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May 6 — June 17, 2021

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.

 

Podcast: Reactions to the Homeschooling Conference

 

Will the increase in homeschooling continue after the end of the pandemic? Should homeschooling be more tightly regulated? Paul E. Peterson and Daniel Hamlin discuss these questions and more following the completion of the Conference on the Post-Pandemic Future of Homeschooling.

 

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Agenda and Video

Moderators
Paul E. Peterson, Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University
Daniel Hamlin, Professor, University of Oklahoma

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?

Panelists
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

Michael Donnelly's slides from this presentation are available here.

 

May 13

Growth and diversity in post-pandemic homeschooling

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

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

Commentator
Cheryl Fields Smith, Professor, University of Georgia

Sarah Grady's slides from this presentation are available here.
Brian Ray's slides from this presentation are available here.

 

May 20

Are homeschoolers prepared for life?

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

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

Commentator
Robert Kunzman, Professor, Indiana University

Christian Wilkens' and Jennifer Jolly's slides from this presentation are available here.

 

May 27

Are homeschoolers socially isolated?

How involved are homeschoolers in their local communities?   

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

Commentator
Michael McShane, Director of National Research, EdChoice

Daniel Hamlin's slides from this presentation are available here.

 

June 3

Is child abuse greater at school or homeschool?

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

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

Commentator
Martin West, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Charol Shakeshaft's slides from this presentation are available here.
Angela Dills' slides from this presentation are available here.

 

June 10

Is homeschooling an international movement?

What trends in homeschooling are occurring internationally?

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

Ari Neuman's and Oz Guterman's slides from this presentation are available here.
Philippe Bongrand's slides from this presentation are available here.
Christine Brabant's slides from this presentation are available here.

Works referenced by Albert Cheng are available here.

 

June 17

Parents’ experiences with homeschooling

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

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

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

 

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