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From Surviving to Thriving as an Accidental Homeschooler During COVID-19


Presented by Dr. Melissa Gibson, assistant professor, Marquette University College of Education

Your children are out of school indefinitely . ..now what? Is it really okay to just give them worksheets and learning apps? Should you be worried about a COVID-19 slump? Why not just let them take an extended break from school? In this webinar, we'll discuss how to make crisis schooling work for your home and family. We'll move from schooling to unschooling, from worksheets to child-driven inquiry, so that we can head into our next accidental homeschool day confident that whatever path we choose is enough.

Dr. Melissa Gibson is an assistant professor in Marquette’s College of Education. Within the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership, Melissa teaches instructional courses to undergraduate teacher candidates with an emphasis on social studies instruction. She also teaches in the doctoral program and leads an annual study-abroad trip to Peru for College of Education students. Prior to joining the Marquette faculty in 2015, Melissa was a classroom teacher and teacher educator in a variety of settings, both public and private: Chicago; Los Angeles; Guadalajara, Mexico; Madison and Waunakee, Wisconsin; and Lake Forest, Illinois. She also spent many years leading and administering service-learning programs with Northwestern University’s Civic Education Project throughout the United States. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University, M.A. from Dominican University, and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
A native of the Chicago area, Melissa now lives in Milwaukee with her partner and two elementary-aged children (1st and 3rd grades), along with a menagerie of pets. Just like you, she’s learning how to be an accidental homeschooler while also working from home and squeezing in some yoga one day at a time.