Leadership for You may not seem to be the words parents would use to search the web for homeschooling courses, but that's just part of what makes Dr. Byers' services unique in the homeschooling market that is otherwise flooded with homeschooling teachers and materials.
Leadership for You began, more than 20 years ago when David and his wife started homeschooling. Having a background in education, he was excited to explore the option of teaching their children at home, but his wife, Chandra, was much less enthused and perhaps with good reason. At that time,
homeschooling was still not legal in all 50 states and it was not easy to find companies that would provide educational materials to individual families.
Some organizations would sell textbooks to homeschoolers and others would just rent them. And, the materials provided usually did not include a teacher's edition or instructions about how to teach the subject. So, David provided his wife with all the learning materials and teaching instructions for their children's courses. He then started working on his first master's degree and for his thesis he studied why some parents chose to teach their children at home and why others did not. Many did not even know homeschooling existed as an educational option and the lack of resources made such a decision all the more daunting to families.
Leadership for You started taking form ten years later as David worked on his doctoral degree. For his dissertation, he studied the life choices that homeschooled teens make after completing high school at home. Knowing that many families stop homeschooling after 8th grade, David explored the many reasons behind those decisions. For many families, there was fear based on a lack of confidence in their abilities to teach their children all the way through high school despite the many fears and objections some parents had with sending their children "out" for high school.
Thus, seeing a need to help families teach their children at home all the way through high school became the motivation behind the Byers' first book (David's co-authored with his wife, Chandra)--College-Prep Homeschooling! Their second book, Leadership Lessons for Homeschooled Teens, explored the topic of preparing for college and life by helping teens view their life choices as personal, active choices to behave as leaders rather than followers.
And, while he swore he was finished going to school, David ended up with an incredible opportunity to earn a second master's degree; this one was focused on both leadership and history--two of his passions. Thus, as part of his
studies, David wrote over 30 chapters of a new book he plans to publish. In his work he developed a leadership evaluation matrix and studied over 75 leaders from the earliest written records of humanity to the present day. David earned three academic certificates along with his master's degree as he studied leaders in three areas:
- Leadership in Western Civilization
- Leadership Morals and Ethics
- Leadership in U.S. Businesses.
Leadership for You became the culmination of years of research and writing about homeschooling and leadership. Wanting to help homeschooling families who wanted to teach their children all the way through high school, David combined his academic degrees, his extensive teaching experience as a professor, and the courses he developed and taught to his own homeschooled children during high school to create Leadership for You. The title of his business explains the philosophy behind it--to serve the educational needs of homeschooling families through Leadership for You!