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When Traditionally-School­ed Parents Choose to Live on the Verge of Education

Trembling Knees: When Traditionally-Schooled Parents Choose to Live on the Verge of Education

Dr. Grace Hess-Quimbita is a parent and lifelong educator. She will share her experience as she grew as a parent & educator from a traditionally-schooled mindset to an alternative, student-centered mindset, and what she did that enabled that transition to happen. 

She combines her graduate degrees in science and education, plus her teaching and coaching experience, to bring useful educational tools and knowledge to creative, progressive, open-minded, out-of-the-box-thinking parents. She finds purpose in helping parents nurture successful learning in their children from a love and logic perspective. She is also a strong supporter of positive parenting, progressive ideas in education, and individualized learning. Grace currently helps students with learning differences from a strength perspective using the LearningSuccess(TM) Institute strategies, as well as, experience gained from working with children with executive function, attention, and anxiety issues. She teaches children and their families how the brain functions when learning and when connecting with others, whether in the classroom or within a family. Her passion intersects parenting and education helping young families discover and align their family and parenting values with their educational choices. In her free time, Grace coordinates community events aimed at informing parents about alternative options in education and posts on her Facebook page: Learning on the Verge of Education. Grace lives with her husband and two children, a 12 year-old son and 14 year-old daughter, in Los Angeles.

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  • Allison

    Sorry I could not make it..really wish that I could have been there today.

    April 19, 2014

  • Grace

    And one last thing, the merging fields of mindfulness, education and brain science is laying foundational, scientific research for creating a safe, playful, open-hearted educational settings which many of us have felt all along is needed to help our own children grow into healthy adults! With that I am looking forward to meeting all of you and sharing my experiences. I share at least 2 or 3 interests/experiences with each of you and hope my sharing can be a source of learning for each of you. If you have any questions, please let me know.

    2 · April 12, 2014

  • Grace

    I just wanted to add more to the information above about me that my two children attend the Waverly School in Pasadena -the only K-12 progressive school in the San Gabriel area, but definitely not the most progressive school I have read about. That award goes to the Sudbury Schools. And just so you know I support homeschooling as well, and give the movement credit for doing things that, just now, a minority of educators are just figuring out! And within the homeschooling population, there are many different flavors along the progressive continuum as well. I support any means that a family sees fit to support their child's learning and growing into a confident, self-knowledgeable, critical thinker while at the same time protecting their brain from "educational trauma" :-).

    2 · April 12, 2014

  • carolyn C.

    I am planning to attend, I look forward to meeting everyone. I do have question, that has nothing to do with the scheduled meet up. I am not sure where to asked this, but I have two children ages 12 and 14 who have been asking me to blog and see if there are other homeschool kids would like to join their minecraft server? Can I post my email for anyone who is interested? If so where?

    Thank you


    March 30, 2014

    • Cassandra P.

      Hi Carolyn, I just joined and plan on attending this meeting. I have a daughter that is almost 12 who would probably like to join the minecraft. my email is [masked] if you would like to open up the conversation. She is homeschooled and we moved here in November from Canada and would like to meet more children her age that are homeschooled.

      April 10, 2014

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