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Why should you support Compass?

Why should you support Compass?

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We have not been proactive in asking for donations in the three years since we opened our doors. Co-founder and Co-director André Morson and I are educators first. The multiple hats we now wear: fundraiser, grant-writer, networker, mentor, graphic designer, writer, teacher have forced us on a steep ...
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Liberated Learners: Growth of a Movement

Liberated Learners: Growth of a Movement

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In each edition of our newsletter, we like to feature someone who is working to further self-directed learning in some aspect. Ken Danford, North Star’s co-founder, writes about how centres like Compass arepart of larger movement in North America that is growing fast.As I shook the hand of ...
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Rule #2: We Don’t Use Erasers

Rule #2: We Don’t Use Erasers

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Written by Compass Volunteer, Sean Hyatt. Sean presides over one of Compass’ most well-attended and well-liked classes. Art class drives our Mondays and gets our week started off on a truly groovy note. Thank you Sean for sharing your love of your craft with our teens. When I think back on my sch ...
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Reluctantly Enthusiastic

Reluctantly Enthusiastic

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Written by Brenda Vellino, Compass parent.Our family found Compass out of necessity. For all the years (JK – Gr 6) that our daughter Sarah had beenin the public school system, she struggled with feel- ing anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Getting evening homework done was often a painful exerc ...
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Compass: The Perfect Fit for Me

Compass: The Perfect Fit for Me

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Written by Compass member, Sarah Vellino:Before Compass I had only ever been in regular school. It was all I ever knew, but it was never quite the right fit for me. For some people stress can be a motivator. It can help them come up with ideas and finish assignments quickly. For me, it is the exact ...
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What Draws Teens to Compass?

What Draws Teens to Compass?

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What draws teens to Compass? Sarah Vellino’s essay explores this in part and a reader might wonder how and why the environment at Compass is so non-judgemental and free from the bullying that occurs in many school environments. Two clues to answer this query can be found in both Sarah’s piece a ...
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Unconventional Music

Unconventional Music

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Written by Manon van Mil, Compass volunteer since January 2014I started teaching Cognitive Science at Compass in January 2014 and now teach three classes and facilitate a Roots & Shoots project. I discovered this opportunity via co-founder and co-director André Morson, who I met on our ...
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My son Ash is my hero

My son Ash is my hero

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Written by Shannon Bradbury, Compass parentMy ex-husband and I had originally planned on homeschooling our older child, Ash, as he moved closer to school age, but at the last minute I chickened out, fearing that I couldn’t teach him to read. In his first experience with conventional schooling, th ...
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Unschooling + Other Teens = One Happy Ash

Unschooling + Other Teens = One Happy Ash

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Forward by Abby Karos, Compass Co-DirectorAsh is, at 16, not only one of our oldest members, but is also a role model for the other transgender teens at Compass, although he would not identify as such. His trademark cat ears and tail signal confidence, indifference to the opinions of others (I have ...
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Strength in Diversity

Strength in Diversity

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By Abby Karos, Compass Co-DirectorThis year we continue to quietly increase our profile in the community while our assurance in self-directed learning grows. We witness as teens we have known since the inception of our program find their own rhythm of learning – proposing physics challenges in com ...
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