Eclectic Learning Network

Eclectic Learning Network

is creating space for families of color and under-represented communities.

18

patrons

"Liberation will always appear uncomfortable to the indoctrinated." - M. Diggs
Welcome to Eclectic Learning Network

Eclectic Learning Network, LLC(ELN) is a Philadelphia-based Black and Brown-centered home-education network dedicated to empowering young people, adults, and learning spaces through community, connection, and awarenesses that reflect our cultural and interest-driven needs using Self-Directed Education (SDE) and Unschooling approaches.

While home education can be explored in a multitude of ways, Self-Directed Education (SDE) and Unschooling reside at the core of ELN’s work, because SDE and Unschooling are not only methods of education, but are lifestyle approaches that allow for young people to explore their interests in the ways that best suit their preferred ways to learn. People who practice SDE and Unschooling understand that learning happens everywhere, and ELN agrees. More and more, the demand to meet young people where they are is a critical component in raising free people and ELN is happy to rise to the occasion.

In addition to our work with the home-education community, and because we believe that all children should be able to access affirming and constructive learning spaces, ELN also partners with public and private schools for professional development and training centered on racial equity and inclusion.

A Bit of Background
Like many parents, the goals and expectations I envisioned for my daughters were rooted in my own connections to school, learning, and childhood. A pivotal moment in this journey occurred the day I attempted to enroll my oldest daughter in public school. The oppressive, marginalizing, and devaluing behavior I experienced served as an opening to explore my own conditioning and ways to shift my awareness that sparked the existence of ELN.

The Work

Since starting this journey 4.5 years ago, ELN has provided over 300 programs and workshops for area home-education families. Offerings, while varied in nature, are developed with an openness to look outside of "traditional" schooling models. Tapping into the emotional, social, and cultural needs <w>that create unique learning experiences for young people, adults, and community members committed to exploring the whole of themselves in real-time.

How does ELN support home educating families?
Presently, ELN is a member-based model that works directly with member-families to support their needs and interests, all while offering select programs open to Philadelphia-area families, such as:
  • Programs and workshops for young people and adults
  • Private & Group Consultations
  • Year-end Portfolio Review & Evaluations
  • Emotional Support
  • Resources
  • Community gatherings
Members of ELN also gain access to year-round support through the member’s portal that includes a calendar of events, links to resources and more. Though this model has been supportive for some local families, ELN will be expanding offerings to BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) and under-represented communities nationally with the goal of growing ELN as an international resource. This expansion would allow ELN to bring offerings to a wider community of families and learning tailored to their needs through workshops and conferences.

Another critical component of this work is the parent-centered focus to explore, acknowledge and shift conditioned behaviors adopted from childhood to adulthood, or Deschooling. This process is a life-long journey of self-discovery, authentically tapping into the individual challenges and fears we carry. ELN is deeply committed to this work as an ongoing process in support of all adults and parents who are interested in <w>disrupting the indoctrinated parenting styles and colonized mindsets we’ve embraced over time[1] . This labor of love continues to be a needed form of support as a growing number of families are shifting toward exploring learning models outside of more traditional education settings.

How does ELN support schools and alternative learning spaces?

</w><w> As an advocate for young people and families, ELN believes that access to quality learning experiences should be available to all, regardless of their learning pathway, and that such learning should exist in anti-racist and anti-oppressive communities. To that end, ELN partners with public, private, and alternative learning spaces, providing trainings and professional development on numerous topics, including:
  • Listening Sessions
  • Racial Equity & Inclusion
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Creating Racially Inclusive Curriculum
  • Partnership-based Parenting

Why become an ELN Patron? 

</w></w>As a Patron, your support in this work will go toward sustaining ELN and assisting families who experience heaviness with finances that can impact their ability to participate.

If you're still reading, check out the goodies ELN offers exclusively for its Patrons.

I look forward to having you apart of our Patreon family.

With appreciation and gratitude,
Maleka
 

Tiers
Trailblazer
$1 or more per month

Recognition for your support shared on:

  • Patreon public news feed
  • Exclusively shared via Lens video clip
  • A shout out on social media platforms – Instagram and
    Facebook

Access to Discord & Reddit

Exclusive and early access to ELN updates, workshops, and events

Exclusive access to ELN Behind-the-Scenes


Each month, a randomly selected Trailblazer, Influencer, or Change-maker will be invited to Ask Maleka! 

Influencer
$3 or more per month

Recognition for your support shared on:

  • Patreon public news feed       
  • Exclusively shared via Lens video clip 
  • A shout out on social media platforms – Instagram and         
    Facebook

Access to Discord & Reddit

Exclusive and early access to ELN updates, workshops, and events

Exclusive access to ELN Behind-the-Scenes


 Each month, a randomly selected Trailblazer, Influencer, or Change-maker will be invited to Ask Maleka!  

Includes Discord rewards
Change-maker
$5 or more per month

Recognition for your support shared on:

  • Patreon public news feed       
  • Exclusively shared via Lens video clip       
  • A shout out on social media platforms – Instagram and Facebook

Access to Discord & Reddit

Exclusive and early access to ELN updates, workshops, and events

Exclusive access to ELN Behind-the-Scenes


Each month, a randomly selected Trailblazer, Influencer, or Change-maker will be invited to Ask Maleka!  

Includes Discord rewards
Liberator
$20 or more per month

All of the above, PLUS


Public recognition of your support on ELN’s website with a digital Certificate of Appreciation 


Ask Maleka! Do you have a burning question surrounding:


  • Self-Directed Education
  • Unschooling
  • Partnership-parenting
  • Self-care
  • Ways to support creating and sustaining anti-racist/anti-oppressive communities


You’ll receive a video response shared directly on the ELN’s Patreon news feed exclusively for Patrons. *

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
21% complete
For the past 4.5 years, ELN has created a wonderful foundation based in Philadelphia PA. It is now time level up by expanding and extending my support to an international audience. Achieving my goal of $1000 per month 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.
1 of 1

"Liberation will always appear uncomfortable to the indoctrinated." - M. Diggs
Welcome to Eclectic Learning Network

Eclectic Learning Network, LLC(ELN) is a Philadelphia-based Black and Brown-centered home-education network dedicated to empowering young people, adults, and learning spaces through community, connection, and awarenesses that reflect our cultural and interest-driven needs using Self-Directed Education (SDE) and Unschooling approaches.

While home education can be explored in a multitude of ways, Self-Directed Education (SDE) and Unschooling reside at the core of ELN’s work, because SDE and Unschooling are not only methods of education, but are lifestyle approaches that allow for young people to explore their interests in the ways that best suit their preferred ways to learn. People who practice SDE and Unschooling understand that learning happens everywhere, and ELN agrees. More and more, the demand to meet young people where they are is a critical component in raising free people and ELN is happy to rise to the occasion.

In addition to our work with the home-education community, and because we believe that all children should be able to access affirming and constructive learning spaces, ELN also partners with public and private schools for professional development and training centered on racial equity and inclusion.

A Bit of Background
Like many parents, the goals and expectations I envisioned for my daughters were rooted in my own connections to school, learning, and childhood. A pivotal moment in this journey occurred the day I attempted to enroll my oldest daughter in public school. The oppressive, marginalizing, and devaluing behavior I experienced served as an opening to explore my own conditioning and ways to shift my awareness that sparked the existence of ELN.

The Work

Since starting this journey 4.5 years ago, ELN has provided over 300 programs and workshops for area home-education families. Offerings, while varied in nature, are developed with an openness to look outside of "traditional" schooling models. Tapping into the emotional, social, and cultural needs <w>that create unique learning experiences for young people, adults, and community members committed to exploring the whole of themselves in real-time.

How does ELN support home educating families?
Presently, ELN is a member-based model that works directly with member-families to support their needs and interests, all while offering select programs open to Philadelphia-area families, such as:
  • Programs and workshops for young people and adults
  • Private & Group Consultations
  • Year-end Portfolio Review & Evaluations
  • Emotional Support
  • Resources
  • Community gatherings
Members of ELN also gain access to year-round support through the member’s portal that includes a calendar of events, links to resources and more. Though this model has been supportive for some local families, ELN will be expanding offerings to BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) and under-represented communities nationally with the goal of growing ELN as an international resource. This expansion would allow ELN to bring offerings to a wider community of families and learning tailored to their needs through workshops and conferences.

Another critical component of this work is the parent-centered focus to explore, acknowledge and shift conditioned behaviors adopted from childhood to adulthood, or Deschooling. This process is a life-long journey of self-discovery, authentically tapping into the individual challenges and fears we carry. ELN is deeply committed to this work as an ongoing process in support of all adults and parents who are interested in <w>disrupting the indoctrinated parenting styles and colonized mindsets we’ve embraced over time[1] . This labor of love continues to be a needed form of support as a growing number of families are shifting toward exploring learning models outside of more traditional education settings.

How does ELN support schools and alternative learning spaces?

</w><w> As an advocate for young people and families, ELN believes that access to quality learning experiences should be available to all, regardless of their learning pathway, and that such learning should exist in anti-racist and anti-oppressive communities. To that end, ELN partners with public, private, and alternative learning spaces, providing trainings and professional development on numerous topics, including:
  • Listening Sessions
  • Racial Equity & Inclusion
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Creating Racially Inclusive Curriculum
  • Partnership-based Parenting

Why become an ELN Patron? 

</w></w>As a Patron, your support in this work will go toward sustaining ELN and assisting families who experience heaviness with finances that can impact their ability to participate.

If you're still reading, check out the goodies ELN offers exclusively for its Patrons.

I look forward to having you apart of our Patreon family.

With appreciation and gratitude,
Maleka
 

Recent posts by Eclectic Learning Network

Tiers
Trailblazer
$1 or more per month

Recognition for your support shared on:

  • Patreon public news feed
  • Exclusively shared via Lens video clip
  • A shout out on social media platforms – Instagram and
    Facebook

Access to Discord & Reddit

Exclusive and early access to ELN updates, workshops, and events

Exclusive access to ELN Behind-the-Scenes


Each month, a randomly selected Trailblazer, Influencer, or Change-maker will be invited to Ask Maleka! 

Influencer
$3 or more per month

Recognition for your support shared on:

  • Patreon public news feed       
  • Exclusively shared via Lens video clip 
  • A shout out on social media platforms – Instagram and         
    Facebook

Access to Discord & Reddit

Exclusive and early access to ELN updates, workshops, and events

Exclusive access to ELN Behind-the-Scenes


 Each month, a randomly selected Trailblazer, Influencer, or Change-maker will be invited to Ask Maleka!  

Includes Discord rewards
Change-maker
$5 or more per month

Recognition for your support shared on:

  • Patreon public news feed       
  • Exclusively shared via Lens video clip       
  • A shout out on social media platforms – Instagram and Facebook

Access to Discord & Reddit

Exclusive and early access to ELN updates, workshops, and events

Exclusive access to ELN Behind-the-Scenes


Each month, a randomly selected Trailblazer, Influencer, or Change-maker will be invited to Ask Maleka!  

Includes Discord rewards
Liberator
$20 or more per month

All of the above, PLUS


Public recognition of your support on ELN’s website with a digital Certificate of Appreciation 


Ask Maleka! Do you have a burning question surrounding:


  • Self-Directed Education
  • Unschooling
  • Partnership-parenting
  • Self-care
  • Ways to support creating and sustaining anti-racist/anti-oppressive communities


You’ll receive a video response shared directly on the ELN’s Patreon news feed exclusively for Patrons. *

Includes Discord rewards