We decided as a community this year to become part of the Agile Learning Center Network. We had previously thought of ourselves as partially modeled after the Sudbury schools, but found that the ALC model offered some useful practical tools along with a flexibility that aligned with the kind of culture we try to create and support at Little Lake. We came across this article that gives a brief description of a few different examples of self-directed learning environments, highlights the basics of each, and then compares their similarities and differences. I appreciated that it referred to them as part of “the ecosystem of Self-Directed Education,” because different approaches meet different needs, and all bring common values to the table. Enjoy!