From the Director:

"It is an honor to bring the documentary film, Unschooled, to the AERO’s Conference this year. Last week, the virtual premiere at the SXSW EDU Film Festival was viewed by a record number of 1,600 people and 700 stayed for the panel discussion afterward! I am pleased to bring this film to a community dedicated to the alternative school movement and we look forward to working together to build support and fuel momentum for unschooling among parents, young people, educators administrators and funders. We are looking forward to seeing you there. After the film, we will host a discussion on “Unschooling: Inspiring New Communities and the Intersection of Self-Directed Education and Equity” with leaders in the movement.

In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience. 

We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles. 

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