The Year in Review from AHEM!
Please consider AHEM when you are making end-of-year charitable donations!
AHEM is a statewide nonprofit organization in Massachusetts operating to support the grassroots strength of Massachusetts homeschoolers. We are here for YOU. We are not beholden to any other organization or agenda, and we do not limit our advocacy on the basis of age, race, family status, religious belief, or sexual orientation.
Highlights of 2019
A trip down memory lane, or an opportunity to catch up on events and information you may have missed the first time around:
In 2019, we enjoyed connecting with a cross section of Massachusetts homeschoolers in a variety of ways:
- Homeschool Game Day in Lincoln in January
- Homeschool Connections in Watertown in March
- Homeschooling Beyond Schooling discussion in Milton in May
- Website launch party in Somerville in May
- Live online Q&A in July
- Live online Q&A with Dartmouth homeschoolers in October
- Getting Started Homeschooling in Littleton in September
- AHEM Coop Spring and Fall 2019 in Concord area
Throughout the year, we reported on a variety of issues important to Massachusetts homeschoolers:
- Bespoke Homeschooling without Breaking the Bank
- Are Massachusetts Homeschoolers Entitled to Participate in Public School Classes and Activities?
- Evaluating Evaluation: Progress Reports
- AHEM’s Policy and Practice Survey Data
- What Does Your “Approval” Letter Look Like?
- "How to Help Your Child Succeed at School"
- The Value of Homeschooling
- Massachusetts legislation
We were pleased to offer:
- AHEM membership cards
- AHEM brochures, with info on homeschooling in Massachusetts—perfect for handing out at gatherings or leaving at your local library (We are happy to supply you with some—just ask).
- AHEM Podcast Slow Homeschooling
- Sample progress report
- AHEM Networking Forum
We were excited to:
- Redesign our website to make it more focused, responsive, and streamlined while keeping the great info and support you have come to expect from AHEM
- Table at the MASC/MASS Joint Conference in Hyannis
- Earn the Guidestar 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency
- Win a 2019 Top-Rated Award from Great NonProfits
- Welcome Melissa Monaghan as our new treasurer
Ongoing efforts include:
- Maintaining our comprehensive website, including dynamic information such as Networking and News & Events pages along with go-to information on homeschooling in Massachusetts, including our widely used and accepted AHEM sample education plan
- * Communicating with our subscribers
- * Legislative watch
- * Policy & Practice Database about homeschooling in Massachusetts
- * One-on-One help, available by phone anytime
As we bid goodbye to 2019, we want to be sure to thank all of you for your support over the past year, whether it came in the form of
- reading our emails,
- filling out the questionnaire,
- referring a friend to AHEM,
- handing out an AHEM brochure or inviting us to speak to your group,
- accessing Amazon* through AHEM,
- or sending us a cash donation.
Any level of interest and participation is greatly appreciated and is what fuels our efforts.
We look forward to meeting more of you in 2020, and continuing to grow the number of informed and active homeschoolers in Massachusetts—help us by encouraging your friends to subscribe to AHEM! We always appreciate feedback on how we are doing and ideas about how we can serve you better.
* As an Amazon Associate AHEM earns from qualifying purchases (not just books!).
We are also happy to accept personal checks or money orders. Please make them out to "Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc." and send them to PO Box 1307, Arlington, MA 02474.
Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM) is a nonprofit, independent, grassroots, volunteer-run, educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. We believe that informed and active homeschoolers are their own best advocates in maintaining the right to independently homeschool. We welcome and value the participation of anyone interested in homeschooling in Massachusetts. We do not discriminate based on age, race, family status, religious belief, or sexual orientation.