Sponsors + Partners

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Patrick Farenga worked closely with the author and teacher John Holt until Holt’s death in 1985. He is the President of HoltGWS LLC and was the Publisher of Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS) from 1985 until it stopped publishing in Nov. 2001. GWS was the nation’s first periodical about homeschooling, or as Holt termed it, unschooling, started by Holt in 1977.

To be considered as a conference sponsoring partner, please email steve@hargadon.com.


Guinever's Gifted Group offers interacctive online classes in a range of junior high and high school subjects for gifte students who are seeking advanced coursework.

G3 classes are gerouped by skill level, rather than chronological age, to allow asynchronous learners to accelerate in individual subjects as needed.

Unique assignment structures let students show what they know through various creative methods, allowing both proficient and emerging writers to succeed.

Live peer interaction and discussion forums are woven into all classes to create a cohesive community of gifted learners.

home | school | life

Meet home | school | life, a smart, fun, homeschool magazine that’s as creative, playful, and informed as the homeschool days. Packed with resources, reviews, insight, and inspiration for your homeschool life, it’s the perfect combination of homeschool conference, mom’s night out, and park day, delivered to your mailbox four times per year. home | school | life magazine’s first issue premiered this spring! Visit http://homeschoollifemag.com/conference/ and use password browncoats to view content.

Home Education Magazine

We invite you to subscribe to Home Education Magazine, where we have been loving, celebrating and supporting your vibrant unschooling journey for over 31 years. Visit us online for feature articles, resources, unschool family blogs, and gobs more. Send us your questions or write about your own unschool challenge or success for publication in a future issue.


Alternative Education Resource Organization

Blackboard Collaborate

Partner Organizations:

Non-profit organizations and schools can apply to be conference partners by visiting our partner group and filling out the required form. There is no cost to partner with us.

AIESEC Sierra Leone
Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AIESEC; pronounced aie-sec) is a global youth organization that develops leadership capabilities through their internal and external leadership programs and engages students and graduates in international student exchange and internship programs for profit and non-profit organizations. The acronym stands for International Economic and Commercial Sciences Students Association, however the acronym is no longer in use as it is outdated. Its international office is in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Algerian Association of Teachers of English ( AATE )
The Algerian Association of Teachers of English AATE brings together Algerian English teachers in conferences, training workshops, seminars, publishing newsletters, teaching documents, and materials to assist teachers in their career development. Members of the association are not only teachers, but also retired teachers, students, teacher-training institutions and departments of English language in universities.

Alternative Education Resource Organization
AERO is a primary networker of educational alternatives around the world. It helps people find alternative for their children, in which to teach, and also helps people start new alternatives. It has an online bookstore, does consultations, and has an online course for school starters. It hosts an annual conference in various locations. This year's conference is from June 26-29 at LIU/Post on Long Island, near New York City. It features 60 workshops and 6 keynotes!

American Institutes for Research
PowerUp WHAT WORKS is your free pathway to “anytime, anyplace” professional learning opportunities. If you are a teacher, principal, school leader, PD coordinator, or teacher educator, PowerUp offers you customizable resources to improve teaching and learning for struggling students and those with disabilities. It weaves together four key areas: Evidence-based practices; Common Core State Standards (CCSS); Technology in schools and classrooms; Personalization of learning through UDL and differentiated instruction.

Association of California School Administrators
The Association of California School Administrators was established in 1971. ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, serving more than 16,000 school leaders. The mission of ACSA is to support California’s educational leaders; ensure all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel; and champion public education. More than two dozen job-alike and issue-oriented councils and committees, a board of directors and a delegate assembly keep ACSA focused on school leadership and on education policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.

Child Foundation
Our Mission: To help children in need, who have been identified as high achievers, remain in school. Our Philosophy: We believe that education can move a child beyond the stigma of poverty, and give that child the tools to reach his or her true and full potential. Our Purpose: Since our inception in 1994, Child Foundation has provided basic necessities to children living in poverty or hardship enhancing the quality of the life for these children as well as their respective families. By providing access to education, Child Foundation hopes to eliminate children prematurely leaving school, and, in certain countries, early matrimony.

Colegiul National Al. Odobescu
The school has 1000 students. Expertise as: computer science, natural sciences and languages.

Daanish Foundation
Daanish Foundation is a registered charity in India. The organisation works as a support organisation in the north-western states of India with special focus on women and children. The program areas include strengthening participatory approaches to learning, inclusive education, quality education in schools, functional literacy for adult illiterates, capacity and skill building for youth, disaster management, environment & livelihoods support and strengthening local leadership in local self government.

Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz
The Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that provides learning resources to preschool, homeschool, and traditionally schooled families. The core of our mission is to provide a location and resources for pre-K through 8th grade family learning.

Escuela Superior Francisco Mendoza
La Escuela Francisco Mendoza ofrece un nivel escolar de Superior en el pueblo de Isabela, Puerto Rico. La Escuela Publica Francisco Mendoza tiene localizado sus facilidades fisicas en Calle Corchado en el area de ISABELA, Puerto Rico.

Flat Connections
Flat Connections provides resources, skills, strategies and access to learning about the world, with the world. 'Flat' learning is a multi-modal approach to learning with and from others in a global capacity. There is no hierarchy of learning as such - all voices are equal, there is no one dominant group delivering the information to another group. More importantly, 'flat' learning is about being able to work with others at a distance as well as in person. Flat Connections is about connection, collaboration and co-construction. It includes technology infused challenge-based and project-based experiences across the globe through personalized approaches to learning for all. Led by global educator and teacehrpreneur, Julie Lindsay, Flat Connections joins learners with the purpose of 'learning while doing' in a global context. This includes global collaborative projects K-12, teacher professional development and live workshops and conference events.

Global Media Foundation
GLomeF is a human right media advocacy foundation serving as a vibrant voice for the voiceless in society

Global Education Magazine
Global Education Magazine is inspired by universal values of the Declaration of Emerging Human Rights that aims to contribute to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by United Nations (MDGs) which is supported by the Regional Offices of Latin America and the Caribbean of UNESCO and UNHCR. An initiative launched by the teaching team that formulated the proposal most voted in the group “Sustainable Development for the Eradication of Poverty in Rio+20”. Global Education Magazine is an educational e-journal with international character that seeks to promote ideas and experiences from the work of educational professionals, as well as NGOs, Voluntary Associations, Supranational, National, Regional and Local Institutions and Organizations, that struggle every day to achieve the MDGs

Global Voluntary Development Association
GVDA is a leading International non-profit making organization established in Kenya in 1997 . Its main aim is to :- play an active role within the international role exchange that promotes international understanding,intellectual learning and tolerance, to support community led initiatives , working together with people to help them achieve their sustainable goals for development. GVDA organizes activities that are focused on youth mobility and non formal education and volunteering and committed to promoting and development opportunities for for youth , students and people of all ages.Our programs are currently attracting hundreds of young people from abroad every year to participate in education and cultural programs that have a work element , including summer work combines, short term group,home-stays, mid , long term,internship, International volunteer positions, community dimension, cross-cultural learning, Eco tourism, community tourism, adventure and community services of people of all ages. GVDA partners with over 100 both local and international organizations that include grassroots community groups,government organizations,non-government organizations,university groups and private initiatives t bring an enormous diversity to the type of projects we offer. Our projects are generally either conservation,community development or a a mix of both with local communities. GVDA works directly with with local communities to provide assistance for ongoing sustainable development. GVDA program is a fully organized and professional program that has been working with local communities for many years to offer life changing volunteer projects that are safe, meaningful,sustainable and course of fun!

India Development Project
India Development Project(IDP)is an Association of Indian Development thinkers registered under Indian Societies Act,XXI of 1860,FCR(Act)1976 and Indian Income Tax Act,1961 and has been working for the development of underprivileged people living in tribal and Mining belt of Keonjhar district of Odisha in India since 1989-90.


Indian Association of Homeschoolers
स्वशिक्षण – Indian Association of Homeschoolers is a non-profit initiative of homeschooling children, parents, guardians and friends. The members of this association include homeschoolers residing in India, irrespective of nationality & homeschoolers of Indian origin, irrespective of location. Just like the idea of homeschooling, Swashikshan is not bound by four walls or driven by hierachies. It is a flat organisation where every member represents the organisation. However, for logistical reasons, we created small teams to handle specific activities of the association.

Institute for Humane Education (IHE)
The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) is a nonprofit educational organization headquartered in Surry, Maine. Founded in 1996, it offers graduate degree programs, online courses, workshops, summer institutes and an award-winning online resource center. Humane education approaches human rights, environmental preservation and animal protection as interconnected global issues. Through IHE programs, students and participants gain the knowledge, tools and motivation to become “solutionaries” for a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world for all people, animals and the planet.

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face. From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action.

K12Online Conference
This is a FREE, asynchronous, online education conference open to EVERYONE. It is organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice. A goal of the conference (among several) is to help educators make sense of and meet the needs of a continually changing learning landscape. During the October conference each year, presentations are posted to our conference blog. The conference begins with a pre-conference keynote followed by two weeks of daily presentations. 40 presentations are published in four different strands, with four presentations posted per day. Since the conference is asynchronous you don't need to worry about time zones. View the presentations on-demand whenever it's convenient for you. Archived conference presentations from previous years are also available and accessible from the navigation links (organized by year) at the top of our blog. Our WONDERFUL keynote speakers and strand presenters make our conference an outstanding and ongoing learning experience for educators worldwide. Many schools and districts use these recordings throughout the year to provide professional development for their teachers by viewing them together and extending the experience with discussion, hands-on time and action planning. The K12 Online Conference is a total volunteer effort and is envisioned, planned and implemented by 4 co-convenors, several volunteers who also serve as organizers, and a fabulous group of volunteer presenters.

L.E.A.R.N. Home Education Network
LEARN Home Education Network provides secular support and resources to homeschooling families in Missouri and Kansas. LEARN families represent a wide diversity in our political, religious, cultural, socio-economic, lifestyle, and education practices.

Learning Choices Network
Based in Buffalo, NY and established in October 2013, the Learning Choices Network is a group of educators, community advocates, parents, and business people in Western New York seeking workable solutions for educational choice. Our mission is to create, facilitate, and promote alternative opportunities for authentic learning in the local community. Our goals include the following: To expand and understand the ways in which we learn and teach; To provide meaningful lifelong educational alternatives for our community; To foster a collaborative environment for engaging teachers, community educators, parents, and students.

Light Way Schools
The mission of Light Way Schools is to co-create a world-wide network of consciousness-based learning environments which fully support our children in reaching their unlimited potential within a self-sustaining community built on trust, joy, harmony, love and peace. Light Way Schools guides parents in the design and implementation of alternative and democratic home schooling programs through our Empowered Parents, Inspired Children course, known as E.P.I.C.

Melibee Global
Melibee Global aims to elevate the discussion about education abroad, culture, diversity and the lifelong path to global citizenship by offering trailblazing tools, speakers and professional development for the global education and travel communities.Melibee is a combination of the founder’s given name Melissa, which means “bee”. (Meli + bee.) As a person who has traveled a lot, I relate to the idea that bees travel, pick up pollen (information) and drop it off in a new location. That is very much what I hope Melibee is – a place for sharing information.

Mesa Public Library
The Mesa Public Library has many services both in-house and online to support homeschooling. Homeschool groups can come for tours of the libraries, work on research projects, use our computers, and attend classes and activities geared for children of all ages. Mesa Public Library cardholders can access our online databases for research, entertainment, or edification purposes. Many of the databases we subscribe to are used in colleges but are free for our patrons. We look forward to showing you all the free services available at the Mesa Public Library!

Moebius Noodles
Moebius Noodles is an off-the-beaten-path travel guide to the Math Universe for adventurous families. A snowflake is an invitation to explore symmetry. Cookies offer combinatorics and calculus games. Floor tiles form tessellations. Our activities draw on these rich properties of everyday objects in ways accessible to parents and kids, even babies. As the world turns into a mathematical playground, it transforms, one family or Math Circle at a time.

Natural Math
Natural Math places the maker approach at the center of its mathematics education philosophy. Our motto: “Make math your own, to make your own math.” Natural Math has more than a decade of proven track record in curriculum and experience design, grant-supported and commercial R&D, national and international leadership among Math Circles, and building online communities for mathematical education.

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation
New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation is on a mission to establish cross-cultural leadership teams of young women and men, with skills that will help them emerge from dysfunctional families and a drug-influenced life on the streets, to become peer-leaders and agents of peace capable of helping themselves and influencing their communities for good. We are intentionally teaming spiritual innovators and other exemplary adults with needful youth to equip them to pass forward all they have learned as valuable, contributing agents of change in their communities. Beginning at the heart, we help young people commit themselves to education and concrete goals, while helping them discover and develop their unique talents, and potentiality. Both self-disciplined and imaginative, these youth are becoming productive citizens and leaders capable of teamwork and shaping a positive, sustainable society that rejects violence and insists on communication excellence and unbridled compassion for all.

NMSU Learning Games Lab
The Learning Games Lab specializes in designing and testing educational tools. Our products are research-based and developed for various audiences: youth, college students, the research community, policy makers, or workers in a particular industry. Recent projects include games and animations – several of which are focused on science and math education – a number of food safety initiatives, an interactive virtual laboratory for remote schools, mobile apps, research activities with youth, interactive websites and creative video productions.

650+ Local community of inter-disciplinary technology startup focused entrepreneurs

One More Generation
We are a nonprofit founded by two kids who are trying to educate the next generation of leaders about the need to clean up our environment. One More Generation (OMG) uses educational resources to help students understand the need to get involved with cleaning the environment.

OneAfricanChild is a non profit initiative founded primarily to aide children on the African soil into realizing their true identity and place in the society they belong. We serve by executing community projects that seeks to educate and transform the lives of children through sustainable empowerment.

Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (PLWO)
Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (PLWO) is a non-profit body working for the promotion of library & information professionals in Pakistan. PLWO is dedicated to transform professionals from librarian to “teacher of teachers”. Organization’s multidimensional approach equips librarians with adequate professional skills to bring them with modern library management practices of the modern world. We have realized that library profession has been going ostracized as there is no proper body that can take care of the community. PLWO has arranged lot of workshops, seminars and symposiums to equip the library professionals with modern technology.

Phobjikha Middle Secondary school
This school is a government school in the small valley of Himalayan Kingdom, Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level. The school has classes Pre Primary to Tenth standard with boarding facilities for children from far off places. Currently there are 550 students.

Raising Natural Kids
Raising Natural Kids provides parents with the resources that they need to make informed decisions regarding their children, specifically focusing on raising children in healthy environments that will benefit their overall well-being. RNK Community is designed to bring like-minded people together to interact, share and offer advice to each other. We want people to THINK TWICE and to know all sides of issues/topics that families are faced with today so that they can make educated choices. Raising Natural Kids started with www.raisingnaturalkids.com, grew into a large Facebook community, and is now a community of its own.

School No22 Galati
It is a public school with many performance in educational field. The teachers are active persons that love to study and to apply everything that is new in the educational domain consistent with the children skills.

StudentHero connects high school students to summer programs and internship opportunities to help them discover their passions and get ahead. We hope to close the opportunity gap and bridge the digital divide for all high school students nationwide :)

Tabaka Boys High School
Am a teacher by profession, teaching computer science in a Kenyan high school

Uganda Community Libraries Association: The 6 Community Library Service
A community library project serving our community with the traditional library services thus reading books and borrowing books and newspapers and magazines. We also have outreach programs like writing and reading clubs, hygiene program (special needs for girls) where we are helping girls with reusable and washable sanitary pads, working with Worldreader we are training our community how to use e-reader gadgets Working also with Maendeleo Foundation we are training our community with computer skills

Virtual Homeschool Group
Virtual Homeschool Group is an online course co-op run primarily by home school families for home school families. Our mission is to provide tools, support, and training to help people that want to offer a free class for home school families a way to do it. Our organization is 100% volunteer and donation based so we can keep our classes tuition free.

Willowbridge College Africa
Willowbridge College is an accredited Edexcel International Academic Centre, offering Edexcel UK NQF International Lower Secondary School age: 12 - 14, Edexcel UK NQF International GCSE age: 14 - 16, Edexcel UKNQF GCE AS and A Levels age: 16 - 18+ to our learners. The College is an accredited International Pearson Vocational Center, offering Pearson's BTEC UK NQF Level 2 and Level 3 vocational qualifications from age 14 in Arts and Design, Business, Childhood Development, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, IT and Travel and Tourism.

Yesaid Kenya
Yesaid Kenya is a local community based organization supporting the rural women, girls, boys,and vulnerable populations to sustain themselves. We have different programs to achieve this, namely: (1) Environment (2) Education (3) Entreprenuership (4) Health (5) Social Justice.

Youth Coalition for Education in Liberia
The Youth Coalition for Education in Liberia is a non profit, non-political, non-governmental, non-religious and a Youth Center organization that advocates for Quality and relevant education through vocational skills training, literacy programs, formal education and also youth integrated programs, and create the platform for youth engagement, participation capacity building. It also gives to young people the bravery to raise their voices for better education and to teach peace and human rights in every part of the country.

Youth for Human Rights International
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a non-profit organization based at 1954 Hillhurst Ave. # 416 in Los Angeles, California. Founded and largely staffed and financed by Scientologists, its stated mission is To teach youth around the globe about human rights, thus helping them to become valuable advocates for the promotion of tolerance and peace.

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