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New Community Partnership for Alternative Learning Opportunities Launches in Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY – Today Buffalo was introduced to the Learning Choices Network (LCN), a new community partnership that provides alternative educational opportunities for local youth. LCN is comprised of educators, community advocates, parents, artists, students and business people, and its programming is focused on meeting the needs of youth in the city of Buffalo.

“The best learning is not found at a desk endlessly preparing for tests. Learning happens through engagement within one’s environment and with the people occupying it,” says Megan Mills Hoffman, one of LCN’s key organizers. “Our programs develop the kind of leaders who are engaged in their community, and who are able to put their ideas into action.”

The group’s first offering will be a free public viewing of “World Peace and Other 4th- Grade Achievements”, a film by teacher and TED speaker John Hunter, on Monday, April 22, 6:30pm at the Amherst Public Library. A panel discussion featuring Jody Douglass, Head of School at Buffalo Seminary; Emily Eisenbaum from Bornhava, Dr. John E. Newton of Mandala School, and Bradley Rogers, Headmaster at The Gow School, will follow the film.

Also forthcoming is LCN’s Best of Buffalo Urban Immersion program, a week-long intensive learning experience for ages 12 to 18, where participants will delve into media studies, arts & culture, political organizing, urban planning, architecture, environmental issues, local food systems, and more. The program runs from July 7 to 13, and offers behind the scenes tours of Buffalo and opportunities for community networking with professionals who have achieved success in their given fields.

Participants can register for the Best of Buffalo Urban Immersion program at before June 14, 2013. LCN’s programs are open to the public; students of all kinds are eligible to attend.

“What strengthens learners is choice. We develop self-reliance, responsibility, and competence
when we do the thinking about our own learning. As an educator for 40 years, I have dreamed of the
possibilities that the Learning Choices Network offers,” says Dr. John E. Newton, director of Mandala

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The Learning Choices Network is a community coalition of educators, independent schools, community activists, advocates, entrepreneurs, homeschoolers, friends and families working together to create, facilitate, and promote alternative opportunities for authentic learning in the local community.