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June 21, 2009 at 9:36 am | Posted in AERO Conference, Education Events | Leave a comment


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Teacher Education for Democratic Schools – Eyal Ram

June 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Posted in AERO, Democratic Education | Leave a comment
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Eyal Ram – Teacher Education for Democratic Schools from Robert Kruschel on Vimeo.

Great free video.

Turning Points: 27 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories

June 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Posted in AERO, Education News, Education Revolution E-News | Leave a comment
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Turning Points

Turning Points

Turning Points:

27 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories

Edited by Jerry Mintz & Carlo Ricci

Foreword by Alfie Kohn

Pre-Order This Remarkable New Title Today!

Contributors Include:
Sharon Caldwell, Riane Eisler, John Taylor Gatto, David Gribble, Yaacov Hecht, Helen Hegener, Matt Hern, Helen Hughes, Don “Four Arrows”Jacobs, Mark Jacobs, Herbert Kohl, Mary Leue, Dennis Littky, Deborah Meier, Chris Mercogliano, Ron Miller, Jerry Mintz, Pat Montgomery, Susan Ohanian, Kirsten Olson, Wendy Priesnitz, Carlo Ricci, Tim Seldin, Herb Snitzer, Len Solo, Lynn Stoddard, and Zoe Weil

What was your schooling like?
When did you realize that there is a need for an alternative approach?
What have you done since to help realize that vision?
What are you doing now?

Twenty seven visionaries in education have answered these questions and more!

Turning Points is a collection of stories about education from those who have dared to do things in different ways. The common theme behind all of the contributors’ stories is that mainstream schooling needs to be transformed—how we think about and implement education, learning, and teaching needs to change.

This book is about celebrating and understanding the diversity of possibilities in the hopes that people will be inspired to act. It’s about showing what can be done. By bringing together a wide range of alternative mainstream schoolers, homeschoolers/unschoolers/life learners, free and democratic schoolers, Montessori and Waldorf schoolers, we hope that we can learn from each other, and that you as readers will be inspired enough to join in, in whatever ways you feel will make the greatest difference within your context.

This book is a call for social change, a call to help us move toward hope and history and away from determinism. We trust that the conversation will continue.

“The teacher would often lock me in the shed, as punishment for my behavior . . . I felt that there surely must be a better way to educate children. A way without dark sheds, without arbitrary punishment, and with respect. I didn’t know then, that I would devote most of my adult life to the search for this way.”
—Yaacov Hecht

What is Democratic Education? – Yaacov Hecht

June 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Posted in AERO, Democratic Education, Education Events | Leave a comment
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Yaacov Hecht – What is democratic education? from Robert Kruschel on Vimeo.

Yaacov Hecht Speaks at IDEC 2003

Yaacov Hecht Speaks at IDEC 2003

Teaching Disabilities: from The Onion

June 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Posted in AERO | 1 Comment
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Funny article.

Thanks to Marc Lazard for this.

FairTest to Honor Deborah Meier

June 1, 2009 at 9:39 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, Education Events | 1 Comment
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Deborah Meier

Deborah Meier

AERO Director Jerry Mintz along with conference director Isaac Graves will be present at this event to honor 2009 AERO conference keynote speaker, Deborah Meier.



* THURSDAY, 4 JUNE 2009 6 – 8:30pm


Guest Speaker: Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, CUNY

Presentation of the Deborah W. Meier Award

Hors d’oeuvres and dessert

Print, fill in and mail the attached pdf to register.

If you can not attend, you can make a donation in honor of Deborah W. Meier by clicking here.


Frederick Bay
Jill Eikenberry
Michael Tucker

Tricia W. Meier – Co-Chair
Sophie Sa, Co-Chair
Merle and Barry Ginsburg
Linda Darling-Hammond
Ruth Kaplan
John Merrow
Ann and Victor Navasky
Pedro A. Noguera
Diane Ravitch
Frederick Wiseman

DEBORAH MEIER has spent more than four decades as educator, learning theorist, writer and public advocate. She has inspired teachers everywhere to create learning environments that foster thoughtful habits of mind, and enhance democracy and equity.

She founded and directed of a network of highly successful public schools in East Harlem, including Central Park East Secondary School, from which more than 90% of entering students went on to college. From 1992 to 1996, Meier served as co-director of the Coalition Campus Project, redesigning two large failing NYC high schools, and creating a dozen new small Coalition schools. From 1997 to 2005 she was the founder and principal of the Mission Hill School, a K-8 Boston Public Pilot school in the Roxbury community.

The schools Meier created are national exemplars of reform. She has received honorary degrees from Bank Street, Brown, Bard, Clark, Teachers College, Dartmouth, Harvard, Hebrew Union, Hofstra, The New School, Lesley College, SUNY Albany, UMASS Lowell, and Yale. She was awarded a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship in 1987.

Music and Life – Alan Watts

June 1, 2009 at 9:15 am | Posted in AERO | Leave a comment
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Thanks to Elizabeth Baker from The Patchwork School for sending this to us!

Patch Adams Free Talk

June 1, 2009 at 12:05 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, Education Events, Education News | 2 Comments
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DATE:  June 1st, 2009


CONTACT:  Isaac Graves,Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)

Phone Number: (518) 465-2575
Fax Number: (518) 465-2682
Email Address:
Website URL:

Patch Adams to Deliver Conference Keynote Address

Dr. Patch Adams

Dr. Patch Adams

Albany –   Dr. Patch Adams, world-renowned speaker on wellness, laughter, and humor as well as on health care and health care systems, will deliver the keynote address Thursday, June 25th at a conference hosted by Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO).  The session, beginning at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public and will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Albany.  Dr. Adam’s topic will be “Education, My Partner & Vehicle for Revolution.”

AERO, a not for profit organization, provides information, resources and guidance to families, schools and organizations regarding their educational choices. AERO disseminates information internationally on topics such as homeschooling, public and private alternative schools, and charter schools.

On June 25th evening session will feature, in addition to Dr. Adams, local folk musicians Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh and a welcoming address by Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings.  A local high school student from Harriet Tubman Free School, Kristin Diodonet, will discuss the current and future state of education from a students’ perspective.

The June 25th conference will welcome over 400 participants from around the United States and Canada to explore the wide range of existing and potential alternatives to the current mainstream and standardized approach to education in America.

In addition to Patch Adams, pioneers in educational alternatives from around the nation will be present including:

  • Deborah Meier, a leader in public school reform and author of many publications including Many Children Left Behind;
  • Ira Shor, professor and author who worked intimately with Paulo Freire including the collaboration, A Pedagogy for Liberation;
  • Ron Miller, scholar and author of Free Schools, Free People  and other works;
  • Susan Ohanian, long time teacher and prolific author;,
  • Anthony Dallman-Jones, president of the National At-Risk Education Network;,
  • Local educators Joan Lawson (HVCC), Chris Mercogliano (long-time director of The Free School and author of In Defense of Childhood), and
  • Mary Leue (founder of the United States’ longest running inner-city democratic school, The Free School).

RSVPs for the free event are strongly suggested and can be made by e-mail, or phone, (518) 465-2575.

Information on registering for conference and hearing additional speakers can be found online at

For more information, contact Isaac Graves at AERO, (518) 465-2575 or at

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