Cyber Sale Thru Tuesday!

Read Peter Berg's Blog on the AEROx
Sugata Mitra, Keynote Speaker from the 2015 AERO Conference
Conference info here. 
Click for Portland AERO 2016 Super Early Bird
Ends Dec.1
Contact AERO

Phone: (516) 621-2195

417 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

Hope You're Having a Great Weekend!
Terrific Sale Items
The AERO sale will continue on into Giving Tuesday!
MOST BOOKS IN THE BOOKSTORE ARE AT 25% OFF! Just use the coupon blackfriday.  

Some items are even more discounted, such as Stuart Grauer's new book, Fearless Teaching. Also, for each $100 purchase of books or donation we will send you a copy!

Some other terrific sale items:

AERO membership will be half price, just for this sale. We haven't had a sale on membership for over a year. That means individual membership is $20 instead of $40, and school and organizational membership is $37.50 instead of $75. 

We have three specialized kits with combinations of books and videos, for School Starting, Homeschooling and Learner-centered education

You can audit the current school starter's course for $250 instead of the usual $500. The regular course is $1000. This gives you access to all resources on the course website. This will definitely be the only time this is offered. 

The Super Early Bird Rate for the Portland AERO next August ends On Tuesday. It is $200 for the whole 5 day conference. After that the rate will go up and keep rising. A surprising number of people have already registered. 

AERO new book release, Stuart Grauer's glowingly reviewed Fearless Teaching, has quickly become one of our best selling books of all time-and it is still in pre-release!

You can read the original release by clicking on the book title above. 

Here is a short video by Grauer about the book. 

See Grauer's article about Play above. 

Buy the book here.

Read Peter Berg's Blog about the AEROx

From November 20-22 we had the first AEROx regional conference in Petersham, Massachusetts, at Earthlands Retreat.
To see more pictures of the conference click here.

To read Peter Berg's detailed blog about the event click here

AERO staff members get together at AEROx
Why today's college students don't want to be teachers
By Stephen Mucher

Campus activism is back in the news.

From Missouri to Yale to Claremont McKenna, protests have drawn attention, not only to historic inequities, but also to the dramatically different ways students experience race and ethnicity in the classroom and on the quad.

As someone who visited over two dozen campuses last year, I am not surprised by these developments. The protests, as well as their critics, say a lot about the state of American university. But this unrest may say even more about K-12 schooling.

Read the rest here.
Pearson GERM in the Philippines Is a Scare Story for the Rest of the World

Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish educator and researcher and a visiting professor at the Harvard University School of Education, calls the Global Educational Reform Movement by its initials,  GERM. It is a great acronym for a global plague and I guess that makes Pearson Education its principle carrier.

It looks like the GERM plague has hit education in the Philippines thanks to Pearson. Curtis Riep, a doctoral student at University of Alberta in Canada, just released a study on corporatized education deform in the Philippines featuring Pearson and local affiliates and partners. He focused on APEC, a for-profit chain of low-fee private schools established through a joint venture between Pearson and the Philippine-based Ayala Group.

Read the rest here.

"I Have No Degree. How Do I Get Others to Value Me?" - Ask John #11

Dear Mr. Gatto,

I am an auto-didactic learner. How do I get others to value me and to value what I know without the degree?

I run into this all the time even from people who profess to be promoting self directed education and selling this idea to families. I come to the table with my knowledge in a given area and am dismissed or treated as less than because I do not have the degree with letters after my name. The guy with the PhD still trumps 30,000 hours of self directed learning. It's soul crushing.


Lisa M.

Read John's response here.
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Thank you for your ongoing support. With  your help, we will make learner-centered alternatives available to everyone!


Jerry Mintz
Executive Director
Alternative Education Resource Organization