First Graduation Press Release

By // May 31, 2017

As the entire education establishment in Holyoke is working feverishly to improve their graduation rate, LightHouse Holyoke is playing an important role, holding their first graduation on Friday, June 9. LightHouse Holyoke is a personalized middle and high school alternative just finishing their second year in downtown Holyoke. “It’s been incredibly satisfying to join the community here in Holyoke and … Read More

Graduation Planning

aerial photo of Holyoke, MA

By // December 8, 2016

This year will be the first that we will have students moving on from LightHouse to next steps…careers, colleges, job training programs, armed services…a whole variety of futures unfolding. This group of eight teens is really excited to have a LightHouse “graduation,” which left us with the conundrum of figuring out what a LightHouse graduation actually is! As with everything … Read More

Authenticity and Opportunity

By // October 18, 2016

One of my very favorite things about teaching at LightHouse is the organic nature of how our classes develop. As a teacher, I enter the classroom with a set of goals in mind, but really the class curriculum is best developed in an emergent fashion. That is to say that I derive the content of the class from the interests and … Read More

What the Teens Had to Say

By // June 28, 2016

The last week of the school year was presentation week, and every teen presented to the rest of the group about a highlight from their year. It was inspiring to not only to hear what each person to chose to present about, but also to see the many different formats they chose for their presentations (live demos, PowerPoints, readings, and more). It … Read More

Knowledge is Power

By // April 11, 2016

A couple of weeks ago we were very fortunate to have a visiting lecture from José López, brother of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner of the United Sates. Mr. López’s talk addressed issues of oppression and domination throughout history, artfully weaving together a variety of histories to help us critically analyze the state of the world today. … Read More

School Anxiety

By // March 24, 2016

In the last few weeks we have been busy meeting with teens and families who are applying to LightHouse for the fall. In our conversations, I’ve been struck by an often-repeated theme when I asked teens about why school hasn’t been working for them: anxiety. I have heard the story dozens of times now, teens for whom school has prompted … Read More

The power of an emotional education

By // January 6, 2016

How many of us have the chance to learn social and emotional skills as a part of our school experience? The reality is that very few of us ever have such an opportunity through formal education. But why? We put so much emphasis on learning academic skills, but why don’t we give the same importance to learning how to manage … Read More

We’re hiring…join our team!

By // May 19, 2015

LightHouse is looking to hire two people to become part of our founding team: an Associate Director for Education and an Associate Director for Operations. These positions will collaborate with me and Catherine to build and develop LightHouse, and they will also advise teens and teach classes. We’re excited to offer these job opportunities, and we’re looking for some great candidates. Do you … Read More

Meet Josiah

Josiah Litant

By // May 16, 2015

60 second video introducing Josiah Litant, LightHouse Co-Director. You can connect with Josiah directly at [email protected] Meet Josiah, Co-Director for LightHouse from LightHouse on Vimeo.

Does receivership matter for LightHouse?

By // May 13, 2015

During an interview with a local news station this week, Catherine and I were asked about our position on the receivership of Holyoke Public Schools. It was recently announced that the state is putting the entire school system into receivership, which means that the schools are now under state—not local—control. The Commissioner of Education, Mitchell Chester, will appoint a “receiver” … Read More