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Learning Choices Network Plans Three-day Alternative Learning Workshop in Buffalo
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Learning Choices Network Plans Three-day Alternative Learning Workshop in Buffalo


Learning Choices Network (LCN), a community partnership that provides alternative educational opportunities for local youth, will host its second annual Regional Gathering Nov. 8-10 in the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Buffalo. The event will offer a wide variety of topics and workshops of interest to families, homeschoolers and educators who value rich learning experiences. Distinguished speakers will include progressive educators from New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Vermont.

“The best learning is not found at a desk endlessly preparing for tests. Learning happens through engagement within one’s environment and with the people occupying it,” said Megan Mills Hoffman, one of LCN’s key organizers. “Our programs develop the kind of leaders who are engaged in their community and are able to put their ideas into action from a very young age.”

The event will highlight cultural organizations, independent schools, study programs, colleges and universities that offer dynamic learning opportunities for students of all ages. Topics will include how to develop one's personal learning plan and objectives; how to develop a competitive portfolio for college admissions and employment; the creative economy and how it affects the relevance of school, testing, college success and gainful employment; technological tools available for learners and their families; the importance of creative inquiry in developing critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, small business owners and entrepreneurs; and the history of education reform and social movements in the WNY region.

Participants can register for LCN Annual Gathering at http://learningchoicesnetworkbuffalo.brownpapertickets.com. LCN’s programs are open to the public.

“What strengthens learners is choice. We develop self-reliance, responsibility and competence when we do the thinking about our own learning. As an educator for 40 years, I have dreamed of the possibilities that the Learning Choices Network offers,” said Dr. John E. Newton, director of Mandala School, East Aurora.

“This program is designed for parents who may be questioning the mainstream educational program that their children are currently enrolled in, and provide direction for those interested in creating a more personalized learning path,” added Mills Hoffman. “Issues such as Common Core, standardized testing and classroom overcrowding are a concern for parents in every school district across the country. Our goal is to provide those parents with alternative solutions and creative options.”

The cost of this unique educational workshop is just $20 per day or $50 for a three-day pass. Daily themes include Family Day on Nov. 8, Thinkers Day on Nov. 9 and Educators Day on Nov. 10. For more information, please visit www.learningchoicesnetwork.net or www.facebook.com/LearningChoicesNetwork

The Learning Choices Network is a community coalition of educators, independent schools, community activists, advocates, entrepreneurs, homeschoolers, friends and families working together to create, facilitate and promote alternative opportunities for authentic learning in the local community.

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