NADEC 2016

The 2016 Northeast Association Democratic Education Conference will be hosted by Little River Community School in Canton, New York. Little River is a democratic school with 39 students in grades K-12, and four teachers ( We are excited to share our campus and get to know others through this annual event.

The summit will start in the late afternoon on Friday, April 29, and end at noon on Sunday, May 1st. As our campus has size limitations, we have capped the conference at 100 participants. Interested schools should register at their earliest convenience.

Little River students welcome any Skype calls as a way to answer questions, brainstorm activities, and get to know students at other schools in advance of the summit. If you would like more information or to schedule a Skype call, please call Little River at 315-379-9474.


Conference Activities

We welcome any ideas that you may have for possible conference workshops and will add them to our on-going tentative list of activities.

We encourage all participants to share their strengths with the group through leading or sharing a project, game, or other workshop.

Please contact LRCS with your ideas at your earliest convenience at or by calling 315-379-9474


Camping space is available at the school (included in conference fee). You will need to bring your own tent and sleeping bags.

A block of 15 hotel rooms are being held at the Best Western in Canton (five miles away). The deadline to reserve a room is March 15th. The price for a room is $139.99 per night and they can house 3-5 people. The toll free number 888-386-8522. When calling for reservations, tell
them you want to make them under the Little River Community School block.


The primary focus of the NADEC school summit is to celebrate democratic education and facilitate the sharing of tools and ideas to improve democratic, self-directed learning environments. The NADEC summit aims to build a stronger and more cohesive community of democratic schools and programs across the northeastern United States. This is a summit for anyone looking to be intimately involved in democratic education including teachers, mentors, students, parents, administrators, and supporters. Our goal is to empower and inspire all involved in democratic education.