Nergis El Berria is a founding staff member at Ecole Dynamique Paris - a democratic School based on Sudbury Valley School model. After graduating from a business school in France and venturing into corporate HR, Nergis turned her attention towards education, first as a teacher in the public sector and later on the democratic school network.
In this episode, we uncover the story of Ecole Dynamique, the philosophy behind Sudbury School model and the possibilities of self-organized learning around kids’ interests and passions. We also hit on some critical aspects such as accessibility, parents involvement, funding, social paradigms, jobs and more.
03:25 - A letter to my past-self
4:20 - My story, the morning routine and how I got into Ecole Dynamique
7:30 - A wow learning experience. On failure and success
10:00 - The concept of Ecole Dynamique. The story.
15:10 - Inspirations for the school. Early struggles
21:30 - The space and early funding story
23:00 - The structure/processes at ED school
25:30- The freedom cake
27:30 - Clubs and learning activities. Access to tools/equipment
34:30 - Checklist for staff and member recruitment
40:00 - Parents and trust issues
42:00 - On evaluation and fitting in the society
46:00 - Student-run Starbury cafe
48:40 - On technology use at school
52:20 - Community question: Raphael Ungar, Vienna.
55:30 - Community question: Floris Koot, Amsterdam.
1:00:00 - The future of education. Starting a democratic school and the purpose of schools.
01:09:30 - Resources and advice for educators
01:13:00 - Advice for pupils / students
01:14:40 - 3 actions as the Minister of Education
01:16:40 - "Miss France" message to the world
01:18:00 - Open Mic moment
01:21:00 - A question for the next experimentQ guest
01:24:00 - Ways to get in touch
01:25:00 - The secret message
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