Do you ever wish that you could gather with other homeschool leaders just to receive encouragement, share resources or bend someone’s ear?
Last month, 12 homeschool leaders from seven different homeschool groups gathered on a cold winter night in Cincinnati, Ohio just to meet and support each other.
We had coffee, cookies and laughed, gently reproved and empathized with other leaders.
We came from a diverse background. Some were experienced homeschoolers-one with 15 years of leadership under her belt! Others had only been leading their group for two weeks! We had unschoolers, classical schoolers, virtual schoolers and traditional homeschoolers (whatever that means!)
After we exchanged names and information on our groups, we listed what challenges we face as homeschool leaders. Here’s what the leaders listed:
Doubling in size in one year
Four of five board members leaving
Low commitment from board members
Parents test limits
Clean up building
Late or unprepared teachers
Need a larger facility
Any of these sound familiar? I think these are common problems. Sometimes the other leaders had helpful answers and suggestions; sometimes they just offered sympathy and encouragement. Everyone needs someone who can say, “I understand.”
I shared some resources including:
- My website, HomeschoolCPA.com, for articles and ebooks on running a homeschool organization
- My book, Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out
- The Old Schoolhouse magazine’s Homeschool Leader Yahoo group, a wonderful place for homeschool leaders to pose questions and get answers from leaders across the country
- Homeschool Group Leader blog, run by my cyber friends, Kristen and Denise, full of tips, answers and encouragement.
I hope you find these resources helpful too.
Carol Topp, CPA