Making School Optional: Empowering and Respecting Teens and Families

Since 1996, North Star has supported more than 600 families to embark on self-directed learning. In this workshop, Kenneth and Joshua will share the structure of the program and how it operates. They will also share how they relate to teens and parents in a fundamentally different manner than they could in a traditional school setting.  North Star’s history shows that listening to teens, deferring judgment and trusting young people to identify and pursue their interests at their own pace truly works. We will share case studies, alumni outcomes and defining principles.