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Off-Trail Learning

93 EpisodesProduced by Blake BolesWebsite

Interviews with innovative educators, self-directed young people, and others who think differently about learning, teaching, and schooling. Hosted by Blake Boles (blakeboles.com), author of "Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?" and founder of Unschool Adventures.

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Kristen Montesano on Giftedness in Self-Directed Education

If you have a kid who has been identified as academically gifted, is a self-directed learning center a good place for them? Kristen Montesano, co-founder of EPIC Life Learning Community in Dallas, Texas (epiclifelearningcommunity.com), grew up in public school gifted programs, yet she was still bored and unchallenged. In college she began volunteering at a democratic free school which soon inspired her to think about starting her own program. In this interview she explains how self-directed learning centers like EPIC have a special power to serve the needs of academically gifted kids, including issues of self-perception and self-worth. Find the related article that Kristen wrote here: https://medium.com/@kristenmontesano/giftedness-in-self-directed-education-a1774ea1197a

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