CORRECTION: Here is the link to the clearance sale on books.
They are generally half the list price or less. 

We have many new aspects of the conference to announce this week! 
  • When you register you will now be connected to Whova, an app for the conference (see below).
  • The cruise around Manhattan is now on! Let us know if you want to join it on August 2nd. On the 2nd we will also have a school visit to PONO, a democratic alternative in Manhattan.

This year's AERO Conference looks like it is going to be one of our best ever. We have a wide variety of keynoters and workshops, a day of TED-like minitalks, and several documentary debuts. People are coming from at least 25 states and seven countries. We hoping for even more registrations. You shouldn't miss this AERO Conference!

The regular conference rate is now up to the full price, $300 for the five days. But you can still attend at the volunteer rate, student rate, and low income rate. Also you can still get a package with a low registration rate coupled with shared or single; dorm stays. 

We are now adding something new at the request of many potential attendees. You can now register for just one day, two days or even to just go to a keynote of your choice. 

There is no minimum meal plan which also saves you money. You can eat in the cafeteria at regular college prices or on your own. The rate to stay in the dorms is a quarter of what you might expect at a nearby New York hotel.

Don't miss keynotes by famed author Jonathan Kozol, MET Schools founder Dennis Littke, unschool expert Daynaa Martin, and minority unschooling expert Akilah Richards. Peter Gray will keynote and have a miniconference for us with his Alliance for Self-Directed Education. John Gatto will create a dramatic talk for the AERO conference, his first presentation in several years.

We'll have mini talks by CASA Principal Jamaal Bowman, Superintendent Michael Hynes, Pioneering alternative school founder Dave Lehman, Australian school founder Jane McDonald, How to Talk to Little Kids Will Listen Joanna Faber, Brenna Gibson Redpath, on urban homeschooling, Debra O'Rourke, who will talk about "What Public Systems Can Learn From Alternatives," and Manisha Snoyer, who will talk about her Cottage Class Program for new micro schools. You can now listen to her new AERO podcast here.

People who wish can get 32 hours of continuing education credits from Antioch University, or even graduate credits! Let us know.

There's much more. So register now for the AERO Conference, August 3-6 at Long Island University's beautiful C.W. Post College in Brookville, New York.

Register here.
If you have questions or special needs, write to or call 516 978 7812.

Conference App Now Available

We are happy to announce that we are again using Whova, that great conference smartphone app that we used last year. This means that you can start networking and talking with other conference attendees on your phone right now.

On Whova you can send messages, view the schedule, build your own agenda, swap contact details and much more. The app also allows us to push notifications to your phone. This means that you can get updates about new workshops, changes in the schedule or locations, and much more instantly.

If you want to use the app simply download it for Android or ios and sign up using the email you provided to us when you signed up for the conference. If you can't login, or more than one people used the email address to register simply write me with the email you would like to use.

Comments by Conference Attendees

Some of the people who are coming to this year's AERO conference and who have been to others wrote the following on our AEROconference list serve  this week to encourage people to go to this year's conference:
Participating in an AERO Conference was an inspiring educational experience!  I loved the networking opportunities.  I made new friends from the U.S. and around the world.  I still correspond with many of them!   Discussions of school practices and philosophy gave me ideas to share with school members at home.  The AERO Conference was definitely the high point of my year! -  Charlotte (Candy) Landvoigt,  Ed.D.
The quality of the AERO Conferences is excellent. It brings together serious activists in all areas of the education revolution for collaboration, sharing new ideas, and supporting each other. AERO is the largest alternative education organization in the world and serves a very important role as anchor in the shift to a new level of education for all children. -  Connie Giffin,  Project NatureConnect,  Mother Nature Rocks
My experience at the AERO conference was life changing! The workshops and keynotes were inspiring and I learned so many things I was able to take back home with me and apply to my life. Networking and meeting new friends was one of my other favorite things about the conference. It was amazing meeting other like-minded people from all over the world. -  Bethany Sells,  Kerdos Studio 

I go to AERO to learn. I go to hear from people in schools that, like mine,
grow from: the grassroots needs of communities; the developmental,
emotional and intellectual needs of children; and the demands of taking
responsibility for the earth and human rights. In the nominal democracies
of Canada, the US and Europe, some independent education initiatives have been permitted-often barely-to survive. Because we are-barely-allowed to gather and create and speak, we must. The AERO Conference is an intensive course for the alternative educator or parent, different each year, and a place of learning and succour for students. You won't get it anywhere else. -
  Deb O'Rourke, ALPHA Alternative School, Toronto Ontario Canada