Conference Program & Schedule (with Workshops)

Schedule

Wednesday May 20th

  • 9:00am-4:00pm – School Visits

  • 5:00pm-9:00pm – Registration

  • 8:00pm – Documentary: Cowspiracy

 

Thursday May 21st

  • 8:00am-10:30pm – Yoga, Breakfast, Networking, Tabling, Bookstore, Registration

  • 10:30am-12:00pm – Workshop Group A

  • 12:00pm-1:30pm – Lunch

  • 1:30pm-3:00pm – Workshop Group B

  • 3:00pm-3:30pm – Break

  • 3:30pm-5:00pm – Workshop Group C

  • 5:00pm-6:30pm – Dinner

  • 6:00pm – Documentary: Class Dismissed

  • 7:30pm-8:15pm – Keynote: Jeremy Stuart

  • 8:15 – Keynote: NADEC/Student Panel

 

Friday, May 22nd

  • 8:00am-9:30pm – Yoga, Breakfast, Networking, Tabling, Bookstore, Registration

  • 9:30am-10:30am – Workshop Group D

  • 10:30am-10:45am – Break

  • 10:45am-12:15pm – Workshop Group E\

  • 12:00pm Laxmi Dances – Audutorium.

  • 12:15pm-1:45pm – Lunch, Reps meeting.

  • 1:00pm – Documentary: Good Morning Mission Hill

  • 2:00pm-3:15pm – Keynote: Debbie Meier & Amy Valens

  • 3:30pm-5:00pm – Workshop Group F

  • 5:00pm-6:30pm – Dinner

  • 6:30pm-8:00pm – Keynote: Zoe Weil

  • 8:30pm – Documentary: Approaching The Elephant

 

Saturday, May 23rd

  • 8:00am-9:30pm – Yoga, Breakfast, Networking, Tabling, Bookstore, Registration

  • 9:30am-10:30am – Workshop Group G

  • 10:30am-10:45am – Break

  • 10:45am-12:15pm – Workshop Group H

  • 12:15pm-1:45pm – Lunch, Keynote: Tom Capone

  • 1:45pm-3:15pm – Keynote: Yaacov Hecht/Sugata Mitra Discussion Panel

  • 3:30pm-5:00pm – Workshop Group I

  • 5:00pm-6:30pm – Dinner

  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – Sugata Mitra meet and greet

  • 7:00pm-8:30pm – Keynote: Sugata Mitra

  • 8:45 – Documentary: Meastra

 

Sunday, May 24th

  • 8:00am-10:30am – Yoga, Breakfast, Networking, Tabling, Bookstore, Registration

  • 10:30am-12:00pm – Workshop Group J

  • 12:00pm-1:30pm – Lunch, Musings on Childhood Autonomy Performence

  • 1:30pm-3:00pm – Keynote: Tomis & Nancy from Agile Learning Center.

  • 3:00pm-4:00pm – Evaluation Session

 

Workshops

Group A: Thursday, 10:30am

  • Musings on Childhood Autonomy in the Wake of Bureaucratic Productivity

Gret McGilvray – Humanities 108

  • Can Movement Transform the Education System?

Jonathan Angelilli – Humanities 109

  • Planting Freedom: The Impact of Unschooling Exposure on University Teacher Candidates

Adam Jordan, Jordan Hall, Falyn Tansky, Amelia Lancaster, Rosemary Bennett – Humanities 110

  • Body-Centered Inquiry

Alison Fornes – Humanities 113

  • Revolutionizing Public Education

Richard Fransham – Humanities 115

  • Spiritual Mentoring

Lincoln Stoller – Humanities 116

 

Group B: Thursday, 1:30pm

  • Faces of Change

Dee Kimbrell – Humanities 108

  • "Learning" Math without "Teaching" Math

Loretta Heuer – Humanities 109

  • Rites of Passage in Educational Design

Jen Mendez in collaboration with David G. Blumenkrantz, Ph.D., Ed.M. – Humanities 110

  • Re-visioning initial teacher education through the principles, perspectives, and practices of alternative educators

Dr. Rupert Collister – Humanities 113

  • Play and School: Are they the realities of children lives that cannot go together/get along well?

Mine Göl-Güven – Humanities 115

  • Our School: a student-designed public school proposal (by students)

Laura Prerry – Humanities 116

 

Group C: Thursday, 3:30pm

  • Teaching Global Compassion – Community Service, Ethics, and Mindfulness for the 21st Century

Dave Lehman – Humanities 108

  • Taking One Step: The Journey of a Thousand Miles

Judith Hurst – Humanities 109

  • Walking with Confidence Down the Path of Unschooling

Jen Mendez – Humanities 110

  • Teaching from the Felt Sense

Zachary Katz – Humanities 113

  • Is there a future? On a swiftly disintegrating world, what still needs to be learned?

Alan Fortescue – Humanities 115

  • Conflict Resolution
Mark Jacobs
 

 

Group D: Friday, 9:30am

  • PropagandED – Why the Conversation About Education Matters

Steve Hargadon – Humanities 108

  • Holistic Learning in a Technological World

Peter Berg – Humanities 109

  • Citizen organization: the emergence of alternative educational projects

Silvia Villacorta – Humanities 110

  • The Heart/brain Connection: Why Emotions Play Such a Huge Role in Learning

Chris Mercogliano – Humanities 113

  • Communication is Key: The Language of Self-Directed Learning

Katie O'Connor – Humanities 115

  • Students with Power

Dorothy Cosentino

  • Bring Democratic Process to Your Community!

Brooklyn Free School – Humanities 117

 

Group E: Friday, 10:45

  • Theatrical Simulations Games

Meghan Carrico and various students – Humanities 108

  • New Eyes: How to Pass the Baton AND Advance Your Vision

Pat Montgomery, Ph.D. and Chandra Montgomery Nicol – Humanities 109

  • The End of Homeschooling…..As We Know It

Bill Heuer – Humanities 110

  • Marketing Your School Holistically

Andrea Adler – Humanities 113

  • EDUCATION UNCENSORED: Child-led Learning Techniques in the Classroom

Laurie Block Spigel – Humanities 115

  • Young People's Oppression

Brooklyn Free School – Humaninties 116

 

Group F: Friday, 3:30pm

  • An Introduction to SelfDesign

David Marshak – Humanities 108

  • Supporting Sensory Learning through Invitations and Questions

Dee Kimbrell – Humanities 109

  • Techniques for Developing Narrative

Carol Nash – Humanities 110

  • Making Your Own Way – or Escaping the "Supposed Tos" of the Default World

Kevin Wiley – Humanities 113

  • AERO School Starters Workshop

Jerry Mintz and Chris Mercogliano – Humanities 115

  • Supporting Education Through Community Engagement

Sienna Wildfield – Humanities 116

  • Funding Free Schools

Brooklyn Free School's Director – Humanities 117

 

Group G: Saturday, 9:30am

  • More than 10 reasons of why we should avoid the idea of introducing literacy at early ages

Silvia Villacorta – Humanities 108

  • Democratic Teachers in Public Schools: Looking at Authority and Cultural Context

Diane Hamilton – Humanities 109

  • Robert's Rules for Kids: How to teach children the basics of parliamentary procedure (Part 1) Practical Approaches.

Ted Weisgal – Auditorium

  • The Real Maria Montessori.

Mimosa Jones Tunney – Humanities 110

  • Working with Teens at Liberated Learners Centers

Kenneth Danford, Alison Snieckus – Humanities 113

  • Moving into the new story; Wild Goose Farm, a new small-scale learning project in central PA.

Kathy Kristjanson-Gural – Humanities 116

 

Group H: Saturday, 10:45am

  • Coming Alive with Full Circle Learning

Linda Aronson, M.Ed. – Humanities 108

  • Cooperative Games for a warm and Loving School Climate

Suzanne Lyons – Humanities 109

  • Understanding Tolerance: Overcoming a Variety of Forms of Discrimination in Schools

Lisa Harris – Humanities 110

  • Robert's Rules for Kids: How to teach children the basics of parliamentary procedure (Part 2)

Ted Weisgal – Auditorium

  • Creating an Oasis in the Desert of a Traditional School

Anne Shaw – Humanities 113

  • Growing a Sustainable Alternative Project in Education

Joëlle Gaudreau and Marc-Alexandre Prud’homme – Humanities 115

  • Measuring Impact: How to evaluate and improve “self-directed learning”

Charles Tsai – Humanities 116

 

Group I: Saturday, 3:30pm

  • Radical Boredom (for Secondary School Educators)

Stuart Grauer – Humanities 108

  • Creating a Good Clash

Meg Mott – Humanities 109

  • The Radical Road

Tila Morris & Ian McDonald – Humanities 110

  • Creative Activism

Cynthia Daniel – Humanities 113

  • The Sudbury Model as Implemented at Hudson Valley Sudbury School

Jeffery A. Collins – Humanities 115

  • "Relinquishing Control – The Coaching Approach to Education"

Meghan Carrico, John Williams, Tina Meyer – Hillwood Commons Theater

 

Group J: Sunday, 10:30am

  • Pedagogy in Learner-Centered Alternatives

Harrison Smith – Humanities 108

  • Teen Panel: Directing My Own Education

4-5 Teens from Liberated Learners centers – Humanities 109

  • Michel Foucault: Reflection on the question of freedom within democratic Free Schools

Kirk Cunningham – Humanities 110

  • Homeschooling Towards Positive Social Change: Challenges and Concerns for Building a Movement

Patrick Farenga – Humanities 113

  • Unschooling's Future

Liam Nilsen – Humanities 115