Join Our Virtual Co-learning Community
My Reflection Matters (MRM) Village is a new, secular, co-learning, virtual community for primarily BIPOC families seeking support in raising and educating free people (We also offer support for school-going and socially conscious educators via our Culturally Responsive Resources membership.). Our mission is to create a virtual space that supports caregivers seeking or walking the path of self-directed education (SDE) with their children and provide them with access to decolonized, liberatory educational supports and resources to help them along their journey as they co-learn and co-create with socially conscious families, healers, facilitators, and other education partners in our virtual village. We believe that, in community, families can build each other’s capacity to serve as learning guides and advocates for their children in order to help connect them to their life-long passion-work. Our goal is simple. We want families to live their happiest, free-ist, most purposeful life in community with those they love. We see liberation-centered education and parenting as a pathway to this.
To be clear, MRM Village is not a school. MRM Village is revolutionizing education by swapping control of education, typically controlled by formal institutions, right back into the hands of caregivers and their children. We say back to families, because we believe this type of education is not new. We offer families a bypass from the current system of schooling that perpetuates white supremacy and stifles creative, critical thinking and people’s innate ability to lead their own learning. Our virtual space is good for BIPOC (and white co-conspirator) families who have opted out of the schooling system (or realized during COVID they don’t want to go back) in search for a more liberated family and educational lifestyle. Members that are approved into our main network, are able to purchase either a partial (Culturally Responsive Resources) or full membership (Co-learning for Liberation). Members in our Co-learning for Liberation membership get to…
- Build community with other families navigating self-directed education at home and share resources and offer advice to one another.
- Co-create customized online learning experiences (that take place outside our platform) with other families and vetted, socially-conscious (majority BIPOC) facilitators, healers, & mentors to support decolonized parenting for caregivers and their children. We currently have 19 education partners (72%- Black, 6%- Indigenous, 17%- Latinx, 6%- Multiracial).
- Receive direct support from me (I have nearly 20 years experience working in education–first as a special needs public school teacher and later as a racial equity and liberation coach and consultant to educators, parents, and non-profit leaders.).
- Share, barter, or offer skills and mutual aid resources to support each other outside of education. This is vital as we all know access to quality health care, employment, and housing impacts a family’s capacity to support their child(ren)’s learning.
- Access weekly, culturally responsive resources and tips to support decolonized learning at home. (Families and socially conscious educators have the option to purchase our partial membership that gives them access to our Culturally Responsive Resources village.)
- Participate in socially conscious and joy-making events created by our community for our community.
- Purchase or participate in a-la-carte learning experiences offered by our partners.
MRM CT Village Co-Op
In winter of 2019, we launched Connecticut’s first self-directed learning co-op for families raising liberated Black and Brown children. We are currently located at the WOW NRZ Community Learning Center in Waterbury, CT and meet once per week for 8-10 weeks. UPDATE: Due to COVID, our co-op is not meeting up at the WOW. We are hosting virtual events via My Reflection Matters Village and organizing small group meet ups at outdoor spaces. Join us in the Village to learn more. Our co-op’s mission is to provide an inclusive space where kids of color can see themselves reflected in their learning experiences from a decolonized perspective and be provided the opportunity to develop a socially conscious, critical lens. Our co-op has adopted a self-directed learning philosophy, which means we trust children to lead and inform their own learning. Adults are expected to observe and ask questions to determine the needs and wants of their children and connect them with the appropriate mentors or classes to support their child’s learning journey. All decisions made around programming are co-created between youth and caregivers. Classes are expected to be taught by students and parents with some support from local community members. Because representation matters, the majority of classes are to be facilitated by primarily adults or youth of color. CONTACT us to learn more about joining our co-op.
Support Our Grassroots Organizing
As an unschooling mom herself, MRM founder, Chemay, is eager to locate service providers and artisans in her state who have knowledge and expertise in very specific content, trades, or artistry that center the cultural attributes, traditions, and histories of Black & Brown communities in their work. Too often, families of color who choose to educate their children at home, find themselves isolated in the homeschooling community. When trying to locate physical or online classes or workshops tailored to the interests and cultures of their children , it is a huge struggle finding classes that teach content related to the cultural background of Black & Brown families and does so from a decolonized perspective. Not to mention the lack of diversity among those who facilitate learning sessions. If you are a local service provider, artisan, craftsman, etc. who believes you have something to offer our home education community, please contact us and tell us more about what you do!
Like what we’re doing and want to take your activism to another level? JOIN OUR PATREON MEMBERSHIP at any tier! Choose what you want to give each month and we’ll send you rewards–including updates on how your dollars support our un/homeschooling community and the development of our online marketplace (where parents and educators can easily find educational products and workshops that speak to Black and Brown communities).
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