Posted 2024-04-11

Sharing a Support Request & Open Calls

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Newsletter Content:

  • Brooklyn Apple Academy Fundraising Announcement
  • Open Call for Youth Content Creators
  • Call for Tech Volunteers & Resource Directory
  • TP Magazine Open Call
  • Upcoming Events

What’s going on?

During the height of the pandemic, it seemed like, at least in the United States, people were leaving the school systems en masse. ASDE certainly had an influx of interest and folks looking for support, and the homeschooling numbers were up and are continuing to rise. Many SDE centers opened during the pandemic and were able to provide support and alternatives to folks who seemed to now be witnessing and understanding many of the issues with schools. However, from anecdotal evidence and our own connections, it does seem like the unschooling and SDE increase is falling back, and many SDE centers are struggling.

What have you all seen and experienced lately? Is unschooling still on the rise? Are SDE centers maintaining their growth in attendees? Do you have more friends, family, and people you know questioning school? Or are we going back to the same old system, yet again?

Brooklyn Apple Academy Needs Our Support!

An SDE space needs our support to stay open! ASDE is here to support the movement as an Alliance, and sometimes that includes supporting mutual aid efforts in the SDE community. When SDE spaces stay accessible and supportive for folks, that helps support our mission and vision of collective liberation and access to SDE for everyone. Brooklyn Apple Academy has worked hard to bring accessible options to diverse folks, and make their programs accessible financially. We want to share the message to support them when they are struggling and need it most! Here is their fundraiser (with more info), and their auction. Please donate what you can and spread the word!

“This school year got off to a rocky start: We had to cut classes and had to invest enormous effort to get our message to new families. We’re on more solid ground now, but during that period we were unable to pay rent for two months.

We need your help to fund our goal of keeping Brooklyn Apple open to all. We would be so grateful for your contribution. If you have the means, please support us with a financial contribution today. No contribution is too small!.”

*Auction ends 4/13/24

Open Call for Youth Content Creators

We are looking for young people to create content, including (but not limited to!) articles and videos, for our Support for Young People by Young People Self-Directed Education resource packet. For more information on this packet, and our 2024 goals and projects, check out our 2024 Grant page.

If you are interested in creating content for this packet, or want to learn more, please email with any questions, inquiries, or content proposals!

Call for Tech and/or Resource Directory Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help support our tech needs, specifically for our website, and volunteers to join our Resource Directory team!

Tech volunteer skills needed: Familiarity with WordPress and PHP, comfortable using GIT

Resource Directory volunteer expectations: passionate about maintaining the resource directory for the community, possible monthly volunteer meetings.

Volunteer here.

Magazine Open Call: SDE Advertisement

April’s Open Call is about playing with the concept of advertising SDE

What does an SDE ad feel like? What does it highlight? Does it point out what’s wrong with other educational philosophies or does it only focus on the strengths of SDE?

For this Open Call, feel free to submit a short video, graphic illustration/comic, or written video script that might inspire someone to consider SDE for their family.

Please submit your entries to by Tuesday, April 30th, 2024.

Upcoming Events

The Shift – North Carolina
Apr 26, 2024, 10:00am — May 3, 2024, 4:00pm EST

The Shift is a 7-day long Deschooling Intensive for parents, adults supporting youth, facilitators and folks who want to transform how to think about education, parenting & community.

Creating Self-Directed Education Centers
May 13, 2024, 7:00pm — May 13, 2024, 8:00pm EDT

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

Adventure in Alaska: A Trip for Teens
Jun 19, 2024, 8:00am — Jun 27, 2024, 10:00pm Alaska Daylight Time

If you’re a self-directed teen looking to spread your wings, stretch your comfort zone and explore your independence, join us for epic adventures in the eclectic town of Cordova at the edge of the Alaska wilderness!

Global Self-Directed Democratic School Conference
Jul 10, 2024, 12:30pm — Jul 14, 2024, 2:00pm Mountain Daylight Time

Bringing together educators, students, and advocates of self-directed democratic schooling from around the world.

Not Back to School Camp – Oregon 2024
Aug 7, 2024, 8:00am — Aug 21, 2024, 8:00am Pacific

An annual camp for unschoolers and homeschoolers, age 13-18, held at Camp Myrtlewood in Oregon.

Northeast Unschooling Conference (NEUC) 2024
Aug 23, 2024, 12:00am — Aug 26, 2024, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time

At Camp Winadu, in Western MA, enjoy 4 days of unschooling inspiration for the whole family with all-inclusive tickets covering meals, housing, and activities. Join us for empowering talks, workshops, and a vibrant community.

Free to Be Unschooling Conference
Aug 29, 2024, 9:30am — Sep 1, 2024, 8:00pm Mountain Standard Time

The Free to Be Unschooling Conference is a celebration of living and learning outside the box.

Not Back to School Camp – Vermont 2024
Sep 3, 2024, 8:00am — Sep 12, 2024, 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time

An annual camp for unschoolers and homeschoolers, age 13-18, held at Farm & Wilderness Camp in Vermont.

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