Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Second Annual Homeschool+ Conference & Film Festival - Updates and Help Us Promote!



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Join the second annual Homeschool+ Conference, August 4th - 8th, 2014, three nights of evening keynote sessions and two full days of keynote plus crowd-sourced presentations. This online and free event provides an opportunity to share strategies, practices, and resources for those involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative, independent, and non-traditional education. Keynote and distinguished speakers include Ocean Robbins, Oliver DeMille, Jerry Mintz, Carlo Ricci, Jamie McMillin, Matt Hern, Pat Farenga, Blake Boles, Leslie Barson, Monica Cochran, Paula Rothermel, Clark Aldrich, Elliot Washor, Yale Wishnick, Jackie Gerstein, Luba Vangelova, Bernard Bull, Scott Nine, Amos Blanton, and Brycen RR & Laurie A. Couture. More information below and at www.homeschoolconference.com.

To attend the conference, to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, and/or to submit to present, please 
join the Homeschool+ Conference network. See how you can get involved with this event below. Recordings from last year’s conference are all available on the site for free as well.

We are also excited to announce the first Alternative Education (Virtual) Film Festival (http://www.altedfilmfest.com), running online during the month of August. The Alt Ed Film Fest will showcase seven films, with live broadcast director interviews: La EducaciĆ³n Prohibida by director German Doin, The War on Kids by director Cevin Soling, Free to Learn by directors Bhawin Suchak and Jeff Root, Grown Without Schooling by director Peter Kowalke, Schooling the World by director Carol Black, Building the Machine by director Ian Reid, and The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto directed and produced by Tragedy and Hope Communications. Check out altedfilmfest.com for more information about the films, viewing options, and a schedule of live interviews with the directors.

Please help us promote these events. Sample tweets and blog posts are at the bottom of this email. Thank you in advance for your continued support--you help keep these types of events free! There are promotional materials and logos available at http://www.homeschoolconference.com/page/press-publicity.

We’d love for you to be a presenter. The Call for Proposals for the Homeschool+ Conference is still open! Presenters can submit proposals for general sessions focused on one of the conference strands. As a conference that is focused on being participatory, we encourage new presenters as well as more experienced ones to submit to present. Please click on the link to the Call for Proposals on http://www.homeschoolconference.com for instructions.

Seeking Sponsors and Partners. While the conference is a labor of love, we appreciate financial support and are glad to bring visibility to your organization at the conference and in the recordings. There’s still time! Email steve@learningrevolution.com. Non-commercial or non-profit organizations can become conference partners. Once approved, these organizations are listed with a link, logo, and a short description, and provided with a "spotlight" speaker session in the conference. There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization--all we ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. Email amy@learningrevolution.com for more details.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon
Founder and Co-Chair

Pat Farenga
Co-Chair

Help Us Promote!

HOMESCHOOL+ CONFERENCE   - August 4 - 8, 2014  
Hashtag #Homeschool14
Sample Tweets
  • Explore teaching & learning practices. Join free, online #homeschool14 Aug. 4-8 #homeschooling #unschool #educhat #hs http://ow.ly/yjnAp
  • Share your #homeschool story at the free, online #homeschool14 Aug. 4-8. #homeschooling #unschool #educhat #hs http://ow.ly/yjnFP
Sample Post
  • Join the second annual Homeschool+ Conference, August 4th - 8th, 2014, two days of crowdsourced presentations, plus three nights of preconference keynote sessions. This online and free event provides an opportunity to share strategies, practices, and resources for those involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative, independent, and non-traditional education. While the Homeschool+ Conference is geared toward those participating in or wanting to learn more about homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative/non-traditional education, this conference will also be valuable for traditional educators looking to expand their scope and understanding of teaching and learning practices. Learn more at www.homeschoolconference.com.

ALT ED FILM FEST - August 2014
Hashtag #AltEdFilmFest
Sample Tweets
  • #AltEdFilmFest What's education's role in creating your life and the world? 7 #films + Director Intvws http://ow.ly/zlm72 #education
  • What did we really learn in school? Join the conversation at #AltEdFilmFest http://ow.ly/zsmXN #homeschool #hs #unschool #learning
  • What does the type of education we receive say about the world it prepares us to enter? Explore at #AltEdFilmFest http://ow.ly/zsndV
Sample Post
  • Many of us take our education for granted. But what did we really learn in school, and who decided what was important for us to know? Was there a gap between what we learned in the classroom from our teachers, from our peers, and what we needed to know throughout the rest of our lives? What does the type of education we receive say about the world it prepares us to enter? These and many other questions are addressed in the seven documentaries chosen for this year's Alternative Education Film Festival. From homeschooling to unschooling, from Buenos Aires the Himalayas, and from America's common core to the self-directed 'curricula' of many home learners, we hope these films stimulate and inspire you to think about education's role in creating your life and the world. In association with the 2014 Homeschool+ Conference, Alt Ed Film Fest will showcase seven films, with live broadcast director interviews. The film festival will feature La EducaciĆ³n Prohibida by director German Doin, The War on Kids by director Cevin Soling, Free to Learn by directors Bhawin Suchak and Jeff Root, Grown Without Schooling by director Peter Kowalke, Schooling the World by director Carol Black, Building the Machine by director Ian Reid, and The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto directed and produced by Tragedy and Hope Communications. Check out altedfilmfest.com for more information about the films, viewing options, and a schedule of live interviews with the directors.

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