Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Arts & Student Creativity

The Arts & Student Creativity
by Gregory Schmidt

Since this is the garden month, our first venture into student creativity will fall under the discipline of drawing and design. If you did find yourself a supply of matt board or have some other large-sized medium upon which to draw, color, paint or do three-dimensional montage your students can get started right away.

In most regions around North America, there aren't yet any gardens producing vegetables.  In many areas folks haven't even started plotting out their garden borders. Now is when your students can do that for them on paper or poster board.

There are few things in this world that empower young people to think that they can achieve something more than growing their own veggies or flowers from planting to harvesting. And so, rather than having our first improvisational creativity exercise be something that is abstract, I believe it better to start with something specific and functional.

With a two-dimensional surface facing your child/student they can not only envision what a Garden of Eden would look like, they can physically illustrate it with markers, crayons, paints, chalks, inks or fabric. Fabric ? Yes, the world of three-dimensional design is within their grasp. Right there on the two-dimensional surface (matt board, poster board, gray card stock) they can glue a variety of items from construction paper cut-outs to clay to wood chips or glass and cloth.

Why would they do this?  Because their garden plot will want to jump out off the surface after they've drawn in the boundary lines of what they want to grow and where.

Begin by showing them the basics of architectural drafting with lines that designate a one inch to one foot scale. Then let them do the rest by resourcing a gardening catalogue or 'vegetables' website. And what they will do next is the reward in all this.  They will let you know which plants interest them and which colors they prefer to illustrate that.

Let them think outside of this garden box, also.  If they want to use finger paint and do swirly circles to represent where the strawberries should go, that's fine. You might, though, encourage them to utilize anything spare in the house that could be painted to represent small plants that can be glued in rows.  This can be anything from buttons to old game board pieces. You could even provide them with the covers of seed packets to be glued in place of each garden section.

The objective here is to get them interested in the benefits of fresh produce. It wouldn't hurt, either, to inform them that millions of people eventually come around to the fulfilling hobby of gardening. Let alone the fact that there are hundreds of people making a living illustrating plants and yard landscaping.

Want to bring this to an in-house reality, even if you don't have an area that anyone in the family would have time to garden?  Then suggest to your younger ones that they design a window box or simply illustrate a few plants that could be started in window pots.

Remember the wonderment of that corn you grew in your third grade school windows? You can have your children take a much more involving approach to this accomplishment by decision making of their own: which vegetables they like, which illustrative colors they choose, what design mediums they use, how inventive they get with their search for three-dimensional items.

If you could fulfill this project and follow it all the way from design to illustration to actual garden plotting to harvest, then you will have taken your student into a very mature world of food and health.

National Alliance of Black Home School Educators

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

National Entrepreneur Center


You will have the option to choose a general business degree, usually called a vanilla MBA, or you may select an area of concentration for your MBA program



 Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold
The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book: A Survival Guide


 How many times do you say to yourself that you need to meet more people? That your circle of influence needs to be strengthened?  That your skills and talents have yet to be discovered?  Your career requires you to network and in today’s marketplace you must be more active than ever.  But networking requires planning. An approach that is strategic and measurable; that you can learn from each time you introduce yourself to a new crowd or reacquaint yourself with an old one.    If you are strategic and view networking through an opportunity lens, it can serve as a powerful professional development boot camp experience.
Networking demands that you test your ideas, hone your ability to communicate and improve your executive presence. Networking is a full-time job and the more time you dedicate to it – the more you will learn what works for you and against you.  The more you procrastinate, the more you will find yourself disconnected from the opportunities that may potentially advance your career or allow you to meet the right people.  Procrastination will take you back a few steps and you will lose the competitive edge that comes with meeting new people, gathering knowledge, and observing others that have mastered networking.
Networking is not easy.   For some, it’s like having to take a required class in college that you had no interest in, but had to complete in order to graduate. Remember, in business and in life – success is earned from learning how to do things that you don’t like doing.
Networking requires 100% commitment.   You don’t need to be naturally outspoken to be successful in networking environments.  However, you do need to be prepared to deliver value when called upon. In other words, when it’s your turn to say something – make it count.
Networking is a responsibility and it requires active behavior.  You must be extremely engaged about what others are saying.  It’s not about you, but about how well you integrate your voice and perspectives into conversations. What matters most to those who are listening? Your audience will serve to help you connect the dots of opportunity and potentially act as an enabler for you.
The best networking takes place when you don’t know the title or influence of those you are networking with.  Most people don’t like networking because they don’t feel safe in environments where you are forced to meet new people – especially those who may serve in roles of greater influence and power.
But when you are focused on communicating with a person and not a title – it always amazes me how confident people grow.  At one conference, I remember participating in a discussion that included several highly influential senior executives.  In the group, there was a younger person who wasn’t aware of the titles that the people in the conversation held.
This person was funny, shared great stories and was highly articulate. When she asked for our business cards, she realized that one of the people in the group was a CEO of a Fortune 100 company. She quickly responded in shock and began to apologize for her opinionated and outspoken behavior.  Though she felt obligated to apologize, there was no need to do so.
When we are just ourselves, we are most natural in how we express our points of view. We are most effective at communicating and establishing a positive first impression.  Hierarchy or rank shouldn’t define your approach and style; it should only make you more aware of the types of topics or issues that should be discussed.
Networking is both an art and a science.  But in the end – networking should be fun, exciting and a rewarding approach to advancement. The more you network – with a positive outlook – the more you will learn.  And if you’re always learning, you are growing and thus developing yourself – especially your interpersonal communication skills.  Once you have become a pro at networking, you can begin to share your experiences, tips and tricks with others.
Here are 7 reasons networking can become a powerful professional development boot camp.

A Brand Is A Promise....

In one sense, perhaps the most important sense, a brand is a promise. Think of some top brands and you immediately know what they promise: McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Budweiser, Ford, Apple, MetLife.
You know what you’re going to get with a well-branded product or service.
In another sense, a brand is a specific combination of logo, words, type font, design, colors, personality, price, service, etc.
It’s also a bundle of attributes. Think of Volvo, for instance, and your first thoughts are probably going to be something like “well built, comfortable, Swedish” and, most of all, “safety.”
The promise, look, personality and attributes can eventually acquire a special patina of what I call “me” appeal. Buying a certain brand says something about the person who buys it. Apple has that patina. So does Prius. The booze and clothing businesses are filled with patina products: Cristal, Guinness, Ralph Lauren, Manolo Blahnik.
All of this can lead to sub-brands, like iPhone and iPad which acquire the aura of the parent brand.
It takes a lot of time, money and very hard work to build and maintain great brands like that, brands that can speak volumes in just a few syllables.
That’s why I’m usually rendered speechless when a prospective client asks us for a quick “Brand”.
 It happens a lot more often than you’d think. I love developing brands from scratch but when the client needs something quick, there’d better be a strong existing brand already in place.
If you’re going to develop your brand, the last thing you want to do is follow the beaten path. You want to head down your own road. Your brand has to plant itself in the hearts and minds (especially hearts) of prospects and customers.
It also has to be memorable. Your brand is the focus of all your marketing efforts (yes, it needs to say something about your company, connect with your target market, be motivating in some way and always create loyalty).
Sometimes a brand is memorable because of the little things.
TD Bank has a special place in their branches for you to deposit all those coins you collect in jars. It’s called the Penny Arcade and makes it a fun game and you can even win prizes. If your kids collect coins, you might want to open a TD account so they can enjoy the process of saving their money there. Years ago Dime Savings Bank in New York had a small dime carrier it gave to kids and then they’d fill up the 50 slots with a dime in each one (Dime Bank, get it?) and bring it to exchange for a $5.00 bill. Little things can mean a lot (and little things are all do-able on the smallest budget.)
When you think about your brand, think about all the elements: promise, personality, look, voice, service, attributes, memorability, even patina. There’s a good chance that if you ask customers, prospects and competitors about it, you’ll be surprised at how strong your brand actually is.
It’s shorthand for what you are.
Does your brand make you feel great about your own company? This is our logo on the wall when you walk into our agency office. It always makes us smile!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Find Regional Military Base Counselors/Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)/

Kathy Snead
SOC Consortium President and
SOC Director
Andrea Baridon
Associate Director

For More Information:

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
1307 New York Avenue, NW
Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20005-4701

(202) 667-0079
(800) 368-5622
(202) 667-0622



SOC Operating Programs

SOC ConsortiumApproximately 1,900 institutional members that enroll hundreds of thousands of servicemembers, their family members, and veterans annually in associate, bachelor’s, and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, armories, and military installations within the United States and overseas, and through a variety of distance learning methods.

SOC Degree Network SystemA subgroup of SOC Consortium member institutions selected by the military Services to deliver specific associate and bachelor’s degree programs to servicemembers and their families.

SOCAD — Associate and bachelor’s degree programs for Army personnel and their families.

SOCNAV — Associate and bachelor’s degree programs for Navy personnel and their families.

SOCMAR — Associate and bachelor’s degree programs for Marine Corps personnel and their families.

SOCCOAST — Associate and bachelor’s degree programs for Coast Guard personnel and their families.

ConAPA partnership between the Army Recruiting Command and participating SOC Consortium colleges and universities to link new soldiers to a college at the time of enlistment.

Find Regional Military Base Counselors
Below is a list of Thomas Edison State College's regional military base counselors and their schedules. Click on the location below to see a schedule for our regional military base counselors, or download a printable schedule.


Demand for high customer satisfaction or client satisfaction with the services or products of the organization especially when costs are related!
Any company that lacks a skill or resource enters into an agreement with a company or person (consultant or a contract employee) with that skill or resource
Changes in technology and changes in customer needs-Maximus utility- use of resources efficiently to adapt to environmental changes
Pressures form the external environment for a dual focus
High uncertainty within multiple sectors of the external environment
(multiple elements in the external environment are changing fast, creating high uncertainty about future states of the environment, High uncertainty creates a strong need for more information)
Constraints on human and physical resources
(The matrix organization encourages SHARING thos resources and allows flexibility in meeting competing request
(High Trust -Brand Integrity- from others in that network is required, Quality, Business Continuity)
Widely scattered organization s to form a network focused on a specific goal
product design, process design, suctomer service
changing opportunities
contraints in the environment
reduction in processing time
responsiveness on a case manager/client relationship
Diversify to stay competitive
Global attention to product categories
Marketing strategies involving
Product innovation
Trends that affect the organization such as technological needs and customer changes in lifestyle
Virtual links, interdependence, virtual links with suppliers

Friday, May 25, 2012

John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy

Afro Indian/Native American/ DAWN REGISTRY- SCHOLARSHI[P

Government scholarships:

Other links that might interest you:

Center for Reasearch in Management and Social Science Research Network

The MBA Advantage
"The world of business is changing rapidly. Its fashionable thee days to talk about "the learning organization. But Organizatrions don't learn, People Do". Louis Pasteur "Change favors the prepared mind"
Part time and Full Time MBA degrees
Post MBA starting salary $60,000 Signing bonus $10,00
MBA magazine
Business Week
Wall Street Journal
--  Survey Data
excerpt from Ronal N. Yeaple, Ph.D
ISBN 0-978751-0-7
Author of The MBA Advantage
Center for Reasearch in Management and Social Science Research Network

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Proof of Completion
Verifiable proof that training submitted was completed by student
• Certificate of Completion
• Employee training record
• Transcript from regionally/nationally accredited certificate program
• Transcript from non-accredited degree program
• Letter from employer/trainer verifying completion
• Student’s Name
• Dates of Completion
• Verifiable elements such as company logo, seal, and signature of trainer
• Letters must be on letter-head with name, contact information, and signature of trainer
• Web-based materials must have URL at top/bottom of page
• Documents in word or excel format
• Third-party emails
• Certificates missing verifiable elements
• Web-based materials without URL
Proof of Hours
• Verifiable proof of recorded clock hours for submitted training
• Objective means of converting training to credit hours
• Certificate, transcript, or letter providing clock hours or CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
• CPEs with conversion ratio listed (Continuing Professional Education)
• Credit hours from regionally/nationally accredited schools
• Only clock hours, CEUs, or CPEs (with conversion ratio are accepted)
• Credit hours are only valid from accredited institutions
• Proof of hours and proof of completion must be connected by name, date, year, and company
• All documentation must be verifiable
• Credit hours from non-accredited institutions (this includes employer training)
• Time designations in dates, days, or weeks
• Verbal or written time designations from the student (all must come from employer/trainer)
• Industry specific time designations without conversion ratio
Course Descriptions
• Description of course content for possible general education credit
• Copy of course catalog and catalog cover from the year completed
• Course syllabus/description from training provider
• Letter from training provider outlining course content
• Must be from they year completed
• Web-based materials must have URL at top/bottom of page
• Syllabus must show title, date, and year to be valid
• Catalog/syllabus/web description without year or incorrect year
• Documents in word or print screened from the web without a URL

Unaccredited or Unrecognized Accredited Institutions
• Copy of official transcript
Clock hours may be documented on the
transcript (if the transcript only lists grades, proof of clock hours must be provided). Credit or contact hours are not acceptable for proof of hours from these types of institutions.
Official course descriptions from the catalog current for the year(s) the student enrolled
Apollo Quick List
• Certificate of completion
• License
• Transcript
• Copy of certification
• Copy of Exam Score Report
Not generally required for pre-evaluated
Not generally required for pre-evaluated coursework
Corporate Credit Recommendation Guide
• Transcript
• Student/Employee Training Record
• Letter from employer on company letterhead signed by appropriate Training or HR personnel listing completed courses and dates of completion
• Certificates of completion
Clock hours must match hours in the Corporate Credit Recognition Guide. Contact hours are not acceptable for proof of clock hours.
Course descriptions are necessary if the course years are not the same as the years in the Corporate Credit Recognition Guide
Training Courses
• Transcript
• Student/Employee Training Record
• Letter from employer on company letterhead signed by appropriate Training or HR personnel listing completed courses and dates of completion
• Certificate of completion
May be listed on certificates of completion, transcripts, or student training record. If not listed, letter from employer listing completed courses and clock hours on company letterhead signed by appropriate Training or HR person. Contact hours are not acceptable for proof of clock hours.
Course descriptions from the year the student completed the coursework. Student may provide copies from course catalog, training brochure, agenda, or have a HR person or manager (sponsor) list the course objectives on company letterhead with a signature and title.
Experiential Learning Essay
Student must support learning documented in essay with proof of the opportunity for learning. This proof may be in the form of letters verifying experience, official government documents, transcripts, etc. Documentation necessary will vary depending on essay topic selected by student.
Not applicable
Only course descriptions from PLA website, unless student has sought approval from PLA to use a different course description.
Prior Learning Assessment
Documentation Requirements Job Aid


The consortium agreement also certifies that only one of the two colleges/universities will administer Title IV financial aid for the student.
The "Home Campus" is the school where the student is fully admitted and from which he/she will get a degree.
The "Host Campus" is where the student temporarily takes courses, whose credits will be transferred back to his/her "Home Campus".
Consortium Agreement is a contract between two colleges/universities that recognize the registration of a student at each site for financial aid purposes. Consortium Agreement refers to the two colleges/universities as the "Home Campus" and the "Host Campus".

Monday, May 21, 2012

Networking Potential

Common Knowledge Scholarship Newsletter

Friday, May 18, 2012

My Own Business makes online certificate courses free for all entrepreneurs.


Social Enterprise Offers Free Professional Business Courses


In effort to support self-employment, My Own Business makes online certificate courses free for all entrepreneurs.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- My Own Business, Inc (MOBI), a leading provider of small business education, is offering its online certificate courses free of charge for all members of the public.  This move is aimed at supporting current small business owners and individuals who aspire to become self-employed.
Phil Holland founded My Own Business in 1992 with the mission of supporting local economies through small business.  To date, over 20 million entrepreneurs and small business owners have used the material to improve their business skills.  Phil explained, "Many organizations charge a tidy sum for good, structured education.  We used to charge too to help cover our costs.  But in these times not everyone can afford to pay, yet business still goes on and entrepreneurs can still give a big boost to the economy, but only with the right support."
Two online certificate courses are presently available at basic and advanced levels.  Both are step-by-step guides designed to help participants navigate the rocky startup and growth phases of a small business respectively.  Both courses are now free, graded, and upon successful completion an official certificate will be mailed to the participant, also free of charge.  Kelvin Ho, MOBI's Executive Director shared, "The best advice is from those who have been there, done that.  There are some areas of knowledge that are just so important when you're taking that first leap into startup or expansion.  We make it our mission to share the honest experiences of other business owners and professionals, the lessons they've learned, the dos and don'ts – that's information that everyone should benefit from."    
Said Ann Kulichik, owner of AK Speech, now a successful speech therapy clinic in Lowell, MA, "It was foundational to my business plan.  The advice from actual business owners gave me several things to consider.  I believe it eliminated a lot of mistakes on my part."  My Own Business hopes the free courses will enable even more business owners like Ann and others to get the advice they need to grow healthy enterprises.
The courses are called Starting My Own Business and Building My Own Business.  They contain 15 sessions each, covering the most important aspects of starting and building a strong business.  Members of the public can access the full courses via the My Own Business website at
About My Own Business, Inc
My Own Business, Inc (MOBI) is a leading provider of free business education to small business owners. We exist to support the vital social and economic contributions of small businesses by nurturing entrepreneurship and helping individuals build their own business. Online at
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Phil Holland

SOURCE My Own Business, Inc
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What Is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome. Machine learning is so pervasive today that you probably use it dozens of times a day without knowing it. Many researchers also think it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI. In this class, you will learn about the most effective machine learning techniques, and gain practice implementing them and getting them to work for yourself. More importantly, you'll learn about not only the theoretical underpinnings of learning, but also gain the practical know-how needed to quickly and powerfully apply these techniques to new problems. Finally, you'll learn about some of Silicon Valley's best practices in innovation as it pertains to machine learning and AI.

About the Course

This course provides a broad introduction to machine learning, datamining, and statistical pattern recognition. Topics include: (i) Supervised learning (parametric/non-parametric algorithms, support vector machines, kernels, neural networks). (ii) Unsupervised learning (clustering, dimensionality reduction, recommender systems, deep learning). (iii) Best practices in machine learning (bias/variance theory; innovation process in machine learning and AI). The course will also draw from numerous case studies and applications, so that you'll also learn how to apply learning algorithms to building smart robots (perception, control), text understanding (web search, anti-spam), computer vision, medical informatics, audio, database mining, and other areas.

About the Instructor

Professor Andrew Ng is Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, the main AI research organization at Stanford, with 20 professors and about 150 students/post docs. At Stanford, he teaches Machine Learning, which with a typical enrollment of 350 Stanford students, is among the most popular classes on campus. His research is primarily on machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics, and most universities doing robotics research now do so using a software platform (ROS) from his group.
In 2008, together with SCPD he started SEE (Stanford Engineering Everywhere), which was Stanford's first attempt at free, online distributed education. Since then, over 200,000 people have viewed his machine learning lectures on YouTube, and over 1,000,000 people have viewed his and other SEE classes' videos.
Ng is the author or co-author of over 100 published papers in machine learning, and his work in learning, robotics and computer vision has been featured in a series of press releases and reviews. In 2008, Ng was featured in Technology Review's TR35, a list of "35 remarkable innovators under the age of 35". In 2009, Ng also received the IJCAI Computers and Thought award, one of the highest honors in AI.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the format of the class? The class will consist of lecture videos, which are broken into small chunks, usually between eight and twelve minutes each. Some of these may contain integrated quiz questions. There will also be standalone quizzes that are not part of video lectures, and programming assignments.
  • How much programming background is needed for the course? The course includes programming assignments and some programming background will be helpful.
  • Do I need to buy a textbook for the course? No, it is self-contained.

Testimonials: Join one of these support groups and read some of the postings from moms who use K12 themselves.

Homeschool Military Support Groups

Group Name  City  Website  Email Address  Phone Number  
Army School Liaison Office for Military Families .HawaiiVisit WebsiteEmail Group(808) 655-9818
Bolling Area Home Educators
Bolling Area Home Educators ..Visit WebsiteEmail Group
Desert Home Educators AssociationVisit WebsiteEmail Group
Desert Home Educators Association ..Edwards Air Force Base
Eifel Area Home SchoolersVisit WebsiteEmail Group
Fort Benning HomeschoolersVisit Website
Ft. Benning Homeschoolers .Ft. Benning, GeorgiaVisit Website
Guam Home School AssociationVisit WebsiteEmail Group
H.E.A.R.T. (Helping, Educating, Accepting, Replenishing, Training and Supporting) . Group
Heart and Home Schoolers.military communties located in Harrison County, including the Gulfport and Biloxi areasEmail Group
Heidelberg Homeschool GroupVisit WebsiteEmail Group
HomeEdFortGordonGA .Fort Gordon/AUgusta/CSRA areaVisit Website
Homeschooling in SigonellaVisit WebsiteEmail Group
HomeschoolMilitary (Homeschooling Military Families).Visit Website
International Virtual Learning AcademyWorld-wideVisit WebsiteEmail Group877-878-6001
Iroquois Point and Pearl Harbor Christian Homeschoolers ..Oahu MilitaryVisit WebsiteEmail Group
KMC Christian Home EducatorsVisit WebsiteEmail Group
MacDill Air Force Base Military Homeschoolers .MacDill Air Force Base Military HomeschoolersEmail Group
Maxwell Area Home EducatorsVisit WebsiteEmail Group
Maxwell Area Home Educators (MAHE).Maxwell/Gunter/MontgomeryVisit Website
Military Homeschool Support Group (MHSG) ..Peninsula Region, Langley AFB, Fort Eustis, Fort Monroe, Naval Weapons Stations, Yorktown Coast GuarEmail Group
Military Homeschoolers of Kansas.Visit Website
Okinawa Christian Home Educators Association (OCHEA)Visit WebsiteEmail Group
Peterson HomeschoolersVisit Website
Peterson Homeschoolers ..Peterson AFB in Colorado SpringsVisit Website
Point Mugu Homeschoolers .(805) 271-9209
SHAPE Christian Homeschool Support GroupVisit WebsiteEmail Group
Stuttgart Area Home Schoolers (SAHS)Visit WebsiteEmail Group
Valdosta Area Homeschooling Association.South Georgia/North Florida areaVisit Website

Social Networking Community for Homeschoolers/Support Groups for Home Educators
Another unique feature of this group is a full time guidance counselor, Sarah Ball, who has almost a decade of experience guiding homeschool families.  Sarah will be available at each meeting to answer questions ranging from dual enrollment to how to prepare high school transcripts.
Homeschooling in South Florida has changed considerably in the last ten years. The Working Parents Homeschool Support Group was designed to meet these changing needs.
We meet at the Sunshine Learning Center 1703 N. St. Rd. 7, Margate, FL 33063.

Global Directory

Home Education League of Parents (HELP)

H.E.L.P.--our acronym says it all! We're here to "help" homeschooling parents in many ways. We especially provide support and encouragement through monthly meetings for parents with care groups and workshops. There is an extensive Resource Library with curriculum, readers, dvd's/videos, games, and science equipment for loan. We organize weekly classes for Pre-K through 12th and host a number of Electives. Member parents coordinate family-friendly outings, Christmas and Talent Shows as well as Field Trips. Activities begin in September and run through May, ending with a highly personalized Graduation. We are associated with NYS LEAH* and are a ministry of Elim Gospel Church. Membership requires payment of a yearly fee and volunteer time. Classes costs are separate. *Loving Education At Home, Inc. is an organization of like-minded Christian home educators in New York State, dedicated to observing the biblical commands of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 , Proverbs 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4. LEAH began in 1983 with five Christian families seeking support and fellowship. It grew into a statewide not-for-profit ministry providing support through a network of local chapters.

City: Lima - South of Rochester
Contact: Dave & Debbie Hinton

Here are some links to resources you may find useful.

THE homeschool how-to site - everything you need to know about homeschooling and a whole lot more!

A to Z Home's Cool
Great source for state laws, support groups, useful resources, lesson ideas, educational websites.  She has it all from A to Z!

The Alternative Education Resources Organization

Find alternative, private schools and information about alternative schooling.
Homeschool Central
Good source for homeschool resources, support groups, national organizations, and much more.

Jon's Homeschool Resources

Good source for resources and support groups.

Leaping from the Box

Articles and resources to assist homeschoolers, home educators, unschoolers and independent learners who desire to move beyond the "cookie-cutter" box mentality in their homeschooling or unschooling journey. Ideas and materials for Independent Learners along with tips for using textbooks (curriculum), community resources & online information.  Great search engine for finding local support groups in every state!

National Home Education Network

Encourages state and local homeschooling organizations and individuals by providing information, fostering networking, including links to local/state support grouops, and promoting public relations on a national level.


Families on the Road

The site for families who are on the road fulltime, on extended road trips, or are just dreaming about it.


A site to encourage homeschooling families with special needs children, including local support groups.

National Black Home Educators
Good source of information, local support, state laws.

Single Parents Who Home School

Our support group meets on the internet to meet the needs of those of us that can't make it to a regular meeting time because of our work schedules and commitments.


Home School Digest

In the Home School Digest, you'll find practical tips, simple suggestions and bold Biblical challenges that make up an open forum for wrestling through the complex issues that affect homeschooling families. We pray that the broad, yet uncompromising approach you'll find in Home School Digest will strengthen, encourage and equip you in your journey of homeschooling, raising Godly children, and walking closer with Jesus Christ.

Morningstar Educational Network

A Christian ministry helping parents discover the blessings of a biblical home education.

SBACS - Starting a Christian School

The Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) has guidelines and resources for starting a Christian school.

This website presents homeschooling information, support and encouragement, resources and reviews, free newsletters, networking and discussion lists, and the online archives of Home Education Magazine, offering 10 years of articles, interviews, columns, resources, reviews and more which you can read online, anytime - FREE!

Homeschool World

The official website of Practical Homeschooling Magazine.  Source for homeschool news and information.  Great source for support groups and organizations.

Homeschooling Today

A distinctively Christian publication committed to delivering trustworthy and timely articles that provide encouragement and spiritual growth to Christian families involved in the mission of educating their children.

The Link

Source for homeschool news and information.

The Old Schoolhouse

Global homeschooling company offering homeschoolers a variety of resources and encouragement, as well as ways to learn about the latest and greatest educational resources out there.
A Christian magazine for Home Educators.
Antelope Valley

Homeschool Connections Antelope Valley
Welcome to Homeschool Connections Antelope Valley serving the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and Kern County. You can join if you are in a charter program, ISP or filed a private school affidavit. Enrollment is FREE! Homeschool Connections is an active group with a CHRISTIAN FAITH BASE that likes to do more than just share resources. Our families want more than schooling ideas; they want to develop lasting relationships for their children and themselves. Because of that, our goal is to provide you and your family with Encouragement, resources and fun. We do that by providing our parents with a stream of activities to choose from ensuring that everyone has a chance to get involved at some level.
Rose Rock
Antelope Valley Rose Rock Homeschool Support Group is the founding chapter of Rose Rock Global Homeschool Network with members all over the world. Our main focus is to connect with other home educating families in a warm, friendly environment regardless of homeschooling style or religious affiliation. All home educating families are welcome to attend our events.
Central LA and Hollywood

Urban Homeschoolers
Atwater Village Area. Urban Homeschoolers is a place for families from all educational philosophies: school at home, unschooled, religious, and secular schooled. We embrace, respect and support the diversity of all homeschooling communities. We provide a variety of classroom spaces for independent teachers and student-led classes. We are a space for clubs to meet and connections to be made with new and old friends. Urban Homeschoolers mission is to support and bring together the homeschooling community with a physical space for school activities and online resources to meet a variety of homeschooling and educational needs. Email (323) 251-9652
Long Beach

BayShore Homeschoolers Support Group
Meeting in the Long Beach area. BayShore Homeschoolers is a support group open to all homeschoolers (or those interested), regardless of faith, ethnicity,lifestyle and/or philosophy of education.
Dragon Tree Home Learners
An inclusive group serving coastal Orange County and the Long Beach area.
Orange County

South County Kids
South County Kids is an inclusive homeschool support group in South Orange County, CA. We embrace diversity within our membership including cultural, religious, ethnic and philosophical. South County Kids meets weekly at public parks, museums and community centers. Our membership includes students (1st-8th graders) and younger siblings (newborn-Kinder). Most of our weekly group activities are geared around educational subjects/topics such as science, social studies, history and art.
Rainbow Kids
We are an inclusive group of homeschooling families based in Orange County, CA. Our members vary in homeschooling styles, religions, political views, and family structures. Our children range in ages from 1 to 17 years. We meet on Thursdays, usually in and around North and Central Orange County; for theme days, field trips, park days, support and socializing for both kids and adults. We usually go to a local park after any field trip, and sometimes people who did not attended the field trip will still join us at the park. We have an optional monthly Moms' Night Out. Email
South Orange County Home Schooling Group
SOCHS exists as an inclusive, non-religious group of families which welcomes many different styles of home learning. We offer weekly events. Contact: Debi Richtman Email
Secular Home Educators
We are an eclectic group of homeschoolers in the Northern Orange County / L.A. County area. This is an inclusive all ages group . During the school year we try to meet at least once a month for a park day. We also try to regularly schedule field trips.
Home Learners
An inclusive homeschool support group based in Whittier.
Liahona of Orange County
The Liahona Homeschool Support Group was started in 1988 to provide an organized opportunity for Latter-day Saint homeschooling families in Orange County, California to meet together. Since that time, we have continued to meet every Wednesday for field trips, park days, and other activities.
OC Homescooling
A web site full of information by and for homeschoolers in Orange County.
Inland Empire

Freedom Valley Home Learners (Freedom) Yahoo Group
Freedom Valley Home Learners (Freedom) Yahoo Group is an all-inclusive group of homeschooling families in the Temecula Valley area. The purpose of the group is to provide information and support to homeschooling families in the Temecula Valley Area. In addition to the yahoo email group, this group offers regular parkdays throughout the valley and fieldtrips throughout Southern California. We also have a very large teen group that meets twice a month. Members of this group are respectful of other families’ homeschooling choices, whether they utilize a public charter or private school and whether they follow a traditional, classical, or unschooling educational philosophy. Most of the members of this group reside in Southwest Riverside County (Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Menifee, South Corona, and Temecula and outlying areas). Email Kris
Riverside Area Home Learners
Homeschool support group in the Riverside area.
Inland Empire Area Home Learners
Meeting in Rancho Cucamonga.
High Desert Homeschoolers
Our primary purpose is to offer support for each other and share ideas for home educating, as well as to provide our children with fun opportunities, both structured and informal, in a supervised setting.
Santa Clarita Valley

Homeschooling In SCV
This is an email loop for a homeschool support group based in the Santa Clarita Valley (near Six Flags Magic Mountain)
San Fernando Valley

Home Circle
An email loop for the Home Circle support group meeting in northwest San Fernando Valley.
West Valley Homeschoolers
Our purpose: To offer activities and socialization opportunities which are otherwise difficult to find as a homeschooling family.
Homeschool Garden
We are in Los Angeles County and located in Studio City which is in the East San Fernando Valley. We are an all inclusive group where families have the opportunity to participate in classes, park days, field trips, and festivals. 818.766-2088
San Gabriel Valley

Homeschooling FUN!
A support group based in southwest area of San Gabriel Valley for families choosing to take charge of their children's education. Visit with us every Thursday for Park Day at Whittier Narrows park. Classes, field trips & Frontier Girls/Boys Troop #166. Email 951-533-7857 Email
Excellence in Education (EIE)
ISP/support group. Contact Martin Forte (626) 357-4443 or Email
An email loop for homeschoolers meeting in the west San Gabriel Valley area.
Home School Families of So Cal
Located in Glendora/Covina - members live in surrounding areas (Glendora, Covina, Azusa, Diamond Bar, Walnut, San Dimas, LaVerne, Pomona, Claremont & Upland.) We are open to anyone who is willing to come to Glendora/Covina for support. This group is for any home schooling families in Southern California who wish to share in activities, learning, teaching, playing and being a part of a loving community of families who share in the act of home schooling. If you home school through a charter school, Independant Study program, file an R4, un-school or any other type of home schooling not mentioned you are welcome to be a part of this community. It is my intention that this will be a place for support for home schooling families who need each other. This ia a place where we can find others to share activities with, where anyone can feel free to plan group field trips, group camping trips, offer reading clubs, classes and park days - whatever it is that you want to try to do --- I hope that you can find friends here to do that with.
South Bay

South Bay Homeschool Network
South Bay Homeschool Network is an inclusive support group, unaffiliated with any organization. Our goal is to create an environment where homeschoolers can meet, exchange ideas, and build relationships. We are an informal group with no dues, contracts or organizational structure. Members are not obligated to attend activities. All homeschoolers are invited regardless of homeschool philosophy or religious beliefs. Email
Ventura County

Point Mugu Homeschoolers
Located on Point Mugu military base, the group is designed to support military homeschoolers. Weekly arts and crafts day, followed by a beach trip. Monthly support group meetings and field trips. Contact Rebecca Cleary (805) 271-9209 or Lisa McGinn (805) 986-0070.
Conejo Valley Homeschoolers
Meeting in the Thousand Oaks area.
Ventura County Home Learners
All current, past, and prospective homeschooling families in and near the Ventura County area are welcome to join this informative support group.
Faith Academy
A Christian home school support group. If you live in Moorpark, Thousand Oaks or Simi Valley and are interested, contact us. No cost. No membership applications required.
West Side

Culver Westchester Homeschool Network
...we are an "inclusive" community; we value and respect the various educational philosophies and diverse religious/cultural views of our members. Because we have different backgrounds, we require acceptance (or at least polite toleration) of all members. Our common ground is that we are all home educating.
Teen and Pre-Teen Groups

RK SoCal Teens
We're a group of homeschooled and unschooled teens and their parents who gather in and around Orange County, CA for beach parties, regional dances, pizza nights, campouts, Disneyland trips and other events. We welcome all homeschoolers new and old, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, homeschool style, what you eat or don't eat or what time you get out of bed. Email.
Homeschool Teen Connection Announcement Board
This board is strictly for promoting Teen Only activities around southern California and connecting teen homeschoolers to groups in their locality.
Good Time Kids Pre-teen and Teen Homeschoolers
Video games, bowling, movies, kite flying, parties, beach days. Serves the Santa Monica area, reaching out to families in Malibu, Playa Del Rey, Culver City, West Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Westchester, Brentwood.
Homeschooled JR High Funky Monkeys
This is a homeschool group for boyz and girlz in jr high (6th 7th & 8th) grade, who live in or around La county, Antelope Valley, Santa Claria Valley, Los Angelas, and around there.Were we hang out, go see movies, go to arcades, and tons more, just to have fun.This is not a suport group, its just a place for homeschooled jr high students to hang out together and meet other homeschoolers.
Groups serving all of LA

SDP Home Scholars of Southern California
*SDP Home Scholars is Secular, Diverse and Progressive group, created to provide additional opportunities for socialization, support & resources. This group will available for the entire Homeschooling community. Contact: Email
LA Muslim Homeschoolers
A new group of diverse Muslim homeschooling families to get together for field trips, park days and other activities. All Muslim families are welcome to attend. The group aims to be culturally and ethnically inclusive. We are not a discussion forum for differences of religious perspective, just all Muslims to come together to support each other homeschooling.

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