Eclectic Learning Network

is creating space for BIPOC families and under-resourced communities.

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Families

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$7
per month
Please read: The $7 ask is the preferred minimum based on the average cost of spreading your selected service over 12 months to maintain ELN's sustainability.

If you've already been in contact with ELN directly around your specific service needs, please review and scroll down to pledge our agreed monthly amount. If you have not been in contact with ELN yet, please connect with ELN directly to start the process at [email protected].
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Gaining affordable access to ELN offerings for families throughout their learning journey centers ELN's core values.
As a Family Patron, you will gain access to your selected ELN offering with the comfort of spreading your payments over 12 installments while taking advantage of CCA Perks (Community, Connection, Awareness).

CCA Perks
Community. It takes a village
Recognition:
  • Shout out on ELN social media platforms and newsletter
  • Exclusive space to connect, learn, and share directly with the owner of ELN, Maleka Diggs, as well as existing patrons
  • Let’s Chat! -  Schedule your one-time, 15-minute complimentary chat! 
Perhaps you have an idea around ways and/or resources that support communities or ELN directly, maybe you’d like to share why you support ELN, or just shoot the sh!t for a few minutes. Whichever tickles your fancy, let’s get to know one another. 😊

Note: It’s totally up to you to schedule a chat, no pressure. I’m here, if and/or when you’re ready!

Be the first to know:
Parenting, Education, Race – Events & Happenings
  • Upcoming Events & Conferences hosted by ELN, collaborative partners, and aligned organizations in the US and abroad including:
  • Workshops, Training, Retreats, Programs
  • Online & Face to Face Meetups

Connection. Moving the needle
Special Offers
   
25% off all Chat Sessions 
  • Shedding Your Sh!t
  • Shifting Learning Pathways
   10% off Workshops
  • Strewing 
  • Gear-up 
  • Disruptor’s Dinner – In progress!
   First Dibs
  • Evaluations (Exclusive to existing home education Philadelphia PA families ONLY) 
  • F.A.R.M. (Fill. Accept. Restore. Model) Retreat – In progress!
  • U2GPS –In progress!
   Exclusive & Early Access 
  • What’s happening behind the scenes
  • IOTA (It’s Okay to Ask) - newly added

Awareness. Living is Learning


To be aware is to have a strong understanding of ourselves as well as those in our circles and beyond. As a lifer (of learning), what’s happening in your movements is inclusive of this journey with space for you to share what’s happening directly in your communities.

You are welcome to share any of the following or something else that showed up for you via direct message.
  • Happenings in your area you are hosting 
  • Support spreading the word of another organization you are affiliated with and feel aligns with ELN’s values and philosophy to expand awareness
  • Ways you feel your community could gain support through ELN

This space is here for all of us to deepen our practice and together work through all dem feels that show up and sometimes, show all the way out in this work.  

Sustainers

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$20
per month
As a monthly Sustainer Patron, in addition to ensuring that racial and financial equity continues to center this work of liberation, you will also have access to CCA Perks as well as deeper aspects of how your contribution benefits ELN and families through exclusive sharings will also be included for the life of ELN or if you decide to remove your sustainership as a Patron.

The suggested ask of $20 is based on the average monthly rate needed to maintain ELN's sustainability. Whatever amount feels best for you, be it more or less is greatly appreciated!

CCA Perks
Community. It takes a village

Recognition:
  • Shout out on ELN social media platforms and newsletter
  • Exclusive space to connect, learn, and share directly with the owner of ELN, Maleka Diggs, as well as existing patrons
  • Let’s Chat! -  Schedule your one-time, 15-minute complimentary chat! 
Perhaps you have an idea around ways and/or resources that support communities or ELN directly, maybe you’d like to share why you support ELN, or just shoot the sh!t for a few minutes. Whichever tickles your fancy, let’s get to know one another. 😊

Note: It’s totally up to you to schedule a chat, no pressure. I’m here, if and/or when you’re ready!

Be the first to know:
   Parenting, Education, Race – Events & Happenings
  • Upcoming Events & Conferences hosted by ELN, collaborative partners, and aligned organizations in the US and abroad including:
  • Workshops, Training, Retreats, Programs
  • Online & Face to Face Meetups

Connection. Moving the needle
   Special Offers25% off all Chat Sessions 
  • Shedding Your Sh!t
  • Shifting Learning Pathways
   10% off Workshops
  • Strewing 
  • Gear-up 
  • Disruptor’s Dinner – In progress!
   First Dibs
  • Evaluations (Exclusive to existing home education Philadelphia PA families ONLY) 
  • F.A.R.M. (Fill. Accept. Restore. Model) Retreat – In progress!
  • U2GPS –In progress!
   Exclusive & Early Access
  • What’s happening behind the scenes
  • IOTA (It’s Okay to Ask) - newly added

Awareness. Living is Learning

To be aware is to have a strong understanding of ourselves as well as those in our circles and beyond. As a lifer (of learning), what’s happening in your movements is inclusive of this journey with space for you to share what’s happening directly in your communities.

You are welcome to share any of the following or something else that showed up for you via direct message.
  • Happenings in your area you are hosting 
  • Support spreading the word of another organization you are affiliated with and feel aligns with ELN’s values and philosophy to expand awareness
  • Ways you feel your community could gain support through ELN

This space is here for all of us to deepen our practice and together work through all dem feels that show up and sometimes, show all the way out in this work.

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About Eclectic Learning Network

"Liberation will always appear uncomfortable to the indoctrinated." - M. Diggs
Hello! Thank you for stopping by!
Eclectic Learning Network, LLC (ELN) is a secular, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) centered network; dedicated to disrupting monoliths through decolonizing REP (Race, Education, Parenting) Practices
Exploring how perpetuating colonizing tactics and behaviors impact our REP practices and ways to shift barriers toward invitations centered on community, connection, and awareness through multisensory and self-directed learning approaches. 

Does any of the following resonate with you?
  • Exploring respectful and equitable ways to center the voices of our young people and oppressed communities
  • Providing access to committed individuals and families without the heaviness of finances to engage this work
  • Offerings that disrupt the generational, trauma-filled seeds of schoolishness and pervasive whiteness
  • Tapping into ways that shift our practice toward relationships built on racial equity, liberatory centered, and ancestral healing
If you're feeling any or all the above, let's chat further! 

While home education can be explored through varying pathways, unschooling and self-directed learning practices reside at the core of ELN’s work.

The intersections between parenting, education, and race impact all aspects of our daily living experiences. Sometimes we (adults) lose sight that we were once young people with perceptions and experiences that plant the seeds for who we are today. Every bit of it sets the stage for the levels of conditioning and baggage we all carry. From young people to other adults, those experiences from our childhood, create the foundation for how we engage relationships in all its forms.

Whether we've attended "school" or not, schoolishness is all around us and the layers and wounds run deep. Compulsory schooling can begin between the ages of five to eight, depending on where you reside, and play a critical in how we step into adulthood.

From the moment we can hold a pencil, sitting at full attention tethered to a desk, in a classroom with dozens of other classmates and teachers throughout, becomes business as usual. We grow to accept the "do as I say, not as I do" model while simultaneously demanding us to acquiesce. From language to actions displayed, schoolishness extends well outside the walls of a classroom - ripe with harm-filled behaviors, language, and movements that impact us on a systemic level.

When paired with the direct experiences learned from our parents and community members, the depth of our understanding and conditioning can bring feelings of permanence in our movements. The role of parent beautifully brings all our known and unknown areas of who we are, together in support of raising our children. It's relentless and joy-filled, stretching and restrictive, all at the same damn time. We do the best we can until we unpack, acknowledge, reflect, pivot, and practice to shift our awareness levels, aka Deschooling.

For BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, race further adds to this labyrinth of experiences for how we engage ourselves and the people in our lives. But the work surrounding anti-racism, racial bias, and equity is not exclusive to BIPOC communities, it's work we must all do if we want it. Exploring the impact of racism between the intersections of education and parenting brings deep questioning and exploration into the foundation of institutionalized education and ways it continues to oppress BIPOC communities; specifically Black/African American/Pan-African/African communities.

The term unschooling (like any other term)has many perspectives and definitions, this is how ELN defines this term.

Unschooling is a lifestyle approach that embraces learning, centered and led by the learner, naturally disrupting the harmful cycle of schoolishness and coercive-based practices toward liberation-centered healing. A respectful, trust-filled, partnership-based relationship that spans the emotional, social, and cultural needs of young people and adults.

ELN who along with the collective efforts of individuals and local organizations has provided over 300 offerings (and counting) for families in the Philadelphia area. In 2019, ELN officially became an international resource for liberated learning to ensure that all interested families can gain access to the support needed throughout this journey of liberation. 

As a monthly sustainer, you assist ELN in walking their words in this work. To continue to provide resources and offerings that center BIPOC communities and voices through workshops, training, and programs for individuals and groups who are committed to this work, without the unfortunate barrier that finances often bring.

Thank you for taking the time to visit today and look forward to having you apart of our patron family <3

Maleka
 

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For the past 5 years, ELN has created a wonderful foundation based in Philadelphia PA. The time has now arrived for ELN to expand by extending offerings to communities nationally and abroad. Achieving this goal will assist ELN in serving BIPOC and under-represented communities that are interested and committed to this work without the heaviness that finances all too often bring.
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