Homeschooling, Unschooling, & Free / Democratic / Non-traditional Learning
Your Name and Title: Scott Nine, Executive Director of IDEA
School or Organization Name: Institute for Democratic Education in America
Co-Presenter Name(s): n/a
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Young people, parents, elders, educators, community leaders interested in the learning about IDEA's efforts to influence public narrative and policy in the U.S. and to discuss the future of learning from a lens of equity, social movement building, and the politically possible
Short Session Description (one line): I'll share five years of engagement across educational, social, and political sectors, networks, and communities while exploring and offering a provocation about the role "learning alternatives" have to play in an unknown and rapidly changing future.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
In the U.S. there has not been a time since the 1960's where the educational landscape has been in as much flux and held as much possibility as the time we are in now. The public narrative about learning, testing, fairness, and options is broadly incoherent. In this session, I'll offer up the lens by which IDEA as an organization and myself as a learner is making about what is happening. Then, I'll share provocations. These provocations will be for my own learning and any participants who join as we consider the intersections of "learning alternatives" with rapid educational, political, and environmental change. What role are "learning alternatives" to play in a broader movement for the transformation of educational paradigms, practices, and policies as it relates to each and every young person across very diverse communities? What can and are we learning from prior waves of change? What does this particular moment ask of these efforts - or offer as possibilities? What does spurring on a larger social movement mean and look like in our day to day lives and efforts?
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