Erika Davis-Pitre

Sharing the Joy of Unschooling!

This talk is all about the Joy that unschooling has brought to my family’s life. I will cover many topics in a humorous and fun way, from just starting out basics (is it supposed to be this fun?), to how to convince your extended family that you are not crazy (really, you’re not!) to how You yourself can become the next great unschooling guru! Come ready to share a laugh, a smile and some good time with your “people”.

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. A moderated discussion will follow immediately after the presentation. Everyone is encouraged to participate. All are Welcome. This presentation will NOT be recorded.

Ben Lovejoy

What’s Next?

So what happens when the time comes for them to spread their wings and follow their passion(s) on their own?  Are you prepared??  And, do you use the same principles with them when they no longer live in the same home???  It may not be easy to think that far ahead when you’re concentrating on living in the moment with your children.

I’ll tell our story and let you know how our sons have taken different paths which they still are exploring.  I’ll also share what principles we’ve maintained and how we’ve adapted during this still-on-going transition.  HINT: START EARLY!  We found it easier nurturing family principles that were long-standing vs ones just for when they live in the family home.  

Robyn Coburn

Unschooling Doesn’t End: It Just Changes Shape

My daughter suggested that title. I will talk about unschooling as a journey, a lifestyle and my development as an unschooling parent – from parenting a little one to a young adult. What changes, what stays the same.   

Your First Job – Job hunting and Resumes for new job seekers

Resume formats and tips, where to find jobs, networking, and job interviews – especially for older teens. If there is interest, I can also talk about returning to the workforce after a gap.

Alan Eustace

A mindfulness perspective on Unschooling – a zero cost approach to resilience and wellbeing practices for Unschoolers

As unschoolers, we take a creative approach to learning, knowing that learning is available to us and our families everywhere, and in each moment. In this session, I’ll share some very simple resilience and well-being practices that anyone can take up, anytime, without having to pay a cent. You’ll get a chance to practice, ask questions, and meet other unschoolers in this interactive experiential session!

Carolyn Groves

You’ve Got This!

Sometimes, when you start unschooling, you will run into people who want to tell you that unschooling is whack-a-doodle and that you are not qualified to teach your child(ren). I’m here to tell you that it’s not, and you are!  Sharing stories from my family’s unschooling journey, my hope is that you will leave with more confidence in your own path, and a few witty retorts to put doubters at bay.

Rachelle McCloud

How to Use Your Emotional Distress to Become a Phenomenal Human and Parent

In this talk, we’ll discuss and explore: 

  1. The value of your emotional distress from your brain’s perspective.
  2. Learn how to recognize when you’re experiencing emotional distress.
  3. Learn how to convert that emotional distress into what the brain uses to grow, update it’s programming, thrive and connect well with the others in your world.
  4. How all of this leads to you opening the doors to the life of your dreams from the inside out.

Jocelyn Cooper

Unschooling To & Through the College Years Q & A

Do you have a teenager and wonder how they will successfully transition to college or adulthood? Do you have younger children and are wondering what this stage might look like? Join Jocelyn as she shares her experiences and answers your questions about the journeys of teenagers and young adults.

Jayn Holly Coburn

Video Games, Technology, & Learning: A Grown Unschooler’s Toolkit

The Unschooling community has a love-hate relationship with technology – On one hand, gaming is a hobby and activity that often brings Unschoolers together, and most experienced Unschoolers (parents and children alike) are well-acquainted with the idea that technology, specifically technology with a screen, is a valuable tool for learning. However, on the flip side, many parents, especially those newer to Unschooling, find themselves feeling a variety of uncertainties with regards to the issues of “screen time”, gaming, the internet, etc. Here is where I come in – As a grown always-Unschooled 21 y/o avid gamer and long-time social media user, with an Associate of Fine Arts in Game Design, I will offer my perspective on how modern technology, especially gaming, can enhance people’s capability to learn about literally anything.

College, COVID-19, & Unschooling: A Grown Unschooler’s Experience

In March of 2020, Los Angeles went into lockdown due to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic… At the time, I was mere weeks into my second semester of college, and barely 6 months into my first ever experience with school. When lockdown began, my Game Design classes moved entirely online, and remained so until my graduation this past January. In this presentation, I will be sharing my experience attending school for the first time, my feelings when balancing the emotional struggles of a pandemic along with online classes, and my thoughts post-graduation.

Roya Dedeaux

Anxiety and All Its Friends

Have you and your kids experienced a little more anxiety or stress this year (can you say global pandemic…)? I am a licensed therapist and play professional, here to talk to you about how to connect with courage to your kids – and how even the most trivial (or annoying) interest can be the foundation for better mental health and learning.

This talk will focus on the benefits of play for children and adults and begin to delve into how you can increase your family’s well-being through valuing play in all of its forms. We will also dive into fears and emotional roadblocks, as well as creative solutions to logistical problems that get in between you and your children connecting over their interests. We will do “hands on” exercises that help you apply this exploration to your actual life and kids!

Confessions of an Unschooled College Professor

Parents – worried about your unschooler getting into college? Teens — worried about what happens when you do get in? I’ve spent most of my life in the CSU system — first as an unschooled kid going to class and now as a professor — and I am here to expell myths and give you the behind the scenes info. Along the way you’ll hear some opinions and observations of this thing we call college from an unschooling perspective. Buckle up.