School Starters Online Course Has Started Enrollment
AEROx 2 Announced

What Yong Zhao Said About Trump and Clinton at the AERO Conference
Keynoters Peter Gray and Yong Zhao

The AERO conference in Portland, Oregon has just concluded! Participants came from over thirty states and countries such as Ecuador, Guatemala, Germany, Israel and Australia.
Keynoter Stuart Grauer just e-mailed: " You do great, inspired work and ran an unforgettable conference that will change many lives and bring greater kindness into the world. Thank you for that and for including me!"
Scene from the World Cafe
The new innovations this year were very well received, such as the mini-talks and the World Café.
All of the minitalks, the keynotes, and the School Starters workshop are already available on DVD. You can also get everything as two thumb drives you can plug into your computer, one for audio, one for video. That is a new feature this year. The audio of most of the workshops will be available. However we only have five full sets on thumb drives and are not likely to have more made. If you want to reserve one for all the videos or one for all the workshop audios, e mail me by replying to this newsletter. The digital video MP4 full set on a thumb drive is $79. A full set of DVDs is $119. Take a look at our workshops to see what might interest you. We'll have more information on individual keynotes and workshops soon.
The keynotes were quite incredible. For example Peter Gray presented for the first time about just how and why the school system evolved, and how this relates to humankind's biological and cultural roots.
Yong Zhao really wowed the crowd, describing for what he said was the first time, how his own education in rural China really was a form of alternative education. "Of course we didn't use the word "democratic" or they would kill you!"

He also wondered out loud why we call it alternative education. He said, "You should call it the real education!"
Jumping into the political realm, Zhao said that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are so defensive that they can never admit a mistake. If you can't admit a mistake, you can't learn from your mistakes.
That's all we have time to write today. We need to pack up and get ready to fly back to New York. We hope some participants will send us the stories of their experiences here.
Meanwhile we have a bunch of really interesting pictures to show you. Two are above and the rest are on the website.  
The Second AEROx Gathering Will Take Place Again in Massachusetts in Late September
Did you miss the AERO Conference in Portland? Hankering for more AERO events? Well, you're in luck !   

You are invited to attend the second ever AEROx Regional Conference!  
AERO has decided to return to  Earthlands Preserve in Petersham, Massachusetts September 30 - October 2, 2016.    

Space is limited, so register soon. The early bird rate is only $205, and this includes registration, lodging, and meals from Friday night's dinner to Sunday lunch. There will be child and group rates as well.  

Last year was a big success, there were just under 40 people with a great mix of youth and adults all learning from each other.  You can read more about last year's event here.

This event will have the quality workshops, networking opportunities, and keynoters you have come to expect from AERO events. We are collecting workshop proposals. Send them to, or .    

The event 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 Earthlands resident chef. People can also camp on the site.    

There has been a high demand for an additional AERO event that provides more local opportunities for networking, focused workshops , and action planning that keeps the inspiration and work of AERO going. 

To register go here. See you there.   

Peter Berg
New School Starter Course Begins in September
The 11th AERO Online School Starter Course will begin on September 26th, 2016. It will run until January. Enrollment has already started. 
AERO has helped start more that 100 educational alternatives that we know of. You can see a partial list  here. Since AERO's mission is the Education Revolution, we try to help people create as many learner-centered alternatives as we can. This course has been the most effective way we have discovered to help people go from their dream and vision to the reality of a new, vibrant educational alternative.
The course is limited to 25 participating sites, although up to five people can participate from each site. Last year the course was quickly filled with an amazing variety of participants from around the country and around the world. This has been the case for the last few years, so you should  enroll quickly to guarantee a space.
The course is generally not in real time except for an occasional optional live Skype or Google chat. The course is on a dedicated website that you access as you have time, responding to each section as we open it and responding to the posts of other students in the course. The site has videos, audio interviews, book excerpts, etc. So you can access it as you are able from anywhere in the world.
The two instructors are  Jerry Mintz, director of AERO, and  Chris Mercogliano, author of How to Grow a School and long-time director of Albany Free School.  But the key to the course is the interaction between the students.
Again you can take the course for 2 or 3 graduate credits from Antioch University New England. The full course is now $1000 but will rise to $1200 as the course fills up. It is now $1500 if you want graduate credit.
You can get more information about the course or sign up for it  here. It has already started to fill up for this year!
If you have questions you can write to

Links and Calendar
Please send us feedback on this issue. also, we would like to have more articles written by AERO members and about AERO school and organizations.  Thank you for your ongoing support. With  your help , we will make learner-centered alternatives available to everyone!

In Service,

Jerry Mintz
Executive Director
Alternative Education Resource Organization

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