Facebook Support Group
My Reflection Matters in CT Home Education™ is an extension of MRM that specifically targets the needs of home educators of Black & Brown children in Connecticut. This closed Facebook group serves as a community for parents/caregivers in the Connecticut area that have chosen to educate their Black or Brown kid(s) at home to connect with each other, share resources that speak to the needs of their kids, ask for advice, and provide support to one another as we all embark on the journey of unschooling, homeschooling, or whatever type of home education method caregivers have chosen to engage in with their children. This safe space is also designed to allow group members to openly bring up questions or concerns involving the racial and cultural experiences of their families without feeling worried they will be silenced or accused of being divisive or discriminatory towards those who may not share the same experiences.
Both our online and physical space values ALL BLACK AND BROWN LIVES! This means we understand the intersecting identities Black and Brown families experience such as gender, sexual orientation, faith, ability, class, etc. are not separate from their racial and ethnic identities. We aim to create an environment where families can feel comfortable being their full selves without judgement.
Self-Directed Un/Homeschooling Co-Op
In winter of 2019, we launched Connecticut’s first self-directed learning co-op for families raising liberated Black and Brown children. We are currently located at the WOW NRZ Community Learning Center in Waterbury, CT and meet once per week for 8-10 weeks.
Our co-op’s mission is to provide an inclusive space where kids of color can see themselves reflected in their learning experiences from a decolonized perspective and be provided the opportunity to develop a socially conscious, critical lens. Our co-op has adopted a self-directed learning philosophy, which means we trust children to lead and inform their own learning. Adults are expected to observe and ask questions to determine the needs and wants of their children and connect them with the appropriate mentors or classes to support their child’s learning journey. All decisions made around programming are co-created between youth and caregivers. Classes are expected to be taught by students and parents with some support from local community members. Because representation matters, the majority of classes are to be facilitated by primarily adults or youth of color.
Our spring 2019 registration is currently closed as we are at capacity.
CONTACT us to learn more about joining our co-op in the fall.
Support Our Grassroots Organizing
As an unschooling mom herself, MRM founder, Chemay, is eager to locate service providers and artisans in her state who have knowledge and expertise in very specific content, trades, or artistry that center the cultural attributes, traditions, and histories of Black & Brown communities in their work. Too often, families of color who choose to educate their children at home, find themselves isolated in the homeschooling community. When trying to locate physical or online classes or workshops tailored to the interests and cultures of their children , it is a huge struggle finding classes that teach content related to the cultural background of Black & Brown families and does so from a decolonized perspective. Not to mention the lack of diversity among those who facilitate learning sessions.
If you are a local service provider, artisan, craftsman, etc. who believes you have something to offer our home education community, please contact us and tell us more about what you do!
Like what we’re doing and want to take your activism to another level? JOIN OUR PATREON MEMBERSHIP at any tier! Choose what you want to give each month and we’ll send you rewards–including updates on how your dollars support our un/homeschooling community and the development of our online marketplace (where parents and educators can easily find educational tools and products that affirm their Black and Brown kids).
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Visit our Home Education Resources page that includes products and Black & Brown leaders you need to know more about that are letting others know that home education is not just a White thang!