2020 IAHE Home Educators’ Convention Featured Speaker
Bridgette Whitlow-Spurlock is a doctoral candidate at Liberty University and an education advocate. She is trained in classical education and is a director of an international education cooperative. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, M.Ed. in General and Gifted Education, and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Homeschool Research Results
Dr. Bridgette Whitlow-Spurlock conducted a grounded theory study, A Grounded Theory Study of The Educational Processes Implemented by Parents Homeschooling Gifted or Twice-Exceptional Children, as part of her requirements for the Doctorate of Education at Liberty University. In this session, Dr. Whitlow-Spurlock explains the theory that developed from the results and explains the four educational processes revealed through the analysis of the data. The theory, personalized education theory of gifted and twice-exceptional homeschooling, was developed through the integration of three existing theories and data gathered to explain how home education can meet the student’s academic, psycho-emotional, and social needs while also considering his or her individual interests. The four processes found were (a) the process of choosing to homeschool, (b) the process of choosing curriculum, (c) the process of choosing instructional methods, and (d) the process of choosing structure.
How to Personalize Your Child’s Education
Dr. Bridgette Whitlow-Spurlock explains how to apply her theory, personalized education theory of gifted and twice-exceptional homeschooling, to the home school environment. In this session, she provides a brief overview of her theory. Through her participants’ stories and her own, she explains how to create a personalized education for your child. While her research was grounded in participants’ who had gifted or twice-exceptional children, Dr. Whitlow-Spurlock and a panel of experts agreed that the theory and processes found in her study apply to all homeschooling families.
Tears of Homeschooling Gifted and 2E Children: The Joys and the Struggles
Dr. Whitlow-Spurlock discusses the difficulties and fun of homeschooling these unique learners. Drawing from research, Dr. Whitlow-Spurlock explains why families with gifted and 2e children are choosing to homeschool. Then she explains why homeschooling benefits these children and how to handle the highs and lows that occur in the homeschool environment.
Full Body Education for Kids
Children have lots of energy and need movement. However, some children need more movement than others. In this session, Dr. Whitlow-Spurlock explains why some children need more movement and ways to provide options for movement in the homeschool environment. Demonstrations will be delivered using easily obtainable objects. Dr. Whitlow-Spurlock directed a homeschool learning cooperative using these methods and has used these methods in homeschooling her children.
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia (presented with Alison Slatter)
The “dys-constellation” is a struggle that many families face. These disorders can be found together in an individual and/or along with other disorders. In this session, Dr. Whitlow-Spurlock and Alison Slatter team up discuss how waiting for the child to learn is detrimental to academic success and how to support these children using methods that can be applied to any curriculum or homeschooling approach. They will also share curricula that they have found works best with their homeschools. Dr. Whitlow-Spurlock is in training to become a certified academic language therapist and is a dyslexia advocate. Alison Slatter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences, trained Orton-Gillingham dyslexia reading tutor, and has years of experience as a dyslexia tutor and advocate.