Education Leader (Head of Teaching) OPPORTUNITY- EDUCATION LEADER IN A PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT Are you a passionate educator that understands the importance of an independent, self-directed, and non-competitive learning environment? Kinma is celebrating 50 years of progressive, child-centred, democratic education, and a rare opportunity is now open for a collaborative and creative Education Leader to provide pedagogical leadership, support and supervision for all Kinma teaching and classroom staff.
Currambena is looking for a new Educational Coordinator to work three days per week, managing communication and educational issues throughout the school. Ideally, this person will be a teacher themselves and have experience in alternative/democratic settings. They will work with our Business Manager and our Administrator and will report to our School Council, taking responsibility for tasks such as government reporting, staffing matters and parent involvement.
Conference Day 2 ~ Panel, Open Space, possible Workshops
Optional Post Conference Activity: Explore the Huon
Jump on our school bus and explore the beautiful Huon Valley with us. Please note this will incur a small additional cost.
TOPICS (May include but not be limited to…)
Plenary: “What is the role of small independent schools in the current Australian context?” What are our points of difference when the mainstream is also pushing for innovation and student empowerment?
Panel: “During and after leaving school: How do we determine what success looks like for a student of our schools?” What does it mean to be successful…and how do we measure success in an alternative school context? What values are informing the question? A panel of reflections and questions for alumni, independent schools specialists, current students, parents and educators.
Panel: High schooling in our contexts
“Group Topic”: an integrated approach to curriculum
Kitchen garden and permaculture: catering and cooking at our schools
Outdoor Ed in the alternative context
Gender diversity and inclusion in schools
Fun skills to take home: circus play, damper making in the bush, Tassie timber woodwork session, singing with kids…
Open space opportunities to bring your own workshop
*TBC: We are interested in your expressions of interest in running or participating in these or additional sessions 🙂
ACCOMMODATION, EATING & GETTING ABOUT
The conference will be taking place at Peregrine, nestled in the Huon Valley, 35 mins south of Hobart.
Basic accommodation is available on site (camping or in the school buildings), billeting can be arranged, or arrange your own private accommodation options.
Transport to and from the event can be supported with our two school buses. Please let us know if you will need assistance in getting to and from the airport and/or your accommodation.
Registrations opening early July. Early bird registrations closing end of July.
Come and join us for a weekend of sharing and learning with new and old friends!
Our tiny school board has only three directors, the bare minimum and I’d love someone from the ADEC community to join us via zoom once a term as a volunteer director. Not as chair or secretary, but as a director, someone not involved in day-to-day operations, someone who could see the wood for the trees, someone who could help us govern our tiny school. Darlingia was established last year and we are still working through the aftermath of our first government audit. One of the issues they have is that we have only the bare minimum of three directors.
Can you help us please? For just one year, and just one zoom meeting at the start of each term.
The Summerhill Festival of Childhood is a community and family-friendly event that will bring together many exciting projects, collaborations, workshops, presentations and performances based on art, craft, educational and child rearing approaches, psychology, sustainability, community and children’s rights for the participants. It will also have an international conference approach and will facilitate seminars, talks and focus group discussions. Due to the global pandemic we meet online for 2021 and in person in 2022. Our online event will include the International Democratic Education Conference 2021 which we are proud to host. IDEC2021 is the annual meeting of the global Democratic Education community and has been organised by schools or relative organisations from various parts of the world for more than 25 years. We are also being joined by many people and organisations from all over the world and our community continues to grow every day. Our plans for the online event include transmission of content via three channels, 24 hours a day for 6 -almost full- days in various languages. Some of the sessions will be scheduled but we also offer plenty of open space for whoever wishes to organise their own session. In addition a “world cafe” space will be available for every participant to have informal discussions if they choose. We plan to record as many of the lectures and workshops as possible so that we can stream them in different time zones in order to give the opportunity to everyone to enjoy as much of the programme as possible. Our vision: Celebrating 100 years of Summerhill School and the inspirations A.S.Neill has given the world. Celebrating childhood as a critical period of time for all of us and for the future of humanity. Our mission: To strengthen the sense of unity amongst organisations and individuals who are promoting and actively working towards positive change within education, childrearing and community. To maximise their global impact by functioning as an incubator and accelerator of future collaborations, partnerships, alliances and movements for a more humane and sustainable future for us all. Our values: Our aim is to celebrate equality, children’s rights, creativity, well being, relieving pressures from childhood and embracing the values of: Individuality. Celebrating uniqueness, self-awareness, self-regulation and self-direction. Play. Celebrating the importance of free, pure and uninterrupted play. Freedom not licence. Celebrating unconditional acceptance deriving from equality and the right to be oneself without infringing on other people’s freedom. Community. Celebrating the capacity of inclusive and supportive communities to foster personal and social development, sustainability and healthy relationships towards societal change. Emotional sincerity. Celebrating emotional honesty as an essential condition for social emotional development and a more humane world. The fundraising campaign To stay true to our values and principles, we are organising our online festival to be free registration so that we give everyone the opportunity to participate. A large amount of the preparation and the realisation of our online event is based on the work of our amazing volunteers. Still we have to cover the costs of the technical part (communication platforms, web design, technical support before, during and after the event), the promotion part and the copyright fees for the films we will be screening. We are organising this reward based fundraising campaign to give you the opportunity to support us to make this wonderful online festival a reality, and get some lovely prizes whilst doing it. We are offering a variety of perks from Summerhill itself, the festival, IDEC and friends, all of which contributing to support the event and to give you something lovely or a memory to treasure for your kind support. We chose natural and environmentally friendly materials and plastic free packages while supporting small businesses and independent young artists. https://igg.me/at/summerhillfestival/x/27554832#/ Please share our campaign far and wide even if you can’t afford to support us financially. Spreading the word will give the opportunity to more people to participate in the festival.
We thank you warmly for your support and hope to see you during both our online and in person festival.
Thank you Imogen for sending us this link to information about the conference so that people can begin to make their arrangements. Please share this information with your communities and friends. We look forward to being able to come together. Keep an eye on this page on the Peregrine website for further information about the conference. https://www.peregrine.tas.edu.au/adec/
ADEC would like to support two people to attend this gathering.
We would like at least one of the sponsorships to go to a student if this is possible.
Anyone who is an ADEC member or part of an ADEC member school,
a student who is studying education and though they are not a member of ADEC they are recommended by a member or member school. Please indicate who is recommending you as we may wish to contact them.
a member of the community recommended by an ADEC member or member school. Please indicate who is recommending you as we may wish to contact them.
ADEC will cover The Conference fee, An economy fare flight and/or travel expenses Accommodation costs support up to $100 per night for three nights.
ADEC would love to be able to support everyone but this is not possible. We would like to make the process as open and inclusive as possible. Two members of the ADEC committee will view the applications and recommend to the committee the people they think we will support. We hope to do this asap so that you will have time to make your arrangements. Please send your application to Chris Price and Cecelia Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org by 14th July 2021. Please include
A written or video communication introducing yourself and expressing why you would like to attend the conference and why you would appreciate a sponsorship. Please include details of your Community and/or School of which you are part of and supporting and in what way. Please include any particular needs of your community/school. We would also like to have a general idea of how you will share your experience with your community and with ADEC
Please be aware that in these changeable covid times we ask that when making your arrangements you make sure that you will be granted refunds if the need arises to cancel the trip.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Summerhill from all of us in ADEC.
Summerhill’s 100th and Festival Taster
Time: 13:00-14:00 BST London time
This year Summerhill School is celebrating its centenary. For 100 years Summerhill has offered a vision of education and childhood that has inspired educators and parents around the world.
To begin this year-long celebration we are holding an event where you can find out about the history of Summerhill, listen to some educational experts discuss the BIG questions facing education today and learn about the Summerhill Festival of Childhood.
Those who attend the whole event on Zoom will have the chance of winning a FREE ticket to the Summerhill Festival of Childhood 2021!
Format of the Taster Event:
Our 1-hour online taster event will include:
– A talk about the Summerhill School Centenary by Zoe Readhead, Henry Readhead and guests.
– A Panel of four world renowned education experts (see panelists below).
– A presentation introducing the Summerhill Festival of Childhood.
Psychologist, researcher, professor of psychology. Author of “Free to Learn” which explains how releasing the instinct to play makes our children happier, more confident and better students for life. Professor Peter Gray also writes a popular blog for Psychology Today called “Freedom to Learn” which explores the roles of play and curiosity as foundations for learning. He is a well-known critic of conventional educational systems and a founder and current board president of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. He is also a founder and board member of Let Grow.
Founder and Chair of Governors of Self Managed Learning College in Brighton, England. SML College is a unique organisation that supports young people (aged 9-16) in managing their own learning.
He is the author of 7 books and over 100 published articles and papers. His latest book, Self Managed Learning and the New Educational Paradigm was published in 2020. He was an organisation development consultant for 40 years and is also a skilled welder and metal sculptor.
Founder-Director of Nevergrey. Kate Robinson is an international consultant in creativity and innovation in education. Kate’s expertise lies in raising the profile of inspiring initiatives, with a particular focus on startups and building strong partnerships with a social purpose.
Her passion lies in engaging youth voice, and through this work has been awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Education Empowerment.
Principal of Summerhill School in Suffolk, England.
Zoe is the daughter of Alexander Sutherland Neill who was the founder of Summerhill School, where she grew up. She was born at Summerhill and has remained passionate about the school throughout her life. She has been the principal of Summerhill School for 35 years and she lives and breathes Neill’s philosophy of child-rearing, having seen it work its magic on children time and time again.
Also, please, send us your questions about Summerhill and education in general. Our panelists will answer them!
Due to Covid 19 we have had to cancel the ADEC 2020 conference at Peregrine School in Tasmania for this year. This is very sad and disappointing for all and the Peregrine Community are very keen to host in 2021 if we are all in a position to travel. This means that will not be able to hold the 2020 AGM in person.
ADEC AGM in 2020 will be held online via a zoom meeting.
The date for the AGM is Wednesday 21st October @ 5.00pm AEST ( Summer time)
Notice about the meeting has been sent to ADEC members.