Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference 2016

The Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference will be held in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on June 4th and 5th, 2016. Pat Farenga, who worked closely with John Holt and is the co-author of Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling, is a leading advocate of the modern homeschooling movement. He will bring a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective on the history and future of homeschooling. Tomis Parker and Nancy Tilton, from the Agile Learning Centers, will share their experiences building a network of schools that facilitate self-directed learning.

The conference is open to all, including families who are thinking about leaving the traditional school system and those who are already using family and community-based approaches to learning, including homeschooling, free schools, micro schools, and coops.

The Play and Learn Children’s Fair (June 5th, 1-5:45pm), presented by CottageClass, will be an interactive event with a wide range of engaging learning experiences and playful activities.

Location:


Old First Reformed Church
729 Carroll St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Date:


June 4th - 5th 2016, 1:00 – 5:45

Schedule:


Day 1: Schools, Coops, and Centers
June 4th, 1:00 – 5:45

1:00 Introduction

1:30 Panel 1 - Schools (Moderated by William Schmidt)

2:30 Break (15 min.)

2:45 Breakout Sessions

3:45 Break (30 min.)

4:15 - 5:45 Speakers (Tomis Parker and Nancy Tilton)

Day 2: Homeschooling, and the CottageClass Play and Learn Children’s Fair

June 5, 1:00 - 5:45 [Upstairs]

1:00 Introduction

1:30 Panel 2 - Homeschoolers (Moderated by Danielle Levine)

2:30 Break (15 min.)

2:45 Breakout Sessions

3:45 Break (30 min.)

4:15 - 5:45 Speaker (Pat Farenga)

June 5, 1:00 - 5:45 [Downstairs]

1:00 Play and Learn Children’s Fair begins

5:45 Play and Learn Children’s Fair ends

Panels:

Panel 1 – Learning Centers and Schools (moderated by William Schmidt) - Guests:

Brooklyn Free School (Noleca Radway)
http://www.brooklynfreeschool.org

Agile Learning Center(Tomis Parker)
http://agilelearningcenters.org

Brooklyn Apple Academy (Noah Mayers)
http://www.brooklynappleacademy.org

Pono (Maysaa Bazna)
http://pono.nyc

Freebrook Academy (Monique Scott)
http://www.freebrook.org

ALC Cottonwood (Sara Casey Taleff)
http://nycagile.org/cottonwood/

Panel 2 – Homeschooling Parents (moderated by Danielle Levine) - Guests:

Eve Mosher
Miranda B. Norris
Robina Khalid
Kent Corbell
Ben Krieger

Speakers:

Pat Farenga

Patrick Farenga is a leading advocate of the modern home education movement. Born in New York City, Farenga worked closely with unschooling leader John Holt on his Boston-based magazine, Growing Without Schooling, and after John Holt’s death in 1985 he became president of Holt Associates.

Nancy Tilton

Nancy is the Director of Education for the 8 & up program at ALC Mosaic. After spending time teaching in both public and private schools, she left that world behind in 2013, when she and a group of motivated parents worked together to create the Mosaic community in Charlotte. She joyfully spends her days playing with children, her chihuahua, and four chickens.

Tomis Parker

Tomis is currently the Director of Operations for ALC-NYC and ALC Mosaic (Charlotte, NC). When he’s not working on the admin/operations of these two schools, he is supporting/coaching and collaborating with facilitators and working to expand the ALC Network.

Events:

Play and Learn Children’s Fair

The Play and Learn Children’s Fair, presented by CottageClass, will be an interactive event with a wide range of engaging learning experiences and playful activities. The fair will take place during the Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference on June 4th and 5th, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Information for Attendees:

The Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference is being organized as a grassroots effort by local Brooklyn parents. NEW!!! We now have drop off childcare for both days:

June 4th childcare: Prospect Park play day hosted by Crayon Power Intergenerational Playgroup and Explorative Learning Labs (rain location: Brooklyn Apple Academy)

June 5th childcare: The Play and Learn Children's Fair downstairs from the conference will offer an array of talented teachers, educational technology companies, artists and makers engaging in play and learning activities with the kids, hosted by CottageClass.

Upstairs, in the conference area, there is limited quiet space available for older children. Children under two are welcome if reasonably quiet. If you plan to bring children to day one or the upstairs events on day two, please contact pm(a)premmakeig.com to confirm.

For additional information or questions, contact:

Prem Makeig
email: pm(a)premmakeig.com
telephone: 917.538.5691