Free To Learn is an independent learning program for self-directed learners ages 4-18. We are an Agile Learning Community that activates explosive learning by harnessing powerful tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation, allowing our students to deeply engage with the world through their passions and strengths. Our learning environment embraces choice & freedom along with collaboration between students, facilitators, and the local community. The structure of the school allows for students, facilitators, and parents to have a voice and take an active role in building the community they want.
What is an Agile Learning Center?
Agile Learning Centers restore the joy of learning with a surprisingly effective educational approach: intentional culture supporting self-directed learning reinforced by agile management tools.
We are part of a growing network of schools that leverage Agile tools to support self-directed education.
Our ALC model is emergent and adaptive. We iterate and evolve our tools and practices so that the process is always serving the people. The ALC model holds these four assumptions, the Agile Roots, at its core — they drive all that we do.
The Agile Roots
The soil we grow from is trust: in students, in each other, in you. The four assumptions that ground us are as follows:
- Learning: Learning is natural. It’s happening all the time.
- Self-Direction: People learn best when they make their own decisions. Children are people.
- Experience: People learn more from their culture and environment than from the material they are taught. The medium is the message.
- Success: Accomplishment is achieved through cycles of intention, creation, reflection, and sharing.
Cycles of Learning
What do you want to accomplish today?
In an Agile Learning Community, we discern and articulate what we want to do, individually and as a group.
What are you going to do about it?
Agile Learners spend their days exploring and inventing – once we know what we want, we create it.
What did you learn from your choices?
Looking back, we develop awareness of what worked and what didn’t, so we can move forward more powerfully.
How can you share it with the world?
We document our work to record,exhibit, and share our experience with others.