The Summit

The Liberation and Education Summit is an annual conference that focuses on issues of social justice that emerge for individuals, groups and/or the culture as a whole within self-directed education (SDE) communities. We embrace SDE as a practice toward liberation; and, thus, we must be committed to our own self-reflection and action in listening, speaking and responding to issues of inequity. This conference is meant to serve as a gathering of like-minded folks where topics of social justice can be discussed, shared, brought to light, validated, and resourced. Our aim is to nurture connection and relationships in creating and/or sustaining inclusive spaces for SDE in the southeast. Last year we covered a wide range of social justice topics. This year we’re focusing deeply on one issue in particular: Racial Equity.

While the Summit will primarily be populated with folks and families who are currently practicing self-directed education, those new to the practice should feel welcome as well. The summit will include facilitated dialogue, brainstorming workshops, breakout sessions and a panel-style discussion. Lunch will be provided by Kushina Catering. Fees from registration go towards covering space rental, lunch, supplemental travel expenses for panelists, childcare and marketing materials.

Our Panelists

Maleka  Diggs is founder and owner of Eclectic Learning Network (ELN), a secular, Black- and Brown-centered home-education network in Philadelphia, PA. ELN is dedicated to empowering families and learning institutions through community, connection and awarenesses that reflect the cultural and interest-driven needs of young people. Maleka is an unschooling mom of two girls, 11- and 13-years old. She was recently featured on an  NPR Episode , and has also been  interviewed  for Akilah Richards’ Fare of the Free Child podcast.

Maleka Diggs is founder and owner of Eclectic Learning Network (ELN), a secular, Black- and Brown-centered home-education network in Philadelphia, PA. ELN is dedicated to empowering families and learning institutions through community, connection and awarenesses that reflect the cultural and interest-driven needs of young people. Maleka is an unschooling mom of two girls, 11- and 13-years old. She was recently featured on an NPR Episode, and has also been interviewed for Akilah Richards’ Fare of the Free Child podcast.

Tamika  Middleton is one of the founders of the Anna Julia Cooper Learning and Liberation Center, a cooperative, learner-centered, and self-directed community rooted in a radical Black queer feminist politic. She is the Georgia State Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is an organizer, birthworker, writer, and unschooling mama. She is passionate about and active in struggles that affect Black women’s lives. You can read some of her published works over at  Change Wire . Tamika was featured in Episode 1 of Akilah Richard’s Fare of the Free Child podcast,  Unschooling Explained .

Tamika Middleton is one of the founders of the Anna Julia Cooper Learning and Liberation Center, a cooperative, learner-centered, and self-directed community rooted in a radical Black queer feminist politic. She is the Georgia State Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is an organizer, birthworker, writer, and unschooling mama. She is passionate about and active in struggles that affect Black women’s lives. You can read some of her published works over at Change Wire. Tamika was featured in Episode 1 of Akilah Richard’s Fare of the Free Child podcast, Unschooling Explained.

Patricia  Zavala is a Mexican expat living in Atlanta since 2015 with her family. An unschooling mom, self-taught graphic designer, and marketing professional, she believes in self-directed education as a path of liberation from systems of oppression and a journey of introspection, self-knowledge, and self-love. Patty is a co-founder of  Music Unlimited Atlanta , a self-directed, play-based music learning center dedicated to inspire and equip Black and Brown youth to explore their musical education through a joyful, non-coercive experience. Currently, she serves as board chair at the Sudbury School of Atlanta, a democratic, mixed-age, self-directed school. She was featured in an Akilah Richard’s Fare of the Free Child podcast episode titled, Sudbury Model Solution

Patricia Zavala is a Mexican expat living in Atlanta since 2015 with her family. An unschooling mom, self-taught graphic designer, and marketing professional, she believes in self-directed education as a path of liberation from systems of oppression and a journey of introspection, self-knowledge, and self-love. Patty is a co-founder of Music Unlimited Atlanta, a self-directed, play-based music learning center dedicated to inspire and equip Black and Brown youth to explore their musical education through a joyful, non-coercive experience. Currently, she serves as board chair at the Sudbury School of Atlanta, a democratic, mixed-age, self-directed school. She was featured in an Akilah Richard’s Fare of the Free Child podcast episode titled,Sudbury Model Solution

Date and Time

February, 2, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Location

Heartwood Agile Learning Center, 3983 Church St. Clarkston, GA 30021

Cost

Individual and shared registration prices below. If you’d like to donate a ticket towards scholarship for an attendee, please purchase a ticket and indicate in the Name of Attendee portion that it goes toward scholarship. If you’d like to be considered for scholarship, please email juliac@heartwoodalc.org.

Before January 17th, 2019:

  • General registration: $30 per adult attendee

  • Shared registration: $50 for first two adult attendees

From January 17th-27th:

  • General registration: $40 per adult attendee

  • Shared registration: $70 for two adult attendees

Attendees under 18 are free with paying adult attendee. Please reach out if you are interested in scholarships available for unaccompanied attendees ages 14-17.

Lunch

Lunch will be provided for conference attendees. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options will be available.

Registration deadline: Sunday, January 27th, 2019.

Childcare

Attendees under 18 are welcome to attend the conference. Please utilize the available childcare if having your child present will interfere with keeping the space quiet during the listening portions.

Childcare is available for attendees aged 5 & up for a fee of $10 per child from 9:30-3:30p.

The childcare fee must be paid with the general or shared registration fee (childcare payment will not be accepted on conference day). Due to varying dietary restrictions/preferences, childcare attendees are required to bring their own lunches and snacks.
*Childcare attendees will be expected to stay with the childcare group throughout the day (no in-and- out, please, except for emergencies), and to safely interact with children and adults of a variety of ages. Please carefully consider these expectations before paying the childcare fee. There will be no refunds of the childcare fee, even a childcare attendee is unwilling or unable to remain with the childcare group throughout the  day.

Transportation

MARTA line: Bus numbers 120 and 125 have stops within close distance of Clarkston First Baptist Church. Please see http://www.itsmarta.com/ for additional information.

Accessibility

The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Deaf, hard-of- hearing, and visually-impaired attendees are asked to indicate their accommodation needs on the registration form and will be contacted.

All conference documents will be written in English, and all general verbal communication will be in English. Attendees who may experience challenges accessing verbal and written English are asked to indicate this on the registration form and will be contacted (please provide interpreter information, if applicable).

Accommodations

Coming from out of town? Out-of- town attendees are encouraged to locate temporary living accommodations that best suit their needs. While the event staff can make recommendations upon request, Heartwood Agile Learning Center does not officially endorse any specific living accommodation.