Peaceful Parenting Information & Support

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish – Communication skills that build better relationships between adults and children
Echo Parenting & Education
Hand In Hand Parenting
RIE (Educaring™ Approach)
Dr. Thomas Gordon
Louise Derman-Sparks
Attachment Parenting International
Bev Bos
Center for Nonviolent Communication
Liz Memel – Infant RIE Classes
Alfie Kohn
Taming Your Anger – Steve Wolf
Connie Allen, M.A. – Joyous Family Coach
Dr. Dan Siegel
Well Baby Center

Alternative Education Resources & Organizations

Alternative Education Resource Organization
Alliance for Self-Directed Education
Alternatives to School
Alternative Learning
American Institute For the Child’s Right to Play
Angela Engel: Join the Children’s Movement
Born to Learn
California Homeschool Network
Sam Chaltain – Democracy. Learning. Voice.
Sandra Dodd – Radical Unschooling
European Democratic Education Community
Pat Farenga – Learning Without Schooling
Freedom to Learn A Blog on Psychology Today by Peter Gray
John Taylor Gatto
Great Ideas In Education
Growing Without Schooling Magazine
Yaacov Hecht
John Holt
International Democratic Education Network
Institute for Democratic Education in America
Life Learning Magazine
Chris Mercogliano
Dr. Michael K. Meyerhoff, The Epicenter Inc. – The Power of Play
National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools
The National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Institute For Play
The Natural Child Project
Teaching Tolerance

Video Resources

Sir Ken Robinson Learning Revolution (TED Talk)
Dr. Peter Gray The Decline of Play and Rise of Mental Disorders (TED Talk)
Sugata Mitra The Child-Driven Education (TED Talk)
Yaacov Hecht What is Democratic Education?
Hand in Hand Parenting
RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilization
Joseph Chilton Pearce – Play is Learning
Summerhill BBC Documentary/Drama
Euronews – Summerhill?
The Learning Revolution
Marshall Rosenberg on Nonviolent Communication


August to June A wonderful 88 minute documentary film that invites you inside a public school happily and purposefully going against current trends. Amy Valens, who is the teacher followed in this documentary was a teacher at Play Mountain Place in 1969-70. She says, “Even though it follows a public school, with some of the limits that creates, much of who I became as a teacher was informed by my time at Play Mountain and my contact with Phyllis, and I think it shows in the film.”

Other Helpful Websites

Information About Carl Rogers:
Carl Rogers Information, more on Rogers here, and on Wikipedia
Center For Studies Of The Person
Passages from Freedom to Learn
Passages from On Becoming A Person
Information about Natalie Rogers, Carl Rogers’ Daughter

Information About A.S. Neill

Gregg Fleishman

Other Alternative Schools & Community Centers

Albany Free School (Albany, NY)
Altadena Free School (Altadena, CA)
Angeles Workshop (Los Angeles, CA)
The Brooklyn Free School (Brooklyn, NY)
Clonlara (Ann Arbor, MI)
Full Circle School (Bernardston, MA)
The Harriet Tubman Free School (Albany, NY)
Kinma School (Terrey Hills NSW, Australia)
LightHouse Holyoke, Personalized Education for Teens (Holyoke, MA)
Manhattan Beach Nursery School (Manhattan Beach, CA)
NorthStar: Self-directed Learning for Teens (Hadley, MA)
Open Doors for Teens (Grand Rapids, MI)
Open Connections (Newtown Square, PA)
The Open School (Orange County, CA)
The Patchwork School (Louisville, CO)
Puget Sound Community School (Seattle, WA)
The Purple Thistle Centre (Vancouver, Canada)
Raw Learning Center (Staunton, VA)
Roseville Community Preschool (Roseville, CA)
The Sudbury Valley School (Framingham, MA)
Summerhill School (Leiston, England)
Topanga Community School (Topanga, CA)
The Village Free School (Portland, OR)
Voyagers (Acton, MA)
Village Home Education Resource Center (NE Portland and Beaverton, OR)
Wildflowers Playschool (Putney, Vermont)
Windsor House (Vancouver, Canada)
Yes! World (Santa Cruz, CA)

For a full listing of alternative schools and colleges please see the AERO website Education Alternatives Section.