HSLDA’s @home e•vents program showcases speakers who are experts in their fields and often leaders in the homeschool community. They’ve been in your shoes and want to come alongside you in your journey to enhance your family’s homeschooling experience! Our speakers possess the breadth of experience, talent, and enthusiasm suited for encouraging you and equipping you with relevant tools.
Past e•vents have included presentations by well-known authors and speakers, such as Andrew Pudewa, Lou Priolo, Dr. Jay Wile, Jeff Myers, and Hal and Melanie Young, as well as experienced homeschooling parents and homeschool graduates. HSLDA staff speakers have included President J. Michael Smith, Chairman Michael P. Farris, many other attorneys, and some of our Special Needs, High School, and Early Years coordinators, such as Dianne Craft, Vicki Bentley, Becky Cooke, and Diane Kummer.
Tj and Susan Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt and his wife Susan were married in 2003 after a nine month courtship. They now have four children, Josiah, Suzanna, Ella, and Makenna, and enjoy teaching them at home. Tj as the eldest of nine children and was home educated for nine years, much of that time spent on foreign mission fields. As an HSLDA attorney, Tj answers general legal questions and assists members experiencing legal difficulties. He received his J.D. from Oak Brook College of Law while serving as a Legal Assistant at HSLDA.
“Thank you so much for your time. You have a beautiful love story. I have three kids—19, 15, and 13. I will keep what I have learned from you in mind for my two younger children. Thank you.” — Gary, AL
(2:44 PM EST):
Romance, Dating, and Courtship: Real Life Insights
A study by George Barna found that 32% of Christian marriages in America end in divorce. How has the search for love become so unsuccessful in the long run? What can you do, as a parent, to help your young adult lay the groundwork for a lifelong marriage relationship? Join HSLDA attorney Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt and his wife Susan to hear their personal courtship story and their insights on how to make courtship work. Married now for almost seven years, the Schmidts encourage couples to enter a relationship with a focus on marriage as a very real possibility. They explain how courtship is often misunderstood and share why family guidance and protection don’t mean a trip back to the Dark Ages, but rather provide a supportive, real world environment that fosters healthy relationships.
Member Price: $5.95
Non-Member Price: $10.95