Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES) is a research and education group committed to documenting the lived experiences of Black homeschooling families. BFHES was founded by Dr. Cheryl Fields- Smith and Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman. Dr. Fields-Smith and Dr. Ali-Coleman are co-editors of the forthcoming book Homeschooling Black Children in the United States: An examination of homeschooling in practice, theory and popular culture.


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Meet Our Founders

Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith, Co-Founder

Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith is co-founder of Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES). She is an Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education) at the University of Georgia. She is the most prolific researcher focused on Black families who homeschool in the United States. She is author of numerous articles on homeschooling and author of Exploring Single Black Mothers' Resistance through Homeschooling. She is a 2018 ASPIRE Fellow, a 2015-2016 Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, a 2014 COE Carl Glickman Faculty Fellow and founding board member of the International Center for Home Education Research.  


Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Co-Founder

Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a homeschooling mother and co-founder of the Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES). She is 2019 Fulbright-Hays Scholar and 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Awardee. Having an interdisciplinary background in education, arts and media, she has numerous accomplishments that span these fields. Her research includes study of African American homeschooled students who are dual-enrolled in community college, creative placemaking as a tool for community building and high impact learning practices. She currently serves as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for Montgomery Community Media (MCM). Read More...

Thank you for attending our inaugural virtual teach-in!


Our inaugural virutal teach-in included over 20 talks featuring homeschooling parents, researchers and educators, almost 200 registrants from across the country and week filled with community-building, resource-sharing and engagement.

Some of our participants said,

"...superb group of panelists! Loved the exchange between the hosts! This was an awesome and informative virtual meeting."

"I enjoyed participating in and viewing the sharing between parents and practitioners."

"The highlight of this teach in for me was listening to all the wonderful women giving their encounters with homeschooling and also finding out about Dr. Camara."

"Each session was full of love and diversity."

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