Who is the Northeast Unschooling Conference for?
Are you an unschooler or unschooling family, interested in alternative education, self-directed learning, joyful parenting, and connecting with community? You’ll fit right in! We welcome self-directed learners of all ages, parents, grown unschoolers, friends, grandparents, unschooling curious families, professional educators, and all those interested in exploring unschooling, making new friends, and connecting with our community.
How much does NEUC cost?
When and where is NEUC?
Every weekend in August 2021, the 7th-29th.
Our conference will be held entirely virtually via Zoom.
What does the conference registration cover?
Full access to all the virtual content including recordings of some panels including the keynote speaker.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes! We are offering a limited number of scholarships. Please click here to fill out our scholarship application form. The exact number of scholarships available will depend on the success of our fundraising efforts.
We are committed to making NEUC accessible for everyone, please email conference organizers, and we will do our best to work with you and your family’s situation: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I become a speaker at NEUC/propose a funshop/run a discussion?
Thank you so much for being willing to lend your skills, time, and heart to make our conference a spectacular, community driven event!
If you have an idea for programming, click here to fill out the Google form to propose your idea!
What kind of programming are you looking for?
We are looking for all types of programming! We welcome presenters of any age and any skill level, presenting on virtually any topic. We love hands-on, creative funshops, skill shares teaching about your favorite interest, closed identity-based programming, discussions on social justice issues, academically focused workshops on topics you might learn about in school, discussion circles on unschooling specific topics, support spaces addressing challenging topics, or anything else you can think of!
NEUC, like unschooling itself, is a celebration of who we are as individuals and as a community. For one short week, we get to come together to create the programming WE want to be part of. It makes our community stronger when we share from our hearts, come together around topics of interest, and create programming that supports our unique lives. We would be honored if you would share yourselves with us in this way!
What should I expect at NEUC? What do kids do at NEUC? Is there programming for parents? What about teenagers? Grown unschoolers?
Yes, yes, YES! We offer a wide variety of programming designed to appeal to everyone of all ages in your family.
Younger folks might enjoy our hands-on funshops that have historically ranged from playdough, to bead work, to story time, to creative movement. We have options in every timeslot for fun, hands-on workshops for kids to explore interests and play alongside other unschooled kiddos, a truly unique opportunity. Some of the most imaginative, creative, and free-spirited play happens when little unschoolers get together!
Although many older folks attend hands-on funshops as well, teenagers might be drawn towards funshops where they can learn a new skill alongside other unschoolers, such as guitar, American Sign Language, or knitting. They might also be interested in speaking on or attending our teen unschoolers panel, attending programming about how to get into college as an unschooler, or connecting with grown unschoolers for mentorship or guidance. Or, of course, just hanging out in support spaces designed exclusively for them.
Grown unschoolers will appreciate our closed, grown unschooler only spaces- as far as we know, the only one in the world. They might appreciate our deep, complex discussions about the goods and bads of unschooling, and might enjoy speaking on our grown unschoolers panel. They might also want to lend their voices to some of our parent programming, sharing lived experience with unschooling families who still have younger people in the house. Grown unschoolers might also appreciate our opportunities to connect with teenage unschoolers to talk realistically and honestly about shared lived experience.
Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and other older family members have a wide variety of workshops, panels, and discussions to choose from! Parents might be interested in attending workshops discussing unschooling struggles, and how they are handling difficult topics such as unschooling around food, screen time, personal hygiene, etc. Or, parents might enjoy specific community discussions on unschooling in low income families, unschooling with children with disabilities, or unschooling without the support of a spouse. Or, perhaps, you want to connect with other parents about the joys of unschooling, or how to help hesitant family members see the joy your family is experiencing. Many parents attend our teen and grown unschooler panels, or sit in on our dads or moms panels. Closed spaces to talk about the unique struggles and joys of being an unschooling parent who also earns a paycheck, and being an unschooling parent who doesn’t are also popular choices. We will have programming talking about what to do when you’re unschooler is college-bound, and how to support them when they aren’t. Maybe you’re the parent of a grown unschooler, and you’d like to connect with other parents with grown children? We’ve got programming for that, too!
Folks of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend any type of workshop they find interesting! We also offer workshops on social issues such as racism and transphobia, and encourage all conference goers to prioritize learning about these issues in the context of our community. Close identity spaces (such as unschoolers only, or transgender caucus) will be marked as such in the program booklet. If you have ideas for other types of programming, or would like to lead a fun shop or discussion, please feel free to propose it right here!
We hope that all members of your family will enjoy our atmosphere of community and connection, as we celebrate unschooling, connect with each other, and make lifelong friends who deeply understand what it means to unschool.
Sold! How do I register for NEUC?
By clicking right here! Can’t wait to see you in August!
I’m having a technical difficulty registering/I still have more questions that were not answered. Who do I ask?
If you have questions about the conference or are having technical difficulties registering, call conference organizer Emmett DuPont (they/them) at: 860-884-5829 or email conference organizers at: email@example.com