East Village, ROC

To read Peter Kowalke's announcement
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Friday, February 18, 2011
The ROC (Resource and Opportunity Center) for Homeschoolers
East Village of NYC (RSVP for directions)

Food and Talk by donation

1:00 – 3:30pm (Presentation begins at 2:00pm)
Introduction to Unschooling with Sandra Dodd
Sometimes less is more. Sorting out how people learn from the way most of us were taught in school is a worthy undertaking for homeschoolers. Adults routinely learn things on their own at their own speed, and children can too, with help and encouragement.

4:00 – 5:00pm
The Deeper Meaning of Unschooling: A frank discussion between Sandra Dodd and Peter Kowalke
Sandra Dodd and grown unschooler Peter Kowalke discuss unschooling as lifestyle and the lasting influence it can have on a person's life--both positive and less positive! This discussion will be recorded for later broadcast on

6:00 – 8:30pm (Presentation begins at 7:00pm)
Brave New Thoughts – Unschooling with Sandra Dodd
This presentation will be a reassuring (or maybe disturbing or embarrassing) talk on how people think when they're not thinking about thinking, and how they COULD think if they thought about it. It will be about unschooling and thinking. About learning and life.

Sandra will talk about unschooling, followed by time for questions and answers. All ages are welcome. There will be a separate room for kids (childcare may be provided during the presentations at $3/child if we have enough people who want it). We’ll be "passing the hat" in hopes of recovering Sandra's traveling costs and expenses for the ROC. Please consider making a donation to thank Sandra for her time and generosity and to the ROC for making this event possible!

The ROC will offer a large selection of delicious food (suggested donation $2 for snack plate, $4 dinner plate). Vegan and gluten-free options available.

Please RSVP by Friday, 2/11, to Mary Draper at marytdraper at gmail for directions, with number for food, and if you would like childcare. Drop ins also welcome. Mark your calendars and spread the word! (Sandra will be speaking at various places in PA, NJ, NY and CT in February. For details ask Mary.)

Sandra Dodd writes and talks about unschooling. Sandra is a mother of three always unschooled children, now 24, 22 and 19. You can read more at She is a writer, a former classroom teacher, and a well-known voice in online discussions about unschooling. She likes to help parents be thoughtful and creative. Families around the world credit her with helping make their lives richer and happier. She has written for Home Education Magazine, Life Learning, Live Free Learn Free, and other publications. She has also published Moving a Puddle, a collection of her essays and Sandra Dodd’s Big Book of Unschooling.

Peter Kowalke is a lifelong unschooler based in New York, and he currently serves as editor-in-chief of He is the creator of the Grown Without Schooling documentary (2001), which follows 10 grown homeschoolers and candidly explores the lasting influence of home education. He has been a columnist for Home Education Magazine (1997–2002), Home Educator’s Family Times (2004–07) and Life Learning Magazine (2004–08). Peter also has worked for homeschooling umbrella school, Clonlara, and Indian homeschooling advocates, Shikshantar Andolan.

Nearby talks before and after Sandra Speaking