having Process Consciousness, then, is to attend to human thought and behavior for the purpose of improving the probability of success in meeting our needs and fulfilling our goals, both personally and as part of any group.