Welcome to the Family Education Coach website!
This is a great place to find programs, products and events to serve your family’s education needs. My objective is to make family learning fun and meaningful, while helping you become a better teacher, a better parent, and a better educational group leader.
Learning Communities provides live webinar instruction for middle and high school students using the Latter-day Learning curriculum
Liberty Girls Clubs and Retreats provide exciting opportunities for girls ages 6-11 to learn about American history, character and liberty, through hands-on experiences.
The Family Work System will help your family establish order and manage chore time so that your family has more time for all of the other things that make a house a home. This product features color-coded, pre-labeled chore tickets and pouches to manage all chores in the home, yard and vehicles.
Our Audio Presentations represent the best thoughts, experience and wisdom of many experienced parents, educators and business owners. We hope you will enjoy listening and learning. We know that you and your family will benefit greatly from these valuable presentations.
Meet Diann Jeppson, Family Education Coach
Diann Jeppson is wholeheartedly engaged in the grand adventure of family centered education. She is the owner of FamilyEducationCoach.com. Her personal interests include history, literature, civics, education, music, parliamentary procedure, entrepreneurship and homesteading. She and her husband Adam live in Mount Pleasant, a small Central-Utah town in a secluded high-mountain desert valley. Adam is the town gunsmith. Adam and Diann have four delightful daughters, two handsome sons-in-law and five terrific little grandchildren. Connect with Diann personally on Facebook. View Diann’s work and service experience profile on LinkedIn.
What is Family Centered Education?
The concept of family centered education is that ideally, the family is the natural entity to orchestrate and customize purposeful education for its members, both individually and jointly. Parents recognize their role and privilege to nurture, guide and support the unique genius of each of their children. Children also learn to recognize their role as stewards over their education. Parents and children do not abdicate core educational decisions regarding where, when, what, why, who and how. They are equally mindful of the need to orchestrate educational choices designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
Family Centered Education is about Individual and Family Purpose
Ideally, family centered education happens when families customize their education to prepare members to fulfill their individual and family purposes. Families who orchestrate their own education think together, and then create purposeful educational solutions to suit their talents, visions, preferences, objectives, learning styles, social connections, health, geographic location, limitations and resources. A single family may use multiple educational models, to suit different children or different family seasons and conditions. Families may work within common educational models or use uncommon solutions as they seek to implement family centered education.
Here are some examples:
- Children attend a public, charter, or private school full time, thoughtfully selected not only for the quality of education it provides, but also for the school’s regard for supporting the family. Parents are highly engaged in the learning process, class selection, teacher relationships, and the quality of the students’ love for learning and scholarly success. Parents see themselves as holding the primary responsibility for teaching core allegiances, virtues and character.
- The family customizes a course of study to be done at home, enhanced and supported by a variety of thoughtfully selected online or community classes.
- Customized home study while dual enrolled in classes at a local school. Parents engage with and support the success of these classroom experiences.
- Periodic lengthy travel with customized study materials in tow, facilitated by parents, and/or a skilled tutor working in concert with the family.
- Any number of tutors, each coming to the home weekly, to provide focused instruction in their areas of expertise, under the direction of the family.
- A paid governess implementing an educational plan designed with the family she serves.
- Participate in a co-operative learning group that remembers its role to support and strengthen families.
Institutions, methodologies, communities and curricula to play a supporting rather than defining role
Educational groups, methods and curricula can be of immense value to individuals, as well as families. Family centered education is best when individual primary identity is securely attached to family with supporting identities connected to these educational categories. Beware of a temptation that may adversely impact this primary identity. When discussing education with acquaintances, members of our community groups, our schools, our churches and our businesses, it is tempting to subtly put each other on trial for our educational choices. By our nature, we are inclined to seek out “our own” and then, unfortunately, to exclude from association those who do not resonate with our educational choices. Instead, let us remember that purposeful family centered education in all of its forms expresses allegiance to the principle of family as the fundamental unit of society. Let our allegiances to institutions, methodologies, communities and curricula play supporting roles as we give the starring role to the family.
Why “Family” and “Education” should be coupled together
Whenever the concepts of family and education point to each other, and ask of one another “how can I build a better you?” together they build a society that promotes both. Families everywhere can also implement solutions that work for their own circumstances and preferences, whether conventional or off the beaten path. Parents claim their privileges and children take ownership of their learning. Finally, family centered education is about supporting the unfolding of individual and family purpose, which in turn will strengthen the family’s role in society.