American Sign Language Classes
What: A chance to learn American Sign Language (yes, it is a language J and it can count as a foreign language requirement). I (Elizabeth Bowling) am a homeschool graduate and a college student studying Interpreting for sign language at Cuyahoga Community College. I choose this major, because I fell in love with ASL. I want this class to be an opportunity for others to fall in love with ASL and to learn a little about deafness and all that it entails.
When: Every Tuesday
Session A 8 weeks Jan 13 – March 2
Session B 8 weeks March 16- May 4
(This session will be a extension of
session A for those who want to
Time: 12:30-2:00 10 years and under
2:30-4:00 11 years and up (adults
Cost: $ 4 a person (families, $ 4 for the first
two students and $2.50, for any
additional family member)
Where: Bowlings’ house
6470 Ivy Hill Drive
Canal Fulton, Ohio 44614
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Homeschool Band Concert:
The homeschool beginner and intermediate bands and honors ensemble would like to invite you to their Christmas Concert to be held Monday, December 15 at 7:00 in the Senior High room at First Friends Church. All are welcome, cost is free, and refreshments will be served following the concert. Questions: Kathy Burnett 330-866-2063
Akron Beacon Journal
You may have read some of the recent email on the CHESCA email list concerning the Akron Beacon Journal and their request for home educators to participate in focus groups. The focus groups were to be a research tool for the newspaper to do a major story on home schooling.
A meeting was scheduled for Oct. 6th in North Canton. Twenty support group leaders from various support groups in North East Ohio attended. Mark Stevenson presented a Power Point presentation concerning the timeline of events between home schoolers and the Akron Beacon Journal and material from Beverly Eakman’s book, “How To Counter Group Manipulation Tactics”. Melanie Elsey and Carolyn McCorkle also presented information concerning "moderated and/or facilitated meetings" such as focus groups. During the meeting, Mark described the Delphi technique whereas a facilitator finds an area of disagreement between people and pits one against another. Often this may be done to synthesize the group to a consensus of a predetermined position. A common example would be moving someone in a group with strong feelings on a subject to move over to a place of middle ground.
The meeting participants came to the general agreement that home schoolers should not be involved in the focus groups.
As a result Melanie Elsey was asked, by the group to write a draft letter to Doug Oplinger, reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal, describing various reasons why some have come to the conclusion reached. The draft was circulated among the participants from the meeting on the 6th, and on a support group leaders email list for consensus. Instead of signing the letter by names, it was decided to sign it by counties represented by the leaders. Twenty-six counties were represented.
The letter was delivered the day the focus groups were to start. This letter is printed in its entirety to the right of this article, for your knowledge.
Please read the letter and be aware of situations that may disguise themselves as opportunities in the future.