This year’s partner in or Agile Give Back program is Alpine Valley School located in Wheat Ridge. Give Back organizer and champion Manny Segarra had this to say:
Alpine Valley’s commitment to Agile principles is profoundly ingrained in the school’s culture, their approach to education, and the democratic environment they have fostered. The Sudbury Model removes the boundaries of traditional education, with its predetermined curriculum and standardized testing, and empowers students to select their own paths forward. The adults at Alpine Valley School serve as facilitators, providing guidance when asked and support when needed. The Scrum values of Respect, Focus, and Courage are clearly demonstrated in giving students a vote in process changes, selection of faculty/staff, and shaping their own behaviors and goals for learning.
Alpine Valley’s approach is aligned with the Agile principles of self-empowered teams, respect for people, and the spirit of challenging the status quo and exploring a different, bold way forward in education. We are deeply appreciative to Alpine Valley School for allowing us to include them in our conference this year and look forward to assisting them in developing marketing strategies and streamlining operations to broaden their market presence and increase efficiency.
If you have questions about our Agile Give Back program, please contact us.
Alpine Valley School
4501 Parfet Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Alpine Valley School is a community that supports each child’s drive to learn.
Alpine Valley School has been in continuous operation since 1997. Following the Sudbury model of education, the core of our program is self-directed learning for young people ages 5 to 18 in a democratically run school. We support the innate curiosity of children with autonomy and community as they grow into self-aware, mature, and empowered young adults. In this highly individualized environment students direct the course of their days, and they vote on everything from the rules (making and enforcing) to budgeting and personnel matters. We face two main challenges to our growth. Internally, we are a bunch of idealists learning the hard way how to be business-minded and craft effective marketing, admissions, and retention strategies. Externally, the Sudbury model is very unorthodox, and we’re competing against charter schools that don’t have to charge tuition and whose philosophies allow for conventional, parent-pleasing structures like mandated projects and feedback.