Tallgrass is currently the only Sudbury school in Illinois. The closest Sudbury schools to us are Kokosing Valley School in Ohio and Stonecote Sudbury School in Louisville, scheduled to open in fall 2017. You can find the closest Sudbury school to you by viewing the Google Map created by Alpine Valley School in Colorado. The original Sudbury school is Sudbury Valley School in Massachusetts, founded in 1968.
Wikipedia has a comprehensive list of schools in the US and in other countries following the principles of Sudbury education.
In 2016, we were featured in a story on NPR.
A past volunteer has written about his experiences at Tallgrass.
Michael Goldberg, an educator on a mission to learn more about meaningful education, shared his thoughts about Tallgrass.
Freedom to learn
Check out psychology professor Peter Gray's wonderful Psychology Today blog, Freedom to Learn, about the roles of play and curiosity as foundations for learning: "Children come into the world with instinctive drives to educate themselves. These include the drives to play and explore."
Peter Gray has also published a book, Free to Learn.
Compared to other school models
How do Sudbury schools compare to other educational models? Check out OK, So You're Sort of Like by Romey Pittman of Fairhaven School.
Free range kids
Want to raise safe, self-reliant kids without going nuts with worry? Read Free Range Kids.
What motivates us to learn?
Drive by Daniel Pink explores how we find our true motivation when we have the freedom to self-direct our own lives.
Are children punished by rewards?
Research suggests they might be. Check out When a Parent's 'I Love You" Means 'Do as I Say' by Alfie Kohn.
Is our education system keeping up with our changing world?
In "Turning Learning Right Side Up" authors Russell Ackoff and Daniel Greenberg delve into interesting questions that challenge our current education system like "Do classrooms make sense anymore?" and "Are distinctions between the arts and sciences still meaningful?" Find out here.
Is a Sudbury school radical?
Check out this article in the Atlantic about democratic schooling.
- Fascinating TED talk on child-driven education. Watch this.
- Why was dropping out the best decision Steve Jobs ever made? Click here to find out.
- Great animation by RSAnimate, adapted from Sir Ken Robinson's Ted Talk. Changing Education Paradigms.