- Joei Villarama, the founder of Abot Tala, embarked on a three-month road trip in the US with her family. Along the way, they visited alternative schools and self-directed learning centers. Among all the models that Joei saw, it was North Star that most resonated with her because it gave teenagers freedom and control over their lives.
- Joei invited North Star co-founder, Ken Danford, to Manila to help start Abot Tala. You can read about Joei’s research here at the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Also, read about her visit to North Star and Princeton Learning Cooperative.
- Joei Villarama and Owie dela Cruz met and bonded over their goals and vision for pioneering self-directed, interest-led learning in the Philippines.
- Ken Danford visits Manila to help launch Abot Tala.
- Abot Tala is officially open and the first classes were held at Commune Cafe in Makati.
- The Abot Tala Center is opened in Taguig. Teens could now visit the space where classes and various activities were held.
- Abot Tala Junior, an exclusive program for families with younger kids who are already part of our community, was piloted.
- In March, Abot Tala transitions online as a national lockdown is declared. We are able to reach teens all over Metro Manila and the Philippines.
- The Launchpad program for older teens is developed.
- Abot Tala Junior is re-launched online.
- Abot Tala Radio goes on air.
- The Launchpad program is merged with Abot Tala High.
- Abot Tala Plus is launched.
- After more than two years in lockdown, The Great Big Outdoor Meet-Up happens! Some members of the community meet and hang out in UP Diliman.
- Abot Tala celebrated its third birthday with the community in a face-to-face event at the Saddleback Church parking lot in Nuvali. This is the first time ever that Abot Tala has celebrated its birthday with an IRL party!