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? 

Happy announcement!

Imagine a world where consent decision-making is a part of every school curriculum. Imagine a world where every child has a voice in the governance of their school, a world where children are empowered to decide collaboratively on issues that are important to them.
We might just be one step closer to that world!

We’re excited to announce that SoFA has been selected to receive a grant to help develop sociocracy in schools!

We are hopeful that with the added energy and resources, SoFA can be a leader in supporting bringing sociocracy to the next generation.

Want more information? Contact Hope: [email protected]

Workshop with Hope Wilder

Sociocracy With Children

Two 2-hour sessions, Saturday, Sept 11th, and 18th, 15:00-17:00 UTC (11-1 Eastern).

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 from complete! Help us make it more complete (see map). Another resource to find sociocratic schools is Wondering School with a map.

From Dr. Dawson, ‘Lectica has tested many other private schools – very good ones – and also public schools of high socio-economic level, but we have never seen scores like Rainbow.’  […] Rainbow students have remarkable ‘perspectival’ abilities to take the perspective of others, a core aspect of transformative learning.

Source

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

The most affordable and easy way to train your all team!
4×2-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

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 produce grown in the school garden. All students, including kindergarten and pre-primary, participated in at least one of the nine circles which formed a 3 tier structure.

Other Links (outside of Sociocracy For All)

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