Friday, February 1, 2013

Empowering Home Learners

Today I had the privilege of speaking at the Ontario Library Association's SuperConference. This annual event bearings together library staff from across Ontario to hear from keynotes speakers and colleagues in the field. My co-presenter, Edna Latone, and I spoke on the topic "Empowering Home Learners." We started off presenting statistics from several studies on homeschoolers in order to provide some context on who homeschoolers are. We then shared the results of an Ontario-wide survey Edna conducted in December 2012 and January 2013 - very fresh data!

It was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about homeschoolers and the role libraries can play in empowering them in their learning journey. Participants were surprised to learn that parents don't require teaching certification and were very interested in learning how to provide useful programs.

I'm excited to share next at the OCHEC convention in May about how homeschoolers can better access library services.

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