National School Choice Week

Alabama Celebrates National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week (NSCW)

What is it?

National School Choice Week (NSCW) is a time for families to learn about the educational options available in their communities. Special events are hosted by schools, organizations, homeschool groups, etc., to highlight the options and benefits each has to offer. NSCW advocates serve as facilitators for these events, helping parents make informed decisions regarding what is best for their children’s education.

When is it?

National School Choice Week is observed annually during the latter part of January. Dates for 2018 are January 21-27. Gov. Kay Ivey has also declared this week Alabama School Choice Week.

Where is it?

School Choice events are held nationwide. Parents can find a list of events in their communities on the NSCW website’s Find an Event page. A private or parochial school might hold an open house for prospective families, while homeschool groups might host informal gatherings in public meeting places, churches, or homes.

Who is behind it?

NSCW is an advocacy group supporting options in education and school choice. NSCW describes themselves as a “nonpartisan, nonpolitical, independent public awareness effort.” They recognize all forms of education: public schools (including magnet and charter), private schools, online schools, and home education.

Why attend an event?

Students not only succeed but thrive in the educational environment that best fits their needs. Parents must be well informed to make the best decisions. If you are considering homeschooling, it is extremely helpful to talk to a homeschool veteran in your local community. NSCW offers many parents the opportunity to do just that.

NGCHE will host a Get-to-Know Homeschooling meeting in Mobile County, Alabama. Anyone interested in learning more about home education is welcome to attend this free event.

National School Choice Week Explore Homeschooling Mobile Alabama meeting

© 2018 – Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators

Mid January Updates 2018

Homeschool Seminar, Outdoor Adventure Skills Class, Bird Banding, Summer Summit

2018 – Off and Running launched the New Year at NGCHE. It’s only mid-January, but already we are tickled pink by the wonderful opportunities for homeschool families along the Gulf Coast! Below are a few of the “big things” on our calendar for the upcoming months.

In conjunction with National School Choice Week, and in partnership with Homeschool Now USA, NGCHE will host a short seminar for families considering homeschooling as an educational option. Our Get-to-Know Homeschooling Informational Meeting takes place Thursday, January 25th from 6 – 7 PM at the Moorer/Spring Hill Branch of the Mobile Public Library. Anyone interested in learning more about homeschooling as an educational option is welcome to join us for this free event.

Brinkley Hutchings of Nature Connect Alabama will host an Outdoor Adventure Skills Class for children ages 8-13 at the Village Point Park Preserve in Daphne on February 7 from 9 AM – 1 PM. Long range forecasts predict a return to “normal” Gulf Coast weather within the next few days. Highs in the 60’s and lows in the mid-40’s are expected throughout most of February. An outdoor class that promises adventure, learning, and fun will be just the thing for youngsters with cabin fever. If those long-range weather forecasts don’t hold up, the class will reschedule in case of inclement weather.

NGCHE will join the Birmingham Audubon Society and its partners for Coastal Bird Banding at Fort Morgan, Alabama. This annual spring event is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to observe the capture, banding, and release of birds on their spring migration toward breeding grounds farther south. The event takes place April 17-21, 2018. Since the event is weather-dependent, we will wait until closer to mid-April to choose the exact day. Please pencil in the 17th – 20th as possible dates of attendance.

Teach Them Diligently comes to downtown Mobile May 3-5th. Several years have passed since a major homeschool conference was held in the Port City. TTD gives visitors the opportunity to meet with curricula publishers, support groups, college reps, and other exhibitors with a Christian worldview. Look for Heather from NGCHE volunteering at the conference.

Mobile’s first Summer Summit is coming to Camp Christian on August 4th, 2018. The summit is a unique event focusing on Faith, Friendships, Food and Fun for homeschool moms. Vendor booths will be available for those attendees with small businesses or used curricula to sell. All homeschool moms are invited to join us regardless of where you live. For our friends driving in from out of town, Camp Christian is conveniently located a minute or so from I-10 in the Theodore community southwest of Mobile.

We are excited about these opportunities and others in the works right now. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want more information about anything you see on our website. We look forward to meeting new friends and old in the Gulf Coast Homeschool Community in 2018.


© 2018 – Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators

Get-to-Know Homeschooling Informational Meeting

National School Choice Week Explore Homeschooling Mobile Alabama meeting

January 21-27, 2018, is National School Choice Week. Last year, an estimated 100 million people attended School Choice Week meetings to learn more about their local educational options. Homeschooling has traditionally been under represented. Homeschool Now USA wants to change that by encouraging and equipping support groups and home educating families to share what they know about homeschooling.

Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators will take part in National School Choice Week 2018 by hosting a Get-to-Know Homeschooling Meeting. Our meeting will take place on Thursday, January 25th from 6-7 PM at the Moorer/Spring Hill Branch of the Mobile Public Library (4 S MacGregor Ave). The meeting is open to the public. Anyone who wants to learn more about homeschooling in Alabama is welcome to join us.

Our meeting will be a warm, informal gathering. No high pressure sales pitches or strong-arm tactics. The meeting and informational materials are free. Our goal is to inform the public about the basics of homeschooling and help those who ask, “Where do I go from here?” find the resources they need to continue.

If you are interested in learning more about homeschooling as an option, please join us. Feel free to share the information about our meeting with your friends, family, neighbors, church, moms day out groups, etc. All are welcome.

We will cover the basics of homeschool law in Alabama. Those who live in another state or not in convenient driving distance of our meeting may check the National School Choice Week Event map for a gathering near you.

To RSVP or contact us with questions, email We look forward to meeting new friends and helping others make informed educational decisions.

Our event on facebook: Get-to-Know Homeschooling

© 2018 – Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators