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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Internet access is required for all courses.

  • Students must have access to a dependable email system. If using a free email system like “gmail”, the student is responsible for keeping the mailbox clear so he/she can receive new mail.

  • Students should preferably have access to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and (free) Adobe Reader to view and use course materials sent in these formats, as well as to create and submit their work.

  • Students who have Macs instead of a PC can still take courses with Dr. Byers. Instructions/information can be sent to the students via PDF files. Students can submit their work to Dr. Byers via a PDF file or in the body of an email. 

  • The only challenge with Macs is being able to provide the student with corrections, edits, and other feedback in writing courses if the assignment is submitted in a format other than Word. Some Macs are able to convert documents to Word. Please work with Dr. Byers to determine the best options if you are a Mac user.

  • Students will submit all assignments to the instructor via email and the instructor will return graded work and comments also via email. 

Dr. Byers' Qualifications

  • ​I've been a teacher for my entire 30-year career. I am currently a full-time professor for a private university teaching courses in education, business, history, management, and leadership.

  • I have a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning, 
  • A Master's Degree in Adult and Continuing Education, 
  • A Master's Degree in Leadership in History with three concentrations: 
  • Leadership in Western Civilization, 
  • Leadership Morals and Ethics, and 
  • Leadership in U.S. Businesses., and 
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Speech, Communication, and Theater.

  • I wrote my dissertation on homeschooling, which I later converted to a book I co-wrote with my wife; the book is entitled "College-Prep Homeschooling". Our second book followed a couple of years later, "Leadership Lessons for Homeschooled Teens".

  • Several years ago, I developed and taught some courses to homeschooled teens, which were delivered face-to-face. It was at that time that I realized the need for quality educational experiences for the middle school and high school levels and thus I began this business. 

  • The courses I offer homeschoolers are based on over 30 years of experience with homeschooling and the best practices of education--particularly with regard to preparing for college. And yes, I use the same courses with my own children.

  • I also provide speeches, presentations, and training to a variety of groups on numerous topics.














Going a bit further back in time . . . 

  • I was a trainer in a corporation for many years. 

  • My experience in ECE led to my being able to teach college courses in that field. I taught numerous courses to students who wanted to become preschool teachers, childcare center directors, and/or who were working to earn their degrees in the ECE field. I spent a total of ten years in that field.

  • My wife and I moved from Denver to Omaha in 1996 to become family teachers at Boys Town. We successfully provided a home for nine teenage girls and became "Certified Family Teachers" before we left when we found out we were expecting another child. 

  • Over the years, I've done quite a bit of volunteer work, especially with homeschoolers via coaching flag football, teaching boys P.E., being a Cub Scout leader, and a judge for speech and debate events.


I Want My Child to Take Your Courses!

What Do I Do Next?

  • Once you've reviewed the various course options and decided which one or more you want your child to take, email Dr. Byers at dbyers3@centurylink.net and please: 

            --Identify the courses you want to take
            --Indicate the start date and any scheduled breaks
            --Verify the total cost

NEXT: Register and Pay

            --Fill out the registration form and mail Dr. Byers your 
                payment via check or money order.

 What's next? 

  • Students receive all course materials via email before the first day of class. All course materials are included in the price of the course with the exception of books needed for Great Books, American Literature, and British Literature, and movies for the movie review courses.

  • For each course, you will receive a syllabus with everything the student needs to know, such as the schedule, grading information, assignment instructions and deadlines, and Internet-based resources to help students successfully complete the assignments.

  • Students may also receive additional course materials, such as Word documents and PowerPoint (PPT) presentations. 

  • Once the student has received all the course materials, he/she should read the entire syllabus and note all deadlines, assignments, etc. Any questions can be sent to Dr. Byers via email. 













How are the students taught and how do they learn?

  • Students are taught one-on-one via email, asynchronously so they don't have to log-on to a web site to participate in class at specific days and times. 

  • Students are taught individually for personalized attention. They submit all assignments to Dr. Byers via email; he then grades each assignment and provides feedback, comments, and other information (as applicable) in a return email. 

  • Students can send any questions to Dr. Byers via email at any time. Response time to questions is typically within 24 hours, if not sooner.

  • Some course materials are created by Dr. Byers. Other materials are Internet-based resources, which are sites that Dr. Byers has researched and selected as appropriate for students to use for lesson. Multiple sites are selected for each lesson in case one site suddenly stops working.

Why use Internet sites?

  • I use the same Internet research methods with my own children during junior high and high school because it works really well for helping them get multiple expert views about the topics and typically the most current information available. Also, practicing research via online sources is a good way to prepare for such work in college. 

  • I never select sites that would be offensive to family values or be inappropriate for my students. If I wouldn't provide the resource to my children, I certainly would not provide it to someone else's children. If in doubt at all about the subject matter, I direct the students to discuss the topic and site with their parents. 

What values or opinions do you share with students?

  • Students are always encouraged to share their viewpoints and values in their work, as applicable. As their professor, I never push my views or values and I accept theirs. 

  • The courses are designed so that students study the topics strictly from an objective, factual viewpoint and never from a position of right or wrong relative to religious or political beliefs. For example, the Protestant Reformation is studied from the viewpoint of individual behaviors, causes, and outcomes and not who was right and who was wrong. 

  • Students are always welcome to express their beliefs, as applicable to the topic, but that is never a requirement nor do their beliefs count against their work in any way.

How are the assignments and courses graded?

  • Assignments are graded on a scale of 0-100% and courses are graded on a scale of A-F. Each course syllabus explains the grading criteria and rubric.

  • Students receive their assignment grades via email from Dr. Byers.

What about transcripts?

  • When the student completes all the assignments for the course, an official transcript is sent to the parent/student to use for college admission purposes. The transcript provides:

  • The name of the student
  • The name of the class
  • The number of credits earned
  • The course description and objectives
  • An overview of the specific topics learned and the types of       assignments completed in the course, and a description of       the types of materials used for learning. 
  • Dr. Byers' contact information is also provided in case there     are any questions from any college or university admission     department.

Upon request, Dr. Byers will gladly write 
letters of recommendations for his students 
who have successfully completed his courses.

HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS 
&
COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 Typically, the academic requirements for high school graduation  are similar to those for admission into most colleges and  universities in the United States as indicated below:

One credit is the equivalent of one full year (2 semesters) of study.

  • English: 4 credits with a strong emphasis in developing reading and writing skills

  • Mathematics: 3-4 credits to include algebra, algebra 2, and geometry--some schools also require trigonometry

  • Social Sciences: 3-4 credits to include U.S. history and U.S. government (other courses may be related to world history, U.S. and world geography, and an array of other options) 

  • Natural Sciences: 3-4 credits including earth science, biology, and chemistry (at least one semester must include lab time)

  • Foreign Language: 2-4 credits of foreign language classes in the same language. Homeschoolers will want to provide details about the lab requirement, such as when, where, and how students practiced speaking and listening to the language. 

 Please Note: Four credits in the same foreign language in high  school will  sometimes dismiss the foreign language requirement  in college depending on  the school's policies. 




















SCHEDULING 

One-semester courses are 15 weeks long and two-semester courses are 30 weeks long.

If you have vacation plans, holiday plans, or other breaks you want included in the schedule, just let Dr. Byers know at registration. 

If a student is ill, Dr. Byers is happy to adjust the assignment deadlines as needed.



 What about electives?

 Many of the "electives" in high school are not required for college  admission. However, they may be useful on the student's high  school  transcript to show that the student was well- rounded and  participated in not only academic courses, but in extra-curricular  activities, such as clubs, theater, sports, music, art, cheerleading,  physical education, career/technical education, and other formally  organized groups. 

 The Leadership and Participation Bonus

 Participation in such activities says many positive things about  the college applicant; positions of leadership and responsibility in  such activities say many more positive things about students!

 What about the ACT and SAT?

 Some schools require the incoming students to take the ACT or  SAT test with minimum score requirements. Some schools have  their own placement tests to be taken with ACT or SAT or instead  of these more traditional tests. 

 Keep checking on the requirements!

 College admission requirements change periodically so I  recommend checking with the schools your child wants to  possibly attend to make sure you have everything you need.