I'm pleased to announce the inaugural worldwide Homeschool Conference.
My name is Steve Hargadon, and I founded and run the online social network for educators called Classroom 2.0. My wife and I are the parents of four children, all of whom have at some time had a form of homeschooling or independent learning. My co-chair for the conference is writer and homeschool proponent Pat Farenga. The conference website is http://www.homeschoolconference.com.
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 education, my 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 I've 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.