Founding Principles of Dropout Learning Center

Notes from meeting on January 21st 2014

Present

Roger Dennis
Cristina Cortes
David Weksler
Jon Mannion

Roger stresses the inclusion of the word dropout
In an effort to shame the mainstream

Cristina comments that yoga, dance and mindfulness can be part of the strategy

The Founding principles can be grouped thus

VISION BASED LEARNING
covering passion based learning, no coercion, listening to individual learners interests. Interest based learning
Solution or project based initiatives

TECHNOLOGY
to facilitate remote and blended learning, different resources, collaboration, learner organizations, publicity,

CITY AS A SCHOOL
use the resources of the city such as museums, municipal resources, parks, libraries and anytime anywhere learning (aided with technology)

MINDFULNESS
to develop abilities of concentration and focus, develop interests and priorities for study and action

DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES
following from Manhattan and Brooklyn Free Schools, learners will be responsible to join in the direction of the school, the setting of policy, the judicial process (student court)

EMPHASIS ON THE LOCAL
and the social capital of the mentors and “teaching” staff,

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