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What is the AERO conference?

The most important activity at AERO conferences is the networking. There have been some very powerful and inspirational keynote speakers such as John Gatto, Riane Eisler, Alfie Kohn, Herb Kohl, Patch Adams, Yaacov Hecht and Sir Ken Robinson. The workshops, presentations and panels are often done by people who would have been keynotes at other conferences, but are also done by grassroots people, who are simple practitioners in educational alternatives, including homeschooling parents. 

AERO was by far the most interesting and productive conference I attended last year–which I did as a first-time attendee. I highly encourage those of you who are interested in expanding their conversations about learning beyond traditional classroom and school discussions to consider attending.  You will likely leave with lots of bold new ideas! - Steve Hargadon

AERO Conference is always paramount to my continued energized work in education which can be summarized in two ways. One, AERO is the one place where I know a vast majority of the diaspora of authentic education alternatives will be represented; it is always refreshing to think about my philosophy and work within the context of Free Schools, Democratic Schools, Unschoolers, Home Schoolers, as well as Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf practitioners, amongst other nuanced approaches to education. Two, the energy and thoughtful reflection always provides me with a much needed “recharging the batteries”, reminding me that I am one small part of a massive global education transformation focused on the common ground of truly student centered learning. -Kirk Cunningham

I attended my first AERO conference last year and it was the first time I felt such a profound sense of belonging to a community of educators. The AERO conference connected me to a wide, passionate and extremely resourceful network of people determined to bring forth a education renaissance around the world. Definitely a stepping stone in my career as an alternative educator. -Carolyn Albracht

If the 13th Annual AERO Conference is important to your business, act now and make the appropriate connections. See the contact information below.

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Conference/Event Dates: 08/03/2016 - 08/07/2016
Conference/Event Hours: 8am-10pm
Expo/Exhibit Dates: 08/03/2016 - 08/07/2016
Expo/Exhibit Hours: 8am-10pm
First Move-In Date: 08/03/2016
Classification: B2B
Primary Industry: Education Events
Other Industries: Education, Education Events
Estimated Attendance: 400
Previous Attendance: 300
Cost to Attend: $225-$500
Audience: Our attendees are from an amazingly wide spectrum. We have had people from every state and dozens of countries. Our conference has always been friendly to students and children, usually including presentations by and for children and students. Therefore many attendees bring their children and teachers bring groups of their students. Student and children's rates are discounted.
There will be child care throughout the conference.

Attendees have been:
Teachers, administrators, parents and students from public and private alternatives.
People from Democratic, Montessori, Waldorf, higher education alternatives and charter schools.
Homeschooling families.
Mainstream public school personnel interested in change.
Education writers.
and many others!
Venue: Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Venue Phone: (503) 256-5000
Venue Type: Indoor - Hotel
Official Conference Hotel:Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Conference Hotel URL:
Number of Exhibitors:20 (Previous Year)
Show Owner:Jerry Mintz
Show Manager:Wylie Kuhn
Exhibitor Prospectus:Click Here

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
8x4 Table $400   Electricity: Yes - Unknown Price
  Water: n/a
  Generator: No
  Marketing Vehicles Allowed: No
Other Booth Sizes Available: No

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