Re: DSM: Learning disabilities at SVS

Dale R. Reed (
Mon, 25 May 1998 11:59:00 -0700 wrote:
> I tutor in school (mostly K-6) through a prevention grant obtained by
> our local housing authority. I'm finding it more and more difficult to
> focus on the academics, and feel that the most important thing I do with
> these kids is have a one-on-one relationship with them--as a person who
> cares about them, is reliable and can be trusted. I like them the way
> they are, and most of them are so curious about the world that opening
> to any page in an encyclopedia takes us on an exploration (via their
> questions and observations) that wouldn't otherwise happen in their
> lives. These kids are fun, and they know what they like to do and what
> they want to learn about, but choice does not exist for them in school.
> My longing is to create an alternative "learning" environment for
> them--an SVS-type of school. The way I see that happening in the public
> school system is through a charter school--one designed for those kids
> who most teachers would be glad to have removed from their classrooms.
> However, I think that MD does not yet have charter schools. Actually,
> if I had lots of money, I could just start my own SVS school, under the
> auspices of the housing authority or a local church or independently.
> And there just may be a foundation out there somewhere that would
> support such an alternative school. I'm driven by this idea, and am
> thinking of doing grad school via Vermont College this fall with a focus
> on alternative education. The ultimate goal being the creation of this
> school. The kids would love it--a school where they could be themselves
> and learn through their own agenda.

Sara I would suggest that you do some networking with Sadie, at and
Robin, roses9@IDT.NET at

Sadie is a little ahead of you for she has her own school in a
non-Charter school state and Robin I think is looking for the same thing
you are. Dale

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