Education Digest


January 15, 2003

Columbian wins homeschool award from Calvert School

Lisa Dean, a co-founder of the Columbia Homeschool Community, has been named "Homeschooling's Best Advocate" for 2002 by the Calvert School of Baltimore, a provider of homeschooling curricula.

She was one of three people recognized nationally by the school's awards.

Dean and two other mothers founded the group in 1998. The inclusive community for home-schooling families is modeled on the ideal of Columbia as a community that encourages diversity to form a richer environment.

Members of the Columbia Homeschool Community include families that rely on professionally developed curriculum materials and those that teach through hands-on activities and life experience.

The group includes about 100 families with 225 children. Activities include "play and learn" groups, in which families can take part in recreation and socialization, lessons, club meetings, field trips, science fairs, talent shows, Scout groups and homeschooling workshops.

Dean, a former commercial real estate lawyer for Venable, Baetjer and Howard of Baltimore, now devotes her time to home-schooling Bitsy (Elizabeth), her fourth-grader, and Teddy (Edward), a first-grader.

Teen stress discussion tomorrow at Long Reach

HC DrugFree, a grass-roots partnership of parents, schools and county agencies, will present the third program in its "Issues in Parenting" series from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Long Reach High School.

David A. Gold will discuss "Teen Stress and Depression," including bipolar disorder, and offer suggestions for parents. Gold is a school psychologist for the Baltimore public school system and is in private practice.

HC DrugFree will offer its "Ocean City Program: Prom, Graduation and Senior Week" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Oakland Mills High School.

An Ocean City police officer and others will talk about keeping teens safe during end-of-year and summer activities.

A program on "Teen Dating and Sexuality" will include tips for parents about how to help their children remain abstinent. The program will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Centennial High School.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879, or hcdrugfree@

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