ERIC Number: ED438998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Starting a Sudbury School: A Summary of the Experiences of Fifteen Start-Up Groups.
Greenberg, Daniel; Sadofsky, Mimsy
The Sudbury Valley School in Framingham, Massachusetts, is a nontraditional private school founded in 1968, based on the idea that a child is a person worthy of full respect as a human being. It aimed to create a nurturing environment in which the children themselves choose what they wish to do and schedule their time. This book is a guide summarizing the various steps necessary to found a Sudbury school, based on interviews and information gathered from 14 schools and groups throughout the United States. The first four chapters cover what kind of folks are founders, what makes them interested, how founder groups get formed, and characteristics important within the founders' group. The chapter on concrete steps to be taken includes understanding the philosophy, formalization of status, satisfying the appropriate educational authorities, money matters, site selection, and promotion. The next seven chapters address demographics, staffing a Sudbury school, where students come from, the nitty-gritty of staffing a school, developing a culture and keeping the school going, classic errors, and factors enabling success. Appendix 1 is a note from a founder who failed. Appendix 2 is a narrative history of a school that survived its first 4 years. Appendix 3 is another narrative of a school that is still going after 5 years. Appendix 4, entitled "Revolution or Reform?" presents thoughts on the character, strategy, and destiny of the original Sudbury Valley School. (TD)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Experimental Schools, Free Schools, Institutional Advancement, Institutional Survival, Learner Controlled Instruction, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Parent Participation, Participative Decision Making, Planning, Private Schools, School Administration, School Culture, School Organization, Student School Relationship
Sudbury Valley School Press, 2 Winch Street, Framingham, MA 01701 ($15 plus $4 shipping). Tel: 508-877-3030.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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