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!
 
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Please Karen directly at director@voyagerskids.com for more information.

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

The War on Kids (VIDEO)

December 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Below is a panel discussion on the film “The War on Kids.”  Panelists included director Cevin Soling, John Taylor Gatto, Pat Farenga, Mathew Davis, Bill De La Cruz, and Mara Afzali.

 

Find out more about the 8th annual AERO conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

 

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Creating Learning Environments with Children In Mind: An Essential Conversation

December 7, 2010 at 11:53 am | Posted in AERO, Education Events | Leave a comment
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Featuring:
John Taylor Gatto
Ron Miller
Jerry Mintz

March 30-April 1, 2011

Voyagers’ Community School
Serving children ages 4-18
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
732-842-1660

Click on the link below for more details:
http://www.voyagerskids.com/Voyagers/conference.html

John Taylor Gatto’s keynote talk from AERO Conference 2010 (VIDEO)

December 1, 2010 at 1:28 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Enjoy the complete video from John Taylor Gatto’s keynote talk from AERO Conference 2010 (VIDEO)

 

http://www.educationrevolution.org/weapons.html

Pat Farenga Unschooling Video at AERO Conference (VIDEO)

September 16, 2010 at 11:27 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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The following interview took place at the 7th annual AERO conference and was conducted by Dr. Carlo Ricci.  Carlo is the co-editor along with AERO’s Jerry Mintz for the new book, Turning Points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories.

Patrick (Pat) Farenga worked closely with the author and teacher John Holt, until Holt’s death in 1985. He is the President of Holt Associates Inc. and was the Publisher of Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS) from 1985 until it stopped publishing in 2001. GWS was the nation’s first periodical about homeschooling, started by Holt in 1977. Farenga speaks as a homeschooling expert at education conferences as well as on commercial radio and television talk shows. His appearances discussing homeschooling include The Today Show, Voice of America, Geraldo, Learning Matters, Parenting Today, Fox and Friends, The Exhausted School at Carnegie Hall and the National University of Colombia—Bogota. Farenga and his wife unschooled their daughters, ages 23, 20, and 17. In addition to writing for GWS for twenty years, he has written many articles and book chapters about homeschooling, including Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling (Perseus) and the entry about homeschooling for the International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd Edition (Elsevier, 2010).

Pat was asked to address the following questions:

1. How would you define or explain unschooling to someone?

2. What are the strengths of unschooling?

3. What are the weaknesses of unschooling?

4. Different people use different terms to refer to a similar concept. For example, John Taylor Gatto refers to open source learning,  Ron Miller to Holistic education or organic learning, Wendy Priesnitz refers to life learning, there is natural learning, unschooling and so on. Do you have a preferred term?

John Taylor Gatto Unschooling Interview at AERO Conference (VIDEO)

September 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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The following two part interview took place at the 7th annual AERO conference and was conducted by Dr. Carlo Ricci.  Carlo is the co-editor along with AERO’s Jerry Mintz for the new book, Turning Points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories.  In Turning Points, John Taylor Gatto is one of the 35 remarkable educators sharing his personal and riveting journey to becoming a leader and proponent of learner-centered education (see bottom for full bio).

John’s latest book, Weapons of Mass Instruction, is on sale this week for only $9!  Visit www.educationrevolution.org/weapons.html

You can watch numerous keynotes by John at past AERO conferences by visiting www.educationrevolution.org/freevideos.html

John was asked to address the following questions:
1. How would you define or explain unschooling to someone?
2. What are the strengths of unschooling?
3. What are the weaknesses of unschooling?
4. Different people use different terms to refer to a similar concept. For example, John Taylor Gatto refers to open source learning,  Ron Miller to Holistic education or organic learning, Wendy Priesnitz refers to life learning, there is natural learning, unschooling and so on. Do you have a preferred term?
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John Taylor Gatto taught for thirty years in public schools before resigning dramatically in 1991, on the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, claiming he was no longer willing to hurt children. He had recently been named New York State’s official “Teacher of the Year” for the third time.

Later that year, he was the subject of a show at Carnegie Hall called “An Evening with John Taylor Gatto,” which launched a career of public speaking that has now taken him around the world and nearly three million miles.

In 1992, he was named Secretary of Education in the Libertarian Party Shadow Cabinet and has been included in Who’s Who in America since 1996. In 1997, he received the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for contributions to liberty, and in 2004, the QuaQua Award for service to humanity. He gave the keynote speech for Australia’s Leadership Convention in 2005, and for South Korea’s Alternative Education Convention in 2006. He has been on the Board of Advisers for National TV Turnoff Week since its inception.

His books include Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory SchoolingThe Exhausted SchoolA Different Kind of TeacherThe Underground History Of American Education; and Weapons of Mass Instruction.

2nd Annual Clearance Sale! (BOOKS)

July 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Posted in AERO | Leave a comment
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We’re having our second annual clearance sale to support the ongoing operations of AERO!

We have 24 books on sale for at least 50% off! Members receive an additional 10% off!

Some of the gems include:

Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto for only $8.95!
How to Grow a School by Chris Mercogliano for only $7.95!
Field Day: Getting Society Out of School by Matt Hern for only $7.95!

Browse the selection and order at www.educationrevolution.org/clearance.html

This is on top of the excellent selection of books we already offer at www.educationrevolution.org/products.html

Spend $25 or more and receive a free copy of Yes! Magazine‘s education issue and the Spring issue of Rethinking Schools magazine.

Turning Points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories (BOOK)

June 9, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Posted in AERO, Education Events, Education News, New Resource | Leave a comment
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Turning Points

Turning Points

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Isaac Graves, Outreach & Publicity

Press & Reviews: alternativeeducation@gmail.com

Sales: aerobookstore@gmail.com

Phone: (720) 475-1602  |  Fax: (720) 475-1623

Website: www.educationvisionaries.com

Turning Points

35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories

Edited by Jerry Mintz & Carlo Ricci

Foreword by Alfie Kohn

ISBN:  978-0-9745252-5-9

$29.95  |  432 Pages  |  6×9  |  Hardcover

Publish Date: July 1st, 2010  |  AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization)

Visionary Authors Include:

Lynson Beaulieu, Sharon Caldwell, Lisa Delpit, Riane Eisler, Gustavo Esteva, John Taylor Gatto, Arnold Greenberg, David Gribble, Yaacov Hecht, Helen Hegener, Matt Hern, Don “Four Arrows” Jacobs, Mark Jacobs, Shilpa Jain, Herbert Kohl, Arnie Langberg, Mary Leue, Dennis Littky, Grace Llewellyn, Basir Mchawi, 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, Zoe Weil

Description:

Thirty-five visionary educators were asked:

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?

Turning Points is an anthology of their responses, a peek into the lives and journeys of these pioneering individuals who have—and are—transforming what it means to be a teacher, a student, and a life-long learner.

PRE-ORDER Turning Points today and find out more at www.EducationVisionaries.com

Advance Praise:

“The [educators] we’re looking for are those who say, “I want to work to change this system so others will be spared what was done to me.” They have the compassion and the courage to shake up the status quo and denounce cruel traditions. They’ve mastered the art of negative learning and developed a commitment to making the world, or at least whatever part of it they come to inhabit, a better place than it was before they got there.”
Alfie KohnEducation Week (adapted from the foreword)

Turning Points is unique and fascinating. It offers us insights into how some of our most significant educational innovators and visionaries experienced their own educations and how these experiences brought them to their callings as adults. The book is intriguing and informative both as biography and as insights into our history of educational innovation during the past 50 years.”
David Marshak
Coordinator of Explorations Academy Online, adjunct lecturer at Fairhaven College, and author ofThe Common Vision: Parenting and Educating for Wholeness

“Anybody interested in Education will find Turning Points enlightening!”
Zoë Neill Readhead
Principal, Summerill School in England

“Turning Points is a marvelous compilation of personal memoirs of progressive educators. From Alfie Kohn’s stirring introduction to the heartfelt, intimate stories of some of the most influential progressive educators of our times, this volume is a revelation. This book is for those of us who need to get started and for those who need to be rejuvenated.”
Rick Posner, Ph.D.
Author of Lives of Passion, School of Hope: How One Public School Ignites a Lifelong Love of Learning

Read more praise at www.EducationVisionaries.com

College Without High School: A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College (BOOK)

May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Posted in AERO, New Resource | Leave a comment
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College Without High School

College Without High School

By Blake Boles

High school can be boring. High school curriculum can be frustrating and out of touch.

So what is the answer for young people whose creativity, bright ideas, and boundless energy are being stifled in that over-scheduled and grade-driven environment?

What would you do if you could go to college without going to high school? Would you travel abroad, spend late nights writing a novel, volunteer in an emergency room, or build your own company? What dreams would you be pursuing right now?

College Without High School shows how independent teens can self-design their high school education by becoming unschooled. Students begin by defining their goals and dreams and then pursue them through a combination of meaningful and engaging adventures.

It is possible to pursue your dreams, and gain admission to any college of your choice.

Boles shows how to fulfill college admission requirements by proving five preparatory results: intellectual passion, leadership, logical reasoning, background knowledge, and the capacity for structured learning. He then offers several suggestions for life-changing, confidence-building adventures that will demonstrate those results.

This intriguing approach to following your dreams and doing college prep on your own terms will be welcomed by students (and their parents).

Order today at:

http://www.educationrevolution.org/collegewithout.html
Blake Boles has worked extensively with teens outside the traditional high school environment. He designs and leads innovative trips through Unschool Adventures. He has worked in a variety of fields, and holds a self-designed BA in education theory from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Praise:
“Words fail me. This is the most inspiring, convincing, and practical case for self-directed learning that I’ve seen in many years. Mr. Boles draws on time management principles from the business world and on his own adventure-packed youth to map out a brilliantly simple way that people can live life to the fullest while also preparing masterfully for admission to college. If you believe, as I do, that our time on earth is a grand gift not to be squandered, then buy this book for all the teenagers you love, and watch as all manner of quests, discoveries, inventions, and miracles emerge.”
Grace Llewellyn, author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook: how to quit school and get a real life and education
“Mr. Boles has much to say worth thinking about and the reader will be grateful for how he says it, in clear, forceful prose uncluttered with the jargon of academia. A fresh new voice on the school scene. You won’t regret spending time with this book.”
John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down, The Underground History of American Education, and Weapons of Mass Instruction

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