Explore some of our featured programming for this year's virtual conference! Programming that will be recorded will be marked as such. For a look at our keynote speaker click here
We are still curating our programming, check back regularly for updates!
More to come
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!
Ask A Midwife: A Sex Education Q&A
Come listen to Midwife Michele answer your questions about sex, sexuality, and sexual health! No subject or question is off-limits. Michele will answer popular and interesting questions from your submissions! Session one is for parents and adults (20+ years old) and session two is for tweens and teens (12-19 years old). Questions can be anonymously asked until Sunday, August 15th, 2021 at the following link.
Michele James-Parham (they/them) is a midwife of over two decades and an inclusive sex education teacher. They live in Pittsburgh, PA with their spouse and two always unschooled children (17y/o & 5y/o). Michele identifies as trans nonbinary, queer, disabled, autistic, Romani, and Mizrahi.
The Big 6 Panel and Q&A
The Big Six: Sleep; Chores; Food; Electronic Gaming; Passive Media (Netflix/YouTube); Personal Hygiene; 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!
Community Discussion: LGBTQ+ And Unschooling
What does it mean to be part of multiple minorities, and specifically to be part of the unschooling community AND LGBTQ+ communities, while knowing that the unschooling community has often embraced queer and transphobia? How do we balance these multiple identities, and assert our right to exist in the unschooling movement? Please join us for this LGBTQ+ unschooling support & discussion group! Families with any LGBTQ+ members are welcome and encouraged to attend and join us in community. Allies are welcome, but LGBTQ+ voices will be centered.
An LGBTQ+ only support group will be held separately.
Community Discussion: Mental Health
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 here for professional help.
More to come
Support groups are not recorded
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. This discussion circle will be moderated by Brenda LaPorte, parent of two grown lifelong unschoolers.
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. This group will be run on two different days and times to give everyone an opportunity to attend.
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. This group will be run on two different days and times to give everyone an opportunity to attend.
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. A general community discussion will be held separately where family members, friends, and allies will be welcome.
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.
More to come
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!
Those who register before July 1st will receive 10 blank cards in their care box.
Ever been curious about how turn a ball of yarn into a work of art? Join us for an hour of knitting basics! From casting on to all your basic stitch techniques we'll answer your questions and provide step by step instruction.
Don't have any knitting supplies? You can substitute knitting needles with other household objects such as chopsticks, or even some clean sticks from the yard!
Twine, embroidery thread, ribbon, or even thin wire if you're up for a challenge can substitute for yarn.
Are you new to the craft and looking for advice on your first project? Or perhaps a seasoned veteran seeking to connect with fellow knitting/crochet enthusiasts? Bring your current projects, queries, and a hot cup of tea, its time to curl up for a cozy hour of fun!
All levels welcome. This is a community space for connection and sharing the joy of the textile arts!