Email to arrange a free 10-minute consultation with AERO executive director, Jerry Mintz. 

Jerry Mintz provides consultations on many topics, including:

  • Finding an alternative school
  • Starting an educational alternative
  • Teaching at an alternative school
  • How to start individual or group homeschooling
  • Democratic education

Phone consultations are $50 per half hour and $100 per hour. E-mail us at or call our office at (800) 769-4171 or (516) 621-2195 to arrange a full consultation or your free 10-minute consultation. If you are unsure, contact us so we can decide together if a consultation is appropriate.

To arrange on-site consultations, conference keynotes, or workshops, contact the AERO office at

Jerry Mintz has been a leading voice in the alternative school movement for over 30 years. In addition to his seventeen years as a public and independent alternative school principal and teacher, he has also helped found more than fifty public and private alternative schools and organizations. He has lectured and consulted in more than twenty-five countries around the world.

In 1989, he founded the Alternative Education Resource Organization and since then has served as it’s Director. Jerry was the first executive director of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools (NCACS), and was a founding member of the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC).

In addition to several appearances on national radio and TV shows, Jerry’s essays, commentaries, and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers, journals, and magazines including The New York Times, Newsday, Paths of Learning, Green Money Journal, Communities, Saturday Review, Holistic Education Review as well as the anthology Creating Learning Communities (Foundation for Educational Renewal, 2000).

Jerry was Editor-in-Chief for the Handbook of Alternative Education (Macmillan, 1994), and the Almanac of Education Choices (Macmillan/Simon & Schuster, 1995). He is the author of No Homework and Recess All Day: How to Have Freedom and Democracy in Education (AERO, 2003) and is editor of Turning Points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Story (AERO, 2010).

Select the amount below that fits your consultation needs. A thirty minute consulation is $50, one hour is $100.
Not sure? Email and we can discuss whether a consultation is right for you.



Videos Featuring Jerry Mintz

Pioneers in Alternative Higher Education

The Power of Democratic Process in Schools

Jerry Mintz on Fox News Show, Hannity and Colmes

What is wrong with traditional education?

Jerry Mintz, Director of the Alternative Education Resource Organization, gives a broad overview of what is fundamentally wrong with the paradigm of human learning underpinning traditional education.