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Name: Lainie, aka "ilainie"

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#18

    June 19th, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode #18

    Show Title:

    Educating Twice Exceptional Children

    Monday June 1, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday June 2, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    Dr. Melanie Hayes
    Susan Baum, Ph.D.
    Edward R. Amend, Psy.D.
    Dani Arnold Mckenny

    For many gifted children, school can be a challenge. But for a twice-exceptional learner, parents and educators,  it can be equally confusing and frustrating.  Twice-exceptional (or 2E) is defined as being gifted or of high intelligence in addition to having a disability of some kind.  Common second exceptionalities are autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attentional disorders (ADHD), behavioral issues, sensory processing disorder (SPD), dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD).

    There are no clear-cut profiles of twice-exceptional children because the nature and causes of twice exceptionality are so varied. This variation among twice-exceptional children makes it difficult to determine just how many of them there might be.

    Many argue that this population of students “could be considered the most misunderstood of all exceptionalities”. In each situation, the 2E student’s strengths help to compensate for deficits; the deficits, on the other hand, make the child’s strengths less apparent. The interplay of exceptional strengths and weaknesses in a single individual results in inconsistency in performance. They might present any of the three profiles identified by educator and researcher and one of tonight’s panelists Susan Baum:

    1. Bright but not trying hard enough
    2. Learning disabled but with no exceptional abilities
    3. Average.

    Tonight we explore the challenges faced by 2E children with a panel of experts who have passionately dedicated their lives to these learners.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Melanie Hayes

    melanieMelanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. Melanie is passionate about creating a world where all children are encouraged to wonder, explore, and create. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on twice exceptionality. Melanie has 2e twins, so she experiences life with 2e children on a personal level as well. She is intimately familiar with the joys and hardships of raising and educating exceptional children. She writes about her work and family in her blog, “Life Among the Gifted,” at http://mjhayes.wordpress.com. You can see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: http://www.bigmindsunschool.org

    blog: Life Among the Gifted, at https://mjhayes.wordpress.com

    website: www.bigmindsunschool.org

    Susan Baum, Ph.D.

    Susan Baum 2012Susan Baum, Ph.D. is the Director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, a school for twice exceptional student and academic coordinator for SUNY Buffalo State College Masters Program for International Educators. She is the 2010 recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award granted by the Weinfeld Group, for her contributions to the field of the education of twice exceptional learners, 2011 recipient of the Connecticut Association for Gifted’s Friend of the Gifted Award and the 2015 Distinguish Professional Alumni Award from the Neag School of Education for her work with twice exceptional students.

    Professor Emeritus from The College of New Rochelle, Susan is widely published in the areas of twice exceptional students, primary-aged gifted students, and social and emotional factors affecting gifted students, . Her books include Creativity 1,2,3; Chi Square, Pie Charts and Me; To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Bright Students with LD, ADHD, and More; Multiple Intelligences in the Elementary Classroom: A Teachers Toolkit; and Staying In Stepp: Nurturing the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Adolescents.

    Her consulting takes her to exotic and not so exotic places around the world. From Zurich to Zimbabwe to Zagreb; from Colombia to Haiti to Nicaragua; from Prague to Helsinki to Estonia; from Malaysia to Shanghai to Eritrea; and from Ouagadougou to Tegucigalpa to Cochabamba and Puerto Vallarta, you can find her spreading the word about twice exceptional students, talent development, differentiation, and stress management for adolescents.

    Susan served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Students and is the past president and founder of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS).Susan serves on the advisory boards of 2e Newsletter and Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities.

    Edward R. Amend, Psy.D.

    dr-amendEdward R. Amend, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist at Amend Psychological Services, P.S.C., licensed to provide psychological services in Kentucky and Ohio. In his private practice in Lexington, Kentucky (with a satellite office in Cincinnati, Ohio), Dr. Amend focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth, adults, and their families. He has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings, as well as in consulting positions with clinics, hospitals, schools, and other organizations. He presents locally and nationally on topics related to the needs of gifted children.

    Dr. Amend is co-author of two award-winning books: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children; and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders. Dr. Amend has authored or co-authored a number of articles, book chapters, and columns about gifted children.

    As a strong advocate for the gifted population, Dr. Amend’s years of service have included the Board of Directors of Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted; President of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education and Chair for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Counseling and Guidance Network. He has been a consultant to the Davidson Institute for Talent Development and a Contributing Editor for Roeper Review, a peer-reviewed journal for gifted education. Dr. Amend is actively involved with the Assessment Special Interest Group of NAGC and the National Twice Exceptional Community of Practice. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), APA’s Division 53 (Child-Clinical Psychology), and the Kentucky Psychological Association.

    Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Amend graduated with highest honor from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He completed his doctoral training at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked under the supervision of Dr. James Webb. He completed his internship/ residency at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and served as Chief Intern. Dr. Amend currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two children.

    Web: www.amendpsych.com

    Dani Arnold Mckenny

    Dani colour jorgeDani is a homeschooling mom of 4 amazingly diverse kids (actually has 5 but her eldest is all grown up and married). Her  7 year old son, who is on the so called “autism spectrum”, gave Dani the opportunity to expand her ideas of “education” and “learning”. Dani am also a healer and aromatherapist, and an ex, canadian armed forces Medic.

    Dani was a political activist in the areas of Maternal & Infant Health, and Environmental pollutants and toxins in our daily lives for over a decade. 4 years ago she walked away from that role, and created Removing the Shackles to report on government and financial corruption, globally. Dani does a live News report, Transpicuous News, on CCN twice a week- Wednesdays and Sunday nights.

    Dani is currently returning to her roots of alternative health and aromatherapy, and she and her husband Nick have opened our new business in Morocco where they now live, called: Our Gaia’s Gardens.

    Websites:
    www.removingtheshackles.blogspot.com and www.ourgaiasgardens.com


     

     

     

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    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

    ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    Learning from the world – your backyard can be your classroom…

    June 9th, 2015

    We learn naturally and effortlessly from the world around us; a simple day to day experience can provide us with so many unexpected educational opportunities. This is a fact I find, quite simply, mind-blowing. Termed world schooling, it’s about being truly present in a particular moment in time, and learning from these everyday experiences as they occur. Of course you don’t have to be traveling to be a world schooler; much of this learning can be done in your very own backyard. As a parent or guardian, you can use your intuition and awareness of these situations and apply them to your child. Be open to their particular interests and cues; support and facilitate their learning and in turn you are enabling these daily experiences to become so much more.

    Geography: An uncomplicated trip to the grocery store can open up the world around them when you have time to browse the aisles in leisure. In fact from this one destination alone, you can come up with many different teaching inspired opportunities depending on the interests of your child. As much food is imported, it is a great exercise in learning about which food is produced from where and it can inspire many interesting discussions about countries, climates, lifestyles, diets and much more. Take it one step further and search for a recipe from that country perhaps using an ingredient you spotted in store and use the experience to learn and bond as a parent and child.

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    Geology: As Minecraft continues to sweep the worldwide web, children are learning more about ores, elements and stones than they ever thought possible. Their knowledge of emeralds, diamonds and gold can be transferred to real time by a visit to a museum or even a jewelry store where they can see these minerals, metals and gemstones for themselves. Obsidian, redstone and lapis lazuli can be found in the vocabulary of many 6 to 13 year olds these days; instructing them in the fact that powdered lapis lazuli was worn by Cleopatra as eye shadow puts a whole new reality spin on it.

    Social Science: A visit to a farm, particularly for inner city based kids can be a real treat and not just for the opportunity for them to hold a lamb or feed it a bottle of milk. A farm visit can teach children about plants, animals and their connecting life cycles. Make these visits more than once (other than the ritual Thanksgiving or Halloween visit) so they can see the cycles in action. A farm environment allows them to learn about food security, farming practices, local food systems – skills that for many kids are just not realized in our consumer ready environment.

    Mathematics: Another example which I would love to share was given to me by my L.A. based friend whose husband was a jockey. She would take her then 8 year old daughter along to the track so she could watch her father work. Her daughter continuously asked questions about the odds and how the betting system worked and this conversation naturally led them down the path of calculating percentages and simple math equations. If you don’t live close to a track, one of the most prestigious races in history called the Royal Ascot will take place soon and you can follow it online, figure out the odds and participate in all the betting action at Ascot Racecourse with William Hill (if that’s your cup of tea). Applied math in a real life situation – unforced, educational and fun.

    While the learning provided by a particular situation may not immediately lend itself to a standard educational format, you might be surprised by what you can inspire in your child once you become more in tune to the surroundings. I am continuously surprised by my own personal learning and that of my child every day as we go about our normal lives. Let your child lead and be there to help direct their interests which ever direction it may take you.

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#17

    June 3rd, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode #17

    Show Title:

    Alternative Education Through the Cultural, Social, & Economic Lens

    Monday May 25, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday May 26, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    Rebecka Koritz
    Akilah S. Richards
    Osunlade Daphne Edwards-Emi
    Anna Brix Thomsen

    Show Description:

    In this episode we look at alternative education around the world through the lens of cultural, social and economic variables. We ask the question, “what is the purpose of education?” Does that purpose differ from within communities, cultures or even countries? And what about individual responsibility? Do we actually need schools? Finally, we ask, what is the best way to reach the common goal: achieving a lifelong love of learning?

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Rebecka Koritz

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    Rebecka Sofía Koritz is a pedagogical visionary and harsh school critic. She is an author, lecturer and former language teacher. Born in Sweden, she moved to Mexico in 2003. For over a decade she has been training teachers and giving workshops for parents, teachers and psychologists. In 2009 Rebecka co-founded Papalotes, a small Waldorf initiative in the state of Oaxaca (Mexico). In 2012 she co-founded its sister school in Puerto Escondido on the Pacific Coast, where she currently holds the position of Pedagogical Coordinator. In 2015 her book about the exciting journey of starting up alternative schools in one of the poorest states in Mexico, is going to be published in Swedish in Sweden. The overall question she asks herself is “why do we need schools?”.

    The schools´ website: www.papalotes.net
    My blog on education (in Swedish): www.revolutioneraskolan.wordpress.com
    The school´s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/PapalotesOaxaca

    Akilah S. Richards

    AkilahAkilah S. Richards is an author, educator, digital content writer, and lifestyle coach who writes passionately about self-expression, womanhood, modern feminism, location independence and the unschooling lifestyle. She is a storyteller who believes in the power of expressed personal narrative and deep self-acceptance as tools for authentic self-expression and community enrichment.

    Her works have been featured in national magazines such as Essence, Real Simple, and Rolling Out, and on several digital media sites including CNN.com, TinyBuddha.com, and EverydayFeminism.com among others.

    Links –
    Books: http://bit.ly/akilahwrites
    Unschooling eBook: http://bit.ly/unschoolinfo
    Online Classes: http://www.radicalselfie.com/udemy/
    Blog: radicalselfie.com

    Anna Brix Thomsen

    AnnaAnna Brix Thomsen is a teacher and host of the blog A Teacher’s Journey to Life. Anna has over 15 years of experience within the education system including an undergraduate degree in pedagogy and a graduate degree in educational sociology from Aarhus University in Denmark and Stockholm University in Sweden. She is a contributor to the working class think tank The Hampton Institute’s department of education and the independent online sociological journal sociologi.org. Current projects including an impendent publication in the International Journal of Progressive Education’s Handbook of progressive education. Anna calls herself “a guerrilla teacher by day and a social media activist by night”. She documents her journey daily on various social media sites to share her insights and contribute to a meaningful and transformative discussion about education.

    Links:
    http://teachersjourneytolife.com
    http://twitter.com/AnnaBrix
    http://instagram.com/annabrixthomsen/
    http://facebook.com/AnnaDestonianbrixthomsen

    Osunlade Daphne Edwards-Emi

    OsunladeOsunlade is a healer, spiritual teacher and transformation coach. As a divine catalyst for change, she supports and inspires women who are feeling stuck to dissolve their “stuff”, achieve peace and experience clarity, joy and abundance. As a space holder for earthy mamas, healers, and spiritually inclined mom-preneurs she has the unique gift of calling forth their empowered and authentic selves to do the work they came here to do and to experience the joy they came here to live.

    For more info: osunladeheals.com


     

     

     

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    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

    ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    Project World School Cusco – Join us July 13 – August 3, 2015

    June 1st, 2015

    Do you know a teen who would love to explore the enigmatic site of Machu Picchu, experience the exotic flavors of Peru or explore the traditions of an ancient people? Do you know a teen interested in sacred plants, connecting with the sacred Apus (mountains) and live in harmony with Pachamama (mother earth)? Do you know a teen who would like to explore archaeology first hand, question everything and explore a mystic tradition still a part of everyday life in the Andes?

    Do you know a teen who seeks community and adventure? Please share with them this.

    We invite you to join us this July for one of the most incredible learning communities on the planet: Project World School – Cusco & the Sacred Valley Teen Retreat.

    Get your application in NOW- Space is extremely limited.

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#16

    May 23rd, 2015

     For the Love of Learning Episode #16

    Show Title:

    Live from Project World School’s Teen Learning Community

    Monday May 18, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday May 19, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    The Project World School Teens

    Show Description:

    This week we have the special opportunity to speak with a group of 11 participants of the Project World School Teen Temporary Learning Community live, in Ecuador! The group has flown in from across the planet to share an immersive learning experiences only possible in this singular point on the planet and in this particular time to  form an intentional temporary learning community. The group of teens will share their experiences so far during the first week of the “retreat” and explain what social, immersive and experiential learning looks and feels like.

    Tune in for this very special live show, a true example of alternative education.

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     What is Project World School?

    Project World School, co-creates temporary learning communities around the world so that teens and families can gain a group educational experience. Project World School was founded by mother and son Lainie Liberti and Miro Siegel, who have traveled the world for over five years. Considering themselves to be “accidental unschoolers”, both have learned tremendously from their worldschooling experiences. Through their journeys, they were inspired to collaborate with other worldschoolers. From this desire, Project World School was born.

    Teens and guides collaborate to achieve the learning experience, enjoying natural and academic learning. Fostering social learning, teamwork, leadership, and immersive cultural experiences, Project World School supports and fulfills the needs of participants while creating strong connections to other participants, education, and the environment. Teens who participate are inspired to continue their world travel and education.

    Project World School organizes retreats around the world. PWS will host community learning events in areas such as Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, US and Thailand over the next year and a half. Participants will enjoy topics such as surfing, marine biology, conservation in the Amazon jungle, archeology and history in Cusco & the Sacred Valley, and more.


     

     

     

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    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

    ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#15

    May 17th, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode #15

    Show Title:

    Home Education in Europe

    Monday May 11, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday May 12, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    Stefanie Mohsennia
    Alan Thomas
    Leslie Barson

    Show Description:

    Why is it important to take on the topic of home education in Europe? Is not home education, home education in any country? Are there special circumstances that need to be considered?

    Throughout Europe and the UK, many choose to teach their children at home. But in some countries, there are other considerations outside children learning at home. Some countries have highly regulated home education programs as an extension of the compulsory school system; others, such as Germany, have outlawed it entirely. In other countries, while not restricted by law, homeschooling is not socially acceptable or considered undesirable and is virtually non-existent.

    Today we are going to speak with a panel who are all advocates for the home education movement in Europe.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Stefanie Mohsennia

    stefanieStefanie has been involved in the home education movement since 2003. she has organized local home ed. Meetings for many years and has participated in home ed conferences, meetings and forums in 11 countries. Stefanie is an advocate of natural learning and often lectures on the subject. Stefanie is speaking to us live, today from Germany!

    Stefanie has:

    * has been involved with home education since about 2002
    * is the author of “Schulfrei : Lernen ohne Grenzen”
    * has been organising our local home ed meetings in  Northrhine-Westfalia for several years
    * has taken part in home ed meetings in 11 different countries over the years
    * has been a member of the BVNL (German national home ed  organisation) for many years and am a founder member of the  Freilerner-Solidargemeinschaft
    * gives talks about natural learning
    * is very far from done with learning myself, right now training to be  a teacher of the Alexander Technique
    * has maintained the website www.unschooling.de since 2004
    * and has now developed the “schulfrei community” together with my son.

    Link: schulfrei-community.com

    Leslie Barson

    LeslieLeslie Safran Barson is the mother of two children aged 26 and 31 who  have never been to school. She is very active in the home education  community in the UK. She helped found, in 1993, and continues to  be involved with The Otherwise Club, a community centre for  home educators, in central London. She has also spoken about and  published widely on the topic of home education. She received her PhD  in 2008 which centres on how the experience of home education affects  long term home educating parents.

    Website:
     
    www.theotherwiseclub.org.uk

    Alan Thomas

    alanHow Children Learn at Home by Alan Thomas and Harriet Pattison, London, Continuum

    Alan Thomas and Harriet Pattison  (2013)  “Informal home education: philosophical aspirations put into practice”. Studies in Philosophy and Education. Vol. 32:pp. 141–154.

    Harriet Pattison and Alan Thomas Rethinking Learning to Read : The challenge from children educated at home  (in preparation)

    Alan is a developmental psychologist with a longstanding interest in how children learn. He began researching home education at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He is now at the UCL Institute of Education, London. My research focuses on “unschooling” or autonomous and informal learning. He has written a number of books, the most recent one being “How Children Learn at Home” written with his colleague Dr Harriet Pattison. Their new research deals with home educated children learning to read without being taught. As far as he knows theirs is the only research which explores how children learn in a way which confronts nearly everything that professional educators believe to be essential for learning to take place.


     

     

     

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    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

    ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#13

    May 17th, 2015

     For the Love of Learning Episode #13

    Show Title:

    Educating Indigos

    Original Air Date:

    Monday April 27, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday April 28, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    Kabir Jaffe
    Janet Hickox
    Sally Carless

    Show Description:

    “The intricate inner workings of our DNA are changing…Brain-wave relationships are spontaneously moving into higher vibrational patterning as the electromagnetic fields within our DNA. Because of this, our brains are working together as cohesive units of consciousness. That means humanity is becoming more aware and moving toward becoming sentient beings – aware of everything all at once all of the time.”
    ~From Conversations with the Children of Now, Meg Blackburn Losey

    Many believe indigo children are here, on our planet now, as a new wave of consciousness moves humanity closer to our true potential. Many believe that our true potential is found within our consciousness, in both waking and sleeping states. Many believe true indigos travel comfortably between these worlds and are here to remind us how to do so. And many believe these indigo children are indeed special, often have special abilities and along with that have special needs. But what of educating them?

    Tonight’s show is going to be a fascinating conversation between a panel of guests who work with this unique group of children and have thoughts on educating indigos.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Kabir Jaffe

    kabir_2Kabir Jaffe and Ritama Davidson are spiritual leaders in the New Consciousness movement and pioneers of the Science of Human Potential. They describe themselves as “people with two wings”, mystics and visionaries on one wing, and psychologists and scientists on the other. Their life’s work has been the study of Enlightenment, those expanded states of consciousness seen in mystics throughout the ages.
    They believe that behind all the many problems in the world today, the fundamental problem are the thoughts and feelings that motivate our actions, and the greatest need on the planet today is to change these thoughts and feelings – to change consciousness. Their life’s work has been to develop a science of maturing consciousness and proliferating effective methods to do so. Their work is both visionary and absolutely practical and accessible for daily living.

    Their teachings, called the Science of Human Potential, have been lauded as one of the most comprehensive and in-depth understandings on psychology and spirituality, and their resultant methods of growth some of the most powerful. Their book, “Indigo Adults” provides a visionary understanding of the New Human Being and the New World we are in, and our purpose in being here at this time in history. And their book, “Your Energy in Action, Energy Balancing for Daily Living” outlines the new Science of Energy and the Energy World in ways that everyone can immediately use in living, loving and creating.

    Though visionaries, scientists and authors, Kabir and Ritama are not academics! They are powerful and catalytic self-development leaders. Their training organization, The Essence Training Academy, is one of the world’s foremost leaders in Energy and Consciousness Training for individuals seeking to grow and in trainings therapists.

    Web site:  www.essencetraining.com

    Janet Hickox

    janetJanet Hickox is an Intuitive Astrologer, Human Design specialist, TV, and Radio Show Host of the popular BlogTalk Radio show, Living Astrology. Janet recognized very early in her life that she was interested in both numerology and astrology. It wasn’t until after 911 that she realized that she already “knew” astrology when her then 10 year old son brought her home a book that magically travelled around her house trying to get her attention. As Janet relates, “I finally got the message that I was supposed to read that book, and when I opened it and discovered that it was an astrology book, I suddenly realized that I knew or remembered astrology.” Since then Janet has learned many types of astrology including, Western astrology, Mayan Astrology and Human Design which she calls, “Astrology for A New Paradigm.”

    There are a lot of good astrologer’s out there doing readings and helping people discover their life path.

    What makes Janet Hickox stand apart as an astrologer is the ease with which she can break down a complex subject for everyone to be able to understand. According to Janet, “My philosophy is, I want you to understand and be able to interact with me on the subject of YOU, and that cannot happen if you and I are speaking two different languages. So I bring the subject of astrology to you and explain it in terms that you are familiar with, in a way that many people tell me that no other person has ever been able to explain astrology to them.” Janet feels it is her job to unlock the key ingredients that make you unique, and to help you with the challenges that come up for most us – Relationships, Health, Money and Job/Career concerns. She can show you your unique design and life map which will open doors to freedom and success!

    Janet is also the host of the popular radio show, Living Astrology, which airs each week on BlogTalk Radio. “I love to use my radio show as a way to introduce people to astrology concepts, people who work with astrology and other divinatory tools, and authors of books that have a positive influence on our world,” says Janet, “I have had the honor of interviewing some of the finest people on the planet!”

    She has also appeared on many radio shows to be interviewed on astrological topics, both in the United States and internationally.

    Janet is also an author, writing a column for In Light Times in Las Vegas, NV, posts on her Living Astrology Blog, and also educational e-books available on her website. To book Janet as a guest for your radio show, please contact janet@living-astrology.com.

    If you would like a Human Design or Astrology reading with Janet, she can be reached by email at janet@living-astrology.com or by visiting her website at www.living-astrology.com .

    Sally Carless

    SallyCarlessAs a professional educator for over thirty years, Sally’s work has been focused on making a difference in the world through progressive education. Sally is the Founding Director and Chief Visionary Officer of Global Village School, an international K-12 homeschool diploma program focused on peace, justice, diversity, and sustainability. Launched at the turn of the millennium in 1999, Global Village is working to effect change on the personal and global levels by providing a transformative education that empowers students to cultivate their gifts and passions while becoming wise and capable stewards of the planet and each other. The distance learning model has enabled Global Village to create a true international community of youth and adults around the globe.

    Sally has a Masters Degree in Education (Curriculum and Instruction), a B.A. in Wilderness Recreation, and a California Teaching Credential. She also completed a year’s graduate study in Depth Psychology and studied dream tending at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

    Even though Sally is an introvert by nature she enjoys discussing new visions and possibilities for education and the future, and has given numerous presentations on peace education, homeschooling, learning styles, and educating for a better world at various locations in the U.S. as well as in Thailand, India, and Australia. Venues have included the Association for Global New Thought, Soka University, the International Democratic Education Conference, AERO National Alternative Education Conference, International Montessori Foundation, National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools, StarChild Network, Earth Charter International, and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

    Sally is also a writer and photographer. For the past two years she has been documenting the lives of a local bald eagle family. She also creates intimate soulful portraits of wild animals. All of Sally’s work—as an educator, writer, and artist—has been fueled by the same desire: to educate and inspire, touch hearts, open minds, and to serve as a vehicle for creating a more peaceful and loving world.

    Global Village School: www.globalvillageschool.org

    GVS’s Whole Child, Healthy Planet Curriculum Guides: www.globalvillageschool.org/k8-curriculum.html

    Global Village School and Indigo Children: www.globalvillageschool.org/indigo-children.html

     


     

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    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

    ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    Living from Inspiration

    April 25th, 2015

    A few months ago I was interviewed by Osunlade Daphne Edwards-Emi at the Conscious Living Summit, sharing my insights about  living from inspiration.

    I normally don’t talk publicly about the internal process Miro and I went through, but in this interview I speak candidly about our journey into inspiration, trust and fear.  I am so grateful to have been asked the questions I was asked and given the form to share my journey with you. If you are looking for ways to transcend fear, live an empowered life, trust your instinct and tap into your inspiration, please listen to this inspiring interview.

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#12

    April 23rd, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode #12

    Show Title:

    Trail Blazers of the Alternative Education Movement

    original air date

    Monday April 20, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    Matt Beaudreau
    Victor Dias
    Tomis Parker

    Show Description:

    In Episode number 12 we will speak with 3 trailblazers who are each innovative leaders within the alternative education movement. All three of our panelists have challenged the status quo, defining what education should look like and have created programs, schools and opportunities where there was none before. We’ll be speaking with an innovator who is developing an alternative “school within a school” in order to showcase the necessity of alternative philosophies to traditional education. We also speak with the founder of a new concept school within the charter school system located in Berkeley, California. Our third panelist has contributed to the creation of the Agile Learning centers in NY, a new concept approach to learning. Join us Monday April 20th, 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific for an incredible conversation.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Matt Beaudreau

    Matthew J BeaudreauCurrently a school administrator in a California private school, Matthew is a visionary leader and national spokesperson for the alternative school movement. With his experiences as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools, national professional development trainer, and Adjunct Professor of Education, Matthew is currently developing an alternative “school within a school” in order to showcase the necessity of alternative philosophies to traditional education. He is also the lead-educator on two committees, one of which is developing a state-of-the-art private high school in Placer County, California, and the other; a democratic-free school in the same area.

    Twitter Handle: @educationdude
    Web site:  www.theeducationdude.com

    Tomis Parker

    tomisTomis Parker co-founded Agile Learning Centers in 2013, informed by five years of work with alternative education models, leading-edge business practices, and positive psychology.

    He currently supports NYC’s Agile Learning Center and ALC Mosaic in an administrative and advisory capacity, and helps hold the larger vision of the ALC project. Tomis likes traveling with his beautiful and inspiring wife, working and playing with his fellow ALFs, hoppy beer, and humor in the form of sarcastic social commentary.

    Website(s):

    Agile Learning Centers

     

    Victor Dias

    victorVictor is the Founder and President of the Board of REALM Charter Schools. Victor, former the Principal of Berkeley Technology Academy (BTECH), the continuation High school in Berkeley, California, where he raised the API score 270 points and earned the school its first accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) during his 6 year tenure.

    Prior to BTECH, Victor was the principal of the Community Academy in Boston, and taught at the Real Alternatives Program in the Mission District of San Francisco and for San Francisco County Schools. Victor is a Koshland Fellow, a Redford Center Honoree and a Ph.D Candidate in Language, Literacy, Society, and Culture at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a BA from UCLA, a JD from the New College of California Law School, and a Master’s of Education from the University of San Francisco. Victor has two children in Berkeley public schools.

    REALM Family Fund Donate:
    http://realmcharterschool.org/donate/
    http://www.realmcharterschool.org

     


     

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    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

    ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#10

    April 14th, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode #10

    Show Title:

    Life, Inside Out

    original air date:

    Monday April 6, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday April 7, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    Jill D’Agnenica
    Maggie Baird
    Julie Chase-Daniel

    Show Description:
    In tonight’s episode, we’ll sit down with the director & star and a close friend whose voice is instrumental in supporting the spirit of community during the making of this delightful independent film which explores one woman’s passion for life-long learning.  In addition, we learn how one Los Angeles homeschooling community collaboratively worked, behind the scenes as part of the film’s crew. Also, this  homeschooling community was instrumental with raising over 41 thousand dollars to get this film made. We’ll be talking about the film, the power of community, learning at any age and the ability to achieve whatever you set out to achieve. It’ll be an interesting conversation and we hope you will join us.

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    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Jill D’Agnenica

    11024709_10204710494735188_4918630759791826225_nJill D’Agnenica is a visual artist, filmmaker, and the mother of two girls. Life Inside Out, her directorial debut, won Best Premiere at the Heartland Film Festival in 2013 and has since screened at 20 North American festivals, receiving 15 audience and jury awards along the way.

    When Jill first read the screenplay for LIFE INSIDE OUT, she was struck by its affirmation of pursuing one’s creative passions in the midst of everyday life. The stories we tell about artists seem to have stock themes–their absolute rejection of and/or by society, their singular focus on their art to the detriment or destruction of their other relationships (and indeed their very physical and mental health) and of course, the final triumph when the artist is hailed as a genius, wins the grand prize, gets the big contract.

    In contrast to that oft told story, she wanted to validate the idea that creativity can be simply woven into everyday life, enriching those it touches, actually contributing to connections with others, and becoming its own reward. Some rearranging might have to happen, the dishes might stay dirty in the sink, and the kids might have to fend for themselves for dinner, but everyone’s life will be enhanced by the presence of that creative spark in their midst.

    11046889_10204710552656636_3765269834008912097_nIt’s a self-serving narrative—Jill gambles on it every day in her own life
    as she try to balance creating her art, making money and raising her family. (She has an entire body of photographic and video work titled “Bad Mother” which basically documents the shenanigans her kids get into while she is ignoring them so she can get something else done.) But she can’t imagine doing her life any other way.

    Jill’s entire family, including the littlest one who was only 6 at the time of filming, participated in the making of Life Inside Out. For this she feels blessed and also grateful that they are still talking to her, since the movie has consumed much of her life for the past 3 years. She is thrilled that Life Inside Out will be available on DVD on April 21, 2015.

    Websites:
    www.lifeinsideoutthemovie.com
    www.jilldagnenica.com

    Facebook:
    facebook.com/LifeInsideOutTheMovie
    facebook.com/jill.dagnenica

    Twitter:
    twitter.com/LIOthemovie
    twitter.com/jillydag

    Maggie Baird

    10398657_10204710493655161_6719660871194535595_nMaggie Baird is the co-writer and star of the award winning feature film “Life Inside Out” in which she had the pleasure of acting opposite her own teenage son Finneas O’Connell. A festival favorite, the film was selected for over twenty film festivals and received a commensurate number of awards including multiple “Best Picture” and “Audience Favorite” awards.

    An actor and writer living in Los Angeles, Maggie is the mother of two teenage children who have been home schooled (unschooled) throughout their lives. Extremely involved as a parent, as her children grew she decided to return to her love of music and began recording her original material and singing at open mic nights. When her then 13 year old son Finneas began to discover his own gifts as songwriter, the idea for “Life Inside Out” was born.

    11021069_10204710551816615_7029548204511064330_nThe film received it’s initial funding via a successful Kickstarter campaign and was created thanks in part to the tremendous support of friends, family and the home schooling community both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. The themes of authenticity, creative expression, family and parenting are the core components not only of the film itself but in the lives of its creators.

    Involving her children and husband in the process of making the film as well as working with her friend Jill D’Agnenica as director, turned out to be an incredible adventure for all of them. The labor of love that was the process of taking the movie from idea to finished script to production and finally to distribution was a dream come true and second only to mothering as the hardest and most rewarding thing she has done.

    Websites:
    www.lifeinsideoutthemovie.com
    www.maggiebaird.com

    Facebook:
    facebook.com/maggiebairdmusic
    facebook.com/maggie.baird

    Twitter:
    twitter.com/MaggieBmusic

    Julie Chase-Daniel

    11046889_10204710550976594_416367397905976749_nFounder of In the Family Way, a small non-profit dedicated to helping families thrive, Julie Chase-Daniel always has a ready ear for creative projects that may support greater wellbeing and compassion in family life.

    She has been with visual artist Matthew Chase-Daniel since 1984. Together they raised one much-loved son, Quill Chase-Daniel, who is a young filmmaker living and working in Los Angeles, as well as numerous pets & plants and a few houses that required rebuilding from the ground up. Quill grew up partly off-grid, spoke early in the mother tongue of myth & mystery, and leaped into apprenticeship in art and bricolage with his father as soon as he could lift a hammer.

    Since 1990, Julie has been based in Santa Fe, NM, where the weather suits her clothes. She has worked in the field of grassroots philanthropy, served as a doula, traveled to sacred & significant historic sites around the Western world, holds a Master’s Degree in transformative leadership and is, in the spirit of self care, currently taking a hiatus from completing a PhD at California Institute of Integral Studies.

    10387630_10204710553976669_8122559004989210161_nBased on her research about creativity and mutuality in the process of self-becoming, she worked with scholar Stephen Karcher to develop Mothering Change, a free online I Ching divination program dedicated to supporting personal transitions as sacred rites of passage that encourage the mutual becoming of self, family, community and cosmos.

    She is a life-long poet, potter, and diviner, with a passion for meeting the Beloved wherever she goes.

    Websites:
    www.inthefamilyway.org
    www.motheringchange.com
    Facebook:
    facebook.com/julie.chasedaniel


     

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    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

    ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    7 Strategies To Keep Your Teen Engaged While Traveling Long Term

    April 9th, 2015

    As you know, I’ve been traveling non-stop with my son since 2009. Not only have we traversed new lands and experienced new cultures together, we’ve also journeyed through a range of developmental stages as my son grows into an adult. My son was just 10 when we left to travel and now we find ourselves weeks shy of his sixteenth birthday.

    Adolescence is a wonderful stage, a time of great transformation, shaped by changes in the body and mind, experienced at an accelerated rate. Throughout the adolescent years, the body grows and changes, the teenager must learn to negotiate new responsibilities, evolving relationships and ultimately develop a new sense of self. It’s a time of self definition and determining how one relates to the world. However the danger is, if the teen is not engaged, boredom can set in, indifference and even rebellion can be a part of the teen’s experience. All parents of teenagers will agree that the teen years present a unique set of challenges, but can a family still plan a round the world trip? Is it actually possible to combine long term travel and the teenage years?

    Yes. But the key is keeping your teen engaged every step along the way.

    With this in mind, let’s take a look at 7 strategies to keep a teenager engaged while traveling long term as a family.

     

    1) Travel with music

    It’s no secret, teens connect to the world through music. Actually playing music can help make your teen’s travel experience more interactive and less passive. If you teen already plays an instrument, make sure they bring it with them on your journey. If they do not, the road is also a great place to learn if your teenager has the willingness to learn.

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    A great instrument to consider for travel is a parlor-size (or 3/4) guitar. The guitar is one of the few polyphonic instruments that can be easily carried around from location to location. It’s also very easy to start learning (but hard to master). Most teens will be able to learn a few open chords to begin playing within a very short space of time. If a guitar is too bulky, consider other options like the harmonica which is fun to play, easy to learn. If you look around, you’ll find many other options, many which have international origins, like an mbira, the African thumb piano, flutes from around the world and smaller string instruments that pack in half the space of a normal size guitar.

    As your teen begins to learn a new instrument, it becomes an open invitation to engage with others on the road and connect through music. Music requires discipline, passion and dedication which are skills that help develop your teen’s character and give them skills they can utilize throughout their lives and apply to other difficult endeavors.

    2.) Research, plan and budget

    Travel provides an excellent opportunity to empower your teen with real-world experiences by tapping into responsibility and resourcefulness. Prior to your travels, ask your teen to be accountable for planning one portion of your family’s round the world trip, based on their specific area of interest, likes or passions.

    Here are some examples to share with your teen to inspire: If your teen is interested in mythology, plan a trip to Greece to see Mount Olympus, the “home of the gods”. If your teen is interested in the ballet, plan a stop in Russia to see the famous Bolshoi Ballet. If your teen loves fashion, include Paris on your itinerary. If your teen is interested in archeology, visit the land of the Great Pyramids, home of the ancient Pharos. There are no limits, only possibilities and encourage your teen to dig deep into their interests and come up with several creative suggestions.

    After you and your teen decide on which excursion to include in your family’s round the world trip, empower your teen to plan that segment of your travels. Indicate what the family budget is and suggest tools for research. Define the parameters for your teen to work within by providing budgets for entertainment, food, lodging, transportation, etc. Empower your teen to present the family with their research and discuss the options. Not only will your teen gain valuable real-world life experience, they will feel incredible satisfaction during that segment of your family’s trip.

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    3) Find ways to make history personal and come alive

    Sure your teen can learn history and memorize facts, but that really isn’t the point of traveling nor will it keep your teenager engaged. However, if there an emotional reaction to the information, teens will be engaged and active about the travel experience. Therefore, the key is to to make history personal through emotional connections.

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    As travelers, when we find a personal angle, focus on something relevant or moving to us, it makes history come alive. Not only will your teenager connect with the place you are visiting and its unique history, but often times your teen will be inspired. This has been our strategy as we’ve traveled through a variety of countries, sites and attractions.

    Another idea is to create relevance through our personal family history. Ask grandparents or other family members to contribute first hand accounts of family history that relate to geographical locations.
    If the travels include a location that is of interest to your teen, but no personal connection to your family, then ask your teen to dig into some of the facts that make the sites come alive.

    4) Dive into worldviews with your teen

    First of all, what are worldviews and why are they important?

    Worldviews are the framework through which individuals interpret or make meaning of the world around them. Many worldviews are collective, shared by groups, nations or specific cultures. Every single human being on this planet experiences the world through their own lens, influenced by their culture, economic status, gender, biology, environment, family (and endless other variables). Regardless of the influences, worldviews define one thing: How each and every person on this planet relate to the world around them.

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    Make identifying worldviews into a game. Here are some questions to consider: How do the people in your host country see the world? How is it similar than the way your family experiences the world? What are the differences? In which ways did you notice our global interconnectedness today? How did today’s experience demonstrate our cultural diversity? As teens are defining how they fit into the world, travel presents the perfect opportunity to explore worldviews as a family, which in turn, serves to keep your teen engaged while traveling.

    5) Explore the local cuisine

    Food and teens. There can’t be a more natural combination.
    But unless you have the rare adventurous eater, one of the most common complaints I hear from parents of teens is that they are not willing to step outside of the culinary comfort zone. Travel can address that problem and keep your teen engaged at the same time.

    My son does not cook at home, has no interest in it, but as we travel, he loves to take local cooking classes with me as a way to dive into the local culinary delights. He has confided in me that this was a way for him to know what goes in a particular dish, makes him more comfortable trying new thing and has confessed the classes are usually a lot of fun.

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    Cooking has turned out to be a great bonding experience, and the perfect way to keep my teen engaged. It also provides real life-skills that he will take with him through his life.

    6) Encourage self-reliance

    Nothing is more important to a teenager than expressing their independence. You can support your teens development into self reliance as you travel, only if you commit to each other’s safety. When everyone feels safe through negotiating boundaries and agreeing to a set of rules, everyone wins. Most other countries support teens expressing their independence and don’t foster the same culture of fear as we do in the United States, but it’s all about bi-directional respect that works for the whole family.

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    Often times, I ask my son to run to the store and pick up essentials for cooking. I’ve often encouraged him to venture out on foot and explore on his own. Additionally I urge my son to jettison out of his comfort zone and plan a day to himself that includes activities or organized excursions with other travelers.

    Every teen wishes to assert their independence and by trusting and allowing them to do so while traveling, means they will stay engaged and involved. Because teenagers have a higher level of independence they are capable of complex social interactions which will in essence keep them engaged.

    7) Include volunteering

    Because teenagers are capable of much more complex relationships than younger travelers, volunteering is the perfect way keep your teen engaged. In addition to the service aspects, there are greater benefits to volunteering such as experiencing compassion, tolerance, flexibility and a deeper cross-cultural understanding. Additionally volunteering keeps the teen engaged through hands-on experience which in turn helps to build greater self esteem, practice critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.

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    Keeping your teen engaged is a joint effort and it’s up to us as parents to advocate the best possible travel experience for our teen and the entire family.

     

    A version of this article was originally published on Matador Network

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    For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#9

    April 3rd, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode #9

    Show Title:

    Diving into Self-directed Learning

    Monday March 30, 2015 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST
    Tuesday March 31, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

    Special Guests:

    Deb Martens
    Bruce Smith
    Susie Maguire

    Show Description:
    This panel is coming back together to dive deeper into self-directed learning. We are continuing the conversation from Episode #1.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Deb Martens

    debDeb was born and raised in southern California, graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead with a sociology degree and lived in northern Idaho for many years. She is now a “transplant” and lives on the prairies in Manitoba, Canada (not too far from Winnipeg). Currently she is working on her master’s degree in Self Design (building learning communities) through Self Design Graduate Institute.

    Deb home-schools with her daughter and ascribes to self-designing her education (learner directed, pursuing passions). Their motto is, “the world is our classroom.” Following this flow of education has recently led the mother/daughter duo to become doulas. Indeed, engaging in this genre of education is engaging, encourages being present, and embraces lifelong learning! Deb is also a visionary who is community and globally minded. Her family has recently become world travellers and is embarking on their next adventure in March!

    Deb loves her family (husband, two sons, and two daughters) and her life on the prairies. She enjoys the many wonders of nature and paleo/natural cooking. She’s an avid reader and writer. She appreciates the “communities” she’s richly involved in and is blessed when she can hear just one more story from a friend (old or new) over a cup of java.

    www.kalcuture.com
    www.selfdesign.com

    Bruce Smith

    BruceA former public school teacher, Bruce L. Smith has worked at Sudbury schools in four states over the past 17 years (primarily Alpine Valley School in Colorado). In 2005 he created an organization now known as Friends of Sudbury Schooling to enhance awareness and support for this uniquely democratic model of self-directed learning, first developed by Sudbury Valley School in 1968. Bruce tweets as @numbalum89 and blogs at http://writelearning.wordpress.com

    Susie Maguire

    Susie Maguire is devoted to bringing more love into the world by every means imaginable – doing only work that she loves, following the longings of her heart wherever if may take her, or whatever it calls her to do (even if it means jumping over the odd cliff edge into the complete unknown) raising her son William to follow his heart in all aspects of his life, giving him an education that is 100% love based learning and by doing lots of little acts of love for friends, family and complete strangers. She believes in magic and miracles and the restorative power of pluff and naps. She also believes the world is a wonderful place and human beings are quite the most lovely bunch and is 100% confident that humanity is on the verge of figuring out how to be really nice to each other all the time.

    SusieShe founded and built an international management consultancy that worked with some of the world’s most amazing corporations all around the globe before exhausting herself and giving it all up to raise the child she was told she would never have. Since then she’s done some very selective projects for a few companies including Facebook.

    As ardent unschoolers and peripatetic souls Susie and William have wandered the world together and have enjoyed the wonders and people of nearly 50 countries and have been blessed to see and experience the most incredible things.

    Susie has never blogged or twittered or FB’d about her and William’s journeys and adventures, but she is just busting with excitement and things to say about the insights she has had over the years and she is currently working on a book and a series of workshops to help others live love based lives and is designing a program for the corporate world called Love@Work.
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    Lainie Liberti

    As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

    For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

    ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

    Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

    For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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    10 Signs you are a World Schooler

    March 30th, 2015

    Traditionally, most children “learn” between the white walls of a sterile classroom, school bells interrupting their thoughts, focus shifting from one subject to another, rushing between classes. Most believe schools are the only place to receive an education and don’t consider the world around them as a natural setting to learn.

    But what of far off lands, exotic fragrances filling the local markets, bells chiming for the morning prayers? What of climbing a volcano, waking through thousand year historic ruins or learning the art of weaving by watching the cracked hands of an old indigenous woman? Are these not learning experiences, rich with sights, sounds, smells and feelings the lessons that stay with us?

    The world around us is our finest classroom and travel transforms into the ultimate professor. Combine travel with the eagerness to learn and you are a world schooler!

    For those who are unsure if they are true world schoolers here are 10 signs that you actually are, and that will help you to easily recognize other world schoolers.

    1) You are far less judgmental

    Most people can admit to being judgmental, having preconceived notions about people based on their looks, first impressions and maybe even stories you were told as a child or attitudes you adopted growing up. This is one of the first problems traveling inadvertently strips you of. When you step outside of the familiar and into the world, you are firstly taught that most of the preconceived notions you had about people and places are in fact far from the truth. You learn to begin to see people, regardless of dress and first impressions, not through the eyes of what you were taught to believe, but instead for the true gems that they really are.

    2) You are not afraid to try new things

    For world schoolers, every new thing, no matter how daunting it appears to be, is simply a new adventure or an opportunity to learn something new. The idea that you must first be comfortable with what you are about to do and the instinct that you must get to know the process first, both go out the door. You have little to no fear when it comes to trying new ideas and things.

    3) You question the status quo

    When you realize that all things you grew up thinking were written in stone, is not so, then you are indeed a world schooler. There is absolutely nothing that you learnt that is indisputable- everything from hygiene to tables manners is a thing that is culturally relative. The status quo does not apply across geographical boundaries. As a matter of fact, the minute you start traveling just save your self the shock and ditch the status quo. World schoolers learn early out that there is no such thing as status quo.

    4) You enjoy transient relationships

    When you have mastered the art of enjoying transient interactions, you are a world schooler. As a traveler, yes there are a few lasting friends you will pick up on the way, but there are others you are meant to enjoy just for the moment. This is a useful lesson that helps in relationships in all aspects of your life- it teaches you how to let go of something when it is time to do so. Most people who have learnt life lessons from traveling will often tell you they don’t stress over things and people, they live for the serendipitous encounters in life.

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    5) You no longer have a comfort zone

    Comfort what???? You don’t have one of those. Some of the greatest things in life you will achieve and some of the greatest experiences you will have, will come from outside of your comfort zone. When You can willing step away from the notion of having a limit to the things you are comfortable with, you have become a world schooler. Comfort zones limit both your potential and experiences, so throw it overboard.

    6) You are like a chameleon

    You can fit in, effectively communicate and feel comfortable in just about any environment or cultural setting. If it is a formal gala you can rock the dress code, the elegance and the lingo just as easily as if you were chewing tobacco at the side of a river in the Amazonian, wearing banana leaf skirts and seashells covering just your nipple. Like a chameleon a world traveler easily adapts to any environment they are in. You might not speak the mother tongue, but you fit in just fine.

    7) You are well adapted to talking to strangers

    Talking to strangers is not an awkward process for you. You find that traveling removes many communication barriers. You learn new ways of effectively communicating at all levels. Be it those lengthy layovers and connections that provide you the opportunity to talk to fellow backpackers or arguing politics with that man in the business suit beside you, or even the need to learn improvised sign language with your horrible Spanish in Peru to figure out directions. Talking to strangers comes easy to you. You learn to converse and mundane conversation fillers like, “so where did you go to school?” no longer has any place in your conversational vocabulary.

    8) Your senses of objectivity and empathy are well developed

    Traveling puts you on the outside of a culture looking in. You are placed on the outskirts of a society and dubbed the ‘foreigner’. You are placed in a position that you have to learn about a culture from the outside through brand new mental lenses. Preconceived notions and prejudices are torn down and stripped away. A sign that you are a world schooler is when you can now see cultures objectively, and empathize with the situations that will shape both that individual and their society at large.

    9) You have learn how to relax

    The art of relaxing, something the majority of us never really learn to do. Traveling forces you to slow down and forces you to be still and enjoy each moment. Everything you left at home gets placed on the back burner and you stop worrying long enough to enjoy your present moment. This then flows over into all other aspects of your life. As a world schooler in the midst of the hustle and bustle you can still find time to put your feet up and relax.

    10) You can survive on far less than you thought you could.

    Not only survive, but have a crazy amount of fun and still get things done. The beauty of traveling is that a budget is always in play, and even then you never really end up using half the things you packed anyway. Modern day luxuries are also nice to have, but as a traveler and world schooler you learn to spend less on material things and more on traveling and having world experiences without feeling like half your life is missing.

    Traditional education has its place, but world schooling is the education we choose.

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