Sociocracy in Schools

“We are so happy to be using Sociocracy in our school with full participation in Member (children), Staff, Parent, and Board circles joined by a Community Circle. The kids are amazingly confident, free, happy people who are excellent communicators because of our weekly Change Up meeting, where we try out new practices one week at a time.

Sometimes our meetings end in tears because people have never experienced a workplace where every voice truly matters both in sharing feelings about how things are going and checking in with each other emotionally, and also in policy decisions such as paid overtime, staff hours, and how our governance works.  Every time we ask for feedback on our processes, people share how clear and efficient our meetings are. There are still difficulties, as collaborative skills are not widely shared in the larger world, and we are starting from scratch with a lot of our parents and staff so training is necessary to bring everyone on board. We are still learning how to be clear about power and responsibility with roles and our circle structure. However, seeing the children lead effective meetings, make consent based decisions together, and check in about “good enough for now, safe enough to try,” it gives me hope for the future.

Hope Wilder

Pathfinder school, North Carolina USA

For classrooms

Tools and processes that support more democracy and participation in classrooms

For entire schools

How can everyone’s voice sing the same song – each in their different way? 

For Classrooms

Open Sociocratic elections for classrooms

A brochure for teacher who are ready to try consent decision making instead of an election using majority vote. 

Read booklet

 

Self-determination only with co-determination

An article about the important of participation in decision making in education.

By Simona Zäh, Unico School, Switzerland

Read article

 

Consent decision-making for student voice

“The Conversation Series – Episode 1 – Audrey Cheynut – “Consent decision-making for student voice” by Learn to Change

Listen to podcast (external link)

“I’m so glad to have found sociocracy- which is democracy, as it could be- to help with the subtle art of compromise.”

Hope Wilder, Pathfinder

For Entire Schools

How does one organize a whole school in circles?
Click through the images to see how others do it.

Who is already using sociocracy to run their school?

Note: this list is FAR incomplete! Help us make it more complete (see map). Another resource to find sociocratic schools is Wondering School with a map.

  • Austin Waldorf school ( TX, USA)
  • Arpego (Berlin, Germany)
  • Pathfinders (US)
  • LOS school (NL)
  • Unico Schule (Bern, Switzerland)
  • Integrale Tagesschule Winterthur (Switzerland)
  • Enkindle School (Australia)
  • Lighthouse project (Wales)
  • Morey Flextech school (MI, USA)

Highlights of School-Related Resources

Sociocracy Starter Kit

An article describing the phases of introducing sociocracy into a complex orgainzation.

Read article

https://vimeo.com/278810861

School circles

A wonderful, feature-length documentary about three sociocratic schools in the Netherlands.
A must-see for anyone who is interested in sociocracy and schools.

Produced by Marianne and Charlie from Wondering School.

General Resources for Learning and Implementation

Meeting posters

Having a visual makes every meeting easier to follow.
Use them in your meeting room, or laminate and bring along?

See posters (pdf)

Study group curriculum

6 1.5-hour sessions with exercises, readings, handouts, perfect for groups of 5-8 people. Video-led – just turn on the video and learn! By donation/coaching on a sliding scale.

Learn more

Talk to a real human!

You’re not alone on this journey! We can connect you to others who have done it before, or talk you through a strategy that works for your particular circumstances.

Learn more

Sociocracy Handbook

Written by the co-founders of Sociocracy For All. 300 pages.

More information and purchase options

All Education-Related Resources in Sociocracy For Al

Pathfinder
A school in North Carolina (USA)
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Healing Our World: Exploring How
Sociocracy & Montessori
What do Sociocracy and Montessori have in common?
Read more.
Book — Many Voices One Song: Shared Power with Sociocracy
Sociocracy Handbook: Many Voices One Song
The practical sociocracy handbook written by the co-founders of Sociocracy For All. 300 pages full of real-life support!
Read more.
Morey Flextech school
A project-based learning school that just started adopting socoicracy
Read more.
Watercolor of blue hearts
Sociocratic elections of a class representative
A booklet for teachers who want to try out sociocratic elections with children. By Lisa Praeg
Read more.
Holma – a permaculture folk high school
A permaculture folk high school in Sweden with a full mission circle.
Read more.
Idea montage —
Self-determination – only with co-determination
(By Simona Zäh, Switzerland. Translated from German original) In my last blog entry, I pleaded for more self-determination in schools
Read more.
A permaculture school in Sweden
Andreas Jonsson is showing us around in a sociocratically run permaculture school in Sweden.
Read more.
The Art of community
A presentation and interview with Gregory Rouillard on his take on sociocracy.
Read more.
Sociocracy in schools (webinar recording)
https://youtu.be/wWlixHg-NscVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Sociocracy in schools (https://youtu.be/wWlixHg-Nsc)
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Democratic education matters
Presenter: Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard https://youtu.be/8wP030A_AtQVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard: Democratic education matters (https://youtu.be/8wP030A_AtQ)
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Integrale Tagesschule Winterthur
ITW is a non-profit private school and the main ingredients of the operating culture are Solution Focused Approach, Nonviolent Communication
Read more.
Pulse
The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) is a community of faculty leaders in the life sciences from higher
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El Roser
We are a mix cooperative school (composed of working members and consumer members). We started working with sociocracy from the
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Enkindle Village School
We are a new democratic school opened in Townsville in 2019. We use a sociocratic school circle model from the
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Unico school diagram
Circle diagram of the Unico school in Switzerland
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Another School is Possible Association
A movement striving for a child­centered, play­focused, non­profit primary education.
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Non-profit: Learn To Change
Case study: Learn to change is a Non Governmental Organization that brings together a community of teachers and educators working
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Mindfulness first
Mindfulness first is a nonprofit that promotes mindfulness in schools and beyond.
Read more.
Sociocracy in Schools: The Harvest Bounty Restaurant Project: Gina Price and Jessie Barber
Jarrahdale Primary School in Western Australia used Sociocracy to produce a restaurant evening featuring food cooked by the students from
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Storytelling of an action research – Pascale Gaillard-Mompoint
https://youtu.be/t59zHeOrYZwVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Storytelling of an action research – Pascale Gaillard-Mompoint (https://youtu.be/t59zHeOrYZw) Sociocracy in an
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LOS school
LOS is a sociocratic school located in the small village of Duerne in the south of the Netherlands.
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Holma Folk Highschool
This case study features a large permaculture school in Sweden.
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Consent decision-making in a family meeting
Consent decision-making in a family meeting
Family meetings are a wonderful and easy way of giving (your) children a voice. In family meetings (just like any other time
Read more.

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