For the Love of Learning – Educating Teens – Epi #120



For the Love of Learning Epi#120

Educating Teens

Monday, March 26, 2018, 7:30pm-9:30pm EDT

Monday, March 26, 2018, 11:30pm-1:30am GMT

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Melissa Carnagey
Aparna Venkataraman
Amy Edelstein
Sue Patterson
Yafa Crane Luria

Hosted by:
Lainie Liberti


A discussion exploring issues, concerns and challenges specific to educating teens. We will approach  the topic of educating teens from a variety of perspectives from within alternative education, holistic education, conventional education, social learning, emotional well being, sex positivity education and self directed learning.


Melissa Carnagey

Melissa Carnagey is a sex educator, social worker and parent coach with over 10 years experience in the field of sexual health. She is a proud parent of 3 children ages 4-19 and is passionate about the positive influence parents and caring adults can have on the sexual health of youth. Melissa created Sex Positive Families in 2017 as a platform to offer pleasure-positive, shame-free education and support for families and professionals to strengthen sexual health talks with the children in their lives. Through Sex Positive Families she facilitates workshops, speaks at conferences, creates sex-positive online content, and hosts a podcast to teach the strategies for raising sexually healthy children. She currently also teaches comprehensive sex education to middle and high school students at charter schools in the Austin, Texas area. Melissa is an American Sexual Health Association Ambassador and member of the Sexual Health Alliance and the Women of Sex Tech. Melissa is on a mission to shake the shame and trash the taboos around sexual health talks in families, and to increase the confidence and competence of parents and caring adults.
My website is where families can find podcast episodes, blog posts, and resources around raising sexually healthy children. Sex Positive Families is very active on social media via the following:


Aparna Venkataraman

Having a decade of experience connecting with families in schools, hospitals and non-profit organizations, Aparna Venkataraman is a parent coach, teacher, mental health advocate and motivational speaker. With her approachable nature, strong intuition and problem-solving skills,
she guides parents and children of all ages to empower themselves and build healthy
relationships with one another through effective communication, confidence-building and
lighthearted mindfulness techniques. She values authenticity, a kind nature, motivation, love,
compassion, gratitude and humor as key components of a beautiful life. You can reach her at:


Amy Edelstein

Amy Edelstein, educator, author, and public speaker is a powerful communicator of ideas and beliefs that can help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in. She began her own mindfulness practice 35 years ago and spent many years in indepth exploration of contemplative and developmental philosophies and facilitating workshops around the world. In 2014, Amy established the Inner Strength Foundation to support inner city youth with the tools of mindfulness and systemic thinking. The flagship 3-month program has been officially designated as a CASEL social-emotional related program. Over 4000 teens in the Philadelphia public high school system have benefited from the 3-month training. She is author five books including the new release The Conscious Classroom: the Inner Strength System for transforming the teenage mind. More at:

Kindle launch is April 11th of The Conscious Classroom, special 99cent price for that day too!

Sue Patterson

First and foremost, Sue  has three grown unschooled “children” who are now 26, 24 and 21. She has had several careers over time, and  moved frequently with the Air Force for over a 20 year period. Sue and her family have lived in many communities from San Antonio, Texas to Anchorage Alaska,  from Dixon, California to Greensboro, North Carolina and many places in between. With each move, Sue and her family connected with families, parents and children joining multiple support groups, homeschool communities and finally started out her when none of the options available fit her family. Sue also frequented  numerous conferences around the country, listening to speakers, meeting other families, sharing stories and becoming versed in the world of home education.
Through these experiences, Sue realized she was raising her kids differently from most parents.

Sue says that she didn’t start out as someone who knew she’d be a homeschooling mom. She didn’t read any books about it or subscribe to magazines on the subject. For all practical purposes, she considered herself a fairly mainstream soccer mom from the suburbs. But it didn’t take long  to realize that school was not a good fit for her family. After trying out traditional homeschooling first, Sue and her family moved into a radical unschooling paradigm.

Sue now runs Unschooling Mom2Mom. Her Facebook group has over nearly 6500 members – and that’s just in one year! Sue is also the Managing Editor for The Homeschooler Post – now sharing articles online for free to help families learn more about learning and parenting.

Sue has a book about to be published called Homeschooled Teens  – where she interviewed 75 teens and young adults from 15-39. Sue also has  a coaching practice, where most of her clients are leaving or about to leave the school system but wanted a coach/mentor to help them through some of their own obstacles and get them on steady ground.

Sue can be reached for a free 20 minute consultation at SuePatterson .com

Yafa Crane Luria

Yafa Crane Luria specializes in helping ADHD families who have tried nearly everything and are still frustrated and confused by their child’s or teen’s Blocked but Brilliant brain. A true ADHD pioneer, Yafa is a 30-year veteran teacher and school counselor, a Positive Discipline trainer, and the author of the Mom’s Choice Award®-Winning book: How To Train Your Parents in 6 ½ Days and the Amazon Kindle Best Seller: Getting Schooled: 102 Practical Tips for Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Students about Living and Learning with ADHD. Her newest project is “Our ADHD Revolution,” which inspires people to change the way the world sees ADHD. Fun fact: Yafa’s nickname growing up was “Mountain Goat” because she climbed EVERYTHING. She can be reached at her website:

This episode is produced by Lainie Liberti

Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teen son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.comYou can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

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