60 episodes

Alpine Valley School is a K-12 school in Wheat Ridge CO founded in 1997. We are a non-profit, independent school that follows the Sudbury Model of education. This podcast features interviews with graduates of our school, plus discussions of our unique philosophy, and ways to get involved.

Alpine Valley School Podcast Alpine Valley School, a K-12

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Alpine Valley School is a K-12 school in Wheat Ridge CO founded in 1997. We are a non-profit, independent school that follows the Sudbury Model of education. This podcast features interviews with graduates of our school, plus discussions of our unique philosophy, and ways to get involved.

    Freedom to Learn Differently

    Freedom to Learn Differently

    In episode 59 of the Alpine Valley School podcast, we share an insightful interview with Addison Ault, a former special education teacher who has transitioned to a staff role at Alpine Valley School, a self-directed democratic school located in Denver. Addison shares her profound insights on supporting students with neurodiversity, drawing from her rich background in mainstream education. Through her interview, listeners will explore the importance of empathy, individualized support, and creating inclusive environments that celebrate every student's unique journey. Addison's experiences and perspectives offer valuable lessons on embracing and understanding neurodiversity in alternative educational settings, promising an enlightening listen for educators, parents, and advocates alike. 
    Join us at the Global Self-Directed Democratic School Conference, hosted by Alpine Valley School from July 10th to 14th, 2024, for an inspiring gathering of educators, students, and advocates of self-directed democratic schooling. This unique event offers a platform for networking, participant-driven sessions, and insights into our unique model. For more information and to register, visit our website at https://www.alpinevalleyschool.com/conference. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative educational movement!
    Show notes for this episode available at https://www.alpinevalleyschool.com/podcast/ep59
    Want More? 
    Episode Addison mentions in the interview: EP 34: If Our Daughter Died Tomorrow, Would We Be Happy With How She Lived? 
    Podcast Episode: What Special Needs Tell Us About Schools featuring Dr. Naomi Fisher
    Book: A Different Way to Learn - Neurodiversity and Self-Directed Education by Dr. Naomi Fisher 
    Article: Becoming Yourself - Neurodiversity and Self-Directed Education 
     

    • 18 min
    Parenting Self-Directed Kids

    Parenting Self-Directed Kids

    In this episode of the Alpine Valley School podcast, host Marc Gallivan talks with conscious parenting coach Angela Young about how to set clear boundaries with your children while still supporting their independence. This episode is a great listen if you’re looking for support and advice on how to approach boundary-setting with your self-directed children. You’ll also learn: How to explore your own self-directed path as an adult, the importance of setting clear expectations for your children (hint: you don’t have to be a doormat!), and how to identify your own limiting beliefs that may be getting in the way of your child’s education. Don’t miss this episode! 
    To learn more about Alpine Valley School (and come visit!) check out our webpage. We are hosting an Open House this summer and invite you to join us! Find out more on our webpage: Summer Open House. 

    • 15 min
    Challenges and Opportunities

    Challenges and Opportunities

    Staff Members at self-directed democratic schools like Alpine Valley School are often asked what sorts of unique challenges students experience at places like this. While our students are free from the tests and grades that are imposed on others in mainstream education, they do encounter a totally different set of struggles.  Not only that, but parents often have to deal with their own difficulties as well. In this episode of the Alpine Valley School podcast staff members Larry, Katy, and Connie talk about what makes life at our school challenging and how they’ve seen students and parents find strength in their struggles. 
    Visit the show notes page here: Episode 57 Show Notes
    To learn more about Alpine Valley School (and come visit!) check out our webpage. We are hosting an Open House this summer and invite you to join us! Find out more on our webpage: Summer Open House. 
    Want more?
    Read a blog post about finding strength in struggle on the AVS Blog. 
    Watch a video interview with one of our graduates talking about how he struggled with boredom. 
    Listen to a podcast episode about the invitations that boredom offers us. 
    Read a blog post from Sudbury Valley School about boredom and entertainment. 
    Send us your questions, suggestions, and feedback at podcast@alpinevalleyschool.com 

    • 19 min
    The Role of Staff

    The Role of Staff

    Most people involved in self-directed education know that staff are the adult members of the school community, but what is the actual role staff members play in the day-to-day running of the school? What sorts of tasks do staff members do? And beyond that, why are staff members important to schools like Alpine Valley in the first place? Hear personal accounts from staff members at self-directed democratic schools all over the world on this episode of the Alpine Valley School podcast!
    To learn more about Alpine Valley School (and come visit!) check out our webpage.
     
    Want more?
    Read a blog post from Cara DeBusk at the Houston Sudbury School about her “typical day”
    Watch a video compilation of staff members discussing their role in the school
    Watch a video of a “typical day” at Alpine Valley School
    Listen to another podcast about the process of starting a Sudbury School
    Send us your questions, suggestions, and feedback at podcast@alpinevalleyschool.com 

    • 29 min
    School Wounds

    School Wounds

    What are school wounds? How do they develop, and who do they affect? This is a topic we explore on episode 55 of the Alpine Valley School podcast, along with Akilah S. Richards, a podcaster, author, and self-directed parent. 
     
    Want more? 
    Learn more about the Fare of the Free Child podcast (and subscribe!)  Watch Akilah S Richard’s TED Talk Listen to an episode of our podcast all about competition and school wounding.  Read a blog post from parents who share their experiences after leaving the public school system.  Send us your questions, suggestions, and feedback at podcast@alpinevalleyschool.com 

    • 20 min
    Good Students & Bad Students

    Good Students & Bad Students

    In mainstream education, parents and teachers are continually breaking down children into two separate groups: good students and bad students. In this episode, we hear from Tay Arrow and Marc Gallivan, two Sudbury School graduates who self-identified as bad and good students, respectively. Tay and Marc share their own personal journeys through the school system and how they both ultimately arrived at self-directed education, and what they found when they did.
    View the show notes page for more details about this episode.
    To learn more about Alpine Valley School (and come visit!) check out our webpage.
    Want more?
    Listen to a podcast episode all about self-directed education and learning disabilities: What Schools Tell Us About Special Needs
    Hear from another Alpine Valley School graduate who struggled in mainstream education: Play is the Work of Children
    Listen to a recording from the original Sudbury Valley School about learning disabilities in schools: The Learning Disability Epidemic
     
    You can get in touch with the show at: podcast@alpinevalleyschool.com

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

ML17104 ,

Wonderful glimpse into life at a self directed democratic school

This podcast provides a wonderful glimpse into life at a self directed democratic school. Informative, funny, and inspiring. Offers both a very close look at certain aspects of school life (ie: chores) and a view to the big picture, including perspectives from other schools on this model from around the world. Thank you for this work!

Ladyamaltheaa ,

Sets a Fire in my Heart

I’m associated with AVS and was introduced to the Sudbury Model through this school. This podcast is so comforting, energizing and uplifting. I have a toddler that I will be enrolling in a Sudbury school once they are old enough and any doubts I have or my partner has are dashed with the shared experiences of interviewed graduates. Thank you to Missa for running this show!

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