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Setting Our Own Agenda

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)


WHAT IS A TEACH-IN?
 
"A teach-in is similar to a general educational forum on any complicated issue, usually an issue involving current political affairs. The main difference between a teach-in and a seminar is the refusal to limit the discussion to a specific time frame or a strict academic scope. Teach-ins are meant to be practical, participatory, and oriented toward action. While they include experts lecturing on their area of expertise, discussion and questions from the audience are welcome, even mid-lecture. Teach-ins were popularized during the U.S. government's involvement in Vietnam. The first teach-in, which was held overnight at the University of Michigan in March 1965, began with a discussion of the Vietnam War draft" - Wikipedia
 
WHAT TIME IS THE TEACH-IN?
 
The event is July 20-24, 2020 and it is a virtual event.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE TEACH-IN?

We are looking for those who will be speakers. You WILL NOT be speaking live during the teach-in. More details below.

We are looking for homeschool educators with businesses to consider sponsoring the events with give-aways or discounted services for participants

And, we are looking for volunteers to facilitate discussions during our break-out sessions on July 24, 2020.

Below is a breakdown of what participation looks like in each role:

SPEAKER
 
We are 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 would like for you to create a 10-20 minute video responding to one of the prompts below. If your video is selected, it will be used during our teach-in as a lead-in into a teach-in discussion around the topic you discuss.
 
1. What do we in the Black Homeschooling community need more of?
2. What truth about our experiences as Black Homeschooling families needs to be shared?
3. What are the barriers to access? 
 
You can create the video yourself or a member of Black Family Home Educators and Scholars (BFHES) can interview you via Zoom to discuss one of the issue points listed above. You can let us know which you prefer. Speakers who create pre-recorded videos receive free admission to the teach-in. This video must be completed and submitted by a certain date. Read more here.
 
SPONSOR
A sponsoring homeschooling individual or group will pay $10 to have their service or support listed on our website during the teach-in and for the remainder of the year. They will have the opportunity to post social media posts each day in our teach-in group during the week of the teach-in. Sponsors will be thoroughly vetted and reviewed to ensure they cater to our specific niche group. Sponsors receive free admission to the teach-in.
 
VOLUNTEER FACILITATOR
 
We are seeking co-facilitators who can help facilitate our break-out group conversations when we go live on Zoom on Friday, July 24. Facilitators receive free admission to the teach-in.
 
ARE THE TEACH-IN BREAK-OUT SESSIONS HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 20TH?
No, we do not have capacity to facilitate break-out discussions every day of the week. We anticipate our week to consist of four days of the sharing of written and pre-recorded information with participants where participants can first make written comments as information is shared. This information will include the pre-recorded speaker videos, links to relevant research on Black homeschooling and state and national policy updates regarding homeschooling. The information will be thematically shared for easier navigation for participants.
 
The last day, Friday, July 24th will be the day of engagement where the facilitators will guide face to face discussions around topics borne from the dialogue growing over the week as participants as information has been released to teach-in participants. This day we expect registrants to show up and participate by sharing their responses to the information that has been shared with them over the course of the week. Willingness to engage is paramount for this teach-in to be useful to you. The participants, in a sense, are curating the discussion during the week as they identify the issues that are most important to them as they review the information shared and draw from personal experiences. A teach-in is more akin to an unconference format. There will not be panels, but, there will be facilitators of discussion. 
 
The schedule for the week will be released in early July. Excerpts from speaker videos will be shared leading up to the teach-in to encourage people to register for the teach-in. The full videos will only be shared with teach-in registrants.
 
WHAT IS THE POINT OF ALL OF THIS?
 
Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith and Dr. Khadijah Ali-Coleman came up with the idea of the teach-in after discussing their research with one another and talking about the lack of Black-led global spaces for Black homeschooling parents to make meaningful connections with each other and the scholars who study the phenomenon of homeschooling. Dr. Fields-Smith is the most cited researcher regarding Black homeschooling families and Dr. Ali-Coleman has been homeschooling her own child off and on for 12 years before recently earning her doctorate in education from Morgan State University. As homeschooling researchers, both realize that research often guides policies that impact the practice of homeschooling for families. Many Black homeschooling families are focused on the practice of homeschooling but do not have central Black-led spaces to discuss policy and learn about policy and the pertinent research that specifically pertains to their homeschooling practice. The goal of the teach-in is to be a starting point in creating that space. Teach-ins usually result in direct action. An intended outcome of the teach-in is for direct action to be planned that will result in viable ways for Black homeschooling families to not only keep abreast of policy and research impacting our practice of homeschooling, but, for Black homeschooling families to be equipped in ways that will allow them to advocate on their own behalf.
 
I AM NOT BLACK, BUT I PARENT A BLACK CHILD. CAN I COME TO THE TEACH-IN?
 
As a parent of Black children, you will definitely benefit from the sessions as each speaker brings valued knowledge to inform your homeschooling practice. You are welcome to attend. However, we want it to be clear that the teach-in was created with the understanding that the voices of Black homeschooling parents and scholars have yet to be heard in substantive ways. The purpose of this teach-in is to bring together Black home educators and homeschool researchers to set and lead our own agenda. The teach-in will bridge gaps between academia and practitioner work related to Black families who are homeschooling.