Programming

Explore some of our featured programming for this year's in-person conference and check out our preliminary schedule!

 

We are still in the process of curating our programming, check back frequently for updates!

Have programming you'd like to see or facilitate? Fill out our programming proposal form here!

Panels/Q&A's/Discussions

Support Groups

Funshops

Night Events

Panels/Q&A's/Discussions

Grown Unschooler's Panel

Ever wonder what grown unschoolers think of the unschooling philosophy? Do they wish anything had been done differently, or have any regrets? What kind of life paths do they take, and where do they end up as adults? This beloved NEUC tradition gives parents and young unschoolers a unique opportunity to ask a panel of grown unschoolers the questions that are on their minds. Our diverse panel features a wide range of life experiences, higher education choices, family structures, and more. Come prepared with your questions for our panelists!

 
 

Unschooling Through The Tweens and Teens Panel

A focused take on our standard "The Big Six" panel, we are opening the floor for an exploration of the parenting challenges that arise in the tweens and teens. Chores, gaming, personal hygiene and others are now joined by complexities of sex, substance/drug use, mental health, and the looming figure of adulthood bringing new depth to the navigation of our relationships.

How do we navigate these complicated waters within our unique families, in a way that best supports our children, and every member of our families? These topics are complex and personal, and often constitute the most challenging aspects of unschooling for many families. Come prepared to ask questions and be engaged by our diverse panel of parents with a wide range of experience in these topics. There will be plenty of time for questions and open discussion!

College Panel

Are you a parent of a young unschooler who might consider college? Or a teenage unschooler looking to figure out what your next steps look like? Maybe you are just sick of hearing "but how will they get into college" and you want some great anecdotes with which to respond.

Our panel of college going unschoolers are here to answer your questions with a variety of experiences and insights! 

During this discussion, we will talk about transcripts, the admissions process, the academic demands of college and academic readiness, school socializing and "fitting in" as an unschooler, and more.

Unschoolers, unschooling parents, and those curious about unschooling are welcome to attend this discussion.

Careers Panel

The world is full of exciting possibilities for young unschoolers entering adulthood and figuring out their paths in life. College is one path, but it's not the right choice for everyone. Our career path grown unschoolers are here to answer your questions and discuss the wide range of opportunities possible for unschoolers, outside of higher education. Travel, volunteer opportunities, starting your own business or company, entering the workforce, creating ways to turn your dream into an income... how can parents best support unschoolers as they find their own way? 

Unschoolers, unschooling parents, and those curious about unschooling are welcome to attend this discussion.

Grown and Young Unschoolers Connect: A By Us For Us Q&A

Being raised unschooled is a unique experience. For better or worse this can make it hard to find those who can relate or provide perspective from a place of personal experience. This Q&A discussion group provides a space for young unschoolers to connect and ask grown unschoolers questions about this life experience and the challenges that can arise. Bring your questions or just come to listen and share space!

 

All ages are welcome.

 

This space is not for parents or those not raised as unschoolers. Parents wishing to ask questions or hear directly from unschoolers may come to one of our other talks such as the Grown Unschooler's Panel.

Mental Health For Unschoolers and Their Families

Mental health is a vital part of our lived experience, however, sometimes it can feel uncomfortable to talk about and explore. This community discussion is an opportunity to talk openly about mental health in all its facets in a supportive, nonjudgmental space, specifically designed to work within the unschooling philosophy.


Rhianon Small will act as moderator and facilitator. Although she is available to talk privately about anything gone over in this discussion, Rhianon is not a licensed clinician, and asks you to refer to the list of resources provided during the workshop or upon request if you or someone you know is experiencing mental distress.

Neurodiversity and Unschooling

Being a part of the neurodiversity (including autism, ADHD, dyslexia and more) community can have unique challenges when navigating unschooling in all its facets. Join us for on open and respectful discussion surrounding these challenges and experiences. All are welcome to attend.

 

All ages are welcome but may be more suited for tweens and up.

Support Groups

My Kids are Grown, Now What?

My Kids Are Grown, Now What? is an NEUC favorite. This open discussion group is a support space for parents of grown unschoolers to come together and discuss the joys and challenges of parenting adult unschoolers, life transitions as young people grow into adults, fears and hopes for ourselves and for our children, and celebrate our families with other unschooling parents who truly understand our life walk.

 

Primary Caregiver Support Group

Being the primary caregiver in an unschooling family is full of unique joys, struggles, insecurities, and rewards! This space is for the primary caregivers in unschooling families to join together in support and community with others who truly understand unschooling.  We recognize that these distinctions are not always clear, and encourage those who are the primary worker AND caregiver to attend both sessions.

Primary Worker Support Group

Being the primary worker in an unschooling family is full of unique joys, struggles, insecurities, and rewards! This space is for the primary workers in unschooling families to join together in support and community with others who truly understand unschooling. We recognize that these distinctions are not always clear, and encourage those who are the primary worker AND caregiver to attend both sessions.

LGBTQ+ Support Group

Being part of the LGBTQ+ community comes with a myriad of unique challenges and joys.  Whether you've known for years or are just starting to question your sexuality and/or gender, this support group is a space to be authentically yourself. All ages welcome!

 

This is a space ONLY for those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

 

Raised Unschooled Support Group

This CLOSED support space is for those RAISED as unschoolers ONLY. Unschoolers need time and space away from pressure to represent the philosophy, to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of growing up in this unique minority. Unschoolers are welcome to attend whether or not they like the philosophy. All unschoolers are welcome, but this event is more suitable for teenage and grown unschoolers.

Funshops

Artist Trading Cards (ATC)

Bring your crafting supplies and ideas to the table! A longtime tradition at NEUC, ATC is a chance to create pocket sized artwork while connecting with your community. Lets see what we create this year and remember to bring your creations to the conference next year to trade with friends!

 

Drawing is for Everyone!

Ever thought you couldn't draw? This funshop is designed to show through simple exercises that everyone has innate knowledge and artistic ability regardless of whether or not they have chosen to develop the fine motor skills associated with professional drawings. In this funshop we will examine both the societally influenced shame that gets deeply ingrained from a young age and the artistic discourses that everyone can access regardless of skill.

Funshop will be led by Tony Patterson, a musician and artist with a BFA in Socially Engaged Art from Goddard College.

Kumihimo

Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese artform of making braids and cords. Literally meaning "gathered threads", we'll gather ourselves and learn to braid a basic keyring as a starter project.

Werewolves of Millers Hollow

Werewolves of Millers Hollow is a card game set in a fictional village where werewolves try to outwit the villagers and devour the town. Players play as either a villager or werewolf. During the night each player takes on their role to either protect the village or destroy it. Upon waking, players debate with one another on who the werewolves in the group are. Can you find the wolf in your midst before it's too late? 

Whether you're new to the game or a seasoned player, join us for this NEUC favorite and take part in fate of Millers Hollow!

 

Creative Writing

Like any skill, writing well requires practice. We’ll look at some tools to spark creativity, from story prompt generator apps to picture dice. We’ll have a few sprint sessions, taking a random prompt (or an idea of one’s own choosing), and writing stories in ten-minute chunks. After each sprint, each writer will have an opportunity to share what they’ve written, if they so choose.

Data Programming with R

Have you ever wanted to try out some basic programming? Been curious about how people get information from surveys, create graphs, and play with numbers? Join us for our basic programming sessions using R and R Studio, a programming software that is free and powerful.

All those interested in joining will need to bring a laptop device with R and R Studio downloaded. We recommend you download the "tidyverse" package ahead of time as well in order to save time for the funshop (instructions can be found here).

Night Events

Well What do You Know? Trivia Night (Thursday Night)

Join us for a night of trivia and fun! Participants will write down their answers to general knowledge questions for points. Subjects could include Music, History, Geography, Science, Arts and Literature, Movies and TV, among others.

 

Play alone or as a team; or just watch, if you choose! All ages welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

Talent Show (Friday Night)

A community favorite at the conference, we are thrilled to be able to facilitate the talent show once again!

A long-standing tradition at our in-person conferences, the talent show is a chance to create and express with skits, singing, dance, gymnastics, poetry, jokes, and more! All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate and share in the joys of expression.