Welcome to Mr Gelston’s One Room Schoolhouse

Mr Gelston proudly announces the creation of online collaborative learning programs for teens through the Collaboratory Zone. The Collaboratory Zone supports self-directed and aspiring self-directed teens in designing 21st century learning experiences.

Homeschool and Unschool teens are in a unique situation as distributed learners and collaborators to take the lead in mastering the latest learning skills and technologies. The next generation of leaders will come from those who have developed their own passionate interests, a broad world view, and can execute their vision in a connected world. — Barry Gelston, M.Ed.

Collaborative Teen Programs



  There is no pregiven territory of which we can make a map— the map making itself brings forth the features of the territory.   ~Fritjof Capra, co-founder, Center for Ecoliteracy from The Web of Life What is Navigators? ...
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SoJo Studio

What is Solutions Journalism? To innovate and change, people need to know two things—what’s broken and how it could be fixed.  ~Solutions Journalism Network What is SoJo Studio? SoJo Studio supports teens who want to make a positive difference ...

Data Lab

Data Lab supports teens in developing data saavy—essential 21st century skills necessary to understand and think critically about data they encounter daily in the media. Guided by their interests and passions, they will learn to locate, decipher and use data effectively and accurately ...

Algebra and Programming

The goal of this program is to provide families with a 21st century education option that goes beyond the standard Algebra I course. By pairing programming and Algebra, learners will engage in actively learning and applying many skills to become ...

We are now accepting applications for 2015 Teen Programs


JOIN US For our innovative programs beginning this fall

Beginning in September, Barry Gelston and Claudia L’Amoreaux will be offering in-depth programs—Algebra & Programming Data Lab. We are looking for a few teens with a passion for adventure and an interest in working with other teens to research, write, make, design, code, and contribute to a better world. IMPORTANT DATES The Fall programs begin the week of September 15. We have limited spaces available for these first cohorts. We encourage you to apply early ...

Team Members


Claudia L’Amoreaux

I had one extraordinary teacher when I was a teenager—Joel Wittstein. "Mr. Wittstein" strayed far and wide from the curriculum, challenged and inspired us with edgy content, and treated us like the young adults we were all becoming. He was my English teacher in the 9th grade when I was 14 years old. That year I started writing poetry and I never stopped. I received my calling to education at the age of 15 on ...

Barry Gelston, M.Ed.

I have been a passionate learner, tinkerer, and educator all of my life ... I think that we are creating something very special that is focused on preparing young people for having quality lives in the 21st century.   -- Barry Gelston, M.Ed. One of my enduring values has been that everybody should have a chance to learn and succeed. As a young activist at Citizen Action I worked for a mentor and friend, Warren Spann, who impressed on me ...



Mr Gelston Announces a New $100 Member Benefit

Paying members of GHF get $100 off any Mr Gelston program on the Collaboratory Zone. Mr Gelston's One Room Schoolhouse is an active supporter of the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. To encourage membership, Mr Gelston is giving a $100 discount on your first term of any group program. GHF is an important resource for families of gifted children regardless of whether they are homeschooling or not. The community and knowledge developed within the GHF has helped countless ...

Friends we trust

At Mr Gelston's One Room Schoolhouse, part of our learning philosophy is that we should all seek out learning experiences that are available from many sources and in particular those that fit our learning needs and styles. In turn, we have chosen two friends that we recommend for complementary courses. Online G3 Online G3 is led by the skilled educator Jaime Smith, also know as Headmistress Guinevere, who has has earned a reputation internationally as a leader in gifted online ...
Seng Honor Roll Certificate

Mr Gelston receives four Honor Roll Nominations from Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

Mr Gelston receives four Honor Roll Nominations from Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)  It is an incredibly heart warming honor for me that several of my student families have decided to nominate me for this award, sending in such kind words. I get to work in partnership with the most wonderful families to address the emotional and educational needs of their children. For many of my families, ...

21st Century Education ♦ Collaborative Learning and Self-Directed Projects ♦ Design Thinking ♦ Understanding Complex Causality ♦ Meta-Learning ♦ Competency with Web Literacy and Programming ♦ Reflective Electronic Portfolio Development