Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason has a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on rhetoric and composition. She has more than a decade of teaching experience including six years as a college English professor. She has designed workshops and classes for elementary, middle, and high school students and is a homeschooling mom of two.

Her passions include pop culture, moral philosophy, essay writing, and reading skills. She designs classes that take a multi-disciplinary, integrated reading-writing approach to make sure learners have context and purpose for everything they create.

During her time as an English professor, Michelle specialized in teaching “developmental” writing, which means she was working with the students who had been deemed unprepared for college-level writing. In that work, she formed a teaching philosophy deeply centered on trust.

She believes that students learn best when they know that their instructor genuinely trusts them to do well. She works hard to avoid assignments and classroom dynamics that create antagonistic power structures. Instead, she wants learners to see her as a supportive guide who genuinely aims to help them reach their own goals.

Michelle is the founder of Dayla Learning, a place for “homeschooling the humanities with humanity,” and the co-founder of SEA Online Classes, a platform for hands-on, engaging online classes.

April 23, 2021
1:40pm EDT/10:40am PDT

Teaching the Teacher:
Resources for Homeschool “Professional Development” to Make the Job Easier

Educators undergo “professional development” throughout their careers in order to make sure that they have the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to teach to the best of their abilities. Home educators can benefit from the space to step back and center our approaches through intentional development as well. In this presentation, we’ll talk about free resources for developing our educational skills in different areas:

• Teaching Approaches- Learn about getting ideas for different methodologies and approaches to teaching.
• Community and Collaboration- Much of professional development for more traditional educators is about networking and building up a team of colleagues they can turn to for brainstorming or breaking through barriers. Home educators need that support, too.
• Enhancing Disciplinary Knowledge- Does your kid want to learn something that’s outside of your expertise? Learning alongside them doesn’t always work out as smoothly as we’d like, but learning just ahead of them can be an excellent strategy.

Whether you’re taking the summer off from homeschooling and have more time on your hands to work on your own development as a home educator or just want some strategies you can tuck into whatever time you have, you’re sure to leave this session with some specific resources that will help you set and reach your goals.