Thursday, August 22, 2013

First Worldwide Homeschool Conference, Aug. 23-24

Homeschoolers, unschoolers, and anyone involved with alternative or independent education is invited to join in the first worldwide Homeschool Conference. The conference is co-chaired by Pat Farenga of Holt Associates. I especially encourage you to listen in on Friday, Aug 23rd at 4pm, when my long-time colleague, Alison Snieckus of Princeton Learning Cooperativepresents "PLC: Helping teens live and learn without school". It's online and free and interactive--all are invited to join in.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Not-Back-to-School Picnic

The New Jersey Homeschool Association hopes you'll join us to celebrate our freedom to educate our children elsewhere than school. We encourage you to bring games, sports equipment, musical instruments, lunch for your family (and food to share if you'd like), as well as your questions and concerns about the ins, outs, ups, and downs of homeschooling in the Garden State.

Whether you're a newbie or a veteran homeschooler, we hope you'll come to the park to connect with others who are educating elsewhere than school. If you let us know you're planning to attend, we'll have a NJHA membership card ready and waiting for you.

When: Friday, September 20, 2013, 11 am - 2 pm 

Where: Knox Grove, Washington Crossing Park

About NJHA

New Jersey Homeschool Association is an inclusive, nonpartisan organization. We exist 
to protect the homeschooling freedoms
 of all New Jersey citizens and to maintain a favorable homeschooling climate in the state.

NJHA was founded in 1997 by homeschooling parents who felt the need for a state-wide organization that would provide information about "education elsewhere than school" in New Jersey. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rensselaer STAR Program

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  is offering a special program to introduce academically talented young women and underrepresented minority senior high school students to its undergraduate programs.

The STAR (Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer) Program begins the evening of Thursday, October, 24, 2013 with a dinner reception and concludes Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the close of the Fall Open House. Activities include:
· Interactive leadership activity
· Academic experience
· Undergraduate research overview and tour of laboratories
· Campus tour
· Student panels
· Student organizations and clubs fair
· Lodging and meals with current students

If your teen is interested and qualified, have her or him complete the STAR application.  You will need to submit an official high school transcript as part of the application--see my July 6th post on homeschool transcripts if you need help. You may submit an official transcript for your student via email to, by fax to 518-276-6573, or by postal mail to the attention of Michael E. Moore, Rensselaer Admissions, 110 8th  Street, Troy, NY 12180 prior to the deadline date of October 14, 2013. 

Students accepted to participate in the STAR Program will receive a confirmation packet from Rensselaer. 
Students may apply online by October 4, 2013 to participate in the STAR Program.

Rensselaer offers a few travel grants for those who need them. The travel grants are awarded based on need as well as merit. Once on campus, STAR participants’ meals and other costs directly associated with attending the event are covered by Rensselaer.

If your child is accepted, I hope you'll share her or his experience with us. Good luck!