North Star and LightHouse: Two School Alternatives Available on Either End of the Valley

By // June 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NORTH STAR AND LIGHTHOUSE: TWO SCHOOL ALTERNATIVES NOW AVAILABLE ON BOTH ENDS OF THE PIONEER VALLEY   After 13 years in Hadley, North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens packed it all up this week and moved to Sunderland. “Hadley has been wonderful for us.” says North Star Executive Director, Ken Danford.  “The Russell Street School building has been … Read More

Personalized Education is in the news- thanks, Altschool!

personalized education

By // May 5, 2015

Traditional school is not the right place for everyone.  This has always been true, but we finally seem to be arriving at a moment of consensus.  Altschool is making a big media splash with the support of google execs and Mark Zuckerberg, and personalized learning is suddenly something people have heard of. We had not reached this cultural understanding when … Read More


By // February 26, 2015

Wow, hi!  Welcome! Josiah and I have been working together to make LightHouse a reality since this past summer, and we’re finally ready to go public! Hi World!  We’re opening a new educational center for teens in Holyoke.  It’s called LightHouse Personalized Education for Teens.  It’s not a school.  Rather, it’s an alternative to school.  It’s for teens who have … Read More