Resources on Sudbury, Self Directed Learning, and Deschooling

Articles and Websites

Alliance for Self Directed Learning (ASDE)  :  A nonprofit organization dedicated to normalizing and legitimizing Self-Directed Education, to make it available to everyone who seeks it.

On the wildness of Children by Carol Black

A Thousand Rivers by Carol Black


Alpine Valley School Podcast

Alpine Valley is a Sudbury model school that has been in operation since 1998. Every episode of this podcast is excellent for deepening one’s understanding of the model. 

Fare of the Free Child – This entire podcast is excellent but there are three episodes specifically on Sudbury Schools

  1. Co-founder of Nashville Sudbury School, Sonia Fernandez LeBlanc, talks about the process
  2. Discussion with Sudbury School of Atlanta Board Chair, Patty Zavala 
  3. To Be Young , Self Directed, and Black- Discussion with Sudbury School of Atlanta Staff member, Chantrisse Parks

List of Podcasts from the Alliance for Self Directed Learning



What if?

How we see self directed education…

Trusting Children to Learn

Video Introduction to the Sudbury Valley School

A video on the democratic school model – Jerry Mintz


Definition from Wikipedia: In a practical context, it refers to the mental process a person goes through after being removed from a formal schooling environment, when the “school mindset” is eroded over time. Deschooling may refer to the time period it takes for children removed from school to adjust to learning in an unstructured environment.

Families who have taken their children out of school to homeschool often find their children (and often the parents too) need a period of adjustment – learning to live without the reinforcement of grading and regimented learning. It is typically used to describe children who have been removed from school for the purpose of self-directed homeschooling, but technically applies any person leaving school, either by dropping out or graduating.

Some links for more on deschooling for children and parents. At NSS, we respect that there will be a transition period especially if your child is coming from traditional schooling. They will be able to take all the time that they need to transition once arriving at NSS.