Thanks to a TDSB PRO grant, ALPHA has money fund the following educational event on democratic (free) schooling at the elementary level! The details are:FREE SCHOOLING AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL: Best Practices at ALPHA and Beyond
Panelists Include:Chris Mercogliano
, former teacher and director of the ALBANY FREE SCHOOL
and author of Making It Up As We go Along
(as well as many other books on education)
Meghan Carrico, former teacher and current director of WINDSOR HOUSE
(a Canadian public free school in Vancouver
Members of the ALPHA TEACHING COMMUNITY
Moderator: Deb O'Rourke, former ALPHA Volunteer Coordinator and author of Defining and Defending a Democratic Public Education Site
This is OUR opportunity to ask other schools how they realize the free school concept, and to reflect on and improve our own free schooling practice. The questions to be asked of the panelists ..... will come from YOU!!!
Possible questions include:
What is a democratic free school, why is it a good model? Is there more than one model out there and how are they different from one another?
What does a parent, principal, or teacher need to know about a free school before they get involved?
What is the role of a teacher? Should they wait until kids ask for a lesson in something, or should they prepare lessons and programming?
What should be the role of a principal?
How can we ensure the kids learn to read, write and do arithmetic?
What is the right way to deal with rambunctious kids who disrupt other kids' work and play?
How does your school resolve conflicts ... and what if the conflicts are between adults (i.e. teachers or parents)? What have you found that works? What doesn't work?
What can we do to protect a free school in a public system?PLEASE ADD YOUR QUESTIONS BELOW!!!