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.
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).
“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.
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.
General Resources for Learning and Implementation
All Education-Related Resources in Sociocracy For Al
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This case study features a large permaculture school in Sweden.
Family meetings are a wonderful and easy way of giving (your) children a voice. In family meetings (just like any other time almost), they can learn what it means to be heard and taken seriously. If you have never tried it, give it a shot!