Posted 2024-02-14

ASDE received a large grant! Plus: College resources & volunteer opportunities

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Newsletter Content:

  • Grant Announcement
  • Open Call for ASDE Volunteers
  • Open Call for College Resources
  • Support Call “Save the Date!”
  • Community Updates

Grant Announcement

We are so excited to share with you all that ASDE received a Next Steps grant from VELA to work on some major projects and expansion of our resources, partnerships, and community support. We, at ASDE, have a unique position to be a liaison for collective liberation through Self-Directed Education and we are thrilled to bring more resources to the community with this in focus.

Take a look at this video to learn more (video notes include audio transcript), and keep a lookout for future updates, invitations, and events from us in the coming months!

📣 Open Call for ASDE Volunteers

ASDE is currently working on a variety of projects to build a bigger presence in the SDE community through community engagements, tangible resources, and a future opportunity to join us at an in-person conference in 2025! We are looking for volunteers to support our growing team. Please also take a look at our values and make sure they align well for you before filling out our volunteer form.

Our needs at present are as follows, and we would love to know if you would be interested in joining us. The minimum we ask is that all volunteers join our Slack workspace and participate in monthly working group meetings.

Volunteer needs and ways you can support ASDE on the regular:

-Become a Board Member

ASDE Board Members work behind the scenes to manage our website and social media presence, coordinate advocacy projects, and help bring a variety of voices and experiences of those in the Self-Directed Education movement, globally.

We are seeking global representation on our Board to commit to one meeting monthly, and sometimes additional meetings for specialized working groups on various projects and efforts, if they choose.

Monthly meetings are scheduled based on team availability.

-Join the Tipping Points Magazine Team (especially looking for youth volunteers)

We are looking for people who are excited to join our team, even if grammar and writing skills aren’t your strengths.

We ask volunteers to join monthly team meetings.

Some other volunteer opportunities could include discussing article topic ideas, content creation, editing/proofreading, and contacting possible contributors.

-Record Readings for Substack (reading scripts out loud to build in audio accessibility)

-Online Space Facilitators and Notetakers for Events

-Join the Marketing Team
Monthly Zoom meetings, Graphic design, Social media

Volunteer Form

Open Call for College Resources🎓📚

Ruben — an intern for ASDE, grown unschooler, and current college student — is gathering resources for an “Unschoolers and College” resource section in our directory. If you have a resource to contribute or suggest, please fill out this form.

Support Call “Save the Date!”

March 29th, 2024, 7-8:30 pm EDT

Meaningful Mentorship with Youth in SDE, an ASDE Community Support Call

Join the Alliance for Self-Directed Education in our first Community Support Call – our first topic of discussion and inquiry is all about Mentorship with young people in SDE. We will feature a panel of skilled and experienced adults who have worked with youth in various settings. Tickets go on sale soon. Find out more here.

Community Updates

Spots left in The Shift Deschooling Intensive!

Upcoming trainings:
February 18th – 25th in Ojai, CA &
April 26th – May 3rd in Charlotte, NC
A seven-day life-changing deschooling experience for adults that want to transform how they relate to kids and support their learning, autonomy and freedom outside the conventional school system.

If you want to gain more freedom in life and build equitable & consent-based relationships with others and with yourself – this training is for you! More info here.

Learning and Liberation Episode 0

From Ben and Genevieve:

“The first episode of our documentary series is out now! It follows the beginning of our journey making this project, as we set out on a road trip from Pennsylvania to Oregon. It’s a bit different from the rest of the episodes, but we’re very happy with how it turned out. We’re so glad to finally be able to share it with you. Click here to watch it on YouTube!

Creating Self-Directed Education Centers

Mar 4, 2024, 7:00pm — Mar 4, 2024, 8:00pm EST

A free webinar about how to create a self-directed education center in your community.

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