Fearless Teaching Gets Rave Reviews!

Not Too Late to Register for AEROx!
Sugata Mitra, Keynote Speaker from the 2015 AERO Conference
Conference info here. 
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Ends Nov. 27
Contact AERO

Phone: (516) 621-2195

417 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

AEROx Starts This Friday the 22nd!

The first AEROx regional gathering starts next Friday afternoon, the 20th. It looks like it will be a really fun event!  We have already given out several partial scholarships to the AEROx but can do a few more. Contact us right away if interested. Contact AERO by replying or  write to Jerry or Peter (see below).Scholarships are partial and full and can be for any age. We have room for 5-10 more attendees. We've also added some interesting new workshops.  Of course, next year's AERO conference will be in Portland, Oregon in August, so this may be the last northeastern area AERO conference for a long time. 
The AEROx at Earthlands in Massachusetts will be an intimate affair. It is from the afternoon-evening of November 20th through Sunday afternoon, the 22nd.  It will be a chance to interact in depth in a way that may not be possible in bigger, more hectic venues. This will be particularly helpful for the school starters who have already registered and others who may still come, as they will have AERO School Starter Course instructors Chris Mercogliano and Jerry Mintz to themselves for consultation on their projects. The same is true for the other workshop presenters. For example, anyone interested in Goddard College can find out all about it. And students and staff members from Longview School will do workshops. 

Many people have checked out the trailer of the other documentary we will show that Jerry acquired when he was in Colombia.  It is a new and original documentary about a fantastic treatment community in Ecuador that works with traumatized babies and toddlers. It is called Grandir . We probably have the only copy of this video in the United States.It has English subtitles.  It is a truly beautiful documentary. 
The AEROx rate is only $195, and this includes registration, lodging, and meals from Friday night's dinner to Sunday lunch.  Children, presenters and low income participants are still $150.

Author/educator 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." Class Dismissed will be screened on Friday evening. 

We are also offering a Saturday only rate at $150.  

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

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.
For more info contact  pberg7468@gmail.com, or  jerryaero@aol.com.  

Full Schedule, workshops and meals list here.

 Reviewers Love Fearless Teaching!

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 a Q and A of him by a Korean journalist here or read the article below. 

Buy the book here.

Q&A with Stuart Grauer
Grauer with Debbie Meier at the AERO Conference
n August of 2014, a journalist from Saegyoyuk, the educational magazine in Korea, contracted Stuart Grauer for a feature interview on the topic of Small Schools. Saegyoyuk is published by Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations, the largest coalition of teachers nationwide. Below is the transcription of the interview.

1. What caused you to start the small school movement?

Read his answer and the rest of the interview  here.

Experts: Smartphones and iPads are OK for Early Developing Children
In what ranks as something of stunning reversal, the American Academy of Pediatrics ( AAP) has changed its stance on the potential harm smartphones and iPads can do to developing children.

Based on research culled from a meeting of educators, pediatricians, neuroscientists, educators, media researchers and social science experts in May, the organization now takes a more permissive stance on the issue of allowing children access to computers at a young age.

The findings were presented during an event called  "Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium", in which experts shared their updated views on the relative benefits and pitfalls of children engaging with smart devices at a young age.

In  a 2013 paper, the AAP advised against allowing "screen media exposure" (smartphones, tablets, etc.) to children under the age of two, and specifically advised that parents "keep the TV set and Internet-connected electronic devices out of the child's bedroom."

Read the rest here.
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Jerry Mintz
Executive Director
Alternative Education Resource Organization