|Experimental College of the Twin Cities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Deb Chaulk (deb_chaulkhotmail.com)|
|Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 18:23:57 -0800 (PST)|
For Immediate Release Contact: David Boehnke November 15, 2008 651.212.0727 | 651.696.8010 dboehnke [at] gmail.com Experimental College Seeks Community Facilitators for Spring Classes Have you been looking for a community that values freedom of thought, thoughtful discussion and dialogue on meaningful topics that cover the full range of the human condition—from philosophical to the utterly practical? Consider the Experimental College of the Twin Cities or EXCO—locally grown, cage-free education since 2006. EXCO is an organization that creates opportunities in the community for people who want to learn; we work with facilitators to find spaces for their classes manage a website that help connect learners with teachers, and support the free exchange of knowledge. Our mission is to liberate education from the idea that learning is something one "must" do, that only experts have knowledge, that we can only access education if we can afford tuition—and transform it into something desirable, powerful, and accessible for all. At EXCO, everyone can teach or take classes and all classes are free. We believe that education can be a powerful force for social change, especially when we value the knowledge of each and every person--particularly those that have been historically marginalized. We encourage all people to apply and take part, and are dedicated to undoing and transforming oppression at personal, interpersonal, and institutional levels. Moreover, we see our organizing as building an infrastructure for communities and movements to create their own education to meet their needs and desires—self-educate with EXCO! EXCO is currently looking for community facilitators for this spring and summer. The subject matter and format of your class is your decision—classes can cover any topic, and can be taught anywhere in the Twin Cities. Teaching an EXCO class can help build community, shares useful skills or knowledge, address local issues, intentionally bring together people from different communities, or simply be a creative excuse to meet new people who share similar passions and joys. EXCO facilitators are volunteers. However, when possible, EXCO provides money for supplies and an honorarium for up to $300 for those who cannot facilitate a class otherwise. We strongly encourage interested individuals to access our online application at http://www.EXCOtc.org. Have more questions? Thinking of facilitating a class and want ideas about getting started? Contact us at excotc [at] gmail.com, 651-696-8010. Still not sure? Twin Cities Metro magazine chose EXCO as one of the top 100 best things about the cities. EXCO came in at number 5! See what they had to say: 5. Experimental CollegeEveryone experiments in college. Some do keg stands; others blow up all of our preconceived notions about the American educational system. The Experimental College was founded in 2006 by a collective of Macalester students with a vision of offering an alternative to your everyday $50,000 bachelor’s degree. By allowing anyone to teach whatever they like in improvised classrooms (libraries, mostly, though “Basic Bike Maintenance” convenes at the Sibley Bike Depot in St. Paul), ExCo takes crippling debt out of the education equation. No accredited teachers or degrees, but also no homework or tuition. Here! [excotc.org] _________________________________________________________________ Access your email online and on the go with Windows Live Hotmail. http://windowslive.com/Explore/Hotmail?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_WL_hotmail_acq_access_112008
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