Welcome to Black Family Homeschool Educators & Scholars (BFHES)


About Us

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 Internatinal 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 co-editor of the forthcoming book Homeschooling Black Children in the United States: An examination of homeschooling in practice, theory and popular culture. 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).



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.


Join Us for One of Our Next Events




Black Family Homeschool Educators & Scholars (BFHES) co-founders Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith and Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman present an affordable virtual writing retreat series for academic writers who publish or plan to publish their work as a book, book chapter, article or other scholarly publication.

These virtual writing retreats are intended to offer guidance for novice and seasoned writers who would benefit from one-on-one consultation and guided exercises to optimize their writing practice.

During the retreat, each participant will be able to have one-on-one consultation with a writing coach if scheduled before the day of the retreat. Coaches will focus on portions of the work in progress. The retreat protocol requires that participants email sections of their papers/chapters to coaches to request a conference. We then email back with a conference time during the retreat which gives us time to read what is sent. This ensures that participants are not waiting for coaches to read and review their work during the retreat time.

We will review up to ten pages prior to the consultation.

The BFHES Writing Retreat sessions will be conducted through Zoom. All participants must have a reliable internet connection and must be visible during the course of the retreat. Writing retreats are not recorded. Therefore, participants must be present and able to engage through the duration of the retreat. Email us at for more information.

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."

profiles of 2020 speakers

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