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

For the Love of Learning Epi#120

Educating Teens

Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT

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

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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

Sue Patterson, wife and mom to three grown unschoolers, has 20+ years of insights and experiences to share with us! Starting as a suburban family who discovered schools weren’t going to be a good fit, they morphed into a family embracing all aspects of unschooling. Each of her kids, with their different personalities and interests took their family on a variety of adventures over the years. Her “kids” are now 29, 27, and 24!

Sue also published a fabulous book, Homeschooled Teens, available in hard copy and soon as an ebook! If you have fears about the teen years, you’ll want to read what 75 young people have to say as they answer all the questions people have about homeschooling a teenager.

She also hosts the widely popular, Unschooling Mom2Mom – with an incredible website and social media presence: Facebook groups and pages, Instagram (@UnschoolingMom2Mom) and Pinterest (@umom2mom), YouTube and Twitter (@Sue5).

Sue spends a lot of time coaching and mentoring families that are new on their own homeschooling paths or further down the road but struggling to make it work. She shows them how life can be so much fuller and richer if they can shed their fears and the schoolish thoughts that hold them back. Her reassurance, knowledge, and ability to hone in on what parents really need, help families step confidently into the lives they yearn for!

Find out more about working with Sue 1:1, in groups, or through her DIY courses at


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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