green and black logo 'SDE Weekend' with paper airplane that says March 3-5, 2023, 3-day, international, online event on zoom that's children and youth friendly

Explore a glimpse of the SDE world during ASDE’s third SDE Weekend!

3rd – 5th March, 2023

The SDE weekend is a 3-day, international, online event in which you choose the sessions that match your intentions and participate as much as you want. Either you are a young person or an adult – a facilitator, a teacher, a parent or a teen or a child, take a look at this event and if you want to join us, save your spot before February 24th (or until tickets are sold out).

It’s a chance to learn with and from
more than 30 multi-age facilitators
from 5 countries
and 100+ other participants
from around the world!

The third edition of the SDE weekend will bring people the chance of choosing from 6 rooms during each time slot. Three of the rooms will be hosted by facilitators on different topics, one room will be for unstructured networking and free talks, one room will be a fun room and there will be the possibility for participants to offer their own sessions in a sixth room.

Among the topics that we are proposing are: consent, Self-Directed Education and conventional schooling (when kids want to go to a conventional school; when teachers in a typical school want to optimize their processes through an SDE perspective), parenting (SDE and babies; decision to start an SDE life; the difficulty of one caregiver on board and another one against SDE), SDE facilitation (red flags – how to recognize them in yourself or in your future colleagues), pop-culture and media, conflict approach in SDE families and organizations, Flying Squads, children sharing their SDE experiences, community-building and more.

Our intention is to have the SDE Weekend as a generative and inspiring space for diverse humans to learn (about) natural ways of learning.

Schedule

Set your learning intentions and join us for 3 sessions each day of the event. Choose your topic in the first time slot, enjoy a break, choose your topic for the second time slot, enjoy another break, and at the end of each event day join us for a panel on key topics related to ASDE members’ most frequently asked questions. Four hours of engaged learning a day keeps anxiety away! We’re still finalizing the arrangement of sessions, but the flow of the weekend will look like this:

Schedule outline: Friday to Sunday with 2 time slots featuring 3 offerings each and a concluding panel each day

First Session runs LA: 8.00 – 9.30/ NY: 11.00 – 12.30/ Dublin: 16.00 – 17.30/
Vienna: 17.00 – 18.30/ Cluj: 18.00 – 19.30

Second Session runs LA: 10.00 – 11.30/ NY: 13.00 – 14.30/ Dublin: 18.00 – 19.30/ Vienna: 19.00 – 20.30/ Cluj: 20.00 – 21.30

Concluding Panel runs LA: 12.00 – 13.00/ NY: 15.00 – 16.00/ Dublin: 20.00 – 21.00/ Vienna: 21.00 – 22.00/ Cluj: 22.00 – 23.00

Confirmed Presenters (More coming soon)

Alison Snieckus

Alison Snieckus (she/her)

Teacher/Mentor at Raritan Learning Cooperative, Liberated Learners Board Trustee

Gina Riley

Gina Riley, Ph.D. (she/her)

Professor and Researcher

Raj Kanani

Raj Kanani (he/him)

Facilitator and Founder at Liberated Kids in Oakland, Parent of a Self-directed Child, Former Classroom Teacher

Zoe

Zoe (she/her)

Unschooler in New York City; Lover of drawing, film, dance, talk, and exploring her city

Anthony Galloway Jr.

Anthony Galloway Jr.

More coming soon

Justine McConville

Justine McConville (she/her)

MA TESOL, SDE Facilitator, Literacy Specialist

Meenadchi

Meenadchi (she/her)

Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication and Family Constellation Therapy Facilitator

Sari González

Sari González (she/her)

Unschooling mama, podcaster, Director & Facilitator @ Explora ALC and co-founder of Radical Learning

Becka Koritz

Becka Koritz (she/her)

Unschooling mama, podcaster, founder of Explora ALC & co-founder of Radical Learning

Rosalia Rivera

Rosalia Rivera (she/her)

Consent educator and child sexual abuse prevention specialist, sexual literacy advocate, 2x TEDx speaker

Brooklyn Wetzel

Brooklyn Wetzel (she/they)

Outsider Artist, Unschooling Parent and Facilitator for The Hub: Micro-Academy

Jonie Broecker

Jonie Broecker (she/her)

Embroidery Artist, Bodyworker, Unschooling Mom, Writer and Musician

Fran Liberatore

Fran Liberatore (she/her)

Unschooling parent, early childhood education Master’s student, writer, podcaster and advocate for consent-based, self-directed education and child liberation

Flying Squads Youth Group Offering

Flying Squads Youth Group Offering

Youth liberation and anti-oppression collective; Flying Squads believe in the abolition of divided spaces between young people and the rest of their community

Bria Bloom

Bria Bloom (she/her)

Grown Unschooler, Unschooling mom, ASDE Director, Flying Squads Facilitator

Naomi Clarke

Naomi Clarke

More coming soon

Sonia Khost

Sonia Khost (she/her)

Facilitator & Researcher at Green School Romania ALC

Adele Jarrett-Kerr

Adele Jarrett-Kerr (she/her)

Unschooling parent, founder of and facilitator at Soulcraft Learning Community, writer

Ieishah Clelland

Ieishah Clelland (she/her)

Mother, writer, freedom-seeker

Nicholas Pizarro

Nicholas Pizarro

More coming soon

Nikolai Pizarro

Nikolai Pizarro

More coming soon

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FAQ

When does registration close?

Registration will close on February 24th, 2023 or when tickets are sold out. Adult tickets are limited to 120.

Is this event recorded?

Most sessions will be recorded and shared with participants after the event as well as shared later on Tipping Points Magazine. Recording is decided at the discretion of the session presenter/facilitator. We will do our best to let participants know which sessions will be recorded ahead of time.

When will I get the event information?

We will send out the participant email with Zoom login details a few days before the start of the event. Make sure to check your spam folder or email info@self-directed.org if you can’t find the email by March 2nd.

How can I join the event?

We will be using the Zoom platform for this event. You must have a registered Zoom account to participate. Please give yourself extra time to test Zoom before the meeting if you are new to this platform. If you’ve used Zoom before, make sure to get the latest update before the event.

As a young person, what’s there for me to do at this event?

We received feedback on our last SDE Weekend event that participants wanted more focus on and spaces for youth. This year, we’ve brought on two youth organizers to help us organize the event. We will have some sessions lead by young people, for young people and some extra virtual hangout spaces for connecting through interests.


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This event will be held primarily in English, with sessions in other languages or featuring live translation indicated as such in the schedule based on presenter preferences. Automated Closed Captioning will be turned on for all sessions. Participants agree to help us hold the learning space by showing respect for themselves, each other, and the space in their engagements. ASDE has been learning and growing in the past few years and invites you to read our updated forum guidelines and our reflection on our commitment to SDE as Anti-Oppression Work if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet. The SDE Weekend is committed to be more responsible towards nature and we invite you to stop your camera when screen sharing, plug in your device only when needed and close other unused apps on your device while on zoom meetings.

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