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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 19-23, 2021 and it is a virtual event. Unlike last year, this year's teach-in will not take place on Facebook. Registrants will receive a link to the teach-in community once they pay for their ticket. Only those registered will have access to the teach-in content. The teach-in will feature live panels and workshops, in addition to pre-recorded content. The teach-in will take place in an online virtual member-only community. That means that only registrants of the teach-in will have access during the teach-in. Live panels and workshops will be recorded for registrants to view later if they were unable to watch the live edition of the workshop or panel. Registrants will have access to this virtual portal for two months after the teach-in. 

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE TEACH-IN?

We have already selected speakers for the 2021 BFHES Virtual Teach-in.

We are looking for homeschool educators with businesses to consider sponsoring the event with give-aways or discounted services for participants. Sponsors are considered vendors and will be able to vend in our marketplace that will be open throughout the teach-in. Vendors will be able to pay for a 25 minute opportunity to pitch their products and services. Vendors need to email us at hello@blackfamilyhomeschool.org to receive the link to vend/sponsor.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with our behind-the-scenes prep needs. Email us hello@blackfamilyhomeschool.org if you would like to volunteer.

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 13 years before earning her doctorate in education from Morgan State University in 2020. 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. Since the 2020 BFHES Virtual Teach-In, we have been part of more than a half dozen panels on educational policy and research regarding Black homeschooling. 
 
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. 

 
I REGISTERED FOR THIS EVENT WITH A DIFFERENT NAME AND AN EMAIL ADDRESS THAT IS NOT MINE. WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?
 
We have an online community that we specifically built for registrants, speakers and sponsors. for this event. The only way to gain access is if the name and email address on your ticket matches the name and email address you will use to log into the site. If they are different, you need to email us and let us know. Without knowing this, you will not be admitted to the group. If your email address that you registered with is wrong, you won't receive updates from us regarding the event. So, incorrect name and and email will hinder your ability to receive information and gain access to parts of the teach-in that are interactive.
 
I REGISTERED FOR THE TEACH-IN BUT I NEVER RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION. WHAT HAPPENED?
Chances are that you may have accidentally typed in the wrong email address for yourself when you registered. Check your spam folder to make sure before emailing us at hello@blackfamilyhomeschool.org where we can help you.
 
I PAID FOR A SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE BUT I DON'T SEE MY LOGO AND BUSINESS LISTED. WHY IS THAT?
 
If your business at this point is not listed on our sponsorship page, it is because we have not received the logo and info we requested upon receiving your sponsorship. Check your email to review the email we sent regarding what we require in order to upload your business info as a sponsor.