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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.


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.

The 2018 Spring Schedule is Up!

Registration for full time members (2-3 days a week or 4  or more classes) is open on Tuesday, November 28 and Part-Time Member Class Registration (1 day or 3 classes only) opens on Wednesday, November 29th. Spring Semester is 16 weeks and runs from January, 16 2018 to May 17, 2018. You can register here on your allotted day.

Full Time Members:
-sign up for classes on the first day
-volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per week
-Can take up to 9 classes, 3 days a week

One child $1,350 total/year or $790 per semester if paid in full for the semester.

Two children $1,500 total/year, or $875 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
-$500 for 3 classes for 1 child, $250 for the second child, $50 for each additional child
If you have questions, please contact

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



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