AEROx Early Bird Ends Monday; Playground Grants Announced
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Sugata Mitra, Keynote Speaker from the 2015 AERO Conference
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Contact AERO

Phone: (516) 621-2195

417 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

AEROx Schedule and Workshops Now on Website
Regional Early Bird Rate Ends Tomorrow, the 26th at Midnight, Must Register or E mail

The early bird rate is only $195, and this includes registration, lodging, and meals from Friday night's dinner to Sunday lunch.  The early bird rate ends on October 26, 2015, after which the all inclusive price will be $225.  If you plan to go but can't register yet we'll hold the rate for you if you e mail us. 

The first AEROx regional conference will be in the East, in  Petersham, Massachusetts  at  Earthlands Preserve November 20 - 22, 2015. 

Chris Mercogliano will be a keynoter on Saturday the 21st. Chris was long-time director of Albany's Free School and has written many books, including How to Grow a School, and his latest, "A School Must Have a Heart."
 The early bird rate is only $195 , and this includes registration, lodging, and meals from  Friday night's dinner to Sunday  lunch.  The early bird rate ends on  October 26, 2015 , after which the all inclusive price will be $225.  If you plan to go but can't register yet we'll hold the rate for you if you e mail us

We are also offering a Saturday only early bird rate at $150 . After October 25, 2015 the rate will increase to $175.  If you will be bringing youth under 18 please contact us for the child rate. 

Schedule and Workshops
Here's a link to the schedule and workshops from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 20-22. 

The conference will also feature plenty of time for networking, forging relationships and impromptu discussion groups. 
Lodging is rustic style shared rooms with bunks in off the grid, environmentally sustainable buildings.  

Meals are  vegetarian and vegan, provided by  Earthland's 
resident chef. People can also camp on the site.
This conference will have the quality workshops, networking opportunities, and keynoters you have come to expect from AERO events. We are still collecting workshop proposals. Send them to, or  You can also e mail us to hold the early bird price. 

Full Schedule and workshops list here.

These Myths May Be Holding You Back from Unschooling Your Children - Here's Why They Shouldn't
I stood up to walk away from the makeshift office space in my bedroom; it was time for a well-earned break from work. I'd been editing a client's website copy all morning, and my eyes were beginning to blur words in protest.

As I walked toward the kitchen, I felt my mouth widen to a smile as I heard my daughters giggling in the sunroom - their makeshift office space. They were both lying on their bellies, with their long brown legs stretched along the carpeted floor, and their energies deep in research and conversation.

Marley (age 11) and Sage (age 9) were happily engaged in their studies, flanked by their usual tools: a laptop, an iPad, two notebooks, several sheets of paper, empty mugs formerly filled with mint tea, and a copy of The Last Olympian, the final book in Rick Riordan's wildly popular Percy Jackson series.

Read the rest here.
Judy Yero: A Challenge...
During World War II, several branches of the U.S. military used a variation on the  following slogan: "The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer."
Some may say that what I am asking is impossible, but given the collective wisdom,  passion, and experience of this group, I refuse to believe that. So here's the story.
The Challenge
AERO's mission is to help create an education revolution to make learner-centered education available to everyone.

A little background: I have a client who is interested in advancing the cause of learner-centered education. I reported back to him after the AERO conference in May, and he has asked me to take on a larger task-traveling around the country visiting various types of learner-centered facilities. To that end, I've been reviewing the information on AERO member schools, as well as other progressive/democratic/alt-ed efforts. One thing has become painfully clear.

Read the rest here.
First AERO Member Videos Now Posted!
Last week we announced that AERO will now have videos of its schools on our member site! We invited member schools and programs to send in their favorite video link for us to post by their name, and these are the first ones that came in, that we've now linked to their site on our member list:

These videos give potential parents, teachers and students a glimpse into our schools and programs.

If you are an AERO member school just email the video link to us and we'll post it! You can contact us by replying to this email or writing to
If you are not a current AERO member school or organization you can join or renew here 
Playground Grants Now Available!
Ed: The people from KaBOOM! contacted us about grants they have available to create playgrounds in your communities. Here's the information:

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids - particularly those growing up in poverty in America - the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play so they can thrive. We believe that the well-being of a society begins with the well-being of children, and in pursuit of our mission to make sure every child has the opportunity for active and balanced play we offer our Build it With KaBOOM! grant.
Build it With KaBOOM! offers communities the chance to come together and build a playground for their community. Through the relationship KaBOOM! has with funding partners we get opportunities to build playgrounds all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico. If you want to learn more about our grant, feel free to visit our website at To start an application, you can do so online at You can reach out to Elizabeth Cole at for more information on our current opportunities available."
Links and Calendar
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