To facilitate individualized learning opportunities that honor neurodiversity, encourage social collaboration, and foster compassion.
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
An Integrative Experience
Learning is a self-propelled process. We are creative, inquisitive, and powerful individuals who crave autonomous exploration and group collaboration. At LEARN, we believe in fostering these skills through play-based and project-based opportunities that are focused around the needs and interests of the individual. We facilitate whole-person growth by encouraging healthy risk-taking, thoughtful self-reflection, and dynamic group engagement.
When we explore diverse environments and develop a strong sense of self, we develop compassion, self-worth, and imagination – all critical tools necessary for creative problem solving.
“A mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
The Pillars on Which We Stand
We believe in the ability of learners to self-manage and self-advocate. We value the essential qualities of these two skill areas, and we know they are vital for cultivating a sustainable lifescape academically, personally, and professionally. Approaching education with observations and requests rather than evaluations and demands, we facilitate opportunities for individuals to decide for themselves what they experience, what they need, and what their intentions are. Uncovering these understandings (in collaboration with facilitators, mentors, and teachers) becomes a gateway for accessing intrinsic motivation and joyful willingness.
As 21st century learners, we need platforms that foster practice in collaboration, creative problem-solving, self-regulation, adaptability, stewardship, and more. These skills are gained through diverse experiences and interactions, and the process looks unique for all of us.
We are designed to LEARN. Its innateness is evident in the babbles of baby speak. It’s seen in the toddler trying to walk. It’s in the questions we ask, and the answers we seek. It’s in our endless quest to discover the oceans, travel through space, and finally understand physics. We peer over ledges, we peek around corners, we live inquisitively. LEARN is a culture for keeping this spark alive. It’s for feeding possibility and cultivating awareness so that in whatever we pursue – whatever we put energy into – it’s alive with our willingness and ability to learn.
“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”