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Imagine a place where your child can choose from a list of engaging, interesting classes, play with other homeschooled and unschooled children, and learn from a variety of caring adults. Imagine a place where home and unschooling families can grow together and build a community over the years.

The Cascadia Learning Cooperative is a part-time, secular program for Eugene-Springfield area homeschoolers and unschoolers ages 6-15. Children can take classes such as language arts, Spanish, art, social studies, theater, plus have plenty of time to socialize and play outside. We will be open 3 days a week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Parents can drop their children off for the entire day or simply choose a class for their children to attend during any or all of the days.

The goal of the Cascadia Learning Cooperative is to offer enrichment classes that supplement what you are already doing in your home. It is not intended to take the place of the important work of homeschooling, but rather offer classes in a central location to grow our homeschooling and unschooling community together.

Melissa Palma will be the Cascadia Learning Cooperative’s administrator as well as a teacher of language arts, social studies, improvisational theater, Spanish and art. Melissa has over 15 years of teaching experience including teaching:

  • African American Literature at a Detroit high school,
  • creative writing to children as a Writer-in-Residence in Detroit,
  • Communications, Education, English and Social Work at the University of Michigan,
  • various subjects (including Spanish, art, theater, language arts, cooking, etc) to children ages 5-15 at the school she started in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Melissa also has experience starting a farmers’ market and her own democratic school that is still running and in its 6th year.

Melissa is the mama of two lovely children, her 11 year old son and her 9 year old daughter. Her family recently moved to Eugene because of her partner’s work with the American Federation of Teachers and they are enjoying how lovely the people are here and how beautiful it is!

Melissa saw the need for an organized homeschool and unschool community program in Eugene and is excited to start up this Fall.

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