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Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars

Setting Our Own Agenda

Mission

Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars' teach-in is intended to provide space for homeschool educators and scholars to interact with each other directly and share the information that both groups have regarding the practices that best serve Black homeschooling families. There are numerous studies on the experiences of homeschooling families, but, the literature is slowly growing when it pertains to Black homeschooling families in particular. We would like to become the space that Black families who homeschool can access to learn more about the practice of homeschooling Black children.

 

Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith

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. Fields-Smith's research interests include family engagement and homeschooling among Black families. Her dissertation explored family engagement from the perspective of 22 Black middle class families. Later, she received a Spencer Foundation Grant to conduct a two-year study focused on homeschooling among 46 Black families. From this study Dr. Fields-Smith has published several journal articles and chapters, which among them include the first empirically-based publication to focus exclusively on Black homeschool families. Her research on homeschooling among Black families has most recently been featured in a PBS NewsHour report and the Atlantic.  Prior to earning her doctorate from Emory University in 2004, Dr. Fields-Smith served as an elementary school teacher in Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk, Connecticut. During her tenure as a teacher she taught in two magnet schools, both of which employed the Bank Street Model, which emphasizes child-centered, hands-on, experiential learning through thematic, social studies-based integrated instruction.

 

 

Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

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. Her expertise as a scholar and practitioner has been commissioned by the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center showcased at Impact Hub Baltimore and highlighted in her work with her brands Student Media Online and So Our Youth Aspire. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of the arts company Liberated Muse Arts Group. 

Dr. Ali-Coleman studied Higher Education through the Community College Leadership Program at Morgan State University. Her research focuses on dual-enrollment and early access with her dissertation focusing on homeschooling and community college preparedness.  She has also engaged in research and practitioner work focused on arts-integration and high impact learning practices. She is a 2019 Fulbright-Hays scholar and the 2020 Scholar-in-Residence at Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center where she also served as a teaching artist. A playwright, she has had more than a dozen of her plays presented publicly in venues throughout the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Alliance, and Baltimore Theater Project. She was selected as a Theater Alliance Quadrant Playwright in 2019.

Dr. Ali-Coleman began teaching college courses in 2011. She continues to teach courses in Communication studies and Fine and Performing Arts and has taught at Morgan State University, Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Prince George's Community College (PGCC), Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and Montgomery College. While at PGCC, she was awarded a 2016 Prince George’s Community College Foundation Impact Grant used to create the Mid-Atlantic Media Arts and Communication Conference which led to her founding the organization Student Media Online

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman received her MA in Mass Communication/Media Studies at Towson University and her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (African-American Studies and Mass Media) with a minor in Writing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

 

 

 

Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith

Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

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