According to the US Department of Education, the homeschool population has doubled from one to two million in the last decade. For most school districts in New York State, the number of households providing home instruction has more than doubled since the start of the pandemic (NYSED).
Is your library prepared to assist the growing homeschool community? Deanna McGregor, Homeschool Liaison Librarian at the Liverpool Public Library, will explain NYS’s laws and requirements for homeschool students and why families are choosing this route. Discover ways your library can support the multiple literacy needs of K-12 students following an individualized home instruction plan (IHIP) through your collections, programs, and services.
Deanna McGregor, Homeschool Liaison Librarian and Liverpool Public Library
Deanna’s BS in Elementary Education and passion for helping others learn support her in serving as Homeschool Liaison Librarian at the Liverpool Public Library in Liverpool, New York. With over 15 years of experience homeschooling her own children and as director of a community based academic co-operative, Deanna gained an understanding of the needs of homeschooling families. She received her MILS from the University at Buffalo in 2017 with a focus on the symbiotic relationship between homeschool families and public libraries. In her role as Homeschool Liaison Librarian, she enjoys creating opportunities for library staff to connect with the homeschool community.