Jeanne Faulconer is a popular speaker at homeschooling conferences, business groups, and parents’ groups, and has homeschooled her three sons in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Virginia for nearly 20 years. Jeanne is a writer for TheHomeSchoolMom.com, where her column “Ask Jeanne” addresses homeschooling questions from readers. Jeanne coaches parents and teens about how interest-led learning can be represented on transcripts, and how pursuing interests can help develop possibilities for work, academics, and volunteer service. She is a former college faculty member, former editor and book reviewer for Home Education Magazine, a long-time editor for VaHomeschoolers Voice, and a former member of the VaHomeschoolers board of directors. Jeanne has taught writing at homeschool co-ops and is a published poet. Holding her Master of Arts degree in communication, Jeanne conducts portfolio evaluations for Virginia homeschoolers for evidence of progress. Jeanne’s website is EngagedHomeschooling.com.
Using an Evaluator for Proof of Progress, Friday, Session 1, 1–2 p.m.
with Sarah Blunkosky
Tired of testing? Looking for a holistic approach to meet Virginia’s annual evidence-of- progress requirement? Want an authentic yearly synopsis of your child’s education? Have a child who learns differently or who learns beyond a curriculum? Have a child who has special needs? Consider working with a homeschool evaluator. In this session, learn how evaluation satisfies your legal obligation under Virginia’s home instruction statute, and consider the pros and cons of using an evaluator. Jeanne and Sarah discuss factors to consider when choosing an evaluator, what the evaluation process might be like for you and your children, and how to prepare for an evaluation. Sarah will describe how evaluation can be the answer to annual assessment for your child who has special needs. They will also address the limits of homeschool evaluation and clarify the difference between services provided by educational psychologists and homeschool evaluators. You’ll come away understanding how an evaluation can effectively provide evidence of progress or satisfy your own need for assessing your child’s learning.
Homeschooling TraVersed, Saturday, Session 1, 9–10 a.m.
Jeanne will do a reading of poetry she has written about her nearly 20 years of homeschooling, providing you with a unique way to eavesdrop on the inner workings of a homeschool life with three kids. Drawn on her personal experiences and those of families she has loved and left behind as her family homeschooled across the South. Jeanne hopes her poetry will reveal the every-day, as well as some of the intensity, conflict, fulfillment, complication, reality, disappointment and joy experienced in a family living, loving, and learning together. (Jeanne is a literary rather than a sentimental poet, and most of her poetry is aimed toward adults.)
Yes, It Counts: Interest-Led Learning for Teens, Saturday, Session 5, 4:45–5:45 p.m.
What are the benefits of emphasizing interest-led learning during the teen years? How can interest-led learning help build necessary skills and knowledge for work or college? How can interest-led learning be assessed for annual evidence of progress, worked into an overall high school curriculum, given credit, or incorporated into a high school transcript? Join Jeanne for a discussion of these questions and look at how interest-led learning can improve a teen’s engagement and build a valuable portfolio. Learn more about the world of interest-led homeschooling—a world where passion for technology, pets, sports, fashion, photography, anime, cooking, nature, theatre, travel, history, a foreign language, or virtually anything else—can lead to deep learning across multiple subject areas—and count.