ALC Foundations: July 9-11
Do you want to facilitate? Do you want to support self-directed learners in both individualizing their education and building a healthy community? Are you interested in the intersection of Agile and Education? Are you looking for tools and practices to adapt for your own project?
Join us for a three-day introduction to facilitation and Agile Learning! Experienced ALC facilitators will create an agenda of offerings to share the theory, practices, and immersive experiences related Agile Learning Centers. Participants will also be invited request specific offerings or make their own.
We may also send you some additional blog posts to read and/or videos to watch before arriving.
Foundations + Co-Creation: July 9-13
This option includes the Foundations 3-day program, plus two additional days of ALC with other adults. While the Foundations program will have agenda of topics covered, the immersive ALC days will have no pre-determined agenda items. You will co-create the experience with us!
Experienced ALFs will be facilitating daily intention/reflection groups, as well as making offerings to dive deeper into ALC practices. However, offerings are not limited to theory or discussions. You and others can make offerings that involve movement, the arts, literacy, mathematics, group games — anything! We will create our own ALC (for adults) so you can experience it firsthand.
We’ll meet Thursday & Friday from 9am – 5pm.
The Works: July 9th – July 20th
Don’t miss a minute! This option includes ALC Foundations, the extra days of co-creating an ALC together, and practice facilitating with kids!
We are inviting our students to come in for a week of ALC in the summer (something they are excited to do!). This is an immersive experience into what a week in an ALC feels like with people of all ages. Participants can make offerings and request offerings from other facilitators and students, or work on their own ALC start-up projects.
The day for adults will run from 9am-5pm, while the students will be at ALC from 9:30 to 3:30. Adults will have the opportunity at the end of the day to reflect on the days’ experience.
Nancy Tilton is the founder of ALC Mosaic and the Director of Education for the Branches program. After working in public schools in Maryland and North Carolina and a leading a small private Friends school in Charlotte, Nancy set out to start her own school. Inspired by the traditions of democratic schools and unschooling, she started The Mosaic School. After connecting with the first ALC in NYC, The Mosaic School became ALC Mosaic and the first major collaborator in the ALC Network.
Lacy Arnold Manship is the Director of Education for the Roots program and founding community member at ALC Mosaic. Her interests are in respectful communication with young children, creating play spaces, natural literacy development, connection to the natural world and critical literacies as a tool for social change. She writes about and tinkers with these ideas as a facilitator and director of Roots, Mosaic’s early childhood program.
Akilah S. Richards is an unschooling podcaster, writer, and founding board member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her work both challenges and encourages social justice minded people to explore privilege and power in their relationships with children. In her own family, Akilah, her partner, and their two daughters, use unschooling as a tool for decolonizing education and liberating themselves from oppressive, exclusive systems. Find her conversations and commentary at Fare of the Free Child Podcast where Akilah supports, connects, and highlights people of color designing their own liberation through Self-Directed Education and love-centered community building.
Tomis Parker has been facilitating in Self-Directed Education environments since 2009. He helped birth the first Agile Learning Center in NYC and served as the Director for three years. he now lives in Charlotte, NC where he serves as the Director of Operations. He recently facilitated the launch of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. He is passionate about sharing the ALC model, building bridges through the work of Self-Directed Education, and supporting communities where young people are trusted to create a better world.
Dr. Scott Speed is an educator, entrepreneur, and social innovator. Scott is the co-founder of GROW, a Self-Directed Education school, and host of The Race Haven Podcast which models solutions-focused dialogue about race relations in America. His work and solutions-focused beliefs are rooted in Systems Thinking, a way of solving complex problems through seeing and honoring the interconnectedness of the dynamic systems and subsystems that comprise our world.
Foundations + Co-Creation: $350
The Works: $675ALC Mosaic offers a sliding scale tuition that spans ten tiers and ranges from $1,200 to $11,900/year. All of the proceeds from this year’s ALF Summer program will go towards a scholarship fund that will allow us to enroll an additional student whose family has applied for Tier 1 ($1,200/year). We would be delighted to receive extra financial support from ALF Summer participants who are able to give more. Your contributions will directly increase the accessibility of Self-Directed Education at ALC Mosaic. Please consider making an additional donation if you have the means to do so. We also want the ALF Summer program itself to be accessible! If we are reserving a limited number of sliding scale spots for those who are a great fit for ALF Summer but for whom the cost is prohibitive. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Participation in the program
- Light breakfast
- Catered local, organic, Granola Moms© approved lunches
- Lots of Sharpie markers and sticky notes
- Some additional curated resources
- A safe and inspiring space for your de-schooling and self-learning
- Housing (see below)
- Childcare (see below)
- Hot tubs (unless we decided to build one together)
- Toothpaste (bring your own toothpaste)
Yes! Please let us know on your application what your needs/preferences are and we will provide an option for you.
Let us know on your application if you would like to attend as a start-up ALC and we’ll go from there!
You will need to get our basic ALC Network membership at the very least, and then your participation in this program will only help you on your way to becoming a full-fledged ALC.