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Homeschooling Help & Hints for Weathering COVID-19

April 9 @ 4:30 PM 5:30 PM

Parents everywhere have been caught off-guard by the widespread public closures of schools and nonessential businesses due to state and local responses to stemming the spread of the coronavirus. Many who have never attempted homeschooling are now forced to dive in to continue their child’s education.

Are you facing challenges with structuring your child’s school day, aiding them in their work, or struggling to stay in contact with teachers and administrators?

Join us today at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. Click here to join on your computer, or follow the instructions below to call in by phone:

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Submit your question below and hear from a panel of veteran homeschoolers and education experts on how to effectively homeschool your child during the current public shutdown.

Meet the Panel

Shirley Minster, MS Ed.

Shirley Minster is a strong supporter of homeschooling and has been working with homeschoolers since 1979, both as a teacher and as a consultant.

She co-founded Royal Academy, a private K-12 school, and Home Education & Family Services. These organizations help homeschooling families with curriculum, teaching, and consulting.

For over 40 years she has contributed articles to Home Educator’s Family Times, The Good News Connection, and various other nationally known homeschool publications. She is a national and international speaker on educational and developmental topics.

She continues to teach individual students over the internet and consult with parents about high school issues, giftedness, and special needs.

Contact Shirley at shirleymhome@gmail.com

Jane Keffer

Jane Keffer has been involved in many aspects of the modern homeschooling movement since the mid-1980s when she began homeschooling her own two children. For over three decades she has worked as a home education consultant and since 1994, as a staff member of Royal Academy Home Education & Family Services, in Gray, Maine.

She founded Home Educator’s Family Times, a homeschool publication, and the Homeschool Support Network, providing on-going support, information and encouragement to home-educating families.

Contact Jane at janekeffer22@gmail.com

Trisha White

Trisha White has been involved with homeschooling for over two decades. She owns and operates Guilford Christian Academy here in Maine with her husband Jim. Their three children have all graduated from GCA and the grandchildren are enrolled. 

Guilford Christian Academy (GCA) is a Recognized for Attendance Purposes Private School (RAPPS) that serves over 300 students each year. GCA has offered counseling and guidance for thousands of children and families who have successfully homeschooled over the last 20 years.

Contact Trisha at Twhite@guilfordchristianacademy.com

Heidi Sampson

Heidi Sampson is serving her second term in the Maine House of Representatives where she represents House District 21: Alfred, Newfield and parts of Limerick, Parsonsfield and Shapleigh. 

Heidi is a veteran home educator who is also the first home educator to be appointed to the State Board of Education. She serves on the Maine Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee and is a frequent speaker around the state on various topics in education.

She received the 2018 Freedom and Opportunity Award from The Maine Heritage Policy Center, now Maine Policy Institute.

Contact Heidi at Hsampson512@gmail.com

Join the discussion via Zoom on Thursday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m. by clicking the button below. You don’t need a Zoom account, just follow these steps:

  • Click on the meeting link below
  • Follow the prompt to “Download Zoom” or “Open Zoom Meetings”
  • Allow use of your computer’s microphone and/or camera


April 9, 2020
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
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Maine Policy Institute