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Pat Farenga Speaking Engagements

Event: Teach Your Own Seminar

Where: Sprout and Company, a community-driven science center, 339R Summer St., Somerville, MA 02144 (near Davis Sq.).

When: 10AM to 1PM on August 11, 2012.

You will learn about:

  • Unschooling as John Holt meant it.
  • The pitfalls of unschooling and homeschooling.
  • How learning without a curriculum works in real life.
  • How to create your support base.
  • Watching and helping your children learn, K—12.
  • Knowing what can and can't be taught.
  • Getting into college and alternatives to college.
  • PLUS answers to all your questions and concerns about living and learning with your children instead of sending them to school.

For more information: Teach Your Own Registration


Event: The In-Home Conference

Where: Pheasant Run Resort and Spa, St. Charles, Illinois

When: March 24–26, 2011

Pat will be doing two one-hour workshops: "How to work with your child's strengths" and "Does unschooling really work?" plus a free-wheeling hour of Q&A.

For more information: In-Home Conference 2011


Event: 2011 Annual UWWG (Unschoolers Winter Waterpark Gathering)

Where: The Kalahari Indoor Waterpark Resort & Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio

When: May 16–19, 2011

Pat will be presenting the keynote speech on Monday, 5/16 and a workshop on Tuesday, 5/17. He is also available for private consultations on site during the event; please contact Pat via email to make arrangements. See "Consultations" on this site for more information too.

For more information: 2011 UWWG


Event: Florida Parent Educators Association Conference

Where: Gaylord Palms and Resort, Kissimmee, Florida

When:  May 26–28, 2011.

For more information: 2011 FPEA Conference

Pat will be presenting two workshops at the conference.



Recently Completed Speaking Engagements:

FREE WEBINAR: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST. Dr. Carlo Ricci of The Schulich School of Education, Graduate Studies at Nipissing University has asked me to speak about John Holt’s work. My topic will be how can teachers negotiate the tension between using John Holt’s ideas about individualized teaching and learning while at the same time working in the field of standardized education? Can unschooling be reconciled with working in school? If grades and tests must be used in your classes, is it still possible to reduce fear and cheating, encourage Socratic dialog, and form meaningful mentoring relationships with your students? What did Holt do himself in this situation? What did he recommend others to do in that situation? Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


FREE WEBINAR: Thursday, Jan 27, 7 – 8 PM EST. “Understanding Unschooling.” This will be an interview I do with Diane Flynn Keith, follwed by questions and answers with the audience. To register:


Event: Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM) Book Fair.

Learn about homeschooling, meet and talk with homeschooling parents, see homeschooled students in action and, with a special voucher, support this important educational option by having a percentage of their purchases donated to the non-profit advocacy and support organization, Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM). At 8PM Pat Farenga will give a talk about "Where homeschooling has been and where it is going" and he will be availabe for discussion and signing books.

Where: Barnes & Noble, Shopper’s World, Route 9, Framingham.

When: May 14, 9AM—10PM

Admission: Free



Event: AERO/Education Revolution Conference: "The War on Kids"

Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, NY

When: Thursday June 24, 2010. Movie at 6:45PM; Panel discussion at 8:20PMThe film the The War on Kids by Cevin Soleng will be screened. Following the movie, Pat Farenga, who appears in the film, will participate in a panel discussion that includes Soleng.

Friday, June 25. 1—3PM. "Working with your children's strengths." Workshop by Pat Farenga.