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Jerry Mintz on the AERO Conference, Democratic Assemblies and School Shootings

The following interview is shared thanks to Marc-Alexandre Prud'homme of RÉDAQ: Le Réseau des écoles démocratiques au Québec.

From their description of the interview:

We were very happy to have the chance to interview Jerry Mintz, the director of AERO (Alternative Education Ressource Organization). We asked him about what is in the works for the upcoming AERO conference and about AERO’s 25th anniversary. Jerry shared some stories that illustrate how democratic assemblies can be beneficial in a learning setting and we talked about the unfortunate and too-frequent school shootings that took place in 2014.

Listen to the complete interview or download the MP3 here.

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Job Opportunity

The Whole Life Learning Center offers a holistic, integrated curriculum for ages 5 and up. We are located in South Austin where we are stewarding two beautiful acres, complete with chickens, a goat, and a mini-donkey named Gertrude!  

We are currently looking to hire one new Mentor for the 2014/2015 school year. We are seeking an inspired, dedicated, and experienced individual to mentor our lower elementary students, ages 7-9, while offering classes in social studies and language arts with them and other mixed age groups (9-11, 11-14). 

One of our teachers is expecting, which means we are also hiring for a long term substitute position in our kindergarten for most of the Fall semester, Sept. – Nov. 2014. 

Whole Life Mentors work with learners in small, mixed-age groups to develop Learning Plans based on their inspirations and academic goals. Mentors support each learner in setting his/her goals, working towards them, fulfilling them, and reflecting on the whole process. Mentors contribute to the reflective process by compiling their learning observations in Seasonal Reviews, which are shared with learners and their parents. 

Whole Life Mentors have a radical respect for the child, recognizing his or her whole being – body, mind, heart, and spirit – and supporting growth in each of these realms. Whole Life Mentors are willing and able to look at their own process, engaging in self-inquiry, speaking and acting with self-awareness, and developing and living their own Learning Plans.  Mentors are expected to develop curriculum, plan projects, and continuously create an enriching environment through collaboration with staff and students.  
Team trainings will take place in August to support Mentors on this path. WLLC hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00am – 3:00pm, September through May, with morning check-ins each day at 8:30am and debriefs from 3:30 – 4:00pm on Tuesdays and from 3:30 – 4:30pm on Thursdays, along with three seasonal planning meetings during the year (approx. 3hrs).  

Pre-requisites for hiring include: experience working with emergent readers, experience and/or content area training in language arts and social studies, experience with alternative educational sites, (preferably including team teaching, project based learning, multi-age classrooms, narrative assessments, and positive behavior support). Experience/training for working with special needs students is also preferred. 

Base salary: $16K

There are also opportunities to earn additional income as a Mentor in our other programs, Mother Earth Mondays, Freedom Fridays, and the Teen Mentorship Program. Please let us know if you are interested in applying for any of those positions. 

Being a Whole Life Mentor is more than a job, it is a calling. Are you feeling called? 

If so, please send your letter of interest, your resume, and letter of references to:

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Our Super Bowl Ad

This year, our "Super Bowl" ad features none other than Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon. Check it out!

Help promote learner-centered education by sharing our PSA with your local radio stations.

To get this great new PSA on the air, we need your help!

Simply send an e-mail with the letterhead and MP3 below along with the subject line: "For immediate release: New PSA from Susan Sarandon" and include a basic sentence in the body of the e-mail such as, "Dear [Name]: Please consider playing the attached PSA by Susan Sarandon which was just produced for the Alternative Education Resource Organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Sincerely, [Name]"

Download a PDF of the press release by clicking here.

Download an MP3 of the PSA by clicking here.