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    For the Love of Learning – The Many Facets of SelfDesign – Epi#42

    December 14th, 2015

    Show Title:

    For the Love of Learning Episode 42

    The Many Facets of SelfDesign

    Monday December 7, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday December 8, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

    Special Guests:

    Clarissa Tufts
    River Meyer
    David Marshak
    Monica Cochran

    Description:

    “All children are born geniuses, but are swiftly de-geniused by their elder’s harsh or dull dismissal of the child’s intuitive sense of what could be relevant. Children spontaneously weigh all information from their immediate experience and try to relate it to other experiences of some time before. The incipient geniuses must somehow weather, year after year, the barrage of admonitions to ignore what they spontaneously think, instead of only paying attention to what others think and are trying to teach.”

    ~Buckminster Fuller

    What is SelfDesign and how does it work?

    SelfDesign is centered on the understanding that everyone has the capacity to author their own lives from a place of resourcefulness, creativity, and possibility. SelfDesign reverses the approach that traditional education takes. SelfDesign starts with the learner and focuses on what the learner wishes to learn rather than what the educator believes the student should learn. SelfDesign creates the foundation to support the learner in ways they learn most efficiently focusing on the “why” and “how” versus the content.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Clarissa Tufts

    Clarissa Tufts, MA in SelfDesign

    ClarissaProgram Coordinator & Family Liaison, SelfDesign Learning Community
    Since joining the SelfDesign community in 2006, Clarissa has worked as a Learning Consultant and program coordinator in the areas of teacher and program evaluation, professional development and family support services. She is inspired by and honoured to continue working with colleagues and home-learning families in the support of a natural unfolding of each child’s potential. Clarissa explores this concept daily with her husband and 9 year-old daughter.
    Working one-on-one with ESL students in 2000 set Clarissa on the path of wanting to support children and youth as they explore their own unique learning journey. Since then, and after completing a teaching degree in 2003 from UBC, Clarissa has worked in a variety of educational settings both in British Columbia and in Zacatecas, Mexico. Experience teaching and assisting in various subject areas, age groups and methodological settings, and most recently completing her Masters of Arts in SelfDesign from the SelfDesign Graduate Institute in August, 2015, allows Clarissa to draw from eclectic experiences, mentors and resources in her work with families in SDLC.
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    River Meyer

    River Meyer, M.A.
    Executive Coordinator of Learning Relationships, Family & Learner Community Development, Vision of SelfDesign

    RiverRiver has been a SelfDesign Learning Community educational consultant for contractors and families since 2004, with a current focus as coordinator of vision, learning relationships, family & community development for the SelfDesign Learning Foundation (BC). She co-authored the SelfDesign book with Brent Cameron, founder of SelfDesign, and she is the creator of A SelfDesigning Path (webcourse) and A Learning Journey for Parents of Children with Special Needs (webcourse). Presently she is a board member of the SelfDesign Foundation (US) and is on the faculty of the SelfDesign Graduate Institute. She brings forty years experience in family support services related to child development, special needs children and their families, abuse/neglect work, court advocacy and custody determinations for minors, therapeutic family work, and mediation.

    River currently lives in Nelson, BC. She is the parent of Lia, a delightful 19-year-old who has graduated from SelfDesign and is currently designing her life from a place of passion and curiosity, as many selfdesigners do.
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    David Marshak

    David Marshak
    President, SelfDesign Graduate Institute

    davidmarshakDavid Marshak is the founding president of the SelfDesign Graduate Institute. David helped to found an independent high school, taught in a public high school, developed curriculum for the Unitarian Universalist Association, and helped to lead a public school district in Vermont. He taught at Seattle University for 14 years and is an emeritus professor there. He is the author of many books and articles, including The Common Vision: Parenting and Educating for Wholeness and Evolutionary Parenting.
    selfdesigninstitute.org
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    Monica Cochran

    Monica Cochran M.Ed.

    Director of SelfDesign Global Learning Programs & Learning Circles

    MonicaMonica has served in many different roles since joining SelfDesign in 2007. Along with her work with SelfDesign Global, she is currently also a Special Ed Administrator for SelfDesign Learning Community and involved in a few pilot projects. She has worked with children and adults of all ages in a variety of educational and business settings for over 40 years. She worked in and served on the boards of a number of alternative schools her children attended. Also, she home-educated two of her own children and worked with other home educating families at Clonlara School of Ann Arbor, Michigan for more than 10 years. Monica loves to help people discover how they learn best to become lifelong learners. She consults with those who have special needs, to help them make the transition into adult learning settings. She has vast experience in helping people of all ages enjoy learning.

    Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in child development and early childhood education, a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in special education, and Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society. Since 1997, following her youngest son’s auto accident, she has also been active in helping him and other survivors of traumatic brain injuries redesign their lives.

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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 – Holistic Education – Epi#41

    December 3rd, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode 41

     

    Show Title:

    For the Love of Learning Episode 41

    Holistic Education

    Monday November 30, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday December 1, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

    Special Guests:

    Blackhorse Shasta
    Manuel Fritzenwallner
    Amy Wentworth

    Description:

    In this episode we explore what it means to educate the whole person through the practice of holistic education.

    Holistic education encourages  deep explorations into student’s unique intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials.

    Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. In many cases, holistic education includes exploration of  core academic topics, but there is something deeper added to the mix. An integrated approach of mind, body spirit that is overlooked by many conventional institutions.

    Robin Ann Martin describes holistic education by stating, “At its most general level, what distinguishes holistic education from other forms of education are its goals, its attention to experiential learning, and the significance that it places on relationships and primary human values within the learning environment.”

    Tonight we will be exploring these goals, relationships and values within holistic education with an extraordinary panel.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Blackhorse Shasta

    BlackhorseBlackhorse Shasta (AKA William Weishampel) is the visionary founder and executive director of Circle of Children. He has been directing a diverse array of experiential programs for the past 8 years. His work includes community building, volunteer coordinating, program design and development, networking, fundraising and the onsite management of the 60 acres of land on Triangle Lake where Circle of Children has its home. The experiential programs he creates for Circle of Children inspire teens, young adults, parents and teachers to rethink the current paradigms of education.

    www.circleofchildren.org

    Manuel Fritzenwallner

    ManuelEducation begins at home. Manuel chose to be born and raised in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, cradled by a family deeply devoted to natural healing and working professionally in geomancy, alternative sports therapy, nutritional counseling and quantum healing. His love of science and engineering was fostered by his grandfather, a master mechanic and his family of race car drivers.

    Manuel attended school in Bavaria and received specialized training in natural sciences, technology, machining and engineering, as well as nutrition, carpentry and Alpine outdoor education. Despite the seemingly solid foundation of his upbringing he was disenchanted with the limited perceptions of traditional schooling. He left Germany in 2002 determined to find a more complete system of education and the answers to the big questions.

    Immersed in the school of life, Manuel spent twelve years traveling the world learning from mystics, native tribes, ancient civilizations and pioneers in health and technology. Through daily cultivation of a harmonic lifestyle Manuel rapidly developed skills and techniques for a higher quality of life than he had ever known. The results were so profound and self evident he was continually asked to share his experience of inner light cultivation, self-healing and self-mastery.

    In 2009, during one of his South American journeys Taoist Master Lin Chow Liang (Taiwan and Argentina) initiated him and blessed his life’s work to share these teachings. Thus began the development of The Heaven on Earth  and the founding of the Holistic Science Institute.

    As a Taoist, geomancer, holistic health and Qui Gong practitioner Manuel embodies the art of harmonic living. He walks as a steward of the Earth to serve the Tao and inspire others to discover their own infinite potential.

    www.holisticscienceinstitute.com

    Amy Wentworth

    AmyAmy Wentworth, the younger group Teacher at School Around Us, has been teaching since 1995 and has a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning. She is certified to teach children K-8th grade. She has been teaching at SAU since 1997 and during this time she has taught both the younger and middle group of students.
    Amy’s passion is being a teacher, she cannot imagine herself doing anything else. She believes that through teaching one can help change the world. Amy tries to create a learning environment that is from her heart. One in which the children become empowered through designing their own learning and being active participants in the school and greater community. She loves the magic of childhood and how children remind her of the beauty in the world. She has strong environmental interests and it is her intention to help children develop a deep love for the Earth through authentic experiences.

    She is a dedicated teacher to the school. She went to the School Around Us as a child and her son Alexander went there for his elementary schooling. There are times that SAU feels like it is in her blood! Additionally, she believes in the consensus process and sees how it has the potential to create peace in the school and the world. Amy is inspired by the whole idea that a group of people can work together for the good of the group rather than just for themselves.

    In addition to her love of holistic education she loves gardening with her husband, Nate, being creative, taking walks in nature, hanging out with friends and dancing her heart out. Amy also enjoys working with others to do great things. She feels revived by the energy she gets from invigorating conversations, group action and the creative power of many minds working together.

    www.schoolaroundus.org

    School Around Us is situated on several acres of beautiful wooded land with a stream and trails running throughout. The teachers use this outdoor classroom often, as we truly believe that our school is all around us.

    The School Around Us is a holistic learning community. We encourage the growth of mind, body, heart and spirit in a balanced K-8 academic program. Founded in 1970, we have been a state-approved independent school. Our 8:1 student/teacher ratio enables cooperation, self-direction and consensus in our classes. Innovative teaching, creative arts, parent and community involvement make our school unique.

     


     

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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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    Lainie interviews Bolivian Author G. Antonio Portugal Alvizuri about the Mystical Side of Bolivia [VIDEO]

    December 3rd, 2015

    For those of you that have been following our journey over the last six and a half years, you know I’m fascinated by the alternative researchers, archeology, history, anomalies and the ancient alien theories. Although I have no idea what the actual truth is, I’ve been enthralled by topics along those lines and have been inspired to go deeper, ask more questions and explore into the unknown.

    Most of all, I’ve learned how to keep an open mind, not judge any piece of information and simply integrate that into my growing knowledge base of possibilities. One of the greatest gifts this journey has afforded me is the flexibility to say “I don’t know what the truth is, and that’s ok.”.

    It is from this perspective, I ask questions, dive deeper into the rabbit hole and find myself not with answers, but with more questions.

    This is an interview I did with a Bolivian researcher and author I met by chance, on our recent trip to Bolivia. We hope you listen with an open mind.

    Below this video, you will find information from show notes page from Conscious Consumer Network, where the interview originally aired. You will find information about Antonio’s books, links to his web site and more.

     

     

    Lainie Liberti interviews G. Antonio Portugal Alvizuri

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    From Antonio Portugal Alvizuri.

    “I have a message for you and for human kind: We are not alone. We have not been alone.  Ancient sites present clear evidence of advanced thinking and engineering.

    But most of all I have had experiences that proved me that we are not alone and that we, as humans, have a mission.

    Our mission is related to our lives, our existence, and our civilizations.Whether you believe what I am writing or not, there is a sense of purpose in the life of every living being.

    We, as the dominant species on earth have a duty toward Nature, The Animal Kingdom and our fellow humans.

    Progress is made by knowledge but also by wisdom. The wisdom of finding value in love, kindness, respect and harmony with Nature and every living being.

    We are called to promote such balance and such harmony. If you believe your existence can influence reality, society, your family, your friends, your peers, then indeed you can.

    All you need is believe that you can and just seek to be a better human being in the widest sense of the word.

    Seek to be a good son/daughter, a good father/mother, a good human being, seek to live loyal to your heart and seek to help and be of service to you, your fellows and protect mother nature and the animal kingdom.

    If you do that, besides living a life with purpose, you will be impacting your surroundings.

    And I in the name of those who can not speak, in the name of those who can speak and are not listened, in the name of those who exist but are not seen, I will thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Because my interest is nothing but your well being.

    You don’t need to believe a word of my experiences and my message….you only have to perceive it and feel it in your heart.

    The message I have can be listen, but most of all, has to be felt.”

    ~Antonio Portugal Alvizuri.

    Lainie Liberti interviews G. Antonio Portugal Alvizuri specifically about his experiences shared in two of his books, In Contact with the Grand Masters and Pakari the Andean Giant.  Antonio’s words come from the heart and his story is fascinating to say the least.  

    We sincerely hope you enjoy this interview.

    More information about all of his books can be found below. 

     

    Antionio talks about the Secret Tunnels under Lake Titicaca in Bolivia

     

    Secret Tunnels of the Titicaca is a lively and fascinating testimony of the discovery of the largest and deepest pre-Columbian tunnel ever found beneath Lake Titicaca, on the unusual circumstances surrounding its discovery and on the strange beings of light that forbid disclosing its exact location but instead make other many revelations. We will find irresistibly entrapped in the abysmal gravitation of the tale.

    Antonio Portugal Alvizuri’s Books

    In Contact with the Grand Masters

    grandmasters“In Contact with the Grand Masters” is the third book by writer and investigator Antonio Portugal Alvizuri, who on this occasion lets us know details about his contacts with great characters that dwell in the magical and still secret realm of the Andes.

    The book reveals new experiences just as impressive as the ones referred to in his previous works, related to the deep world of the Andes and principally in Lake Titicaca. This way, this information about his ‘Mission’ given by the beings he is in contact surfaces.

    Those beings show him details about their past lives and explain the reason of their presence in these mysterious dimensions as the astral guides. These beings allowed him access to many of the secrets of the past, knowing the landscapes and characters of other times in an exceptional voyage through time and space going through experiences with ethereal beings through out of body experiences, levitation and journeys to other dimensions.
    Read more and / or buy the book on Amazon here.

    Secret Cities in the Andes, the Messages of the Beings of Light

    secret citiesSecret cities in the Andes, the Messages of the Beings of Light, is a testimony of a fascinating book. It tells about the incredible astral journeys that the author has carried out through the tunnels or chinkanas to the pre columbine inter terrestrial cities in the region of the Bolivian Andes, as well as the existence of a city of light underneath the Minor Lake of the Titicaca, or Wiñay Marka (eternal city), and the city and tomb of the Great Master Lhasa in the region of Los Yungas.
    Antonio Portugal in his narrative not only reveals the existence of such amazing cities, but also has the mission of continuing with his archeological investigations and a wait for the trip that he will carry out a few years from now to the great cave in the mountain of Mururata where greats secrets are Kept of the Lemur Continent.
    The messages that he has received from the Beings of Light, are revealed partially by him in this book, the rest of the messages are jealously being kept until the Great Master allow him to reveal them.

    Read more and / or buy the book on Amazon here.

    Pakari the Andean Giant

    pakariThe presentation by Antonio Portugal to the Spanish speaking readers, that takes place in our Andean land, typical of our diversity in Bolivia, is an important task in our present for his books have awakened a special interest on the subjects written about in his previous four books : The Chinkana of the Titicaca (the secret tunnels of the Sacred Lake), Secret Cities in the Andes (the Messages of the Beings of Light), In Contact with the Grand Masters and From Tibet to the Andes, the encounter of two cultures, where he narrates the encounter with beings of light and other contacts that lead to the mission entrusted by Superior Beings. In this opportunity, the author offers his readers information on a new contact that take him to secret places such as the Great Gallery beneath Tiwanaku as well as new missions that lead him to find an underground city known as: “Latent City” or Secret City describing structures built thousands of years ago. In company of a shaman named Kupa, they see giant beings, Cyclops and dwarf beings in a state of hibernation and finding out the reason they are on our planet; the discovery of machines alongside these beings and their apparent function to reanimate these slumbering beings that will help humans in the oncoming destruction as well as their mission to permanently aid people in their astral development. He will also include the description of space ships that will serve as transport vessels for humans in the future.

    Read more and / or buy the book on Amazon here.

    From Tibet to the Andes, the encounter of two cultures

    tibetFrom Tibet to the Andes, The Encounter of Two Cultures is Antonio Portugal Alvizuri’s fourth book which passionately narrates one more mission he must embark on in order to obtain altruistic goals and noble ends that have been given to the author of these tales. In this opportunity, the Tibetan culture emerges that in spite of many people’s disbelief, has settled in middle of the Apolobamba Mountains.


    In the early 1950’s several Tibetan monks fled their homeland towards India, Nepal as well as the Andes Mountains of South America becausethe Chinese government invaded and took over Tibet. Many of the monks arrived at a region of the Apolobamba mountain range in the north of the department of La Paz in the Republic of Bolivia. Since then, they live in peace and harmony together with a group of members of the Kallawaya culture. You will discover in this book how they break the secret codes so they can finally live and enjoy their new found freedom in the Andes.


    Antonio Portugal Alvizuri’s trademark is to rescue the cultural values ofthese parts of the world known as Bolivia located in the heart of SouthAmerica. He shows us in every moment the great achievements of the past and Highlights the presence of those ancestral values in our daily lives even though many will try to identify customs and traditions as belonging to other foreign cultures and not as they should be: The Bolivian Andean Culture.

    Read more and / or buy the book on Amazon here.

    The Mysteries of the Tunupa Volcano

    tunupa volcanoThe new book from Antonio Portugal Alvizurri, ¨The Mysteries of the Tunupa Volcano¨, will take the reader to intense experiences lived in one of the most beautiful and mystical places of Bolivia: The Salar of Uyuni and the majestic Tunupa volcano, its perpetual natural guardian.
    As it is already a characteristic of his books, the challenges and extreme situations present themselves constantly in the narrative of this magnificent book in which the main character, inspired by trust, faith and perseverance, has to overcome grave obstacles while accomplishing ¨missions¨ were trusted upon him by the Beings of Light and the Grand Masters. To reach the summit of the impressive Tunupa, in adverse and painful conditions will be one of the first tests that Portugal has to achieve in order to achieve an encounter with beings from outer space.
    Going into an unusual and splendid city located under the Salar of Uyuni, as well as the revelations obtained in its interior of the city, will take us according to the author to the conviction of being privileged by the Creator and to make us proud to be part of the Andean Cultures.
    Read more and / or buy the book on Amazon here.

    The Chinkana of the Titicaca, The secret tunnels of the Sacred Lake

    chinkana of the TiticacaThe Chinkana of the Titicaca is a lively and fascinating testimony of the discovery of the largest and deepest pre-Columbian tunnel ever found beneath Lake Titicaca, on the unusual circumstances surrounding its discovery and on the strange beings of light that forbid disclosing its exact location but instead make other many revelations. The reader will find himself irresistibly entrapped in the abysmal gravitation of the tale.

    Read more and / or buy the book on Amazon here.

     

     


     

    578069_4985466568056_587947081_nTo find out more about G. Antonio Portugal Alvizuri, please visit his web site: www.antonioportugalalvizuri.com or his author page on facebook:  Antonio Portugal Alvizuri libros  or buy his books through Amazon.com

     


     

    Lainie Liberti

    11890916_10153511109242224_2111926122909166020_nLainie Liberti spends most of her time talking about alternative education and hosts the popular show here on Conscious Consumer Network called For the Love of Learning – Voices of the Alternative Education Network.

    She has been traveling with her son for the last 7 years and has not only facilitated her son in finding his passions, she has also discovered and pursued her own passions. One of Lainie’s passions has become archeology, ancient cultures, traditions and the mysteries of our planet. As a self directed learner with an insatiable curiosity, it is no wonder Lainie and Antonio sat down for this interview.

    Thank you CCN for providing a platform to share these explorations. 

    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.

    ftlol_slideFor 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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    What is WORLDSCHOOLING & how can I do it? – [VIDEO]

    November 24th, 2015

    This video presentation was recorded at the Un in the Sununschooling conference, October 31st, 2015 in St. Pete’s Florida.  Our entire presentation ran just over an hour, then followed up with a questions and answers session, which is not included on this video.

    Below is the video presentation of our talk with video and visuals added. We hope you enjoy it.

    Here is brief outline of our presentation:

    WORLDSCHOOLING

    I. Our story in brief:
    II. How does natural learning occur?
    III. What is worldschooling & why does it work with unschooling so perfectly?
    IV. Let’s talk parenting, connection and attachment

    TRAVEL AS EDUCATION

    V. Contextual learning or immersive learning – Real-life instances of immersive global education
    VI. What other kinds of learning does travel offer?
    VII. Strategies to keep your family engaged
    VIII. Why is worldschooling important???
    IX. How you can worldschool from home?
    X. How do others worldschool?

    PROJECT WORLD SCHOOL


     

    For more information about Project World School, please visit this site: ProjectWorldSchool.com

    If you are interested in finding out more about worldschooling, need support or seeking community, please contact us.


     

    Have a Proposal for Us?

    Interested in learning more about worldschooling, life on the road as a single parent family, third culture kids  or Project World Schools temporary learning communities? Lainie and Miro would love to receive a proposal for your conference or event.
    Please contact them here.

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    For the Love of Learning – Math Education – Epi#40

    November 22nd, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode 40

     

    Show Title:

    Let’s Talk About Math

    Monday November 16, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday November 17, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

    Special Guests:

    Susan Terry
    Paul Gafni
    Pam Sorooshian

    Math.

    Why is a negative attitude towards mathematics common in our culture? Is it because math is indeed both difficult and demanding of the learner? Are lazy teachers, bad students, or the government to blame? Should educators emphasize on pedagogy and technology to make the learning simpler? Why is it important for students to work through basic math problems when we live in an era where one can turn to calculators or computer programs to do the mindless symbolic manipulations needed to get an answer? Is math even relevant anymore?

    In the US most students will fail to achieve the mathematical skills necessary to pursue math centric technical careers. According to STEM education statistics, in 2013 only 36 percent of high school students were even “ready” for college level math. And the statistics further indicate that students of color and females score much lower across the board.

    There certainly are problems when it comes to math education. In tonight’s episode, we will explore reasons math education is failing and what can be done about it with an incredible panel.

     

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Susan Terry

    susanSusan is a graduate of Nipissing University: Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts and Music majors, French Minor ~ Bachelor of Education – Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, International Teaching; TEFL degree; Canadore College: Developmental Social Work, Computer Technology Software; Radio & Television Broadcasting, and Early Childhood Education.

    Early on, she became disenchanted with the North American education system and found that the creative talents and gifts we enter the world with are often stifled. PEACE School was inspired by her love of the Earth’s nature (our interconnection with all life forms) and knowledge that creativity and imagination as the backbone of education, are essential for a meaningful learning experience. At PEACE School, the world is our classroom, where children live in wonder with the knowledge that there is a Universe of limitless possibilities.

    Susan’s long career path has provided her with abundant skills to manoeuvre through life. It began with establishing and supervising a Montessori style Child Enrichment Program, to executive office worker, then child care worker with “at risk” teens. She shifted to the film and television industry as a journalist, writer, producer, director and editor, employed by a major film company and all Canadian National networks, then launched her own multi-media Agency: ICU Media. In tandem she was a College Professor (Project Management, Business English; Computer Software), Public Relations Officer for Nipissing University and ESL instructor. In 2006, she returned to her original vision and passion – to create a meaningful education platform where children are nurtured, to reach their fullest potential and blossom into joyful, creative citizens, while discovering their limitless possibilities.

    Susan is an advocate of cooperative community living and has volunteered in a variety of ways: playing flute in the North Bay Symphony and 22 Wing Military Band; acting as chaperone and public relations officer for a high school band during two European tours through Vienna, Prague, Salzburg, Weimer, Bath, London (UK) and Paris. She coordinated a Canada-Wide Science Fair in North Bay, Ontario, and for 13 years assisted Youth Science Foundation Canada, sat on the National Science Fair, and chaired on the North Bay Regional Science Fair Committees. She was active in her children’s education as Chair of Parent-Teacher Association for their school, and through Children of Chernobyl Canada, she hosted a Belarusian child for a respite in her home over 7 years.

    Susan has been inspired, and guided by great spirits and mentors along her journey, who have given her the courage and confidence to undertake the immense mission to manifest her vision to re-enchant education and give the Earth back to the Arms of Love.

    www.peace-school.org

    Paul Gafni

    paulPaul Gafni is the Mathematics Instructor for the early entrance students at the Transition School at the University of Washington and runs programming around the greater Seattle area with Math for Love.

    At Transition School, his mission is to prepare students to excel as full time university students in the field of their choice. One of his primary aims in this regard is to ensure that they have enough ownership of their ideas that they can communicate meaningfully about the ideas they are learning. This includes regular written assignments in LaTeX, assessed for clarity of communication and strength of analysis, as well as extensive time in class for collaborative pair work on whiteboard walls and lots of oral communication.

    With Math for Love, his mission is to provide genuine mathematical experiences to learners of a variety of ages. These mathematical experiences include elements of play, curiosity, and open-endedness, giving learners agency to ask and answer their own questions. These programs take place as before/after school clubs, weekend classes, library events, math nights, games nights, professional development, private parties, etc.

    He graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with Departmental Honors, earning a BA in Mathematics in 2011, pursuing independent research describing a class of chess positions as combinatorial games, inspired by the work of Noam Elkies, John Conway, Elwyn Berlekamp, and Richard Guy. Since then, he has focused his further math learning on searching for ideas that are compelling, puzzling, accessible, and elegant to both young learners and PhDs. Gems in this search have included the works of James Tanton, Martin Gardner, Vi Hart, and Gordon Hamilton, as well as the Julia Robinson Festival Problem Archives.

    www.paulgafni.com

    www.mathforlove.com

    Pam Sorooshian

    pamPam Sorooshian is the mom of three grown-up unschooled kids: Roya (30), Roxana (28), and Rose (24). She is also an economics and statistics professor. Her family lives in Southern California and she is on the Board of Directors of the HomeSchool Association of California. Pam, and her husband, Cyrus, pulled Roya out of 4th grade, Roxana out of 1st grade, and never sent Rose to school at all. That was 20 years ago, and they spent about a month thinking “unit studies” were a good idea before jumping fully into unschooling. Pam has been a frequent participant in online unschooling discussions and has spoken at unschooling conferences all over the country. She is the owner of the “Unschooling California” Facebook group. She thinks it is interesting that her children are making surprisingly conventional adult choices considering their very unconventional upbringing. Roya has a BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies and an MS in counseling. She is a family therapist intern and a college professor. She also offers private homeschooling coaching by email. Roxana has BAs in both history and drama and an MA in drama and is about to start a masters program in library and information science. Rose has a BA degree in Deaf Studies and is an American Sign Language interpreter and sign language instructor. She teaches college courses to adult students with developmental disabilities. In spite of, or maybe because of, their unschooling backgrounds, they have excelled as college students and have received many academic honors, awards, and scholarships. To Pam, unschooling means creating a peaceful, safe, and loving home life with many opportunities for exploration, invention, investigation, and conversation. It means very involved parents who pay close attention to supporting their children’s interests. And it means joy and closeness and a very special, very sweet, parent/child relationship.

    Learning Happens: Unschooling Observations and Opinions – https://learninghappens.wordpress.com/

     


     

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    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

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    For the Love of Learning – Project Based Learning – Epi#39

    November 12th, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode 39

     

    Show Title:

    For the Love of Learning Episode 39

    Project Based Learning

    Monday November 9, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday November 10, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

    Special Guests:

    Sarah Jackson
    Janny Gédéon
    Angie Nastovska

    Description:

    In this episode we are going to explore project based learning, an alternative to  teacher-led classrooms. In fact, this modality has been adopted by many within the homeschool and alternative education community. The foundation of Project Based Learning empowers learners to focus for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge surrounding a particular topic or field. There are different practical applications and tonight we will explore how two schools and one homeschooling family employ PBL or project based learning into their practice.
    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Sarah Jackson

    sarahjacksonSarah has been a homeschooling parent for the last 7 years and has covered everything from early childhood to college entry, thanks to her well spaced children (ages 5, 13, 17, and 25!). She uses a project based approach that has lead to in depth study of everything from butterflies to Lego stop motion video and Japanese culture to plant botany. Sarah has also been the head T.A. in Lori Pickert’s Project Based Homeschooling master class for the last two years, and loves working with other parents in finding their groove with project based learning. She provides one on one coaching services for those who want additional help.

    Sarah lives in Portland OR where she is involved in the crafting community and with the family biking crowd. She is currently launching a bag business so she can justify her fabric habit. She tries to bring a project mindset to every aspect of her life.

    projectbasedmentoring.com
    instagram: sunshineandgrey

    Janny Gédéon

    JannyJanny Gédéon has a B.S. in architecture from the City College of New York and a M.S. in urban planning from Hunter College. In 1997, she participated in a Brooklyn middle school career day and was alarmed by the number of students who thought that school was not relevant to their lives. That experience inspired her to pursue a career that combined her passions for architecture and teaching. For the past 16 years, Janny has been a highly regarded Architect-Educator in schools, community centers, and arts organizations throughout the metro New York region. She is also an experienced Professional Developer who has led teacher workshops under the auspices of the NYC Department of Education, Carnegie Mellon, MIT Museum, the NYC YMCA, and many individual schools in the metro area.

    www.archforkids.com

    Angie Nastovska

    angieAngie Jasna Nastovska is an evolving and passionate educator with over 12 years of experience in education. Upon finishing a Dental Technician Vocational college and experiencing the solitary practice of this profession, she was determined to enter the field of education. Angie longed for the opportunity to care, help and reach out to people, in a life-changing manner.

    Upon finishing a BA in English Language and Literature, and getting a teaching credential, she started working at a local college and university, in Macedonia (South East European University). Evaluating her current situation, she decided, she is not career-ready. Traveling the world since she was little, helped her realize that she has experienced almost entire Europe. Thus, being a risk-taker and inquirer she ventured to the United States. First, she lived and worked as a teacher in Florida (Destin, under the Mexican Golf). Then, she worked on short-term projects (6-8 months) in Washington D.C., New, York, and Texas. In the meantime, she gained another AA in Early Childhood Education, MS in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment, and PhD in Ed. Leadership.

    In 2007, she moved to California, where she partnered with two amazing educators in the pursuit to open an Early Childhood Ed. Center. Angie developed the entire curriculum for this organization (catered around Reggio Emilia Approach, constructivist and behaviorist theories with a project, play, and inquiry-based objective) and once it was running in full capacity, she moved to a K-12 Public, Charter School, SCVi (Communicator). She was a member of the SCVi, for the past few years, mainly as a published researcher, English, TOK and Humanities Facilitator. Recently she accepted a role as part of the iLEAD team, Director of Humanities, Innovation and Academic Rigor …

    Besides the true passion for education, she still finds a way to nurture her personal interests: Visiting botanical gardens, exhibitions, plays, performances, concerts… extreme activities such as: acrobatics, hot air balloon-sunrise breakfast, all types of dances, painting, ballet…

    www.ileadsschools.org

    iLEAD Schools

    iLEAD Charter Schools inspire LIFELONG LEARNERS with the skills to lead in the 21st CENTURY. We EMPOWER students to become conscientious, PRINCIPLED LEADERS and citizens of the world. Our programs cultivate CREATIVE THINKING, by offering INDIVIDUALIZED instruction, ACTIVE learning methods and opportunities for SELF-DIRECTED educational experiences.

     


     

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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 – Sustainable Living & Learning– Epi#38

    November 5th, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode 38

     

    Show Title:

    For the Love of Learning Episode 38

    Sustainable Living and Learning

    Monday November 2, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday November 3, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

    Special Guests:

    Eli Gerzon
    David Casey
    George Kaponay

    Description:

    This is, For the Love of Learning, voices of the alternative education movement. I’m Lainie Liberti and this is episode number 38. In this episode we are going to explore Sustainable Living and Learning in a modern world. The word sustainability is thrown around an awful lot. But what does it mean and how does it apply to our daily lives?

    In ecology, sustainability refers to the capacity to endure; how biological systems remain diverse and productive indefinitely. But we must ask ourselves, Is this even a possibility on today’s planet? Can ecological sustainability model for us, a platform to develop an endurance of learning systems and processes? Tonight we are going to look at the intersection between learning and sustainability and explore these ideas within the context of ecological, social and education systems.

     

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Eli Gerzon

    eliEli Gerzon is a self-educated entrepreneur and social justice activist. He does social media consulting for social justice non-profits, businesses, and individuals. For two years he co-led the state divestment from fossil fuel campaign in Massachusetts, the hub of the movement. Eli spent 13 years growing Gerzon Gardening, an organic, ultra-low carbon landscaping business on his bicycle. He’s also worked on organic farms in Concord, MA, Norway, and South Korea. He has traveled or lived in over 20 countries. Inspired by those experiences, he created Worldschool Travel Tours for homeschooling/unschooling teens. He led tours to Mexico and Japan. He speaks around the US and writes in various publications on the subject of education, climate change, organizing, travel, and social media. He is also an active member of Jewish Voices for Peace advocating for an end to the occupation of Palestine.

    Find Eli on social media and check out his consulting work on LinkedIn , Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

    David Casey

    davidcaseyDavid Casey has spent the past four years in Guatemala and other areas of Latin America catalyzing Project Nuevo Mundo. He has visited a wide spectrum of projects in the region, and consulted with project managers and founders about the most effective way to design a collaborative network to connect projects to each other and to human resources. David’s work includes engagement with local indigenous clothing production cooperatives in Guatemala, property development and ecovillage design, coordination of a WWOOF volunteer farmer program, and event production. He is also founder and co-producer of Cosmic Convergence Festival, an annual cultural gathering in Guatemala.

    David received a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies with a concentration in Global Poverty & Practice from UC California – Berkeley in 2008. He has been invited to share his work at University of California – Berkeley, Universidad Nacional Autonomo de Mexico – Mexico City, Instituto Tecnologico de San Salvador (El Salvador), and Ecovillage Design courses in Central America.

    www.numundo.org

                   www.cosmicconvergencefestival.org

    George Kaponay

    georgeBringing projects to life that touch people and create meaning in their lives is a passion for George!

    The last five years of his life and the life of his family have been especially dedicated to seeing this become a reality with the creation of a share economy project intended to meet the needs of people on our planet and their continuing journey of EnergeticXChange, a journey around the world dedicated to giving, learning and constantly growing from their experiences.

    Sadly, it took George fifteen years of working in high-pressure jobs, and in businesses he co-created, often working over 80 hours a week, at cost to his health and family life, before he was able to realise with the help of his loving wife, that being authentic and following their dream, was always the key to their happiness! Things changed radically and for the better!

    As one part of a unit of four people, it is critical that George’s working efforts are consistent with the core values of his family. This way, he can consistently match meaningful work with their core values of love, being together, sustainability, awareness, health, well-being, and their constant dedication to learning and development.

    www.energeticxchange.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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    For the Love of Learning – Student Empowered Learning – Epi#37

    November 2nd, 2015

     

    For the Love of Learning Episode 37

     

    Show Title:

    Student Empowered Learning Means Taking Control

    Monday October 26, 2015  9:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST
    Tuesday October 27, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT

    Special Guests:

    Peter Hutton

    And the students:

    Owen Swift 16yo
    Shadia Ibrahim 15yo
    Tahlia Sadler 12yo
    Blake Pollock 17yo
    Tanika Dailsley 16yo

    Description:

    Tonight we have a group of very special guests. We are joined by five teenagers who attend Templestowe College, a secondary school in Melborne Australia. This is no ordinary high school though, this is a place that promotes students taking control of their own education.

    Also, we are joined by the schools principal who spear heads the movement. Peter Hutton, a self described teenager trapped in an adult body, hated his own school experience. Peter developed an educational model that allows students to individualize their education and where students and staff share control in the running of the school. Revolutionary! I think so.

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Peter Hutton

    PHU-6Peter Hutton hated his own school experience, where he felt that education was being done “to him”. He has spent the past 25 years in schools trying to bring about reform where students are empowered to take control of their own learning. As Principal of Templestowe College he has finally developed an educational model that allows students to individualise their education and where students and staff share control in the running of the school.

    Templestowe College

    Templestowe College, or TC as it is often known, is an educationally progressive, coeducational, government secondary school, located in Victoria Australia, which supports 700 students from the ages of 11 to 20 to Take Control of their own learning.

    @TC students drive their own learning. Our Learning Community, which comprises students, staff, parents and members of the wider community are committed to the philosophy that students have far greater skills and abilities than they are generally given credit for. With the support and guidance of parents and staff have the ability to manage their own education and have the freedom to explore their passions and interests in the depth that they choose. Every student has their own individualised learning plan that they develop which guides them for the next five years.

    We have deliberately removed many of the restrictions that “traditional” schools place on students, such as year level structures, single age classes, bells, fixed starting times, detentions, and students are strongly encouraged to have phones with them. We employ many of our own students to help run the school and many students operate their own for profit businesses. Some students are even employed by the TC consultancy to work with other schools to help spread the message of student empowered learning.


     

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    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 – Passion Led Learning- Epi#36

    October 25th, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode 36

    Show Title:

    The Great Impact of Passion-Led Learning

    Monday October 19, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday October 20, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    Erica Nettle-Chik
    Michelle Barone
    Robin Grille

     

    Description:

    Do you remember a time in your childhood when you unleashed your true passion?

    Some do, but many do not. And even more wait until they are adults to have the time and freedom to dedicate to their their own true passion. Unfortunately many children’s passions are suppressed as they are told to focus on something else, based on someone schedules, school agendas or not having supportive encouragement.

    But what if passion was a part of the learning process from early childhood? What impact would that have on the world? When people are tapped into their passions, they tend to be enthusiastic and proud of the work they do, and often times able to overcome the many obstacles that can arise. Tonight we will explore the impact of passion-led learning and the many benefits of integrating individual passions into education, every step of the way. Join us for a “passionate” conversation.

     

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Erica Nettle-Chik

    ericaErica is the mother of four amazing beings, a partner to a man who inspires me endlessly and a friend to the plants and animals. She has a true passion for truth, beauty and humanity. Erica sees the human being only “Being” such a small percentage of our absolute brilliance and she asks Why?

    The spiritual journey of conscious motherhood has led Erica down many paths she could have never imagined journeying, questioning things she could have never imagined questioning and finding out truths that have challenged and thrilled her in equal amounts.

    Erica runs the popular web site and interview series called the Luminous Youth, never knowing where path will lead. Erica is excited to connect with souls who have been kind enough to share their wisdom in this project are bravely creating their own original paths.

    www.luminousyouth.com

    Michelle Barone

    MichelleMichelle Barone is a family therapist, parent educator/natural learning consultant.
    Michelle is the founder of “The Unschooling Summit” and the “Finding Your Way: Unlimited Possibilities In A Natural Learning Lifestyle” support community. She is also the author of the book, Finding Your Way: Exploring Your Families Educational Journey.

    Michelle feels so honored to be a guide for people on their life’s journey. She love’s homeschooling/unschooling, watching children blossom and families living a life worth living. She works with adults as they heal and/or transform their life wounds and create the lives they want.

    She is also a Certified Neuro Emotional Technique practitioner and a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology. She weaves her knowledge and experience together to support and facilitate change and growth in mind, body and spirit. Her passion is helping people live in joy and harmony.

    To find out more about Michelle’s journey or to see more about the services she offers, please visit www.MichelleBarone.com and www.UnschoolingSummit.com

    Robin Grille

    robinNormally, when in dialogue with the public I introduce myself as a psychologist, parent-educator and author of two parenting books. That’s the ‘business-card’ approach – and it sounds very adult. Not the complete story. I started life as a child, a baby in fact. Deeper: I started life in my Mum’s womb (at the latest). That’s more relevant than most people realize; because to some extent that is still who I am, why I do what I do and say what I say. I have so many joyous memories of early life, and these nourish and sustain me. However, like many of us today acknowledge, though my family loved me they also f*@#&d me up. There was death, there was migration, there was shattering conflict and upheaval. Wounded people trying to live together in a violent world. Fast forward: I spent many years deep in therapy, primarily group therapy, and this continues to be a commitment and passion. I believe in our collective humanity, our ability to commune, heal and re-create. My work as a psychologist, a father, a writer and speaker springs from and reflects this commitment.

    OK, I also wrote many articles for parents and for people who work with children, they have been translated and republished around the world and are easily found on the net. And two books (so far): Parenting for a Peaceful World and Heart to Heart Parenting. If you are curious about my work, or how to engage me to speak at your organization’s conference, here are my websites:

    www.our-emotional-health.com
    www.hearttoheartparenting.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 – Accessibility to Alternative Education- Epi#35

    October 22nd, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode 35

    Show Title:

    Accessibility to Alternative Education

    Monday October 12, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday October 13, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

    Special Guests:

    Jerry Mintz
    Justo Méndez Arámburu
    Joel Turske

    Description:

    “Choosing a school for a child is one of the most important decisions parents make. The school — its teachers, curriculum, educational philosophy, and values both explicit and implicit — will affect the child’s day-to-day life. It will help shape the child’s personality, view of life, behavior, and destiny as an adult. And it will also deeply affect the lives of the parents and the life of the family as a whole.”

    ~Ronald Koetzsch

    Children are not all the same therefore it is natural to consider educational alternatives based on the needs of an individual child and their family, especially for those who do not resonate with the ridgid model of traditional schools. Currently, mainstream education reaches perhaps 80% of the population. But what other alternatives are available? And why do only 20% of the population opt for a non- traditional approach?

    In 1994, MacMillan Publishing released the Almanac Of Education Choices in which 6,000 progressive and holistic schools and homeschooling resource centers were listed in the United States and even more throughout the world. Today in 2015, there are perhaps double that number in terms of alternative options available.

    Just what does the term “alternative education” refer to?

    Alternative education encompasses many different pedagogical approaches differing from that of the mainstream pedagogy. Most alternative education organizations tend to lean toward less rigidity within philosophy, organization, curriculum and learning modalities based on the values, beliefs and experiences of the local community it serves.

    Tonight we will hear from a panel of visionaries who believe alternatives in education are an important part of the cultural framework. We will also examine issues surrounding accessibility to alternative education from both practical and perceived perspectives. Join us for this fascinating conversation.

     

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Jerry Mintz

    jerrymintz-200x300Jerry Mintz has been a leading voice in the alternative school movement for over thirty years. He was a public school teacher and principal, and, for seventeen years, an independent alternative school principal. In 1989, he founded the Alternative Education Resource Organization and has helped found over 75 alternative schools and organizations. He has been on National Public Radio, the major TV networks, in The New York Times, Newsday, and many other publications. He was Editor-in-Chief for the Handbook of Alternative Education, and the Almanac of Education Choices. He is the author of No Homework and Recess All Day: How to Have Freedom and Democracy in Education . Co-editor of Turning Points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories. He appeared in two recent TEDx talks. He continues to lecture and consult around the world.
    www.EducationRevolution.org

     

    Justo Méndez Arámburu

    justoJusto Méndez Arámburu is the founder and president of Nuestra Escuela. This educational project is based on an education of liberation and is aimed at youths who have been marginalized by the education system and have not yet completed the 4th year of secondary school.

    The service model of Nuestra Escuela has been award winning and has been studied by various professional institutions and universities of the country. It is a training center for future social workers, teachers and psychologists among others.

    For his efforts and commitment for education in Puerto Rico Justo Méndez Arámburu has received various prizes and tributes by the National Association of Social Workers, the Puerto Rican Senate and the House of Representatives among others.

    Justo together with Nuestra Escuela was the co-organizer of the 20th Annual International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC 2012) and the one who organized the celebration of the First Meeting of the Americas and the Caribbean in March 2012. In this first gathering more than 100 representatives of 15 countries of America came together to propose and decide on topics and actions of common interest, expressed in a manifesto. This document established the yearly celebration of the international congress: Encuentro de Nuestra América (ENA). His vision was fundamental for the development of public politics that promote holistic educational services for at risk youths. As founder of the Alianza para la Educación Alternativa, Justo has built a strong network for the support of alternative education. Along these lines he pushed public politics that is aimed at enhancing the educational options of youths in Puerto Rico such as the project CASA and the passing of a national law on alternative education. Moreover he’s the first professor teaching a course focusing on alternative education that is offered at the faculty of pedagogy Eugenio Maria de Hostos at Universidad de Puerto Rico.

    Justo Méndez Arámburu is a tireless patriot who believes that together we can achieve the state of the world that we want and deserve.
    www.nuestraescuela.org

     

    Joel Turske

    joelUpon discovering democratic education Joel realized the deficiencies of his conventional school experience. Through further reflection it has become apparent to him that he learned much more in his 20’s via interest-based and need-based learning. He has been a staff at the Philly Free School since 2011 where one of his many focuses is finding ways to make the school available to all who find it. The Philly Free School is a democratic learning environment, modeled after the Sudbury Valley School, which serves students ages 4-19.

    http://www.phillyfreeschool.org

    How Do They Know What They Don’t Know?  – blog post

     

    Tonight’s Special Guest Host:

    Anna Brix Thomsen

    AnnaWorking as a teacher and an educational sociologist, Anna Brix Thomsen has more than 15 years experience in the education system having worked in both primary and special needs education as well as as a social worker. She holds an undergraduate degree in pedagogy and a graduate degree in educational sociology from Aarhus University in Denmark and Stockholm University in Sweden. Anna is the co-founder of Brix Education, a company that works with supporting individuals, and children especially to develop their unique potential to the fullest.

    Anna is a contributor to the working class think tank The Hampton Institute’s department of education and has contributed to the independent online sociological journal sociology.org.

    Anna has co-authored the The International Handbook of Progressive Education and is working on an upcoming book on unschooling and deschooling within the school system.

    Anna calls herself “a guerrilla teacher by day and a social media activist by night”. She documents her journey as a teacher on various social media sites to contribute to a meaninful and transformative discussion about education.

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

     


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    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 – Unschooling – Epi#34

    October 20th, 2015

    For the Love of Learning Episode 34

    Show Title:

    Exploring Unschooling

    Monday September 28, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
    Tuesday September 29, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

     

    Special Guests:

    Pat Farenga
    Idzie Desmarais
    Pam Sorooshian

     

    Description:

    In this episode we will explore what it means to live and learn without school. We will talk about learning naturally through the world around us from the perspective of those who identify with the term “unschooling”.

    However, we cannot have a conversation about unschooling without first talking about John Holt.

    The late John Holt wrote:

    “By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do – and all we need to do – is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest.”

    Sounds like a radical idea? Maybe, but the unschooling movement has made headway starting in the 60’s and 70s as progressive parents were inspired to follow freedom based learning. Many opted out of traditional “homeschooling” into the movement, but not because of religious reasons but because they were attracted to unschooling for a purely educational and lifestyle approach.

    John Holt brought focus to the concept and the movement by naming it, writing about it, speaking about it and by publishing the first newsletter/magazine that supported the idea of parents choosing to educate their children outside the institutional and philosophical restraints of the educational system. He brought insights gained from his practical experience as an educator and theorist that validated the path that many had already chosen to embark upon. John Holt inspired people to re-think education.

     

    Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

    Pat Farenga

    patPatrick Farenga brings more than 34 years of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience (he and his wife unschooled their three daughters) to help parents and children learn in their own ways. Farenga is a writer and education activist who addresses academic and general audiences about working with children, not on children, to help them learn.

    Farenga worked closely with one of the founders of the modern homeschooling movement, the late author and teacher John Holt, and published Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS) from 1985 until it stopped in 2001. GWS was the nation’s first periodical about learning without going to school, started by Holt in 1977.

    Farenga speaks as a homeschooling expert at education conferences around the world—such as in Colombia, Ireland, France, England, Canada, and Italy—as well as on commercial radio and television talk shows in the United States (The Today Show, Good Morning America) and abroad.

    Farenga writes about homeschooling and self-directed learning for a number of publications and operates the John Holt/Growing Without Schooling website, www.johnholtgws.com. He is also a founding member of www.alternativestoschool.com.

    Farenga’s books include The Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling (Holt, 1998), Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling (Perseus, 2003), The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children (HoltGWS, 2013), and the forthcoming How to Report Unschooling to School Officials (HoltGWS, 2015).

    Farenga has also written chapters about homeschooling in Encyclopedia Britannica (2014, 2010), A Parent’s Guide to Homeschooling (Mars Publishing, 2002), Creating Learning Communities (FER, 2000), The Handbook of Alternative Education (Macmillan, 1994), The Exhausted School (Oxford Village, 1992), Schooling At Home (John Muir, 1990), and The Encyclopedia of School Administration (Sage, 1988).

    LINKS:

    Information, books, and other resources about unschooling and John Holt: www.johnholtgws.com

    Starting to Homeschool with Pat Farenga (This video series will be available for sale by Sept. 30, 2015): http://www.startingtohomeschool.com/)

    How to Report Unschooling to School Officials (this will be available for sale by Sept. 30, 2015): www.johnholtgws.com

    Growing Without Schooling: The Complete Collection (this will be available for sale before the end of 2015). All 143 issues of John Holt’s groundbreaking magazine, reformatted for print and digital reading. www.johnholtgws.com

    Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling, http://amzn.to/12pZRqH

    The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children, http://amzn.to/1eWXuiH

    Escape from Childhood: The Needs and Rights of Children by John Holt, http://amzn.to/19CPBir

     

    Idzie Desmarais

    idzieIdzie Desmarais is a grown unschooler, cook, writer, feminist, and life learning advocate. She’s the author of the popular unschooling blog I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write., and her articles have appeared in Life Learning Magazine, Home Education Magazine, and Our Schools/Our Selves, among others. When not busy writing (or procrastinating about writing), Idzie loves to make lots of tasty food, and has done so both professionally and in her own kitchen. She also loves genre TV shows, fantasy novels, going on road trips with friends, and cuddling with her dog and cats. Idzie lives with her family, furry and otherwise, in Montreal, Quebec.

    idziedesmarais.com

     

    Pam Sorooshian

    pamPam Sorooshian is the mom of three grown-up unschooled kids: Roya (30), Roxana (28), and Rose (24). She is also an economics and statistics professor. Her family lives in Southern California and she is on the Board of Directors of the HomeSchool Association of California. Pam, and her husband, Cyrus, pulled Roya out of 4th grade, Roxana out of 1st grade, and never sent Rose to school at all. That was 20 years ago, and they spent about a month thinking “unit studies” were a good idea before jumping fully into unschooling.

    Pam has been a frequent participant in online unschooling discussions and has spoken at unschooling conferences all over the country. She is the owner of the “Unschooling California” Facebook group. She thinks it is interesting that her children are making surprisingly conventional adult choices considering their very unconventional upbringing.

    Roya has a BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies and an MS in counseling. She is a family therapist intern and a college professor. She also offers private homeschooling coaching by email. Roxana has BAs in both history and drama and an MA in drama and is about to start a masters program in library and information science. Rose has a BA degree in Deaf Studies and is an American Sign Language interpreter and sign language instructor. She teaches college courses to adult students with developmental disabilities. In spite of, or maybe because of, their unschooling backgrounds, they have excelled as college students and have received many academic honors, awards, and scholarships.

    To Pam, unschooling means creating a peaceful, safe, and loving home life with many opportunities for exploration, invention, investigation, and conversation. It means very involved parents who pay close attention to supporting their children’s interests. And it means joy and closeness and a very special, very sweet, parent/child relationship.

    Learning Happens: Unschooling Observations and Opinions – https://learninghappens.wordpress.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 about Bolivia with Hanaqpacha Travel [VIDEO]

    October 19th, 2015

    I sat down with Maya, the owner of Hanaqpacha Travel to learn more about visiting Bolivia. She shared with us several of the special tours she developed through the city of La Paz. Maya also talks about many of the popular and off the beaten track attractions throughout Bolivia to consider on your next trip. If you are planning a visit to Bolivia this video will be a valuable resource for you.


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    HANAQPACHA TRAVEL

    If you are interested in booking a tour with HanaqPacha Travels, please contact them using the info below. Be sure to tell them that you are a “worldschooler” for a very special offer!

    Maya Sagárnaga
    Calle Jaen #734
    La Paz-Bolivia

    WEB: www.hanaqpachatravel.com
    E-mail: tours@hanaqpachatravel.com
    E-mail: hanaqpachatravel@gmail.com
    Cel: (591) 720 20 310 – (591) 762 01 005

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    Exploring the Bolivian desert, learning about nature on 3 day Uyuni Salt Flats tour

    October 16th, 2015

    Our three day excursion to visit Bolivia and particularly the Salar de Uyuni (Spanish for Salt enclosure) also known as the Bolivian Salt Flats, or simply salt flats, was filled with so many emotions: awe, equanimity and more. This alienesque landscape is truly unfathomable as a geographic wonder, making this trip one of the most remarkable expeditions of our lifetime.

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    Many travelers and people often describe a bucket list of places they wish to visit, whether African safaris, hot pools in Sweden, or Alaskan cruises. For Miro and I, it had been the Bolivian salt flats for quite a while as one of our top worldschooling destinations. We choose the salt flats after researching geologic formations of the places located  in South America, entrenched by years of Spanish and indigenous culture, it seemed the perfect fit. Our planned mini-excursion to visit the Salar de Uyuni was definitely on our to-do list!

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    We set off on our three-day excursion after an overnight bus ride from La Paz, delivering us directly to the town of Uyuni, where our guide was to meet us for the three day trip.

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    The Salar is the world’s largest salt flat, geographically it is found in the Oruro/Potosi region of Bolivia, not far from the Andes. The ancient origins of the salt flats themselves span over 10,500 square kilometers and are located 3,600 meters above sea level, and are a short 45-minute drive from the town of Uyuni.

    Day 1

    Our guide picked us up in front of the agency at 10.30am and our first port-of-call was the abandoned trains named the ‘train cemetery’. This now touristic area was once a thriving mining and locomotive hub that connected the area to the Pacific Ocean until political instability led them to flee and leave behind their 19th-century locomotives. All that is left is a dusty barren landscape with a surreal feel to it, some opportunistic graffiti and tourists from all around the world.

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    We took plenty of pictures of the abandoned trains and after a period of time headed out towards the salt fields passing through a small town named Colchani, where we were able to purchase souvenirs and mingle a bit with other tourists and chat with our tour guide.

     

    The Great Uyuni Salar

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    Our next stop on the three-day excursion was the actual salt plains themselves. Let me explain: coming here is like tracking off to an unexplored world, where reality surpasses the imagination. If you have the travel gene and are looking for new experiences you will certainly find them here. You can see the Andes mountains on the horizon, and the ultra-clear blue sky we experienced was further amplified by the thin layer of water on the salt beds, that created a blindingly mirrored effect of the sky. It really is an awe-inspiring and otherworldly experience that is difficult to succinctly put into words.

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    The tour guide was expertly knowledgeable on both the geographic and historical facts of the Salar. I learned many things from him. This vast salt desert was formed thousands of years ago and was once part of a prehistoric salt lake named Lago Minchín, which covered most of southwest Bolivia. After the lake invariably dried up it left behind the planet’s largest salt pan in the Salar de Uyuni. The white encrusted salts of the Uyuni are mineral rich, the main minerals are halite, table salt and gypsum (a common component of drywall), which explains how the hotel that was previously mentioned was built.

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    I think I took over 100 pictures just in this location alone, partly due to my amazement of this natural spectacle and partly because, well, I just had to.

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    The tour continued across the salt pans to Isla del Pescado (Island of fish). An ‘island’ area that appears to magically come into sight out of the desert. Here you get to see llamas sitting in relaxed fashion among huge cacti that stretch over 9ft tall appearing almost monolithic in stature. We were also able to have lunch here while taking in the vastness of the Salar.

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    The next stop on our incredible journey is the Thunupa Volcano a now dormant volcano in the northwestern part of the Salar topographically it sits at over 5000 meters above sea level and over 1600 meters high. At the foot of this dormant natural wonder lies ‘the cave of mummies’. These caves are a local sacred spot and house over 1000 perfectly preserved mummies due in part to the arid climate. This stop is was one of my favorites, as enchanting and mysterious as it sounds.

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    As the dusk starts to set on the Salar our tour guide takes us to the next and final stop of our day, to a small town and peaceful town in the furthest western point of the salt flats named Tahua and to the Tayka de Sal Hotel. This is hotel made entirely from salt bricks with locally sourced cactus wood and other things that furnished it. Here we enjoyed dinner and woke up the next day well rested.

    Day 2

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    After breakfast we headed out to the many lagoons that are dotted around the Salar, which included Laguna Cañapa, Laguna Chiarkhota and Laguna Colorada where we saw wildlife indigenous to the area such as flamingos, chinchillas, Andean foxes, and Andean goose. It really is an amalgamation of the native fauna of the region including various species of wildlife and is sure to please avid wildlife fans. The lakes are as rich in color as they are wildlife, deep reds, purples and vibrant greens, caused by red pigment sediments and algae…

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    Travelers to the region will also enjoy visiting the Siloli Desert. Our first stop in this desert landscape is at the El Arbol de Piedra (stone tree). This wind-shaped tree created from stone has been shaped naturally over years, by the winds and salt that blow over the desert plains and is known to have inspired artists such as Salvador Dali in his paintings.

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    The day comes to a close staying at the world’s most uniquely amazing hotel: a hotel made entirely from salt. Everything in the hotel is made from salt: the tables, the walls, the chairs the ceilings and more, we tried, probably like others have before us have, licking the walls, and yes they tasted like salt!

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    Day 3

    We woke early on our third and final day in order to see the Sol de Mañana (morning sun) in this geothermally active area of the southwestern portion of Bolivia. Here you will get to see steam pools, mud lakes and volcanic sinkholes, the best of which randomly emit steam over 50m in the air.

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    Depending on what time of the year you go the morning air can be quite chilly so it’s good to know you can get to relax in the Termas de Polques (hot springs) which produce natural occurring sulfurs and other minerals that locals pronounce to be very beneficial to those with joint problems such as arthritis. We were glad to be able to experience the healing benefits of these waters after a couple of days of traveling across this landscape.

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    The highlights of the last day of the tour include visiting the Laguna Verde (green lagoon) which has a green-blue hue and really looks like an optical illusion in the desert. This marvelous spectacle inherits its color from the high levels of minerals such as copper and arsenic in the lake. The color is out of this world, it almost has a fluorescent tinge to it, just behind the lagoon sits the inactive volcano Licancabur Volcano. This could very well be the cherry on top for a wonderful three-day journey across the Bolivian salt pans. It really is a mind-blowing landscape and is impossible to not be mesmerized by it and forms the perfect photo opportunity!

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    The evening will see you head back to Uyuni – back across probably one of the most inexplicably surreal and beautiful landscapes on earth, and one I will surely return to see again.


    Miro and I booked our travels through HANAQPACHA TRAVEL

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    HANAQPACHA TRAVEL

    If you are interested in booking a tour with HanaqPacha Travels, please contact them using the info below. Be sure to tell them that you are a “worldschooler” for a very special offer!

    Maya Sagárnaga
    Calle Jaen #734
    La Paz-Bolivia

    WEB: www.hanaqpachatravel.com
    E-mail: tours@hanaqpachatravel.com
    E-mail: hanaqpachatravel@gmail.com
    Cel: (591) 720 20 310 – (591) 762 01 005

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