Martha Allen:  When volunteering means poetry

Martha Allen: When volunteering means poetry

When I retired after 36 years of teaching in the Tam District, I was ready for a change and thought I might like to volunteer at my local elementary school. I was welcomed by the principal who set up a schedule for me in the Montessori, Waldorf and Open Classroom...
To Make A Difference screens Dec 11

To Make A Difference screens Dec 11

Tom Valens was an active co-oper during the years his children were in the Open, not to mention following his wife Amy’s involvement with progressive education since college. Being a documentary filmmaker, he saw an opportunity to share the work being done in...
Amy Sickler: Growing into Cooping

Amy Sickler: Growing into Cooping

The first time I visited Open Classroom I was overwhelmed. There were so many things happening I wasn’t sure what was what, but I loved how the teachers talked with the children and the other parents talked to us. When we left I said to my husband, “I...
A chat with Judy Voets

A chat with Judy Voets

I sat down recently with Judy Voets. Here’s what she had to say. As I think about the beginning of Open I think about how we did a lot of laughing.   We had to laugh because there was so much that we didn’t know, and we didn’t know where to...