This course is currently accepting registrations for our 2022 classes to be held in the summer from May 27th through July 24th.

Our Liberatory Education Summer Class is an opportunity for teachers, facilitators, and leaders to learn more liberatory pedagogy and hold more engaging, dynamic, inclusive, and equitable learning spaces.

This eight-week course has been designed and developed in community and collaboration with teachers, educators, students, facilitators, and teacher trainers to answer the question, how do you design spaces that are conducive to participatory education? Facilitating learning spaces that balance freedom, self determination, access, and harm response can be a challenge, but educational environments can and should be pivotal in practicing liberation together.

Our curriculum is rooted in the real world experiences of educators and community facilitators, and models how we hold space, and how we take care of ourselves while teaching. Through scenario analysis, peer sharing, practicing tools, and historical analysis of education and care fields, together we will explore how to equitably use our power, practice consent, and sustain ourselves in what can be both nourishing and draining work.

The Details

Participants will get access to:

  • An asynchronous opening Q+A experience where you can submit questions and see answers to our most common questions.
  • A closing live question & answer session with Spring Up team members; to discuss what you learned and answer any remaining questions at the end of the 8 week experience.
  • A print copy of Spring Up’s accompanying Liberatory Education workbook and Resilience + Revitalization Art Zine will be sent to you in the mail (including for international students)
  • Twelve modules of online content, to be released two per week. Each module has about 2 hours of content to review including journaling and reflection prompts – please note that this is twice the amount of material and sessions as the Transformative Justice and Consent, Gender, Power courses. All videos included have closed captions.
  • Optional twice per week office hours with our Teaching Artists and coaches to discuss what the content and themes are surfacing in your life, ask questions, get a recap of the pre-work, and hang out with the bluelight community. Office hour times are yet to be determined, but there are always at least two options per week, with an option that is before 5 PM PST, and one that is after 5 PM PST. These are usually held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays.
  • Two coaching sessions with our care coaches to discuss application of the material to your context
  • Spring Up team members will be attuned to and moderate our online platform with the ability to respond to questions and comments left under the various resources and modules. We also encourage you to respond and engage with each other! The community is full of wisdom and is just as much about building lateral relationships between students as learning from Spring Up.
  • You will have access to the course content for one year, and can choose to renew your access for a lower fee at that time if you choose to.
  • If you complete the content including weekly brief feedback forms and a closing reflection during the course timeframe, you will receive a free surprise gift in the mail!
  • The opportunity to share a reflection at the end of the course that will be added into the content for future cohorts - these could be written, drawn, recordings, or whatever feels supportive to you - we have seen some really creative reflections and are excited to share them with you!

We are currently accepting late registrations for a few more days, and will close registration by May 24 at the latest. You will need to introduce yourself on the platform, and complete an intake survey by May 20th.

This course is offered at a sliding scale between $400 and $800 per person. The actual cost is $600. You are welcome to pay this upfront or in monthly installments. We are not a nonprofit, we are a network of practitioners who do this work balanced with other commitments and grassroots support makes this work sustainable for us. If you would need a scholarship to be able to participate please email [email protected] with the subject "scholarship" - scholarships are available upon request. Please propose what you would comfortably be able to pay in your scholarship request - no need to explain your circumstances. The minimum payment is $50 to cover materials and shipment. If international students incur unforeseen taxes or fees for participating, they can request reimbursement for those fees by also emailing [email protected], with the subject "reimbursement." Although our team is based in the United States, we welcome participants from around the world and have alumni from numerous countries. At this time our content and resources are all in English. You can request translation to other languages by emailing [email protected], with the subject "translation."

Why is this course different from your other cohort courses? This course has access to twice the amount of content as our other cohort courses, and includes two private coaching sessions worth a value of $200.

The bulk of this course is asynchronous / self guided with space for you to reflect on the content independently, discuss with other people in your life, or with other class participants in office hours. If you have a group of 6 or more who would like to take this class as a group, fill out the interest form at - for all groups of 6 or more, you will receive a private opening and closing Q+A with members of our team.

Curriculum Timeline and Summary

  • Module 0: Welcome and Community Building Before the course begins you will receive our community agreements, guidance on how we address harm at bluelight academy, materials for the course, and a safety and self care plan that we encourage you to start before the content begins. We also recommend that you schedule your initial coaching conversation before the course officially begins on May 27th. This content is already on the platform when you register - you must complete the opening survey by May 20th.
  • Module 1: Carceral Logics and Abolition and its relation to education. Posted on May 27th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Module 2: Harm Reduction and Response including identifying classroom harm and naming how you want to respond. Posted on May 27th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Module 3: Power, Consent, & Coercion including our power mapping tool to analyze complex and overlapping power dynamics, recognizing signs of coercion interpersonally and structurally, and frameworks to understand and practice consent. Posted on June 3rd with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Module 4: Trauma & Access including an examination of how trauma impacts how we show up in learning spaces. Posted on June 3rd with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Module 5: Gender & Care Labor including exploring the gendered view of teaching and who provides care for whom. Posted on June 10th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Module 6: Nonbinary Practice asks how we can use the leadership of people who eschew traditional, limiting binaries to inform our practice, and what could that look like in our education spaces. Posted on June 10th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Mid-Course Break, Community Mixer, & Alumni Database At this point the course you have the option to join our alumni database of people around the world who want to stay in community, learn together, and support each other's work.
  • Module 7: Burnout + Care Planning including safety & care planning, boundaries, equitable care labor distribution, and everyday support practices. Posted on June 24th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Module 8: Generative Conflict including how to analyze conflicts, de-escalation, patterns of conflict along race, gender and class lines. Posted on June 24th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Module 9: De-Centering Assimilation + Perfectionism including unlearning perfectionism, abolishing your inner cop, and introducing participant agency. Posted on July 1st with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Module 10: Creativity + Play including using Theater of the Oppressed frameworks to approach play curiously. Posted on July 1st with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Module 11: Feedback & Emergency + Liberatory Visioning including establishing systems to respond to and incorporate participant feedback. We recommend your final coaching session occurs during this final week. Posted on July 8th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
  • Closing Reflection: You are invited to share an optional closing reflection project on what you have learned about Liberatory Education and the types of spaces you want to create to encourage learning towards liberation. Due by September 4th.
    • Learning: WRITE, SPEAK, SING, DRAW or COMPOSE something that connects to a key learning you had during the course.
    • Growth: celebrate your growth by engaging in nature and physically planting something in honor of that and sharing more about what growth you’re honoring.
    • Connection: keep the momentum of connection going by crafting a commitment to yourself and your community.

Your Instructor

Spring Up Team
Spring Up Team

Spring Up is a collective of care workers, transformative justice practitioners, liberatory educators, and coaches practicing and teaching the liberatory arts here at bluelight academy. We cultivate a culture of consent and liberty for all through storytelling and popular education.

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