Secular education that promotes inquiry, creativity, and critical thinking, with a focus on nature connection and social justice

Homeschooling doesn’t have to look like traditional school — you have a lot more freedom and flexibility to follow your child’s interests.

Once upon a time, Homeschooling was primarily the realm of religious families choosing to opt out of the public school system. However, today’s Homeschool community is more diverse than ever, and it demands a variety of curriculum options and learning models.

Families want curriculum that is hands-on, fosters inquiry, promotes empathy and compassion, and engages learners in real-world questions and issues. Families want their children to be outside, solving problems, exploring, engineering, and playing. To grapple with big questions, to learn uncomfortable truths, to advocate for the powerless, to care for the earth and all its creatures.

But if your…

Challenge bias | Teach the truth | Celebrate resilience

The following is a curated list of resources to support educators and families in teaching Native American heritage through a social justice lens.

Books & Reading Lists

Lesson Plans & Curriculum

IllumiNative: Native Education for All

Lesson Plans | Art | Curriculum/Unit

“Cautionary stories of the consequences of taking too much are ubiquitous in Native cultures, but it’s hard to recall a single one in English. Perhaps this helps to explain why we seem to be caught in a trap of overconsumption, which is as destructive to ourselves as to those we consume,”

Robbin Wall Kimmerer ¹

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Our current world is characterized by inequality: social, economic, and environmental. These inequalities manifest at every scope and scale, be it who gets called back for an interview, which countries receive disaster relief from international aid organizations, or the species and ecosystems that are considered…

This is the first part of an ongoing series helping families navigate the Education world in the time of Coronavirus

There’s a lot of confusion right now as parents are preparing for their children to return to school in the coming weeks. Except, for many families, “school” this year will be a very different experience. With schools across the country choosing virtual and hybrid learning setups, and news articles hyping up “pandemic pods” and homeschool co-ops, families are trying to make sense of all the options available to them this year.

To help you make heads and tails of all…

A Calming Activity for Yourself and Your Family

Pandemic and Social Distancing Anxiety

Is the pandemic causing you anxiety? You’re far from alone.

A recent poll from the American Psychiatric Association found that the majority of Americans are feeling much higher levels of anxiety right now.

More than one-third of Americans (36%) say coronavirus is having a serious impact on their mental health and most (59%) feel coronavirus is having a serious impact on their day-to-day lives. Most adults are concerned that the coronavirus will have a serious negative impact on their finances (57%) and almost half are worried about running out of food, medicine, and/or supplies. Two-thirds of Americans (68%) fear that…

So your kid’s school has been shut down and now you’re living the #quarantinelife. Your local public school is hastily trying to translate a quarter of hands-on, interactive activities into e-learning modules, while your kids are at home bouncing off the walls with equal measures of excitement and nervousness. You are also likely full of unease and fear, and now you have the added task of educating your child at home for the foreseeable future. What’s a parent to do?

I don’t know about you, but my social media is FLOODED with well-intentioned folks posting giant lists of links to…

What’s the purpose of education? I mean, when you get down to the bare bones of it. And I don’t just mean Education with a capital E, like school, but any form of working with other people with the intent of educating them about something, be they 9 or 99.

What’s the purpose of education? As a pre-tired teacher (I recently learned this word and loved it), I am all too familiar with what Education means in schools — it means test scores, report cards, data, metrics, audits. It means how do our kids measure up and how much stuff…

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