About

General:

Austin Free Skool is dedicated to promoting free community education. If you want to teach a class, find interesting subjects to talk about, or just meet other people who have insatiable curiosity, read on!

How do I attend a class?

Each class has contact information underneath its description. Drop a line to the instructor and RSVP to get more information.

How do I get involved?

There are several wonderful ways you can become a part of Austin Free Skool and help its collective efforts.

What is a collective member?

Collective members:
– attend weekly meetings
– help promote classes,
– print + distribute calendars
– find materials for teachers who need them
– organize benefits to raise money for the organization (picnics, music, puppet shows, bake-offs, etc.)

How does one become a collective member?

Our collective believes in open membership. One must attend two consecutive meetings to be considered for a vote. This will enable one to vote, and take on responsibilities within Austin Free Skool. Also, why are we saying “one?”

We Need Teachers!

That being said we encourage everyone that is interested to teach a class!
The first step is to:
Fill out a Class Proposal Form. We have physical copies that we hand out at events, classes, etc.  as well as a digital form listed at the top of the page under the Class Proposal form link.  Filling out either of these forms will get you well on your way to teaching a class!Once you have filled out the form, we will respond and let you know when our next collective meeting is.
The second step is:
We require all teachers to attend at least one meeting before teaching a class.  This allows us to get to know all the great people that are a part of this collective, and also functions to clear up any questions anyone may have.After these two steps you’re ready to go!

I haven’t heard from you all in a while.

Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated. Come check out Tom’s Tabooley on Sundays at 5:00 pm and see for yourself! Or oneself.
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3 Responses to “About”

  1. Briana June 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Could you please tell me more about austin free skool? Thanks

    • austinfreeskool June 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Hey Briana,
      Thanks for your inquiry! Austin Free Skool is a collective that encourages the enactment of Free Education within the Austin community. We as a collective are non-hierarchical + open membership, and provide resources and spaces to those who would like to teach on a subject they are interested in. We try to eliminate the borders between teachers and students within our organization and encourage the notion that everyone is a student as well as a teacher. We have hosted a variety of different workshops over the last 2 years to the Austin community and are working towards starting a community space. We have meetings weekly at 5PM at 2928 Guadalupe (Tom’s Tabooley) that anyone is welcome to come to and participate in. To be a voting member of the collective you must attend 2 consecutive meetings. Anyone is welcome to teach a class and only has to come to one meeting (so we can meet you and figure out logistics with the class you wish to organize). Meeting attendance is more or less our way of ensuring consistency within our organization as well as a good opportunity to network with people who care about the project. We have had a slightly rocky existence (being active and inactive) over 2 years but are working towards being consistent and permanent at this time. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask, and I apologize if I left anything out. Hope your week is going well and thanks for your time!

  2. austinfreeskool June 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Beyond our local chapter, Free Skool is a global idea/movement in education. There are several in existence throughout the world. If you are interested in the roots, progression, and existence of Free Skool in a more general sense here are some good sources:

    http://freeskool.org/
    http://freeskoolsproject.wikispaces.com/
    http://santacruz.freeskool.org/

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