RE: DSM: 1st meeting advice?

From: Alan or Laura Gabelsberg (
Date: Fri Apr 20 2001 - 12:38:13 EDT

Thanks Allan and Robin. I think I've missed some messages from the list. I
didn't even see my own message posted from this topic and these two messages
did not come separately as they normally come. Oh well. Anyway....

You are both way ahead of me then!!! I don't even have a group that
understands the philosophy (yet!!) I hope after the meeting in May I'll
have enough contacts to put together a group that will form a core group who
will study the philosophy. I am basically flying solo at the moment.
Taking one tiny step at a time here.

I am thinking of providing some kind of packet of information - book lists,
web sites, a few articles photocopied from different sources that might be
helpful. Any thoughts on that?
I have definitely been aware of the two camps you refer to, Allan. I have
run into that myself. I've met a lot of former teachers (like myself), who
don't want to send their kids to public school, but really feel most private
schools are overrated. I would be very interested to hear or see your
vision statement. You can send that to me privately if you wish or share it
on the list, whichever you feel comfortable with. Thank you for that.I
would also like to hear back from you after your April meeting. Best of
luck to you.....


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Podway /
Van Dertol Family
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2001 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: 1st meeting advice?

Laura & Allan,

We too are in the midst ... in southern california. Our school is also a
bit of a hybrid. We are just beginning the process of inviting others into
the picture - planning our first public meeting, although we have a few
families (10) that completely understand the philosophy. we'd love to see
your vision statement.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Allan Saugstad" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2001 8:46 AM
Subject: Re: DSM: 1st meeting advice?

> Laura,
> I too am in the midst of helping facilitate meetings about opening a
school here
> in the outskirts of Vancouver, Canada (although our model is a little
> from SM ).
> What we have found is quite interesting and has provoked great discussion.
> First, I think you should be prepared to discover that there will be a
very wide
> range of perspectives and understandings regarding the idea. Most parents
I have
> talked to don't fully understand what the SM is all about - and it is a
> difficult process to educate them. Acceptance of where they are and
patience in
> letting the model evolve I think is key.
> What has worked for us is to work with a small group of people who do
> it and develop a group vision of what you want the school to look like and
> from there. It's a great process to go through! I can share our vision
> with you if you like.
> What also has worked is to appeal to parents as parents. We have talked a
> about the aspects of trust and respect, and have related that to the
> we have done since our children were born. This they CAN understand, and
if they
> see the school as a way to extend that, support that, and continue that,
> will be supportive of the idea. We avoid, if we can, trashing the system.
> Negativity is rarely productive nor inspiring.
> What we have also found is that there are two camps of people (with many
> somewhere in between). On one side there are homeschoolers who usually
have a
> grasp of the concept but are hesitant about sending their kids off
somewhere or
> having them subjected to institutional expectations - if you have any. On
> other side, the bigger side, are the parents who really value school and
want to
> send their kids somewhere, but feel that regular school is a little too
cruel -
> they just want a kinder alternative. Be careful with this group because
many of
> them still want their child to "have to" learn.
> The homeschoolers need to see the value of the community of learners their
> children will be a part of and the resources which will be available to
> and the other group needs to know that their children will have many
> opportunities to flourish.
> It's a fascinating process, I am finding. We have a big meeting on April
> and who knows how it will go? I am interested to hear more about how yours
> going and I will fill you in if you want on how things are going here,
> especially after the 30th.
> Allan
> Alan or Laura Gabelsberg wrote:
> > Hi all. Laura here. I am in the process of planning my first
> > meeting of people interested in forming a founding group to start a new
> > Sudbury school in Houston and I thought now would be a good time to see
> > advice you folks on the list might have along those lines.
> > So far I am viewing the purpose of this meeting as pretty informal - the
> > purpose being to meet, to network, and to determine the level of
interest in
> > forming a founding group, and lastly to decide what steps may need to be
> > taken next.
> > I plan to talk very simply about what I know of the SVS model and what
> > be involved in forming a founding group. I also thought about opening up
> > meeting agenda for ideas from the participants if there is enough time,
> > maybe just a Q & A session.
> > I am open to hearing any suggestions anyone may have on how to run an
> > effective FIRST meeting like this (or how NOT to run one!) The meeting
> > planned for May 19th and so far I think it will have a good turn out.
> > local ads I have placed don't come out until May 1st and I already have
> > appx. 20-30 coming just from word of mouth. So it may be a fairly
> > group of people if the ads bring out a good response as well.
> > Thanks in advance for any tips or thoughts on this subject.
> >
> > Laura Gabelsberg
> > Citizens for Enlightened Education

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