Educational Alternatives: Finding Our Commonalities & Celebrating Our Differences (AERO Conference '06)

Venue: Russell Sage College

Location: Troy, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 29, 2006 End Date/Time: Jul 02, 2006
Registration Date: Jun 28, 2006
Early Registration Date: Jun 17, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 01, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Jun 17, 2006
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This will be the Alternative Education Resource Organization's third annual conference and the fourth in the past four years. The success of last year's 2nd annual "A Spectrum of Alternatives" conference and the dire need for change in the education system have set the stage for this conference to have a far-reaching effect.

This conference will have many aspects that were featured at last June's conference, including open space technology (where attendees have the opportunity to conduct their own workshops, events, and presentations) and low conference fees, especially for students. While the main focus will be "Educational Alternatives: Finding Our Commonalities & Celebrating Our Differences" the conference will not be limited to just that. Workshops, events, and presentations will be entirely up to the attendees.

The conference will primarily draw upon North American attendees, however, all those interested in coming are welcome. We place a high value on the international influence in all of our conferences. This will be an important and diverse conference, bringing together the numerous individuals and organizations focused on self-directed learning.

The Goal of the Conference:
AERO Conference '06, "Educational Alternatives: Finding Our Commonalities & Celebrating Our Differences" will attempt to bring together and connect many of the educational alternatives in North America and abroad. Examples of workshops that have been presented in the past can be found by clicking here.

An additional focus of this conference will be to strengthen AERO and to help it truly realize its mission of: "Building the critical mass for the education revolution by providing resources, which support self-determination in learning and the natural genius in everyone." Towards that end a fundraising event at the conference will also help support the continuation of the work AERO does on a daily basis.

Here are some comments from participants in the 2005 AERO conference:

-- Thanks so much for a wonderful conference. We could tell you all had worked so hard to make it a great experience for everyone. We learned a lot and we were inspired! - MM, Maine

--I learned a lot about Education but much more about myself. Thanks :) - OR, Pennsylvania

---I thought the conference was very informative. As a new attendee to alternative and independent education conferences, I was surprised and impressed by the divergence in alternative education thinking. Hearing Kohn then Gatto, with a smattering of workshops in between was highly enlightening. - BG, New York

--I was a new attendee and I'm so thankful that I had this opportunity, as a new father. Of course, my dilemma now is choosing what alternative to "traditional" schooling will I choose...I look forward to next year's! - MS, New York

--Compared to all other conferences I have been to this was the one I found the most useful and interesting. - SC, South Africa

--The open workshops allowed for the kind of spontaneous discussions that felt important and authentic. - GM, Montana

--I loved both Kohn's and Gatto's talks. I really got a lot out of his provocative viewpoint. It sent me through a bout of questioning my philosophical and spiritual commitment to the democratic/free school model. In the end, I came away with that commitment being even stronger and more well-grounded. I also felt liberated to experiment with that model and perhaps create something even better-suited to the people and environment here (I'm starting a school this year). - CE, Pennsylvania

About the Host:
The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) was founded in 1989 by education expert Jerry Mintz to advance learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is a part of the School of Living, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world.

AERO provides information, resources and guidance to families, schools and organizations regarding their educational choices. AERO disseminates information, both nationally and internationally, on topics such as: homeschooling, public and private alternative schools, and charter schools. AERO's long-term goal is to become a more effective catalyst for educational change by providing books, magazines, software, online services, consultations, support groups, and organizational information and seminars in the field of alternative education.

For More Information:
Please contact Isaac Graves with any questions, comments, or concerns at:

417 Roslyn Road
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
1-800-769-4171 (toll-free)


45 Ferry Street
New York
United States

Additional Information

Student and Child rates available. Very affordable.