Who We Are
Canton Learning Collaborative is an alternative to middle and high school that offers young people the opportunity to leave the traditional school and self-direct their own education. We are committed to supporting young people as they create personalized education plans based on their interests, strengths, and goals. We offer mentoring and guidance in a safe and comfortable place to work and socialize. We also offer a range of opportunities for learning and growth, including classes that run throughout the day, one-on-one tutorials, and excursions into the wider world. We help our members find internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities, and we help them with college admissions and other transitional steps as they move on to their adult lives.
CLC is dedicated to maintaining a safe, inclusive, and welcoming community of learners where people are respected for who they are. The community is small, fostering togetherness and allowing everyone to have a voice. Most CLC members are between the ages of 12 and 19, but some younger or older members may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
tenets of the canton learning collaborative
Josh was a professional educator at the late elementary and middle school level for 5 years before starting CLC. He is also a GED Instructor for Spoon River College's Adult Education Program. He holds a B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsements in Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts. He has also completed graduate studies in Instructional Media Development. Josh is passionate about helping learners of all ages reach their full potential.
Josh's own self-directed education includes interests like cooking, studying Chicago sports and professional wrestling, education reform, current events, live music, and horror movies. He serves as the Vice President on the board of the Fulton County Arts organization. Together with his wife, Corrinna, Josh has two children, June and Cal.
Canton Learning Collaborative is a member of Liberated Learners, a network of self-directed education centers with member programs across the United States and internationally.
Liberated Learner’s mission is to support the creation of self-directed education centers that promote living and learning without school.
Learning is natural. School is optional. All around the world.*
* Used by permission of North Star Self-Directed Learning for Teens, of Sunderland, MA.
The Alliance for Self-Directed Education is dedicated to informing people about the benefits of, and methods for, allowing children and adolescents to direct their own education. The Alliance’s ultimate goal, its vision, is a world in which Self-Directed Education is embraced as a cultural norm and is available to all children, everywhere, regardless of their family’s status, race, or income.