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Do something. In Buffalo.
Come to Buffalo.
In Buffalo there exists a vibrant resurgence of young people doing things. Little things. Big things.
Starting businesses, volunteering, exploring. People of all ages, backgrounds, personalities, and persuasions are involved in city building, arts, music, theatre, historic preservation, community development, environmental protection, small farms and local food.
It’s a place where you can explore a small town but connect with the big world, in person. Where a whole community will rally to greet you, welcome you, and introduce you to their tribe.
Check us out. Stay awhile. Figure out what you want to do with your life, and how.
Learning Choices Network makes it possible for young people and families to explore different options for learning.
Find out how you can live the life you’ve imagined, figure out what it takes, experiment and fail, but do it in a place that understands and can support you in the process of becoming your best you.
- Buckminster Fuller
- John E. Newton, director Mandala School
- Jean Piaget
- Diane Ravitch
- Barbara Kingsolver (Animal Dreams)
- Sojourner Truth
- Rachel Carson
- Albert Einstein
- Seth Godin, We Are All Weird
- Maria Montessori
- John Holt
- Frederick Douglass
- John Steinbeck, East of Eden
- Sarabeth Matilsky
- Sir Ken Robinson
We wanted a different kind of education.
Having experienced a variety of classrooms over the years, we all agreed that there had to be something different. So over the course of different conversations between us over the years, as we met each other around town, and as we each worked at making our own little visions real in the world, we decided it would be a good idea to team up, to share our ideas and visions and resources in a more organized way.
So how is this so different, you ask?
We’re focused on being real people. People with different experiences, different interests, different commitments. Not robots. Not automatons. We don’t have it all figured out. We probably never will. But we feel more alive not knowing, trying something different, something that feels authentic, something with color and texture. The not-known. Something that’s alive and happening Right Now.
Because the world that we know now is so dramatically different than the ones our grandparents and parents grew up in. The jobs that will exist in the next 50 years will either be perfect for robots or perfect for humans. And we’d like to be humans. Learning in a way that suits humans. Learning from experiences that demand our full intellect, senses, imagination and attention.
So here we are.
Thank you for visiting, for checking out what we’re doing, for being a part of it all with us.
Talk to us, tell us what you’re thinking, what you’re looking for, and join us in our adventure.
Welcome! The world we imagine to be possible is yet to be made!
Our Partner Organizations
Buffalo has so much to offer our curious minds.
Here, LCN spotlights local organizations, businesses and community members who excel at
turning Buffalo into an Education City.
Practical Play is a team of educators who believe in the value of real experiences as an essential piece of a great education. Practical Play activities develop students’ inherent curiosity and reinforce skills for active, engaged and highly individual learning practices. Students who participate in Practical Play programs gain the confidence, focus and awareness required to become life-long learners. By fostering close working relationships with a variety of businesses, not for profits and alternative education providers in Western New York, Practical Play is capable of developing diverse and innovative learning experiences relevant to students and their surrounding community. Practical Play activities seek to engage students with the world around them in productive and significant ways.
For more information about Practical Play and how you can participate, visit practicalplay.org.
More From Our Partners and LCN Organizations
Changing Paradigms- The Inspiration Behind LCNSir Ken Robinson:
This RSAnimate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. Watch this lecture in full here.
Building a Culture of Innovation
Presentation at AERO
An Education Cities Visionby Yaacov Hecht
An Education City perceives the education system as an essential instrument for a citywide development, and the city as a central instrument in the education system’s development.
The city as one big school – An education city is a social educational network, a tangible network focused on the realization and development of both the individual and the city.