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HOW TO LIVE YOUR DREAM LIFE RIGHT NOW, NO EXCUSES by Kelly Nicole

We’re told to dream big growing up, that anything is possible if we put our minds to it. But as we get older, what we call ‘real life’ starts to get in the way. Things that NEED to be done out way things we’d like to do. Our time becomes limited, and so much of it is given to work, family, friends, and by the end of the day there’s no energy left for you. You lay awake wondering how you got where you are, and if you’ll ever achieve what you dreamed you wanted. Join Kelly Nicole and learn how you can start living your dream RIGHT NOW, without sacrificing those important to you.

The View from Here – Parenting a Grown Unschooler, by Robyn Coburn

After living as an Unschooler her whole life, my grown daughter is still home and planning her
life, and working out this adulting thing. She is about to start college a few weeks after the
conference, but she isn’t going away for it. This is a new life stage for her, for her father and I as
parents, and for me as a mature woman and creative person. This presentation will talk about
continuing to live by unschooling principles even after the school years are over – what is
different, what is the same, and maybe what I might have done differently.

A Teen’s Perspective: Learning Through Technology, by Jayn Coburn

I will be talking in-depth about my experiences with ever-evolving modern technology as a learning tool while growing up unschooled, as well as addressing (and debunking) one of the most controversial topics among the Unschooling & Homeschooling communities: “Screen Time”.
Spoiler Alert: I think screen time is nonsense, and you should too.

School In Media: A Terrible Storytelling Tool , by Jayn Coburn

School, whether it be a mundane imitation of an average, real-life school, or an academy of fantasy where the education is focused on the unusual, is an incredibly common backdrop for storytelling… But it’s also a terrible one. Join me as I deconstruct the tropes associated with school-centered stories, the over-normalization of school via media, and the false expectations set by stories using school as a it’s main narrative setting.

Math Anxiety: Don’t Pass It On, by Pam Sorooshian

Did you miss some school and return to discover the class had moved on without you? Did you feel lost and confused and just never could catch up? Was there a subject that confused you and you always felt “dumb in math” after that? Was there a teacher who embarrassed you, didn’t explain well or wouldn’t even answer questions? The problem is most often either fractions or algebra. Is that where it happened for you?

Do you really just not want to even think about it? Avoidance is the most common result of math anxiety. You may think you aren’t even math-anxious, but math just never really comes up in your life. Those are the thoughts of a math-anxious person, though. Math is everywhere and there is no chance at all that you’re not living a life immersed in mathematics. You may not want to see it, because you associate it with shame, fear, and misery, but you are living in a mathematical world.

If parents can examine and work through their own anxiety related to math and recognize its source, they can get over it at least enough to not pass it on to their children. Facing it, understanding it, and losing the sense of shame are the necessary steps – it wasn’t your fault, isn’t your fault, and your feelings make perfect sense.

Reading is Easy, by Carma Paden

Without even trying, you taught your child to speak. You didn’t define words, consult checklists, or issue grades. You used language and invited your child to join the conversation. Reading is simply language, and humans are well-equipped for language learning.

Unschooling to University, by Rose Harrington-Sorooshian

Before starting community college classes at the age of 13, Rose Harrington-Sorooshian had never set foot in a traditional classroom. Join Rose as she discusses the ways in which unschooling prepared her for the college experience, as well as the things that surprised her about classes, teachers, and her fellow students. Rose will discuss her experience at all different levels of education, from community college, to bachelors, and into post-graduate studies. Come learn about the academic and social aspects of the college experience from the perspective of an always unschooled adult.

Money Management for Families, by Rob Endres

With a proper strategy and management, you can make your money start working for you now to help you secure a financially secure future! Many people wait too long to start saving for retirement and don’t know the best way to do that. Most of us plan to budget our money but never do. Insurance and taxes and 401k plans and IRAs and knowing how and where to invest our hard-earned money can be confusing.

You can learn about these topics and get your money questions answered in this presentation developed for unschooling families by Rob Endres. Rob works with many unschooling families and understands their unique circumstances. He spent 10 years as a Certified Insurance Counselor and Partner at Ferguson Financial Group, and now he’s an Investment Advisor for Stonebrook Capital Management, Inc.

Get Shit Done: Less Thinking, More Doing, by Laura Flynn Endres

You’re here to learn, but then it’s time to begin unschooling. I’m all for reading books and blogs, participating in online forums, and attending conferences, but there comes a point when you have to stop thinking about how best to unschool and simply begin unschooling – which means not worrying over every little detail of every little interaction.

What’s holding you back? What are you giving time and energy to, and do those things serve you? How do you know what barriers to tackle first?

Your goal is for unschooling to be as natural as breathing. Let’s talk about the fastest way to get there.

Unschooling Stories, by Kiera Cook

Unschoolers often get asked to talk about their “typical day.” For most of us, that is just about impossible. This talk will explore a few especially sweet, poignant, and “unschooly” moments in our family’s life, that are even more significant because of how “typical” they are for us.

Deciding to Unschool:  A Dad’s Perspective, by Matt Cook

From a homeschooling skeptic to unschooling champion, this talk will explore this unschooling dad’s process in coming to terms and then embracing what unschooling meant for his family and himself.

Unschooling Your Teens-Is it what you expected? by Erika Davis-Pitre

This talk is for all families who either have teens, will have teens soon and/or have the pleasure of looking back on their children’s  teenage years.
It will be a chance to ask questions, share insights, and find support among other families with unschooling teens. 
Both parents and teens are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

Unschoolers Attend College, by Renee Cabatic

If you are reluctant to embrace unschooling because you worry it will remove college as an option, or if your unschooled kid has expressed interest in college, this talk is for you. I’ll share how I continued to use Unschooling principles when my kids chose college, how each of my kids approached school differently, and how to celebrate all of the different results of a schooling experience.

What Are You Afraid Of? by Renee Cabatic.

Relax. Seriously, it’s going to be okay. There are lots of things to be afraid of, and parents are inundated with the message that to be a good parent one must be ever vigilant, constantly looking for the next thing to worry about. But the truth is, in 5-10 years the things you’re worrying about now won’t even be on your radar, and in the mean time you are missing chances to connect and support your kids. Allow their interests to expand your world. Take it from me, a self described equinophobe, who’s daughter just bought a horse: I love her. (The horse, not just my daughter….) Come hear how I am learning to relax and embrace even the scary things and by how, through loving XuMei, I came to love her love of horses and one horse in particular.

P.A.R.E.N.T. with L.O.V.E., by Pam Clark

From control and coercion to positive and mindful connections

No Limits – Technology & Unschooling, a Perfect Match, by Teri DeMarco

In this session Teri DeMarco will discuss the role that technology plays in an unschooling household, the benefits to learning the platform presents and the common objections unschooling parents have with granting unlimited use to their kids.  Teri will not only use research and experiences of unschoolers who have come before, she’ll also include anecdotes from her own unschooling journey with gamer kids and the revelations and missteps along the way.

Values at Play, by Roya Dedeaux

This talk will look at the big picture of supporting your children’s interests, and why that is important — and often difficult. We will specifically dive into looking at how our values play the most important role. We will determine what our top values are, and how they shape our decisions, relationships, from big picture to little details. We will explore how to overcome fear or annoyance when our family members don’t share our values, how our values play into daily life logistics and decisions that impact homeschooling and our relationships with our kids.

 

Connect with Courage, by Roya Dedeaux

One of the amazing privileges of unschooling is to be able to support our children in their interests, and let learning happen as a result.

In this talk, we will look at the specific interests your kids have that you are struggling to find as educational or beneficial, and exercise the part of our brain that will help us make and see positive connections!

How Unschooling Prepared Me for the Death of my Husband, by Lucretia Holcomb

Unschooling and building a new life around the grief and trauma of my husband’s death have one major thing in common: connection. But how does that happen? In this talk, I will split the conversation into two sections: 1) The thought processes 2) The tools to implement the thought processes. I will offer two types of exercises with one exercise being an EFT or tapping round on anxiety, that we will do as a group together for those who would like to participate. 

How did this work become a cohesive conversation to share with others? We (the children and myself) began intensive counseling in the fall of 2014 through December of 2016 which included art therapy, horse therapy, grief counseling and more. After awhile, the counselors starting asking me to give talks to the grief groups we were part of because, by fall of 2015, there was a clear and distinct difference between how we were progressing in our grief and trauma and how the other members of the group were progressing. Many of the children who were of the same age as mine (10 and 6 by the fall of 2015) and with a similar death experience were beginning to show destructive behaviors like cutting themselves, drug use and stealing while my children were starting to show more joy, laughter, and a return of light again in their eyes. 

It was through these talks that I knew my next step in processing my grief and trauma was to share my story with others; So was born The Resilience Workshop, In Through the Outdoors Retreats and The Bounce Up Program. The information I will be sharing in this presentation began in these intimate talks with my grief groups and grew into both my programs. While both programs have been two years in the making, because of the intense vulnerability required on my part for designing these programs, I hope to launch both together this year. 

 

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