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.

March 16, 2024
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT

Facing the DNF Pile: Perspectives on Giving Up on a Book

As homeschoolers, we go through a lot of books! But what happens when a book isn’t working for your family?

In this presentation, Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason will tackle multiple perspectives on giving up on a book. When should you power through? How much time should you give a book before you decide it’s not working? And how can you turn a discarded book into a valuable lesson?

This presentation will include discussions of books that present ideas that don’t align with your family’s values, books that are challenging to read, and books that are just plain boring!

Join in to take some guilt away from putting down a book that isn’t cutting it and set some guidelines for when to encourage your learners to keep going.

March 16, 2024
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT

Dayla Learning

Join Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason to learn more about Dayla Learning, where she offers classes, clubs, coaching, resources, and more.