Wondering School is a project that investigates and supports the practice of a liberating education.

The project was created in 2016 as a journey to explore, learn with and share a range of democratic and humanizing education practices around the world.

We encounter and collaborate with people in schools, communities, informal education projects and organizations. Together we co-create projects, facilitate workshops and learning experiences, and create resources, such as films, to stimulate reflection and action to recreate school education in alignment with the values of an emancipatory education.

Our vision is to grow learning communities based on dialogue, conscientization, freedom (interdependence) and engagement with the world. Through our WS journey we’ve been searching for answers and finding new questions, in a continuous process of learning and becoming. Our discovery is the process itself.

School as practice of freedom?
A dialogue between theory and practice

A case study of two schools in Brazil, exploring the concept of education as practice of freedom (Paulo Freire) and identifying possibilities and challenges to its development within school.


This map shows all the schools, projects, communities and groups that we have engaged with – almost all with a democratic or progressive practice in some level.

Some of them we visited for a day, some for a week, and others for months. With some we developed research and co-created projects, and in a few we have volunteered/worked in for months or years – even before Wondering School existed. This is a record of our journey, learning with people and growing together.


In this presentation we gave at the Child Friendly Community Conference, we share an extract from School Circles film to illustrate how children can make collective decisions using Sociocracy. We explain the main principles of the governance system, explain the relation to democracy, show examples of “School Circle Structures” and share how decisions are made based on consent. This presentation is partly a case study of the schools we recorded for the School Circles film as we relate the theory of Sociocracy to its practice in an education context.

Podcast with Charlie Shread and Marianne Osório hosted by Allan Rhodes at Transición Coach
In this 8th episode of “Without Bosses” we interviewed Marianne Osório and Charlie Shread from Wondering School. A very interesting conversation for those of us who have a passion about education and the importance of building the foundation of a new society.

Podcast with Marianne Osório and Charlie Shread hosted by Nikoline Arns at Impact Boom
Marianne and Charlie discuss how schools may become places which democratise decision making, focusing on abilities, strengths and critical thinking whilst creating environments which value lifelong learning.

Podcast with Marianne Osório hosted by Lisa Gill at Leadermorphosis
Marianne Osorio is researching “liberating education” and shares what she’s learnt so far from democratic schools in her home country, Brazil, and beyond. We also talk about a documentary she’s making about schools in the Netherlands using Sociocracy to facilitate dialogue and consent-based decisions amongst students and educators.

Webinar with Marianne Osório and Charlie Shread hosted by Laureen Golden and Tania Bertolone at Sociocracy for All
“Sociocracy in Schools” was an online presentation where pioneering practitioners in education connected with other changemakers while learning more about Sociocracy in schools. Sociocracy is a framework that allows people to experiment with more harmonious, inclusive, and effective ways of working together.

Escola em Círculos (School in Circles)

[This talk is in Portuguese]

Live com Marianne Osório e Sergio Tuck
Falamos de escolas Democráticas, educação libertadora, de primeiros passos em práticas sociocráticas em educação, de decisões por consentimento, falamos do Parlamento das Crianças, da Summerhill, de Paulo Freire, Yaacov Hecht, José Pacheco, Endenburg, Derry Hannam, fizemos uma lista de escolas democráticas nos comentários, falamos da experiência na Holanda , dos 4 princípios da Sociocracia…

School and Freedom: Experiences around the world (Escola e Liberdade: Experiências ao redor do mundo)

[This talk is in Portuguese]

Live com Marianne Osório e Ana Carol Thomé do Ser Criança é Natural
Ana Carol Thomé conversa com Marianne Osório sobre escola e liberdade. Marianne conheceu inúmeras propostas de educação ao redor do mundo e compartilhou suas experiências, aprendizagens, desde sua atuação como professora de Ciências na rede pública, até o documentário Escola em Círculos.

Democratic Education (Educação Democrática)

[This talk is in Portuguese]

Entrevista com Marianne Osório na Rádio Matosinhos Online, por Maria Isabel
Tema: “Educação Democrática”. A convidada para este programa é Marianne Osório – co-fundadora do Wondering School. Trata-se de um projeto de pesquisa independente sobre educação como prática da liberdade, sociocracia em escolas democráticas na Holanda.


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