Have you thought about starting your own school?
For 28 years the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) has been helping people find and start educational alternatives. For the last 12 years they have offered an online School Starters Course. They have helped start more than 100 educational alternatives, including alternative schools, democratic schools, Sudbury Schools, Public Alternative Schools, Charter Schools and homeschool resources centers.
The School Starters Course takes each student through the process of creating a vision, different types of alternatives, school governance, legal requirements, community organizing, recruiting students and teachers and an action plan.
The course starts on September 25th—less than a month away! It will run through January.
It is done with a peer group of other school starters who give feedback on each vision and proposal, along with mentoring from legendary educational pioneers, AERO founder Jerry Mintz and Albany Free School teacher and director Chris Mercogliano, author of How to Grow a School.
Here’s a typical comment from a course enrollee:
“I just finished reading all of the posts in the introductions thread, and I have to say I’m at awe with everyone here and grateful to be here. Even just reading your fascinating stories and following the links or looking up concepts has already given me incredible new ideas and resources, and we’re just starting! “
The cost of the course is minuscule compared to the ultimate finances of the alternative you will start. Each year enrollment ends when we reach 25, to register soon or you’ll have to wait another year.
For me general information or so see a map and a list of alternatives AERO has helped to start, go here.
The 11th annual AERO School Starter’s Course will start on September 25th, 2017. AERO has helped start at least 85 schools that we know of, but there are many more out there! You can see a map a listing of over 70 of them here.
College Credit Also Available
This year we again have the option of getting transferable graduate credit! Of course for many people this has not been an issue;the bottom line is that they wanted help to start their school. But for some people is could make a difference, for a variety of reasons. It can enable more funding. It can bestow more credibility for some people in their communities. The credit is given by the highly esteemed Antioch University New England Graduate School of Keene, New Hampshire.