Dat School - let's get it started!

$38,671 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 86 people in 20 months
Dat School is an alternative learning center for homeschoolers in New Orleans. Our mission is to help our students explore their interests, discover and develop their strengths and broaden their horizons. We believe in curiosity, infinite play, and social diversity. Dat School will open in September 2018 and our goal is to raise $50,000 by May 2018 to guarantee our teacher's salary, insurance and a sliding scale tuition. We thank you for supporting another kind of education where play, freedom of choice and celebration of diversity are priorities. For more information : www.datschoolnola.org https://www.facebook.com/datschoolnola/ Dat School est un espace d'apprentissage pour enfants scolarisés à domicile à la Nouvelle Orléans. Notre mission est d'aider les élèves à découvrir et développer leurs forces, explorer leurs intérêts et élargir leurs horizons. Nous attachons énormément d'importance à la curiosité des enfants, au jeu et à la diversité culturelle et sociale. Dat School ouvrira ses portes en septembre 2018 et nous espérons récolter $50 000 d'ici le mois de mai afin de garantir le salaire du professeur, les assurances et des frais d'inscription dégressifs.  Nous vous remercions d'avance pour votre soutien en faveur d'une éducation qui valorise le jeu, le libre choix et la diversité sous toutes ses formes. Pour plus d'info: www.datschoolnola.org https://www.facebook.com/datschoolnola/
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Dear supporters,

We are happy to announce Dat School's opening for August 2018. Thanks to YOUR donations, we can launch the school and provide sliding scale tuitions to some families.

As you are aware, being an independant learning center also means being in constant research of funding. This is why we are starting our second goFundme campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/5p1lxds

We hope that you are still able and that you still have the desire to help us with our project. Real Education can't wait!

With gratitude,

Dat School Founders,
Anne, Marion and Katie
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English version

May 16, 2018

Dear Supporters,

I wanted to take some time to send you our latest news because a lot has been going on.

As part of our 4.0 schools fellowship, we ran a series of pilots : from October to December 17, we hosted 11 sessions on Sundays where we had new and returning kids. We then had Sundays in March and a full week during Spring break. We learned a lot and improved each pilot. Kids had a blast. Succes :-)

More people started hearing about us and reaching out, whether they were unhappy with the conventional school system and looking for anything else, or already familiar with Self-Directed Education (yes, it’s growing, slowly but surely!)

A few months ago, we applied to become a non profit organization. We should receive the answer on any day now. That would be a great step forward as we would be eligible for more donations and grants!

We are organizing a fundraising event on June 3rd at Urban South Brewery. We will have a dj, live music, open mic and dance performances. Our goal is to raise enough money (mostly from donors and businesses sponsoring our event) in order to open in August.

We already have committed parents awaiting and working towards Dat School’s opening but the tuition that they will pay is, at this time, insufficient to cover the cost of our first year. Even though all parents were quite satisfied with the pilots and have witnessed how engaged and happy their children were, a few still have doubts or see obstacles about Dat School being their child’s full time school. Many parents need to see the school exist for a full year before they take the leap and register their children. Most schools that I visited started with 4-5 children and were then able to show others how it worked, how happy children were and how much learning was happening.

We are very grateful for your (continued) support, most good causes take time and relentless effort to be recognized. Don’t hesitate to donate again if you believe in us, spread the word and follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

Yours in Self-Directed Education,

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French version :
Chers sympathisants,

Voici les dernières nouvelles :

En mai et juin derniers, nous avons organisé 6 après-midi et journées d’école. Cela a bien donné! Les enfants étaient engagé et se sont bien amusés. Nous avons pu observer différents aspects du modèle qui fonctionnent bien mais nous nous sommes aussi rendu compte que d’autres aspects devraient être testés sur du plus long terme.

Nous avons à nouveau postulé auprès de 4.0 Schools pour faire partie de leur programme du niveau suivant et sur 220 postulants… nous faisons partie des 30 acceptés!
Nous sommes maintenant en train d’élaborer un pilote sur une plus longue période, 4.0 Schools continue à nous “coacher” et nous aidera même financièrement tout au long du projet.

Enfin, Marion vient de rentrer de NY où elle a assisté à la conférence AERO (organisation de ressources pour l’éducation alternative). Parmi les présentateurs, quelques grandes figures de l’éducation alternative telles qu’Alilah Richards, Peter Gray, Jonathan Kozol et Dayna Martin. En outre, elle a assisté à des présentations d’actuels et d’anciens élèves d’écoles alternatives, d’un responsable politique du domaine de l’éducation et de divers chercheurs/euses qui partageaient des données très encourageantes concernant les alternatives au système scolaire conventionnel. Il y a un mouvement concret et sérieux de personnes qui changent la façon d’éduquer les jeunes et c’était très motivant d’avoir pu en rencontrer une partie lors de la conférence.

La route est encore longue et parsemée d’obstacles mais grâce aux nouvelles ressources d’informations et le soutien logistique de 4.0 Schools, nous sommes plus que jamais déterminées à ouvrir Dat School.

Merci de votre soutien!

Anne, Marion & Katie
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English version :
Hello supporters,

Here's an update about what's been going on with Dat School:

In May and June, we ran 6 pop up classes. They were a success! The kids actively participated and enjoyed the whole experience. We were able to observe several aspects of the school model and learned that some still need to be tested over a longer period of time.

After graduating from the "Essentials" program with the organization 4.0 Schools, we applied for their next level program and... got accepted. This means that we are going to set up a longer testing period and that we will get continued coaching throughout the process as well as access to some funding.

Finally, Marion just came back from NY where she attended the AERO⋆ conference. The keynote speakers were Akilah Richards, Peter Gray, Jonathan Kozol and Dayna Martin, all experts in the field of self-directed education, applied/lived in different settings (unschooling, public schools, learning centers). Other presenters included a superintendent, a former unschooler now in college, students from free schools, homeschoolers experts. Presentations were supported by data and testimonies that have turned out the conference very enriching and motivating. Many people are concerned by the state of the current school system and are trying to make a change, from within or from the outside.

The road to the opening of Dat School is long and can sometimes be complicated but with all this additional knowledge and support, we are very determined to make it happen!

Thank you for your support,

Anne, Katie & Marion

⋆ Alternative Education Resource Organization
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My house burnt down me & my 2 little brothers , dad , mama , & baby niece lost everything we owned . Now we live in a hotel that red cross paid for. Press the link in my bio & donate please . We need all the support we can get

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Victor Robinson
2 months ago

Sorry I missed the event

Andrea Ruiz
2 months ago

John and I couldn't join the FUNdraiser today, but wanted to collaborate with this beautiful project. Much love. John & Andrea

Toine Thompson
2 months ago (Offline Donation)
Christiane Geisler
2 months ago

Good luck for this beautiful project!

Annie Bachrach
2 months ago

Sorry I can’t make it to the party next weekend, good luck!! I’m so excited for you all!!!

2 months ago (Offline Donation)
Pavla Mertlik
2 months ago

I know it is not much, but at least something. A little goes a long way sometimes and what you are doing is hands down the most amazing thing. These kids will thank you everyday of their lives. You are such an amazing human and i love you so much Marion. Keep up the positive vibes and the acceleration going forward to any challenges that may come your way.

2 months ago

My house burnt down me & my 2 little brothers , dad , mama , & baby niece lost everything we owned . Now we live in a hotel that red cross paid for. Press the link in my bio & donate please . We need all the support we can get

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