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BFHES Virtual Teach-In


The Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES) teach-in connects Black home educators to discuss pivotal issues impacting Black homeschooling families, helping homeschoolers improve their homeschooling practice.

Testimonials About the BFHES Virtual Teach-In

"Loved the music playlist, I felt such a sense of community and support that's so valuable, no judgement and people seemed to attend all of the workshops etc. Loved the coffee talks that we could view at any time."

2022 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from Pennsylvania

"Do not change a thing. This year was fantastic!"

2022 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from Wisconsin

"The sense of community and being in a safe space. I appreciate the enthusiasm and joy Dr. Khadijah displayed when speaking with guests and how encouraging she was for all of us."

2022 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from Georgia

"All of it was good and helpful. I liked the variety of sessions."

2022 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from West Virginia

"I enjoyed the chat and connecting with other black homeschoolers. I gained an online teaching job and some podcast contacts from these connections. I also enjoy seeing what others are doing within the black homeschool community."

2021 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from Texas

"...I am recommending the teach-in to others because more Black families are interested. Some feel forced to homeschool under COVID-19 and inconsistent school policies. BFHES showcases homeschooling, as a natural part of family values and growth."

2021 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from Washington, D.C.

"I loved the music playlist - it was amazing. I like the group chat categories, and I enjoyed all the coffee talk presentations!"

2021 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from Wisconsin

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Call for Submissions for New Book on Homeschooling on a College Pathway

Title: Homeschooling Black Children on a College Pathway

Book Editors: Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, EdD 

Publisher: Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars, LLC


Book Overview:

Our first book explored, Homeschooling Black Children in the US, was intended to focus solely on the ways that homeschooling  impacts college readiness and preparedness. However, it was compiled and published during COVID-19 and became a tome that spanned the dimensions of homeschooling a Black child, before and during the COVID-19 global pandemic. This call for submissions for this next book re-centers our earlier interest on Black homeschooled children who are on a college pathway. 

What We Are Seeking: We are seeking chapter proposals for manuscripts that will explore topics in ways that are compelling to read and accessible to those outside of academia. Each chapter will be about 6000 words, including works cited. Topic considerations include (but, are not limited to):

-College transition experiences of Black homeschooled students;
-Perceptions of Black male students who were homeschooled prior to enrolling in an Ivy League institution,  historically black college or university (HBCU) or community college;
-Experience of a Black homeschooled high school student preparing for college after attending a traditional P-12 school (public, private or charter);
-Black dual-enrolled homeschooled students college enrollment experiences;
STEM education for the Black homeschooled student on a college track;
-College staff/faculty experiences with Black homeschooled college applicants;
-College academic achievement of Black homeschooled students compared to the academic achievement of Black students traditionally schooled (public, private, charter);
-Language fluency of Black homeschooled students and impact on college transition;
-Homeschool, college and community—voices of Black adult professionals reflecting on the impact homeschooling had on their life trajectory.




Why Did Black Families Homeschool in 2022?

396 respondents in a Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars, LLC
poll indicated in December 2022 the reasons they decided to homeschool in 2022.
Participants in the survey identified as parents of Black children in grades P-12.


9.6% indicated they started homeschooling because their child’s school was not providing

the learning experience they wanted their child to have.

62% indicated that they were homeschooling before 2022 and it had been an effective learning practice for their child.

16% said that they started homeschooling in 2022 because traditional school (public, private, charter) was not safe for their child.

4% said that they began homeschooling in 2022 because they finally had the time to begin

1% said that they had been on hiatus from homeschooling and had begun again in 2022


What We Do

Research on Black Homeschooling

BFHES was started by two Black homeschool researchers conferring during the planning for our book project on Black homeschooling. Our mission is to provide ongoing community engagement regarding Black homeschooling through (1) the publication of scholarly and trade work on the topic, and (2) the production of community events targeting black homeschool familites and entrepreneurs engaged in the practice of black homeschooling.
We invite Black researchers on the topic of Black homeschooling to submit manuscripts on their research for publication. Learn more here.

Virtual  Homeschooling Community

BFHES presents an annual Virtual Teach-In and other virtual events where we feature dozens of homeschool practitioners, researchers and educational consultants sharing valuable guidance on how to develop a fruitful homeschooling family practice.In addition, we maintain a burgeoning community of homeschool educators via Facebook. As of this writing, the group has surpassed 3400 members since its start in July 2020. We also have a growing archive of content on our YouTube channel and regularly engage through online spaces such as Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
We do not offer homeschooling courses for children.
We offer training, events and publication opportunities for homeschooling parents and education researchers.

HOMESCHOOLING BLACK CHILDREN IN US: Theory, Practice & Popular Culture

In 2020,  Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman had just finished defending her doctoral dissertation on dual enrolled African American homeschooled students and their perceptions of preparedness for community college. The COVID-19 global pandemic and quarantine had just gone into effect. She was offered an opportunity to publish her dissertation into a book. She opted to edit an anthology of voices on Black homeschooling instead. During her own research study, she had seen the lack of Black voices in the research on Black homeschooling families. As a homeschooling mother and researcher, she wanted to expand the research literature and offer an opportunity for other homeschooling parents and researchers to share their experiences and research. And, that is what this book is. 

Add it to your library today!

In 2021, the United States Census Bureau reported that in 2020, during the rise of the global health pandemic COVID-19, homeschooling among Black families increased five-fold. However, Black families had begun choosing to homeschool even before COVID-19 led to school closures and disrupted traditional school spaces. Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture offers an insightful look at the growing practice of homeschooling by Black families through this timely collection of articles by education practitioners, researchers, homeschooling parents and homeschooled children.

Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture honestly presents how systemic racism and other factors influence the decision of Black families to homeschool. In addition, the book chapters illustrate in different ways how self-determination manifests within the homeschooling practice. Researchers Khadijah Ali-Coleman and Cheryl Fields-Smith have edited a compilation of work that explores the varied experiences of parents homeschooling Black children before, during and after COVID-19. From veteran homeschooling parents sharing their practice to researchers reporting their data collected pre-COVID, this anthology of work presents an overview that gives substantive insight into what the practice of homeschooling looks like for many Black families in the United States.


1. From Our Ancestors to Today: The Significance of Contemporary Black Homeschooling in the U.S., Cheryl Fields-Smith.
2. Journey of a Black Homeschooled, Homeschooling, Home Education Scholar: An Autoethnography, Dannielle Joy Davis.
3. Creating A Homeschool as Homeplace: Vision and Praxis, Brandi Nicole Hinnant-Crawford.
4. Self-Efficacy Insights From a Public-School Educator Turned Home Educator, Meca Williams-Johnson.
5. Neurosequential Learning Strategies and the Impact of Societal Racism, Adina Gardner.
6. Sandra’s Story: A Generational Commitment to College and Career Readiness Through Homeschool Education, Aaliyah Baker.
7. Homeschooling: A Prayerful Act of Protest, Cheryl R. Carter.
8. The Freedom to Homeschool: Community as Classroom, Kathaleena Edward Monds.
9. “I Might Be a Maroon”: Homeschooling as Educational Liberation, Joy Howard and Micah Howard.
10. Window Dressing Education: Barriers and Invitations, Maleka M. Diggs.
11. “Only One Thing Left to Do”: An Invitation to Educational Freedom, Lora Smothers.
12. Become A Star Finder: Assisting Black Parents With Empowering Children to Achieve Academic Success Through Homeschooling, Anita Gibson.
13. Adventures of the Accidental Homeschoolers, Andrea L. Dennis.
14. Black Excellence: Dual Enrolled African American Homeschooled Students, Khadijah Ali-Coleman.

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