About Free Skool Santa Cruz

What is Free Skool Santa Cruz?

As pandemic safety measures are shifting we are excited to relaunch a not entirely new, not all too different version of Free Skool Santa Cruz  – a project in mutual aid learning and sharing.

What skills do you have to share?

What types of classes would help grow more vibrant and self-reliant communities?

A radically different approach to living and learning, Free Skool Santa Cruz is a grassroots educational project beyond institutional control. It is an opportunity to learn from each other and share what we know, to foster communities of mutual support and autonomy.

What does the “free” in Free Skool mean? Free as in free expression, free thought, and liberation. We try to keep Free Skool firmly fixed in a gift economy and outside the stream of commerce. While some teachers may ask for a donation to cover materials, no one is turned away for lack of funds. 

We see Free Skool as a direct challenge to dominant institutions and hierarchical relationships. The project strives to blur the lines between teacher, learner, and organizer. Free Skool is decentralized, with classes held in social spaces and parks.

Part of creating a new world is resistance to the old one. Through this project, we want to change the way we learn and the way we relate to each other.

Our summer calendar runs from the summer solstice (June 20th) to the autumnal equinox (Sept 22). We will have two rounds of submission deadlines to add your class to our calendar. The first submission deadline was June 7th, and the next opening to submit classes will be in mid-July. All classes will follow the recommended covid precautions. Please email questions to: freeskoolsantacruz@gmail.com

Share and more info on social media! https://instagram.com/freeskoolsantacruz AND https://m.facebook.com/freeskoolsantacruz/ AND go to our link tree for a collection of useful links https://linktr.ee/Freeskoolsantacruz

We look forward to hearing your proposals! Follow this link to submit your class idea! 

-SubRosa collective members 

Information for Teachers

Scheduling & Commitment: Summer Quarter runs June 20th to September 22nd. You choose how often you want to teach your classes and what days fit your schedule. If you schedule a class, we ask you to commit to it. 

Teaching Space: We encourage teachers to find their own spaces for their classes, but if you need it, we may be able to help you find a location. Classes can potentially be taught in the courtyard outside Subrosa or inside Subrosa depending on health and safety guidelines and other factors. 

Deadline: For teachers, the deadline to remember is June 7th. We’ll need your class information by that deadline.  We will not calendar classes after this date. 

Teacher Responsibilities:  Free Skool is a decentralized, non-institutional project.  In other words, you and I make it happen.  Therefore, you have certain responsibilities as a teacher including respecting general Covid health and safety recommendations.  Promote your class through word-of-mouth, fliering, community outreach, and online.  Work with other Free Skoolers to post calendars and fliers.  Be prompt and reliable.  Keep in touch with your students, before and after your class.  Take good care of the spaces who graciously host your class. Help create a culture of greater caring, sharing, and balance with the earth without money or hierarchy.

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