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About dandelionrootss

I have been an educator for almost 2 decades. I am a co-founder of the Little Lake Learning Community, a democratic free school and I have also taught in Detroit Public Schools and the University of Michigan. My family is comprised of Rodolfo (my partner), Amaru (10 y/o son), Paloma (8 y/o daughter) plus we have two kitties, Olive and Jett, two rats, Kiki and Boots, and three guppies, Glitter, Buttercup and Ocean. We just moved from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where we lived in an intentional co-housing community, to Eugene, Oregon. The kids have only ever been at the school I started and after trying public school for the first time, it became very clear that it was not working out for any of us. So I took the kids out of school and I am unschooling the kids for the first time in a new community. I set up this blog for me to write about what we do and what I am grappling with.

Registration for Fall semester is open!

Registration for full time members (2-3 days a week) is open Tuesday, September 5th. Registration for part time members (1 day or 3 classes only) is open Wednesday, September 6th. Please register on your allotted day by clinking this registration link.

Welcome to Cascadia Learning Cooperative, a part-time secular program for Eugene-Springfield area homeschoolers and unschoolers ages 6-14. We are an active learning community with a high level of parent involvement. We are open three days a week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Children can take classes such as language arts, geography, art, social studies, and theater, plus have plenty of time to socialize and play outside. Children can come for 1, 2 or 3 full days. We value social justice and celebrate diversity at Cascadia.

Our Mission: Cascadia is a secular, choice-based learning cooperative whose goal is to enrich learning and build community for homeschoolers in the Eugene/Springfield area.

2017-2018 Updates

To encourage more continuity, Cascadia is switching from trimesters to semesters next year. The new dates for each semester are:
Semester 1 (12 weeks) runs 9/19/017-12/14/2017.
Semester 2 (15 weeks) runs 1/16/2018-5/17/2018.
We are now offering full time membership (attend all three days) or part time memberships (attend one day). Cascadia no longer offers one or two classes only. Here’s the breakdown:
Full Time Members:
-sign up for classes on the first day
-volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per week
-$675/750 for 9 classes, 3 days a week

One child $1,350 total/year or $675 per semester if paid in full for the semester.

Two children $1,500 total/year, or $750 per semester if paid in total for the semester. Each additional child above 2 children is $50 more per semester

Part Time Members:
-sign up for classes on the second day
-volunteer a minimum of 2 hours per week
-$400 for 3 classes for 1 child, $200 for the second child, $50 for each additional child
If you have questions, please contact

Cascadia has a couple spots open for fall! If you are interested in enrolling, please email Melissa at 



We are located at the Friends Church  at 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR.