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Diane Speed

Diane Speed | Homeschooling MomDiane Speed has been a home educator for almost 15 years. Using an academic, college-prep program of her own design, she has tutored two children from pre-school through high school. In 2013 her son completed high school and was awarded a full academic scholarship — tuition, room, and board — at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he recently graduated with a degree in screenwriting. Diane's resourceful 17-year-old daughter, meanwhile, is still at home, playing classical guitar and ukelele; she also composes and sings her own songs and "messes around" on an upright piano she rescued from the streets, where it had been abandoned on someone's curb.

Diane is also the founder of the Classical Kids Network, the home-school support group she has led since its inception in 2001. Classical Kids now serves more than 200 families in CT and surrounding states. In 2007 Diane launched the group's website to enhance its services to member families. The website's library of resources is open to the public.

Prior to being a home-educator, Diane was a management consultant, designing team-building and sales-training programs, as well as software training programs. As a homeschooling mom, she has turned that expertise into two programs to benefit homeschooling parents:

  • Homeschooling Fundamentals;
  • Homeschooling the College-Bound Student.

Diane is also an accomplished science teacher. At The Blend she teaches two courses of her own design:

  • Honors Biology With Lab (2 semesters);
  • Honors Chemistry With Lab (2 semesters).

Finally, the program called "The Blend" was Diane's brainchild: founded in 2014, The Blend is an innovative approach to rich, challenging high school content, and it's now in its fourth year.


Roy Speed

Roy Speed | Homeschooling DadRoy Speed is a writing consultant and a homeschooling dad. He has a B.A. in English from Northwestern and a passion for history and for Shakespeare.

In the business world, Roy is an expert on writing in large organizations and advises corporations on critical writing issues. He is also a creator of writing training, a designer of eLearning programs, and a sometime lecturer on business writing to MBA students at The Wharton School. One of his writing programs has been translated into 20 languages and is now required training for more than 300,000 employees at companies around the world.

In the homeschooling world, Roy has taught literature, history, writing, and grammar to students of all ages. His teaching challenges students and — even with subjects some might consider dull —  inspires real passion.

He has also become something of an expert in the skills involved in reading difficult texts. His articles on annotating texts, for instance — see here and here — have become assigned reading for students in public high schools around the country, as high school English teachers have discovered those articles and shared them.

Among the recent courses he has taught:

  • Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet (10 weeks), Hamlet (10 weeks), and Macbeth (7 weeks);
  • History & Literature of the Ancient World (2 semesters);
  • History & Literature of the Middle Ages (2 semesters);
  • Foundations of Writing (2 semesters);
  • Logical Communication (2 semesters);
  • Essay Writing & Appreciation (2 semesters);
  • Novels by Women (2 semesters).


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