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Mrs. Sandra Dodd:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Dodd, Sandra

Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM)  
United States of America (US)
Keynote Speaker?Yes
Keynote PresentationsEast Mountain Unschoolers Club (1996)
Live & Learn Unschooling Conference in Columbia, South Carolina (2003)
HSC/Sacramento (2007)
MHA Minnesota (2007)

Featured PresentationsHSC Home-Education Conference (2002)
Chicago Unschoolers Workshop (2004)
The HomeSchool Association of California (HSC) Conference 2010
California Homeschool Network Family Expo (2011, CA)
HSC Conference 2010 (2010, CA)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

What Teachers Know that You Don't Know
Homeschoolers sometimes express concern that "real teachers" (or former teachers) can homeschool better or more easily than "non-teachers" can. This workshop will encourage and reassure homeschoolers by demystifying the secret knowledge of teachers.

That's Not Educational!
Can all learning be fun? If a workshop is 'just fun' can you learn something? Sandra Dodd thinks so. If you can stump her with something you think has no educational value whatsoever, you'll get a prize. (An educational prize, of course.) Come and be inspired!

Introduction to Unschooling
Sometimes less is more. Sorting out how people learn from the way most of us were taught in school is a worthy undertaking for new homeschoolers. Adults routinely learn things on their own at their own speed, and children can too, with help and encouragement.

Connecting the Dots - Adult
Connecting the dots, literally and figuratively. Come work on your model of the universe. Materials will be provided, and we'll use ¨DThinking Sticks¡¬ for part of the workshop. The theme will be water. If you have obstacles to dot-connecting, bring those too.

Partnerships and Teams in the Family - Adult
Seeing and avoiding adversarial relationships. Nurturing partnerships with spouses or significant others, and with our children.

Unschooling: How to Screw it Up - Adult
Michelangelo said that to carve his statue of David, he just chipped away everything that didn't look like David. Or maybe he didn't say that. But clearly that's what he ultimately did. Here will be ideas to help you chip away what doesn't look like unschooling. It's not as difficult as you might think.

Writey-Drawey: A Pencil and Paper Game - Adult
Writey-Drawey is a game for several players at once, involving pencils and paper (to be provided).

Beginning Unschooling

Advanced Unschooling

Unschooling: An Unconventional Adventure

Unschooling Gloriously Introduced

Infinite Possibilities in Unschooling

Words as Toys

Unschooling with Abandon

Exploring the Middle Ages

Don't Be Afraid--Developing Confidence in Yourself

Permission to Think Without Permission

Unschooling: What's That?

Brave New Thoughts--Unschooling with Sandra Dodd

Thinking Hard Made Easy

The Importance of Play

Getting the Teacher out of the Homeschool

History Through Ballads and Songs



Rounds and Responsorial Songs of the Last Seven Centuries

Conversations on Homeschooling (with Richard Prystowsky)

To Question or Not To Question--That is the Question! (with Richard Prystowsky)

Seeing the Writing on the Wall, Even When the Writing Isn't There (with Richard Prystowsky)

A Conversation with Sandra Dodd
Six ten-minute speeches each interrupted by a ringing timer, to make a point.

Practicalities of Unschooling

Ideas, Knowing, Being, Learning

Unforeseen Benefits of Unschooling

Computers in Family Education (with Linda Witz)

Mindful Parenting (with Ren Allen)

Peaceful Parenting (with Richard Prystowsky)

The Many Benefits of Video Games (with Dan Vilter and Kathy Ward)


Unschooling-Information and Inspiration

Choosing to Be a Good Parent

Sandra's Achievements
  • Unschooler of three children
  • Former classroom teacher of English for six years
  • Writer; her work has appeared in the following publications, amongst others: Home Education Magazine, Life Learning, and Live Free Learn Free.
  • Has published a collection of her essays, titled "Moving a Puddle".
Dodd's Bio
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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Sandra Dodd and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

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