Welcome + Information

The second annual Homeschool+ Conference was August 4th - 8th, 2014. This annual online and free event provides an opportunity to share strategies, practices, and resources for those who are involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative, independent, and non-traditional education. 

Public discussions on education have been increasingly more accepting of the variety of learning opportunities for students, and also of the potential for valuable dialog on practices that arise from non-traditional learning environments. While the Homeschool+ Conference is geared toward those participating in or wanting to learn more about homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative/non-traditional education, our hope is that this conference will also be valuable for traditional educators looking to expand their scope and understanding of teaching and learning practices.

The conference is based on a peer-learning model developed over the last several years which invites high levels of interaction and participation. As an online event, without the constraints faced by physical events (time/space/travel), the goal is to get as many of you as possible to present and share your experiences, practices, and resources with each other. First-time presenters: you are not only welcome to submit proposals--you are encouraged to do so! 

You will also notice that the conference, and the proposal process, are hosted in this social-networking website. Please join the site to be kept informed of conference news, and then consider taking the opportunity the site provides to connect with others, both before, during, and after the conference. You are also welcome to start independent topic, organization, or other conversations or groups for further connecting and sharing.

Attending:

The Homeschool+ Conference is held online and is free to attend. You can view the session recordings here.

Presenting:

The Call for Proposals is now closed.

Advisory & Outreach Board:  

Anyone can apply to be a member of the international advisory & outreach board. Advisory board members are recognized on the website and are asked to:

  • Promote both participation and attendance at the conference
  • Help us find partner organizations in their region(s)
  • If possible, help moderate sessions during the actual conference

To sign up for the advisory board, please make sure you have joined the conference network, and then join the advisory board group here.

Conference Partner Organizations:

Whether you are a small homeschool co-op or a multi-school organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. You must be non-commercial and primarily or substantively focused on home- or alternative-schooling. Once approved, your organization or event will be listed with a link, logo, and a short description.

Our goal for the conference is to have it be a milestone event, bringing together individuals and organizations from all over the world. We recognize that much (if not most!) of the outreach for this conference will come from your sharing the conference information in your online and other social communities, or to your own membership if you have one. Our recognizing you on the site is part of our appreciation for you for doing this!

There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization--all we do ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. To apply to be a conference partner organization, please make sure you have joined the conference network, and then complete a partner application.

Conference Sponsors:

There are opportunities for commercial sponsorship of the Homeschool+ Conference, and both recognition and authentic appreciation for financial support will be given to those who choose to sponsor. Sponsorship levels and benefits can be discussed with Steve Hargadon directly at steve@hargadon.com or 916-283-7901.

Volunteering:

It is not an exaggeration to say that volunteers are the life-blood of this unique kind of peer and participative conference! Volunteers help moderate the presentation sessions, they do not need to have prior experience. To find out how you can help, and why it is so much fun to do so, please join our volunteer group.

Please let others know about the conference using the promotional materials provided. And see you online!


Steve
Steve Hargadon
Co-Chair, 2014 Homeschool+ Conference
steve@hargadon.com

Pat
Pat Farenga
Co-Chair, 2014 Homeschool+ Conference
pat.farenga@gmail.com

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