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Education Revolution Podcast PhotoIf you’re like me, the turmoil this week resulting from the recent presidential election has been a little more than distracting. It’s taken me a couple of days, but I’m ready get back to work trying to make a difference for future generations.

So, the timing of the launch of the new Education Revolution Podcast is perfect, and I’m honored to have been one of the first to be interviewed by Jerry Mintz, Executive Director of the Alternative Education Resource Organization.

This first episode includes some insights provided by the Dean of Admissions at Marlboro College, an inside peak at a democratic school from its new principal, and me sharing my top three recommendations for homeschoolers and other non-traditional students who are applying to college.

Here’s the introduction and links to the podcast. Let me know what you think!

Welcome to the first episode of the education revolution podcast. In this episode, Jerry interviews three experts on college admissions about the admission process for alternative students and talks with them about how those students do in college.

You can listen to the podcast here, or subscribe on soundcloud here.

The Podcast can also be found on iTunes, and since most podcast apps pull from the iTunes database most of the popular podcast apps on Android and ios such as Podcast Addict (Android), Pocket Casts (both), and Overcast (ios) will have it. Just search “Education Revolution” and it should pop up. This will allow you to download and take episodes with you wherever you go.

From Home Education to Higher Education: What YOU Want to Know

Logo Survey-page-001 (2)I can’t believe it’s already the end of January! These first few weeks of 2015 have been truly busy, particularly because we’ve been receiving so many new responses from homeschooling families on our “From Home Education to Higher Education” survey.  For weeks now, families from all over the country have been sharing their questions and concerns about the college admissions process with us, and we look forward to hearing from even more! If you haven’t already, please share the link with others in your homeschooling community and encourage them to participate. Here’s the link you can share:

Based on the ideas and requests we’ve received so far, we’re already preparing the admissions officers’ survey and interview questions.  As you might imagine, many of the questions parents are most interested in relate to one of two primary topics:

1.  The admissions process (including required and/or helpful materials)

2. Information and eligibility for financial aid and scholarships

 I thought you might be interested to know specifically what types of questions people are posing, so I wanted to share a quick sampling:

  • What are the most important things for homeschoolers to put together? Are there types of exams and classes that are preferable? (i.e., AP vs CLEP vs subject test for SAT).
  • How can we best communicate our academic experience, knowledge and life lessons so that you can apply them to your entrance requirements?
  • How best to document the different kinds of high school courses my child will take: Parent-taught, outside teacher through homeschool co-op, private tutor or class, community college.
  • If a student has chosen to homeschool for part of high school but does have some high school credits and community college credits, how is their transcript evaluated? What can our kids do in this situation to make sure that admissions officers get an accurate representation of their readiness for admission?

The other topic parents are concerned about is the admissions officers’ perceptions of homeschoolers, as reflected in these submitted questions:

  • How do you feel about homeschooling, personally?
  • Is there any negative stigma whatsoever to non-traditional applicants (online graduates, homeschoolers, etc)?
  • What would make you more or less likely to consider a homeschool student for admission?
  • What do you perceive as homeschoolers weaknesses? Strengths?

Such fantastic questions, and we’ll be asking all of these and more. I can’t wait!

Coming Up Next….

In the next post I’ll share the responses we’re receiving to another of the questions we asked you:

“If there were one thing you would like admissions officers to know about homeschooled students, what would it be? What do you think they need to know or understand about our students?”

Parents have shared some genuinely great ideas on this one. Stay tuned!