Early Bird Registration Deadline: Voyagers’ 3rd Annual Conference ft. John Gatto/Ron Miller/Jerry Mintz (Event)

January 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Posted in AERO, Education Events | Leave a comment
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From Voyagers’ Director Karen Giuffre’
I am writing to you from Voyagers Community School in Farmingdale, NJ, where I am the Founder and Director. Voyagers’ is a progressive school serving children ages 4-18. Rooted in the philosophy of John Dewey, Loris Malaguzzi, Maria Montessori, Sylvia Ashton-Warner, Ron Miller, John Taylor Gatto and other prescient educators, our school has blossomed over the last six years. In our past two conference our speakers have included Nel Noddings and Lella Gandini.

This year we are proud to host our 3rd annual education conference from March 30 – April 1, 2011.

“Creating a Learning Environment with Children in Mind; An essential conversation”

Our keynote speaker for this event is John Taylor Gatto, renown for his advocacy in the area of progressive education; Ron Miller, a leader in holistic and Jerry Mintz, founder a director of the Alternative Education Resource Organization.

This conference provides a variety of opportunities.
* On Wednesday and/or Thursday tour our classrooms, meet with our students and attend our staff meetings.
* On Thursday evening enjoy a hearty dinner with colleagues and hear from John Taylor Gatto
* On Friday hear from Ron Miller and Jerry Mintz, choose three workshops among 12 options and participate in a panel discussion with Gatto, Miller, Mintz and me.

Our workshops include information about literacy, advocacy, curriculum development, school administration, and program development. Speakers will address all ages from preschool through high school and a variety of audiences including teachers, administrators, parents, older students and others working with children.

You can visit our Voyagers’ Community School website at www.voyagerskids.com for more information.

Early registration expires January 31, 2011. The savings are significant!
Please Karen directly at director@voyagerskids.com for more information.

Educators: Help Prepare Your Students for Their Future

January 21, 2011 at 10:10 am | Posted in AERO, Education Events | Leave a comment
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Today’s students are hungry to learn about meaningful, empowering, and relevant issues that connect to their daily lives and are passionate about exploring solutions to our global challenges. The Institute for Humane Education offers teachers and community educators a chance to help prepare their students for the future with its popular month-long online course, Teaching for a Positive Future (the next session runs February 7 – March 4, 2011).

Participants join the course looking for insights, support and strategies for exploring education as a tool for social change and nurturing their students to become leaders and changemakers for a healthy, just, compassionate world, and 30 days later, they’re inspired, empowered and already making meaningful changes in their teaching and curriculum.

Past participants called the course “excellent” and “valuable for any teacher to take.”

The course includes a downloadable course curriculum, an interactive online discussion forum, phone mentoring and support from the course faculty, and a copy of the course book, The Power and Promise of Humane Education by IHE President, Zoe Weil. Continuing Education Credits are available.

The normal cost for Teaching for a Positive Future is $125, but special discounts are available. Find out more: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/teaching_for_a_positive_future

Job: Outreach Assistant at Goddard College

January 21, 2011 at 9:58 am | Posted in AERO, Education Job | Leave a comment
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Goddard College has a position opening for an Outreach Assistant to assist with media and outreach activities, mailings, and events; to support the Associate Director of Media and Outreach and the Dean of Institutional Advancement; and to track and document marketing functions of the College.

Qualifications:  a Bachelors degree is desired, plus one year of relevant administrative experience in a higher education setting, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired; a broad base of computer skills including:  MS Office, databases (eTapestry is desired), and social networking tools; event planning skills; excellent organization, prioritization, and administrative skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and a desire to work with, and the ability to communicate effectively with, colleagues of diverse backgrounds.  This full time position is eligible for our generous benefits package.

Application Instructions:  email cover letter, resume, and three employment references (name, relationship to you, contact info.) to: employment@goddard.edu

Application Due Date:  February 2, 2011.

No calls please.

Goddard is committed to creating a college representative of a diverse global community and capable of creating change.  To that end, we are actively seeking applications for this position from qualified candidates from groups currently under‐represented in our institution

AERO Conference Documentary (VIDEO)

January 18, 2011 at 11:15 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series, Democratic Education, New Resource | Leave a comment
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This is a short film by Franzi Florack of the 7th annual AERO conference, which took place in Albany, NY June 24-27, 2010. The theme of the conference was “Learner-centered alternatives for everyone.” Find out more about AERO conference and this year’s event in Portland, OR, “Transforming Education & Our World,” by visiting www.educationrevolution.org/​conference.html

Brooklyn Free School on “This American Life” (AUDIO)

January 17, 2011 at 9:58 am | Posted in AERO, Education News | Leave a comment
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Brooklyn Free School (www.brooklynfreeschool.org) was featured in Act Three which starts at the 38 minute, 53 second mark of the MP3 below. Let us know what you think!


Jyllian Gunther visits The Brooklyn Free School, where there are no courses, no tests and no homework, and where the kids decide everything about how the school is run, including discipline. Jyllian is a filmmaker, working on a documentary called Growing Small. (16 minutes)
Song: “If the Kids are United (They’ll Never Be Divided)”, Sham-69

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.7 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with more than a half million people downloading each week. From 2006-2008, we produced a television version of This American Life on the Showtime network, which won three Emmys and is now re-airing on Current TV. We’re also the co-producers, with NPR News, of the economics podcast and blog Planet Money. And a half dozen stories from the radio show are being developed into films.

The radio show and TV show follow the same format. There’s a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe. Probably the best way to understand the show is to start at our favorites page, though we do have longer guides to our radio show and our TV show. If you want to dive into the hundreds of episodes we’ve done over the years, there’s an archive of all our old radio shows and listings for all our TV episodes, too.

For more information: http://www.thisamericanlife.org

2010’s ‘Best of Democratic Education’ List (Resource)

January 3, 2011 at 10:26 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series, Democratic Education, Education Events, Education News, Education Revolution Magazine, International Democratic Education Conference, New Resource | Leave a comment
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Isaac Graves

I recently read through Education Week’s “Revisiting the Most Popular Stories of 2010” list and was generally disenchanted. This is not to say it’s a bad list, rather it didn’t represent my work and passions in democratic and alternative education. After a few days of jogging my memory, looking through a few ‘cheat sheets,’ and asking around I now present to you my ‘Best of Democratic Education’ list for 2010. I’ve organized the links into a few categories with no ranking system (I wouldn’t want Alfie Kohn to get mad).

Best of…

Visit http://www.democraticeducation.com/2011/01/03/bestof2010/ for the list.

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