I reached the decision to leave Personalized Education Group, DBA Christa McAuliffe School of Arts & Sciences (CMASAS) – resigning my position in the company I cofounded in 2009.
From piloting a similar program in 1997-99, to a decade later synthesizing 1000s of pages of doctoral research for initial accreditation, CMASAS initially seemed like a capstone for my career.
A fantastic proof of concept, at the time of its inception it was one of the most personalized accredited schools offering Carnegie Unit standard credits. It also became one of the pioneers paving the way for other personalized learning programs.
One of my favorite moments was reading about a university class in Ireland responding to an article I wrote about my personalized education philosophy. They liked the idea – it resonated with them – but thought that trying to do all of that at once was “too radical.” I told several colleagues, “dudes, we’re radical!” and wrote the professor to explain that it can and had been done.
Since then, that philosophy has been refined, and many colleagues in the field have continued to create exciting student-centric programs of various forms and niches. CMASAS will likely continue to grow and morph over time as well.
It wasn’t a capstone after all; it was a chapter.
Turn the Page
I am both moving forward and coming back full circle to what started me down this path: nurturing individual voice, choice, and well-being, with education being one of the vehicles. Neurodiversity and trauma healing continue to be top focus areas. Also, recent family events clarified priorities and created a sense of urgency to focus more on the work that Luna and I started a long time ago.
I also realize now that this path is an Open Path…
What is a message, skill, or other gift you would like to share with the world? Or perhaps there’s more than one?
Kevin, Cass, Dan and I are teaming up to help outside-the-box thinkers present their ideas through seminars, workshops, and online classes. Instructional design, videography, and marketing are part of what Open Path Studio offers, similar to a publishing company but while being respectful of people owning their own intellectual property.
We’re all in this together.
Abuse Culture Project
My first Open Path project is with Luna. For years, in fits and starts, Luna and I have been collaborating on how to raise awareness of abuse culture as well as how to promote a culture of compassion, consent, and respect. Now we’re diving in, and many of you have already said you’re with us!
We’re starting with Luna’s research on cults, specifically brainwashing tactics, and how people can heal from such experiences.
Then stay tuned to learn about the next topics and activities, including seminars that will be both face-to-face and live-streamed online. We want to build a community of support for all of us.
Well, part of that might depend on you. Let me know if you have an idea for Open Path, or if you see another area where I can serve. No pun intended, I’m open to ideas – just so long they align with my values and personal integrity. My LinkedIn profile states my current interests and activities.
And ferrets. Seriously: creating a class on how to be a good ferret owner in collaboration with a veterinarian and a shelter in Washington is literally on my current to do list. Because ferrets.
Thank you to everyone who has been there for me through this time, and continues to be there. Several of you wanted me to make a different decision, and yet every single one of you were understanding and remained unwavering in your support. I look forward to… a nap, actually. But then I look forward to where this current path seems to be heading.