Welcome! We are excited to share this calendar of SDE-related events around the world, including both physical and virtual meetups. We update this calendar frequently but also rely on crowdsourcing, so if you have an event to share please contact us!

Chasing Childhood Discussion Event

Thursday, November 4th, at 7:00 PM (EST) Virtual

Join Liberated Learners in a community discussion inspired by Chasing Childhood, a new feature documentary about how free play has virtually disappeared for today's children, while stress and expectations for performance, achievement, and busyness have skyrocketed. The facilitated discussion will include a group of panelists, which features eminent evolutionary psychologist, Peter Gray, a researcher in the importance of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves through play and exploration when allowed to do so. Other panelists include parents and young people from self-directed education centers in the Liberated Learners network.

Reserve your ticket now via Eventbrite (donation required). Your ticket confirmation will include a link to the discussion event with Peter Gray and a link to view the documentary in advance of the discussion. The documentary link will remain live until November 5th.

How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home.

December 8th, 3:30-5pm EST Virtual

Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, authors of the best-seller, The Self-Driven Child, will discuss topics from their new book, What Do You Say?: Talking with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home. The focus of the evening will be how to communicate with kids in a way that supports the autonomy and self-drive that are so important for healthy development. Although informed by extensive research, the talk will emphasize practical communication strategies for building a strong emotional connection with our kids, communicating healthy (versus toxic) expectations, fostering intrinsic motivation, and helping kids find their own reasons to change when they're struggling. Q&A will follow.
Please register via Eventbrite. We're asking for a donation of any amount to help cover the cost of the evening. A link to the Zoom session will be sent to you a few days prior to the event.

Summerhill Festival of Childhood


A collaborative, international festival with many other democratic/alternative education event organisers to host one big event in 2021 to celebrate childhood as a whole and the inspirations A. S. Neill has given the world.
This festival will be a community and family event. So far, we have united with IDEC, EUDEC, APDEC, AERO, ASDE and Freedom to Learn Forum.

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