The 1st Annual Black Homeschool and Education Expo will be held this Saturday July 28, 2012 from 11am til 7pm. The expo will feature educators, experts, lecturers, cultural resources, and tons of information and materials for homeschoolers. I had the opportunity to contact a couple of the presenters for the expo, and would like to share a bit of what you can expect at the expo through them.
Queen Taese is an educator with more than 20 years experience, who has homeschooled her 5 children for over 15 years. Knowing that she did not want to compromise the education of her children, the first two went to a private cultural school for a short while. When she realized how expensive private school would get, she explored homeschooling as an alternative. After having a very successful first year, Queen Taese was offered opportunities to help educate other children. Today, she still homeschools her own children aged 5 to 15 as well as others, working with families internationally, coordinating culturally educational and health events, as well as becoming a sought after resource for African-Americans, who are looking for effective solutions to the growth and development of our children.
Queen Taese will be presenting a workshop entitled Cultivating Youth Entrepreneurs / Developing a Curriculum! Here is a teaser:
Choosing a curriculum has always been one of the most common questions people ask me when it comes to homeschooling. In this workshop, I will emphasize that a curriculum is simply a plan. Sometimes the word itself gets people scrambled in thought, but it is really simplistic. I will dive into why I feel complete curriculum's should not be purchased to be used solely. I will also discuss the education of African American children and the importance of tailor making each curriculum to fit your child's specific needs, and according to your family values and definition of success. It is my goal to get families to define and redefine the true essence of what success really means. Many people have never really given that any thought, but instead have taken on the ideology of others' definitions. Tips for choosing educational materials will also be discussed, as well as how to incorporate the cultivation of entrepreneurship through strategically guiding their everyday experiences and creating opportunities in there areas of interest.
Queen Taese feels her topic is important to homeschoolers and parents alike because their mindset as educators, the plan they create for their children, and how creative and innovative they are with the execution of these educational plans critically influence the outcome of the quality of the lives of their children.
Her topic is especially important to African-Americans because as a people, we have a unique circumstance in that most of us do not know the roots of our ancestry, which is key for any culture to uphold there values, morals, traditions and principles. Our history is a great one and spans thousands of year beyond slavery. We have to develop curriculum that fortify the genius in our children, verses curriculum that mimic the ideals and needs of other cultures. The foundation of any culture begins with its' own traditions and self-sufficiency. Only from that point can you respectfully engage with other cultures with a proud stance.
Prospective expo visitors will not want to miss this workshop! According to Queen Taese, it "addresses a lot of what is missing from the educational process of African-American children. It is thought provoking in many areas and designed to stimulate thought rather than dictate what to do. Also, practical tools will be given on how to create an ideal and personalized curriculum for your child and incorporate the cultivation of entrepreneurship while doing it." Queen Taese ads, "There are so many areas to cover when building a curriculum for your child. As I believe in a holistic approach, it is my conviction that all facets of life should be incorporated into your curriculum, not just academics. Create a curriculum, but also allow the essence of natural curiosities and the exploration of daily life experiences to divinely have it's place. Expand education beyond the four walls. Challenge different ideas and define your own truth through your own research. Life is education. Make every experience one to grow on."
Baba Cordell will also be presenting at the Black Homeschool Expo. He is co-founder of "Crime Prevention Specialists" an agency that assists with the training and awareness of everyday hardworking people & families with the unfortunate criminal acts & influences that plague our society and we give direction on preventive solutions. He is also spent sixteen+ years in law enforcement, and 20+ years as an educator & family man whose children are homeschooled.
Here's a teaser about his topic:
Preparedness for practical, realistic situations that we co-exist with, such as rapes, i.d. theft, brutality, pedophiles, mass shootings, bullying, professional evil-doers, discrimination, robberies, etc is education. Institutional education from a public sense does not devote time towards safety preparedness i.e. CPR, Society Crime, What to do if's & How to avoid's. Crime & criminal influences have evolved to levels deemed imaginable. By that think of your scariest horror film and there you go it's here. The intimacy homeschool provides allows for basic required state curriculum along with other curriculum needed for full fledged life "school" preparation.
He feels this workshop is of importance to African American homeschoolers because, "with the objective history of world existence that includes the raw, victimizing atrocities done amongst All-Afrikans here in America and the entire diaspora for that matter I know it is most important to the highest level of importance for African-Americans. Current known and "taboo" conditions, influences and results of it has proven that."
Prospective visitors to the Black Homeschool Expo will not want to miss this workshop because they will be given the open opportunity to teach yourself & your family how to avoid receiving the most horrific phone call imaginable from the police or school system matters, with love and confidence. Baba Cordel added "I, too, am a humble, peaceful, prayerful person and believe in the unfathomed greatness of our Creator and with that knowledge, strength and wisdom I refuse to ignore the reality I co-exist with. To do that, for me, is blasphemous itself."
These are just a couple of the many presenters at the Black Homeschool Expo. I strongly encourage you to visit and take advantage of the knowledge and experience that is offered from this diverse group of people.
The Expo is in the Morris Brown Cunningham Auditorium at 715 Martin Luther King Dr. NW, Atlanta GA 30314
The cost is $20.00 for all day admission.
Cost for children age 12 and up is $5.00
There are children's activities and childcare available.
For more information, call 678-368-8593