Unschooling Your Teens-Is it what you expected?
This talk is for all families who either have teens, will have teens soon and/or have the pleasure of looking back on their children’s teenage years. It will be a chance to ask questions, share insights, and find support among other families with unschooling teens. Both parents and teens are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Talking About Race and Racism: A Frank Discussion
The idea of race has a difficult and complex history, especially here in the US. It has been used for centuries to categorize, reward, and penalize people based on perceived differences. And despite often being misguidedly defined by skin tone and other physical attributes, race has no genetic basis but this powerful social construction has a tremendous impact on individuals’ lives because it is often employed to establish and maintain privilege and power dynamics. Even the definitions of race and racism are themselves a product of racism’s long and conflicted history in our society. So with all of that in mind, how does one go about having a dialogue about this important topic? By coming to this informative and lively discussion! This talk will discuss Race and Racism and how it impacts us all, especially us as Unschoolers. Please come with your questions, concerns and solutions as we navigate this very important topic. All are Welcome.
We All Encountered Unschooling Before We Started Unschooling
In this presentation I use fun and interesting stories from my life (even a “quiz”, say what?!!!) to show how I encountered and rubbed shoulders with unschooling even before I knew what it was. I bet you have too. If you’re not sure about that, I’ll point out how unschooling has always been in your life and reassure you that it’s a completely natural way to live and learn. If you’re a long time unschooler, I’ll jog your memory and invite you to look back and connect the dots from your pre-unschooling days to the present. In hearing some of my stories, my hope is that it will remind you of some of yours, so that throughout the rest of the conference we’ll all make new connections and strengthen old ones as we share our stories with each other. I’ve found that doing that helps us support each other wherever we are on our unschooling path.
From Math Teacher to Radical Unschooling Mom
Chrissie followed two generations of family members into a career in education. As a math teacher, she taught high school and middle school students in small districts where she was the sole math teacher and large schools where she was mistaken for a student, as well as students in five different countries. Chrissie and her husband, Justin, naturally started their children in public school, which was a disaster. They tried private school, then traditional homeschooling, and finally they lucked into radical unschooling during the early elementary years. In this talk, she will share how she transitioned from a traditional math teacher to a radical unschooling mom of two fabulous teens. Join Chrissie as she shares her experiences, ideas, lessons learned, cautionary tales, and unschooling joys.
More presentations will be added soon!