I’m Bria Bloom, Executive Director of the Alliance for Self Directed Education (ASDE) and a private consultant who provides parent coaching and support for those families who wish to apply the ideas of partnership parenting in their family.
I was raised in the philosphy of self-directed education and did not attend conventional schooling until I entered a running start program (early college classes) at age 16. Following, I designed my own baccalaureate—”Envisioning the Creative Classroom”—at Western Washington University where I learned more about alternative forms of teaching and learning, and happened to earn a M.S. in early childhood education at Portland State University. That’s how my college story unfolded, though now I recommend considering other paths outside of college.
Along with my responsibilities with ASDE, (1) I run the PDX Flying Squads with my colleague, which is an adventure group for young people to explore and interact with their city; (2) support the Flying Squads Network I co-founded; (3) Write, speak, and share about Self-Directed Education, unschooling, and parenting; (4) co-run a deschooling virtual parent meetup group with two other amazing unschooling mamas; and most important, along with his father, raise my stepson in the philosophy of Self-Directed Education and partnership parenting.
You can read further about PDX Flying Squads, Parent Coaching and Support, Events and Offerings that I’m involved in, The Portland SDE Advocacy Group, my articles and videos on self-directed education, and more About Me.
I’m always here for support, questions, and connection, so please reach out at any time!