In this session, we will explore how the SelfDesign models and processes support parents and learners seeking a more personalized, enthusiasm-based learning approach to learning with their children and themselves. Come learn how to co-create a personalized learning plan based upon a learner's strengths and interests that puts the learner in the center of the learning process. Expand your awareness of how the many ways of learning show up in our lives each day. Explore how observing and reflecting on learning allows learners to become the authors of their own lives. Deepen your understanding of how relationships with caring adults and mentors are crucial in developing the skills and sensibilities that nurture compassionate, self-directed learners.
Monica has worked with children and adults of all ages in a variety of educational and business settings for over 30 years, and has been active in the SelfDesign Learning Foundation since 2007. Currently, she is working as the Director of their Global Learning Programs and an administrator in the Special Ed program. She home educated two of her own children and worked with other home educating families at Clonlara School of Ann Arbor, Michigan for more than 10 years. She loves to help people learn how they learn best and consults with learners who have special needs, to help them make the transition into adult learning settings. She has vast experience in helping learners of all ages enjoy learning. Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in child development and early childhood education, a Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University in special education, and Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society. Since 1997, following her youngest son's auto accident, she has also been active in working with survivors of traumatic brain injuries redesign their lives. Monica loves being part of a Global Network of like-minded people who believe in nurturing a love of learning.