Homeschool Freedom Responds to Harvard Kennedy School’s Webinar

The Post-Pandemic Future of Homeschooling

From May 6 – June 17, 2021, Harvard Kennedy School is hosting a weekly webinar on homeschooling.

Harvard writes:

“Homeschooling has been undergoing a transformation in recent years. In the wake of Covid-19, early evidence also indicates that millions of parents began homeschooling during recent school closures. However, as homeschooling evolves, there remain many important questions about the practice. The purpose of this conference is to improve understanding of critical topics in homeschooling by considering empirical research, expert analysis, and parents’ experiences with homeschooling.”

Harvard’s webinar series will be hosted across six panels on Zoom.

All Harvard panels run from 12-1 PM EDT. 

Each week, Homeschool Freedom will be responding with a round-table discussion on the Webinar Topic.

Join homeschool leaders from across the country as we discuss the research, data, and perspectives presented in Harvard’s webinar.

May 6

Is it time for a change to homeschool law?

Does the law on homeschooling need to be revised? What are appropriate restrictions on homeschooling?  What rights should homeschoolers have?

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Elizabeth Bartholet, Professor, Harvard Law School
Michael Donnelly, Senior Counsel, Homeschool Legal Defense Association
Eric Wearne, Professor, Kennesaw State University
James Dwyer, Professor, College of William and Mary

View Michael Donnelly’s Slides Here

Homeschool Freedom Response

Homeschool Freedom Response

Tim Lambert, President, Texas Home School Coalition
Pam Lucashu, Legislative Liaison, TEACH-CT
Tara Bentley, Executive Director, Indiana Association of Home Educators

May 13

Growth and diversity in post-pandemic homeschooling

What is homeschooling? Who homeschools their children? Has Covid-19 altered the homeschooling landscape?

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Panelists
Sarah Grady, Statistician, US Department of Education
Brian Ray, President, National Home Education Research Institute

Commentator
Cheryl Fields Smith, Professor, University of Georgia

View Sarah Grady’s Slides Here

View Brian Ray’s Slides Here

Homeschool Freedom Response

Homeschool Freedom Response

Carolyn Martin, Director of Government Relations, Christian Home Educators of Colorado
Matthew McDill, President, North Carolinians for Home Education
Tara Bentley, Executive Director, Indiana Association of Home Educators

May 20

Are homeschoolers prepared for life?

How is the academic preparation of homeschoolers? What trends do they see in life outcomes?

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Panelists
Christian Wilkens, Professor, State University of New York, Brockport
Jennifer Jolly, Professor, University of Alabama

Commentator
Robert Kunzman, Professor, Indiana University

View Christian Wilkens’ and Jennifer Jolly’s Slides Here

Homeschool Freedom Response

Homeschool Freedom Response

Yvonne BunnDirector of Support & Government Affairs, Home Educators Association of Virginia
Joe Bailey, President, Homeschool Iowa
Dr. Jay Wile, Professor, Anderson Univeristy, Author, Berean Builders
Copper Webb, Governor, Homeschool Community Foundation

May 27

Are homeschoolers socially isolated?

How involved are homeschoolers in their local communities?

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Panelists
Daniel Hamlin, Professor, University of Oklahoma
David Sikkink, Professor, University of Notre Dame

Commentator
Michael McShane, Director of National Research, EdChoice

View Daniel Hamlin’s Slides Here

Homeschool Freedom Response

Homeschool Freedom Response

Jenn SnyderPresident, Homeschool New York LEAH
Rebecca Kocsis, Secretary, Christian Home Educators Association of California
Sheri Payne, Director of Leadership Support, Home Educators Association of Virginia

June 3

Are homeschoolers socially isolated?

What do we know about the incidence of child and sexual abuse that occurs in schools and in homeschool households?

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Panelists
Charol Shakeshaft, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Angela Dills, Professor, Western Carolina University

Commentator
Martin West, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

View Carol Shakeshaft’s Slides Here 

View Angela Dills’ Slides Here

Homeschool Freedom Response

Homeschool Freedom Response

Scott WoodruffSenior Counsel, HSLDA
Dr. Brian Ray, President, National Home Education Research Institute
Tara Bentley, Executive Director, Indiana Association of Home Educators

June 10

Is homeschooling an international movement?

What trends in homeschooling are occurring internationally?

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Panelists
Ari Neuman & Oz Guterman, Professors, Western Galilee College
Philippe Bongrand, Professor, CY Cergy Paris University
Christine Brabant, Professor, University of Montreal

Commentator
Albert Cheng, Professor, University of Arkansas

View Ari Neuman’s and Oz Guterman’s Slides Here

View Philippe Bongrand’s Slides Here

View Christine Brabant’s Slides Here

Works Referenced by Albert Cheng Are Available Here

Homeschool Freedom Response

Homeschool Freedom Response

Gerald HuebnerChairman, Global Home Education Exchange
Dr. Roger Smith, Director of Leadership Development, Homeschool Louisiana
Sherri Seligson, Curriculum Author and Scientist 
Stephanie Lambert, Executive Director, Texas Home School Coalition

June 17

Parents’ Experiences with Homeschooling

What is it like to homeschool? What are the reasons? Has Covid-19 changed the homeschooling experience?

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Harvard Kennedy School Webinar

Lead Panelist
Michael Horn, Co-Founder, Clayton Christensen Institute and Homeschooling Parent

Parent Panelists
Valerie Bryant
Caprice Corona
Karen Dematos
Ann McClure
Douglas Pietersma

Homeschool Freedom Response

Homeschool Freedom Response

Tara Bentley, Executive Director, Indiana Association of Home Educator
Jenn Snyder, President, Homeschool New York LEAH
Rebecca Kocsis, Secretary, Christian Home Educators Association of California
Ginny Yurich, Marketing and Social Media Director, Michigan Christian Homeschool Network

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