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Communication Liaison Report - AGM - April 9, 2016

It has been a busy year for AHEA. AHEA tries very hard to communicate with home educators via the AHEA website, Support Groups and Facebook.

Patty Marler and I spent an afternoon together in early March where we went through the website, page by page. We asked our Webmaster to move and update pages – to make items easier to find and to update the Website. Please take some time to check the AHEA website out and watch for new content.

The Support Groups List on the website has been updated in 2016, as well.

As the moderator of the AHEA Page on Facebook, I try really hard to keep it a positive, encouraging page for Home Educators. Part of AHEA’s purpose is to support and encourage Home Schooler’s in Alberta. The Facebook Page is about two years old and has close to 1500 members.

If you want to join (or know of someone) our Facebook Page, please watch for a private message from me. I check out every potential member before approving them. This is because in the past politicians, salesmen, reporters AND spammers have tried to join. AHEA wants their Facebook Page to be a safe and encouraging place for Home Educators.

After joining, I encourage everyone to read the Page Description (on the upper right hand side of the page) so that they are familiar with the Page Rules. The basic page rules are:

  • To post respectfully and thoughtfully
  • No Sale Posts. These will be removed without warning. These work better on the Support Group email lists or Facebook Pages for individual areas.
  • No advertising of events for specific areas as well. If everyone was to post for sale or advertising events, it would be hard for anyone to see the other posts. AHEA’s Facebook Page is a Provincial Page, with home educators from all over the Province. Posts need to reflect that fact.

The Page Description also has a reminder that AHEA supports Parent Directed Home Schooling in Alberta. Not every discussion about funding or home schooling in Alberta belongs on the AHEA page.

There is also a reminder that all links are not endorsed by the AHEA Board. There are many links that are Christian in nature, but there are also links that are secular. Click on the links that you wish to read.

At the very bottom of the Page Description, there is a link to the AHEA Pinterest Boards. Many of the links shared will end up on these Pinterest Boards, to help clean up the Facebook Page and to make it easier for home educators to find the links that have been shared. *The AHEA Pinterest Boards are NEW for 2016.

I do appreciate every Home Educator who post and comment positively and make this community a better place for everyone. Facebook was a new venture for AHEA two years ago, but has proven to be a great tool in getting political information out to Home Educators in Alberta, as well as encouraging and supporting Home Schooling parents.

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2016 Convention Success

April 17 2016

To all Alberta home educators:

Thank you for coming to our 2016 Convention!

What a full weekend of talks, workshops, chocolate-for-moms evening, breakfast-for-dads morning, children's convention, youth activities, and lots of shopping!

We had one of our busiest conventions EVER - over 1900 attendees!

That's an increase of over 450 from last year.

Thank you for being there!

Thank you also for your suggestions on the end-of-convention surveys.

As always, we use those surveys to choose future speakers and to make improvements every year.

This year, we got almost 300 surveys back and 98.2% of you were either 'Completely Satisfied' or 'Mostly Satisfied'.

Over 98'% satisfaction rating!

Wow!

Thank you!

And a huge hug-and-pat-on-the-back to our whole convention team.

Blessings on us all as we prepare for 2017.

From the board of the Alberta Home Education Association

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Nominations

Board of Directors – Nomination in a Nutshell

As per AHEA bylaws, the AHEA Board will consist of at least five Directors, each being an ordinary member of and agreeing fully and unreservedly with all AHEA goals, bylaws, and objects.

All candidates for the board shall put forward their name to the Nomination Committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by January 1st preceding the convention, providing information through a questionnaire and interview to the Nomination committee by January 15th. No other nominations shall be accepted. If elected, they will serve until the next annual general meeting.

The Nomination Committee shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and consist of three ordinary members in good standing who are not current directors. The e-mail address for AHEA nominations is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For 2016, the committee is made up of AHEA members Chris Butler, Dave Knoch, and Ray Strom.

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What does it mean to home educate under the Home Education Regulation?

February 28, 2016

In Alberta, there are a couple different ways to legally educate your children at home. The first way is to Home Educate under the Home Education Regulation 145/2006 http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Regs/2006_145.pdf. This regulation outlines the responsibilities and recognizes the parent's primary role in developing, monitoring and evaluating the program plan for their child(ren). A parent must notify of their intent to home educate using the form set out by the Minister http://www.thewise.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Home-Education-Registration-Form.pdf and a teacher from their board must conduct at least 2 evaluations of the progress of the student (according to the outcomes described in the parent's program plan) per year. The parent may develop their own plan using the Learning Outcomes for Students as the basis of the plan, or may follow the Alberta Program of Studies. A parent may receive reimbursement to defray the costs incurred by the parent, up to a maximum amount set out in Alberta Education's funding manual.

The second manner of educating at home consists of providing a school authorized program at home (sometimes inaccurately referred to as 'aligned'). With this method, a school allows the parent to educate at home, but the school maintains the authority for all components of the child's education. The expectations on the parent will vary from school to school, as the parent is officially providing a school program at home. The range of programming is as vast as under the Home Education Regulation, but who is responsible for the programming is where the difference lies. In a school at home program, the school authority maintains ultimate authority for the program, monitoring and evaluation, and as the authority responsible for the education of the child, they place requirements upon a parent and student as they deem fit. The school is not required to provide any financial reimbursement to parents, but they often do, and often at a higher monetary value than possible when educating under the Home Education Regulation 145/2006.

A blending of these two types of educating at home may also be done.

While the 'look' of each program may appear to be similar, who maintains the authority for each program is clearly different. The parent is the responsible party when the child is educated under the Home Education Regulation 145/2006. The school is the responsible party in any other form of educating at home.

It is important for parents to understand the difference in parental and school authority between the two methods.

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Please pray for the Bott Family

AHEA asks for prayer for the Bott Family who lost 3 daughters in an accident recently.

Alberta Family Remembers 3 Daughters

They are a home schooling family, so we ask for you to pray for them today and in the days and weeks to come.

The funeral for the girls will be in Red Deer on Friday, October 23, 2015.

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