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February 22, 2022 55 min

Lily talks with Principal Scott Bain of the Jefferson County Open School about their non-traditional approach to education that centers student-led learning and education through travel, adventure, and the pursuit of big goals.

Scott also shares about the path that led him from discontentment as a student, to years spent working as a river guide and ski instructor, to becoming an educator himself and finding a home and a sense of purpose in non-traditional education.

To learn more about the Jefferson County Open School, check out

Another great resource is the book Lives of Passion, School of Hope: How One Public School Ignites a Lifelong Love of Learning  by Rick Posner, which explores the Open School model and the lives of JCOS alumni. 

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