In September 2011, the Toronto Free School will be launching its third (ongoing) semester of community-based education and skill-sharing. In order to build community and inspire resistance, we’re looking for new class proposals!
We are seeking any and all proposals, and if you’re interested in hosting or facilitating conversations or classes, workshops, skills-shares, movie nights, etc., we’re interested in connecting you with others who share similar interests and a passion for informal, cooperative learning.
We’re happy to accept proposals that reflect our anti-oppressive, egalitarian, and accessible guiding principles. Of particular interest to us this semester are classes that facilitate challenging political discussions vital to our communities–whether smashing Patriarchy, establishing constructive conversations between Green and Red, going beyond Anti-Oppression 101, or challenging the liberalizing tendencies of the state apparatus–and classes that help build movement-knowledge. We’re also excited about facilitating moments of play that help to dealienate experiences! If you have thoughts or ideas around these broad themes (as well as ideas outside of these suggestions), please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
We’re aiming to have the next round of classes start late-September. There’s no deadline for class proposals, but in order for us to plan outreach and promotion effectively, we’re asking that proposals be submitted by September 15, 2011. In other words, we see this project as ongoing, starting at any time. Please email them to torontofreeskool[at]gmail.com.
Support offered to facilitators from the Free School collective:
– Promotional support, including website updates, event listings, mailing lists, postering, word of mouth, and more.
– Logistical support – eg. in finding free and suitable space, obtaining A/V equipment, etc.
– Modest budget for materials such as handouts and photocopies, or other supplies needed for class (eg. food ingredients for a cooking class)
– Facilitation guidance/pointers for inexperienced facilitators.
– Community events to bring together Free Schoolers and build community resilience through learning projects
What proposals should include:
– A class topic, title, and description, and a brief pitch outlining how it relates to the TFS guiding principles (see https://torontofreeskool.wordpress.com/about/) – there’s a lot there, we’re flexible about it.
– Frequency: is it a one-time workshop, a monthly class, or a weekly class?
– Day of Week/Time: when will it be scheduled? Monday evenings? Saturday afternoons?
– Space: What would be ideal space for your class? A classroom, a community space, your own living room?
– Materials: Would you need anything from us for your class?
– Any other questions or concerns you might have.
Looking forward to hearing from you!