Jennifer Cook-DeRosa, MS
Thank you for your invitation! I’ve prepared this Speaker Packet to help you decide if I’m a good fit for your event. If I’ve left anything out, or you need additional information, please don’t hesitate to ask. As a courtesy, I’ll follow up with you in about a week.
Note: you may also download this 2019 Speaker Packet as a pdf file
Jennifer Cook-DeRosa is the founder and executive director of the non-profit social organization Homeschooling for College Credit. Since 2012, her organization of volunteers has helped over 13,000 homeschooling families learn how to inject college credit into their homeschool program. Jennifer’s book, Homeschooling for College Credit, is the #1 New Release in Homeschooling on Amazon.com
The U.S. Department of Education reports that about half of the students who start college will never finish. Jennifer’s experience as a former college administrator and practical approach to homeschooling is often called “Ramsey-esque” in reviews, redirecting parents to focus on their real assignment, which is not getting their kids into college- it’s getting them out.
Jennifer believes that parents make the best guidance counselors, even when they’ve never been to college. Her inspirational teaching style encourages parents to reconsider the wisdom of popular college propaganda and make the best decisions for their family.
Jennifer and her husband have been married for 25 years and have 4 sons, all homeschooled since Day 1. All of their sons have earned college credit in high school, and collectively her family has 9 degrees from 7 different colleges.
Jennifer’s Personal Story
Jennifer walks you through the struggles of her 18-year career in the college system, and how a system filled with pits and cracks and voids drove her to advocate so strongly for parents, especially homeschooling parents. Her inspirational journey underscores why we must generously share information with parents rather than taking advantage of them during this vulnerable time. Her story appears in Homeschooling for College Credit’s 2nd edition (pages xiii-xx) and is also available to read here.
Full curriculum vitae /resume is available upon request.
Homeschooling for College Credit 2nd Edition is Ranked #1 New Release on Amazon.com in Homeschooling
Title: Homeschooling for College Credit: A Parent’s Guide to Resourceful High School Planning
Paperback: 358 pages
Kindle: 1995 KB / ASIN: B07HQXLDPY
Published: September 27, 2018
Retail $17.99 paperback
“In my professional opinion, Jennifer Cook DeRosa is THE foremost authority on Homeschooling for College Credit in the United States.” -Dr. Shawn Ambrose, Higher Learning Commission and the American Council on Education.
“Recommended Resource” -Homeschool Legal Defense Association HSLDA
“Jennifer is that rare combination of someone who is highly knowledgeable about complex issues, yet able to simply explain those issues to people who are new to them. Her breadth of understanding about homeschooling and non-traditional college credit is formidable, and she should be considered one of the top experts in these areas.” – Steve Foerster, College President
“I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable when it comes to college-prep homeschooling, but I just discovered that I only knew the proverbial “tip of the iceberg.” What I savored most is the overall philosophy of her approach. Homeschooling moms wear many hats during their career, but one that has been overlooked (at least until now) is that of high school guidance counselor.” -Janice Price, MEd. Homeschool Consultant at Rainbow Resources and former University Administrator
More than 25 speaking references available upon request.
- Public Libraries: None.
- Events that are free and open to the public: reimbursement of travel expenses to be arranged in advance. No speaking fee.
- All other events: Reimbursement of travel expenses to be arranged in advance and a $250 honorarium per session.
- During the Academic Year (Sept-May)
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- During the Summer Months (June-Aug)
- no restrictions
Although Jennifer is an author, unless she is an exhibitor at your event, she does not usually bring books with her to an event for purchasing or signing. If your group has a preference, please make it known.
If your group would like to purchase copies of Homeschooling for College Credit, you can order Wholesale Bundles (12 books per bundle) at the reduced rate of 50% off list price. (tax and shipping charges will apply) You are free to resell books at any price to your membership before, during, or after the event. Jennifer collects no royalty on Wholesale Bundles and offers this service as a courtesy to her community.
If you would like to buy Wholesale Bundles for your group, please calculate at least 30 days from the time your payment is received for books to arrive at your location.
Jennifer’s Catalog of Courses
Jennifer is committed to making sure each of your guest’s experience is exceptional. Please allow Jennifer’s experience to guide you through matching your event’s structure with the best presentations possible. If your group has something different in mind, don’t hesitate to ask.
Jennifer’s courses are appropriate for audiences of any political or religious affiliation.
Lectures: From a podium or stage, Jennifer delivers a general informational presentation to your audience. Question and answer opportunities are limited in this format. Works best with medium-large sized groups where your target length is 30-60 minutes for the presentation. Complimentary meet-and-greet to follow.
Seminars: Like a lecture but for smaller groups that want to openly interact through the presentation. Jennifer delivers a detailed and engaging presentation using Powerpoint, handouts, or other teaching materials that work best when desks or tables are made available. Ideal for groups of 30 people or less. Target length for a seminar is about 2 hours. Complimentary meet-and-greet to follow.
Workshops: Unlike a lecture or seminar, a workshop is a guided interactive training experience for small groups. Each participant is actively engaged in the completion of a project from start to finish. Best for small groups of 12 or less. Workshops can include single or multi-day sessions, sometimes with “homework.” Target length is 1-2 hours per session.
Homeschooling for College Credit: An Introduction (lecture) For decades, college-bound students have used the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs to access college-level learning and college credit in high school. In this lecture, Jennifer introduces parents to her favorite college credit options for homeschooled teens. Appropriate for all ages in all states.
The Myth of Prestige in College Choice (lecture) Would you pay $100,000 for a bachelor’s degree from Harvard? Many would, but what about from Augustana College in Illinois, Carroll College in Montana, or Furman University in South Carolina? Those perfectly respectable colleges charge the same amount for their degrees as Harvard, yet their name recognition is minuscule by comparison. If you wonder how colleges and employers evaluate your higher education credentials, you might be surprised.
How Scholarships Can Put Your Teen in Debt (lecture) We spend the majority of our high school career believing that if we cultivate solid academics, athletic talent, or special abilities in our teens, that a scholarship is their ultimate reward. While some scholarships do reward the deserving, a good portion of scholarships are nothing more than marketing gimmicks and carrots to entice student’s enrollment. Before you feel flattered, let’s do the math and look behind the curtain. Suitable for teens and parents.
Homeschooling for College Credit: Making the Most of High School (seminar) This seminar is the cornerstone of Homeschooling for College Credit. Delivered to over 5,000 parents, you’ll leave the presentation with a clear understanding of how to get started. High school can be the most productive years of your teen’s homeschool career. The average Homeschooling for College Credit family reports their teen earns about 30 college credits in high school, and 1/3 of them will earn an associate degree alongside their high school diploma. Far from being a “one-size-fits-all” approach, you’ll learn which college credit options are best aligned with your family’s educational goals for your teen. Suitable for parents and teens.
Homeschooling for College Credit in Your State (seminar) This seminar is for parents of middle or high school students homeschooling in their specific state. Just as homeschooling laws differ in each state, how a parent Homeschools for College Credit will differ by state. In some states, teens have unlimited access to free tuition in high school, while other states require creativity and careful planning. No matter where you live, we’ll explore the specific resources available in the state, and how to make the most of those resources.
Understanding CLEP and Advanced Placement (seminar) This seminar is suitable for parents and teens from 7th grade and up. Both CLEP and AP offer well-respected college credit opportunities, but choosing between them can be tough. In this seminar, we’ll take a deep-dive into the subjects offered in each brand, the differences between the exam structures, how your target college goals influence the exams you choose, and the best years of high school to take each exam. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of how both exams can fit into your homeschool.
Understanding College Credit for Tweens & Teens (seminar) This seminar is for parents. Credit by exam and dual enrollment are booming opportunities available in all 50 states, but there are significant pros and cons within both of these options that go beyond academics. Jennifer’s 18-years of experience teaching on a college campus classes colors her opinion heavily, as she helps you look beyond a catalog course description. What is FERPA? Can you talk to your teen’s teacher? Can 12-year-olds earn college credit? What about mature content, adult subjects, faith or politics? Jennifer will teach you how to move your tween/teen carefully through a system that excludes parents and is designed to educate adults.
North Carolina UNC Degrees for $2000 (seminar) Specifically for North Carolina residents. Learn how to use maximize your teen’s participation in Career & College Promise for full guaranteed transfer into UNC schools offering the new NC Promise Program. Parents of teens in 9th or 10th grade are ideal candidates for this seminar. For parents who begin on time and stay on track, we’ll build a step by step plan for your teen to complete a full bachelor’s degree in the University of North Carolina system for $2000.
Rock Bottom Tuition: When Cost is Your #1 Priority (seminar) If you are dedicated to careful budgeting, paying cash, and avoiding student loans at all costs, you’ll love this seminar. Though college credit in the USA averages between $300 to $1000 per credit, Jennifer shows you how to earn your teen’s first 90 credits for $0 – $35 per credit and why you shouldn’t use your college fund right away. Best of all, these strategies work for anyone of any age that wants to earn college credit (pssst…. parents too!)
High School Planning: Building a 4-year Plan for College Credit (workshop) This workshop targets parents of teens in grades 7-10. Based on your teen’s goals, or lack of clear goals, we’ll go through a complete step-by-step method that allows you to build the framework for a solid high school program at home. Going beyond the requirements and recommendations, we will dive into college credit opportunities unique to your child’s trajectory. Whether blue-collar or white-collar bound, every homeschooled teen can have an opportunity to earn college credit as part of their high school program. Workbook provided. (this workshop has a materials fee of $7 per person)
Make and Take: Build Your Teen’s Transcript (workshop) This workshop targets parents of teens in grades 9-12. Starting with a deep breath, we’ll take the fear out of building transcripts and dive in from scratch. Even if you’re behind, you’ll leave this workshop caught up. We’ll build your teen’s transcript together – one step at a time. We’ll use a variety of simple templates, and you’ll choose the one you like best. We’ll discuss course titles, how much credit to assign, how to weigh a GPA, when to weigh a GPA, and how to make sure your transcript is professional and polished. Workbook provided. (this workshop has a materials fee of $7 per person)
Read, Listen, Watch
Jennifer’s podcast on The Scholarship System (2019)
Jennifer’s interview by Across the Table (2013)