Shelli and Alex,
You may want to read and possibly post on the Person to Person bulletin board at www.sudburynetwork.org/networking.htm?People.htm . You'll find various postings from folks in California, and a start-up group in Malibu. SERN's Maps page at www.sudburynetwork.org/networking.htm?Maps.htm organizes the Sudbury schools, groups and postings geographically.
We agree with Scott that "Freedom to make one's own choices is central to the Sudbury movement". That is why the Sudbury schools and groups listed at SERN are self-identified. In other words, we don't say that they follow the Sudbury model, they do. All listings at SERN are by permission, and with information supplied by the school or group. We work hard to keep our list complete and up to date. Many Sudbury model schools link to SERN's list, either in addition to, or in place of, maintaining their own list.
If DSM readers are interested in learning a bit about SERN's founders and members we have recently added a "Who We Are" page to our site at http://www.sudburynetwork.org/about.htm?Us.htm . We also have a piece which will appear in the next issue of our journal, Perspectives on Sudbury Education, in which we discuss how and why SERN was formed. It should be on-line in about a month.
Hope this helps!
----- Original Message -----
From: Shelli Buhr
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 1:11 PM
Subject: DSM: Re: Complete list of schools?
Perfect timing Alex. I am also in California and just joined.
I want to build a Sudbury School. I am in the Orange County area. I would like to know if there is anyone local who is wanting to put together a school here.
I have always felt that I wanted to create a school that was different, so in the last year, I have been focusing on putting some of the nuts and bolts together on building this foundation. My daughter has been the model as she is called ADD/bi polar. I have seen the value in creating a system that allows chldren to choose, let them focus on their creativity, I felt that children should be on their own individual education plan. I had never found exactly what I was looking for until I read the book Free at Last by Daniel Greenberg.
At first I was hesistant, thinking how can you lay that much in a child's hands. But then I began to remember how my child naturally learned before she went to school. But by the time I was halfway through reading about the Sudbury model, I knew I had found what I was looking for.
I do have some questions but more around setting up the intital committee and budget. I would love to go see a school first hand and this may be my next step.
One Light Foundation
I am new to the list and searching every corner of the Internet for an up-to-date list of Sudbury Schools, particularly in California - I have visited all the school sites that are mentioned on the www.sudval.org site but was wondering if anymore have sprung up. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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