Covid-19 has forced U.S. families into various learning-at-home modalities. Additionally, several scholars have attempted to set the tone for homeschooling in the U.S recently. However, the voices of Black homeschool families and scholars have yet to be heard in substantive ways. To address these issues, the group Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES) is planning a teach-in to take place in July 2020. The purpose of this teach-in is to bring together Black home educators and homeschool researchers to set our own agenda. The teach-in will bridge gaps between academia and practitioner work related to Black homeschooling.
How Can You Be a Part?
BFHES is looking for homeschool educators and homeschool researchers who can share their insights and perspectives to begin dialogue that will lead to sustainable advocacy on behalf of Black homeschooling families. We need to be talking with each other, understanding what our needs, interests and perspectives are in order to set our own agenda. For the inaugural teach-in on July 20-24, 2020, the goal is to make the teach-in promotes lively discussions followed by action items to address collective concerns within the Black homeschooling community. All Black homeschooling families are not a monolith. Therefore, it is necessary to dialogue with each other to learn the ways Black homeschooling families are surviving, thriving and building community within unique collectives.
If you are a Black homeschooling parent, a Black homeschool researcher, Black educational professional who is actively engaged with Black homeschooling families or a Black person who has been homeschooled, BFHES wants to hear from you! They ask that you create a 10-20 minute video responding to one of the prompts below. If your video is selected, it will be used during the teach-in as a lead-in into a teach-in discussion around the topic you discuss. If you have questions, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They need to receive your submission by June 15, 2020. Those who participate this way gain free access to the teach-in and other benefits. Email them for more info. You can register now on their Facebook page. Registration is $5 per registrant.