Audience: All

Title:Legal and Legislative Issues in Your State
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:30—45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal, Legislative
Audience:All
Description:Find out what types of legal problems homeschooling families are encountering in your state and how HSLDA is addressing them. Includes a discussion of state legislation being considered that could affect home educators.

Title:How to Handle a Social Services Investigation
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Child Protective Services, Dealing with Social Workers, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Includes the top 10 reasons homeschooling families are contacted by social services, the constitutional rights of family members, and how to exercise your constitutional rights.

Title:Battle for the Child: The History of Homeschoolers’ Struggle to Be Free
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Traces the history of religious freedom and parental rights for home educators as recognized through court decisions and legislative battles.

Title:Homeschooling with Confidence: Understanding Your State's Homeschool Law
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:All
Description:Everything you need to know about your state’s homeschool law so you can homeschool with confidence. Thorough presentation of the basics with time for veterans to ask their unanswered questions.

Title:Protecting Your Children From Social Workers: How and Why to Assert Your Fourth Amendment Rights
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:All
Description:Knowing how to protect your children from social workers may help you keep your family together when a social worker wants to pull it apart.

Title:The Secret to Homeschool Freedom
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Legal, Motivational
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers
Description:The best way to protect the future is to learn from the past. Homeschooling’s history of close calls and exciting victories sheds light on upcoming challenges to homeschool freedom. Come hear the secret in keeping homeschool freedom free.

Title:Confessions of a Homeschool Dad
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Parenting
Audience:All, Fathers
Description:How one homeschooling dad came to understand that we don’t homeschool to get our kids into Harvard; we homeschool to get our kids into heaven.

Title:Homeschooling: The Struggle to Be Free
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Education, History, Legal, Legislative
Audience:All
Description:Homeschoolers have won the right to teach their own children in their own homes. How did this happen? Who gets the credit? Is that struggle over? Jim recounts the political history of American education and proves that the price of liberty is still eternal vigilance.

Title:What You Should Know about Social Services
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Child Protective Services, Dealing with Social Workers, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Practical workshop regarding your legal rights when a social worker comes to your home.

Title:The Coming Attack on Homeschooling from the Legal Elites (An updated version of "Homeschooling Freedom: Past, Present, Future")
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Legal, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The first and second wave of attacks on homeschooling were essentially based on lies. You won’t succeed academically. We proved them wrong. Your kids won’t be socialized. We proved them wrong. The third wave is fundamentally different. It accuses: you will teach your kids that Christianity is the only true religion. This attack is true. Michael Farris examines the newest anti—homeschooling strategy of the legal elites, explains how it will impact us today and tomorrow, and outlines a plan of action.

Title:Constitutional Literacy: It’s For You and Your Children
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Michael Farris discusses the importance of knowing the content and purpose of the founding documents of our country, and how that can impact our interpretation of issues today.

Title:Rediscovering Our Great Christian Heritage
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:Many homeschoolers know detailed history of the United States, its Founding Fathers, and the Constitution’s principles, but do they know the history of the Church and Christianity? Rediscover 2,000 years of heritage and practice of the faith with HSLDA Staff Attorney Darren Jones.

Title:Q&A Sessions
Speaker:Vickie Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:Q & A
Topic: 
Audience:All
Description:Vickie Farris is available for question—and—answer sessions, ranging from topics that are spiritual in nature to her experience as a veteran homeschooler. If the discussion is to be in—depth, Vickie may agree to prepare a 15—minute talk followed by the Q&A.

Title:How to Keep Your Sanity While Homeschooling
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tracy Klicka identifies common causes of stress in homeschooling and family life, and provides helpful ideas on how to deal with stress from a godly perspective. Included in her talk are the issues of lifestyle, use of time, and getting help.

Title:Order in the House!—Peace vs. Chaos in the Home
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:In this workshop, Tracy Klicka will discuss the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and will highlight principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. Special encouragement for both “messies” and “born-organizers.”

Title:Keeping the H.E.A.R.T. in Homeschooling
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As Tracy Klicka has experienced, it is not always easy for a homeschooling mom to keep her focus, her joy, or the hearts of her children. More than academics, homeschooling is about growing in God’s grace for both parents and children! If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure.

Title:From Tyndale to Madison: The Battle for the Bible and the Foundation of American Liberty
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Political, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:How the battle in England to publish God’s Word in the English language began a struggle for freedom that would impact the U.S. Bill of Rights.

Title:The Fight for Texas: A History of Home Education and Current Trends in Texas
Speaker:Tom Sanders
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:All
Description:Hands—on analysis of Texans’ right to home educate and its visible threats.

Title:The Right Parent for Your Child: You
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Motivational
Audience:All
Description:Parenting brings out the worst in us. Every hidden sin habit, every unresolved conflict, every unhealed wound shouts at us, jumps on us, and threatens to destroy us as soon as we enter on the perilous path of parenting. So why in the world could you possibly think you could adequately parent your child? Because a shocking, miraculous divine grace has both appointed you and anointed you. He knows every one of your miserable failures. He knows every character flaw. He knows every sin that easily entangles you. And He still picked you to be the parent of your child! HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff, the father of three adult homeschooled children, will present God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. And parents who have bought into the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will find there is powerful reason for hope, excitement and confidence. They will find their confidence in a God who Himself is everything they lack. And they will run ahead on the path knowing that they are truly the perfect parent for the child God has given them.

Title:Preserving Liberty for Future Generations: The Battle for Homeschool Freedom and Parental Rights on Capitol Hill
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:Will uses ripped—from—the—headlines stories and personal anecdotes to share what issues homeschoolers face on Capitol Hill, the political environment, what HSLDA is doing at the federal level, and why the Parental Rights Amendment is so important. For longer general sessions, Will goes into detail about the history of the federal government and homeschooling, threats to our freedoms at the federal level, the battles that are being fought, the victories that are being won, and what is on the horizon.

Title:Why We Homeschool—A Homeschooler’s Testimony
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Motivational, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Will uses humor and his personal testimony as a homeschool graduate to encourage parents and children in their homeschooling. He encourages attendees to live a life of service to each other and to God through their commitment to continue homeschooling, and closes with a vision for homeschoolers to excel in all that they do.

Title:Nontraditional Navigation Through Highschool
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Parenting, Teens
Audience:All, Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents
Description:Will uses humor and his experiences as a homeschool graduate and a graduate from a distance—learning law school to discuss options for highschool and beyond. He gives parents and teens a practical roadmap for a successful high school program that will open the doors to either college or non—college options, future careers and callings. He encourages teens and parents to finish strong on their homeschool journey.

Title:Defending the Freedom to Homeschool
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces are still at work to capture our children’s minds, bodies, and souls. These forces seek to erode our current freedoms and our will to preserve them. What can we do to ensure that the blessings and freedom we have to homeschool are secured for posterity? Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly answer that question.

Title:The Compelling Case for Home Education
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Why Homeschool
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Are you curious about home education, but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member saying you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven Mike Donnelly for “The Compelling Case for Home Education” and see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. Mike will help you understand the basics, show how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and shed light on the myths surrounding homeschooling.

Title:Parents’ Rights—A Crisis Is Coming
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational, Parenting, Political, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:In 1923, the United States Supreme Court ruled that parents have the fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children. So why are parental rights suddenly endangered? Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly discuss the next biggest threat to homeschool freedom and what you can do about it.

Title:Knock, Knock! There’s a Truant Officer or Social Worker at the Door—What Are You Going to Do?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:There is no need to fear if you understand your rights, the law and how to manage the interaction with these government workers. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike will discuss how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities

Title:Parental Rights: It’s Now Or Never
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Legal, Political
Audience:All
Description:Hear how the Supreme Court and our nation’s lower courts are failing to hold parental rights to the same legal standard as fundamental rights like speech and press, and how European court decisions on children’s rights are influencing our U.S. judicial system. Michael Farris describes threats to parental rights that involve the political right, political left, and international law, and proposes a solution that will be the battle of the century for homeschoolers and other pro—family forces.

Title:A Hitlerian Legacy? Germany’s Treatment of Homeschooling
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–55 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Education, History, Legislative
Audience:All
Description:German homeschoolers are threatened with fines, jail and worse. If homeschooling is a human right, why does a civilized nation treat homeschoolers like this? What are parallel societies and why are German judges and policy makers so afraid of them? Is the German homeschool experience the edge of night for America? Could this pernicious German philosophy make its way across the Atlantic to America and re—impose the difficult early days of American homeschooling? What is HSLDA doing to support positive change for our brother and sister homeschoolers in Germany, and what can you do to help? Come hear HSLDA staff attorney for Germany and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly answer these important questions.

Title:Forging Ahead—Apprenticeships in the 21st Century
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–55 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Parenting, Teens
Audience:All
Description:College? Homeschoolers may be better prepared for it than many other college—bound teens, but that doesn’t mean they should automatically get sucked into the “college conveyor belt.” But if not college, what do we do with our bright, well—educated, well—socialized homeschooled students? And where do we find resources and apprenticeships to help guide homeschoolers through this process of vocational preparation and calling? Get practical tips and insightful advice in this talk by HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly.

Title:Your Parental Rights: The Left's Next Target
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Legal, Political
Audience:All
Description:Hear how recent developments in America and Europe, are flashing warning signals to us that basic parental rights are in jeopardy. The election of Barack Obama is a dream come true for those who would like to increase the power of the central government at the expense of the citizen. Some rights, like freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, get the highest protection because they are specifically listed in the Constitution. But one of the essential rights upon which our ability to homeschool rests, the right of a parent to direct the education and upbringing of a child, is not listed. Only an amendment to the Constitution explicitly protecting fundamental parental rights will preserve what we have won after decades of struggle. The “wish list” of the left includes a goal of reducing parental rights to a mere privilege subject to government licensing and the eradication of homeschooling as we know it. It’s a race to the finish to see if we can amend the Constitution before the left can achieve its antifamily agenda, and the stakes are unimaginably high. Don’t ask when it will begin. The battle of the century has already begun.

Title:Building on a Sure Foundation: Staying the Course through High School
Speaker:Carol Becker
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:All
Description:As your child grows older, you may be considering high school at home — but you’ve got your doubts! Why is homeschooling high school a crucial decision for your teen? How is it possible? What help is available? We’ll answer your questions; but more importantly, we’ll encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home.

Title:Building on a Sure Foundation: Staying the Course through High School
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:All
Description:As your child grows older, you may be considering high school at home — but you’ve got your doubts! Why is homeschooling high school a crucial decision for your teen? How is it possible? What help is available? We’ll answer your questions; but more importantly, we’ll encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home.

Title:Extracurricular Activities: Jazz Up Your High School Program
Speaker:Carol Becker
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:All
Description:Because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, adding extracurricular activities to your high school program will increase your teen’s enthusiasm and motivation during these years. Wisely choosing these activities provides opportunities for your teen to follow an interest, hone his talents, serve others, or simply enjoy new experiences. But, setting limits is important, too! Come and hear ideas and suggestions for you to consider as you explore the many different extracurricular options.

Title:Extracurricular Activities: Jazz Up Your High School Program
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:All
Description:Because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, adding extracurricular activities to your high school program will increase your teen’s enthusiasm and motivation during these years. Wisely choosing these activities provides opportunities for your teen to follow an interest, hone his talents, serve others, or simply enjoy new experiences. But, setting limits is important, too! Come and hear ideas and suggestions for you to consider as you explore the many different extracurricular options.

Title:The Mandate for Christian Citizenship in Homeschool Youth
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Political, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:All, Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents, Teens
Description:Will uses his background as a homeschool graduate and the director of Generation Joshua to describe how young people today can make a difference in their communities and nation, how HSLDA’s Generation Joshua program can help, and how the next generation is uniquely equipped to lead our nation in the years ahead.

Title:One Homeschool Grad’s 8(+1) Reasons to Homeschool
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:Darren attended several different public schools, a private Christian school, and then was homeschooled to graduation. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home, but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect! Come hear Darren’s 8(+1) homeschool reasons, as well as how his approach to homeschooling is different from that of his parents.

Title:Practical Tips for Your Family’s Devotions
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Parents
Description:One of our most important duties as parents is to help our children encounter God, in part through devotional times. Come prepared to discuss specific, practical advice in how devotions can serve as an opportunity for the whole family to experience the love and grace of God.

Title:Why We Need the Parental Rights Amendment
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Explains the constitutional basis for parental rights, the current threat posed by court decisions and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the need for adoption of the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Title:What is Easy and What is Right: A Call to Greater Responsibility in the Youth of the Nation
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Motivational, Political
Audience:All, Parents, Teens
Description:The iPod—wielding, social—networking youth of today are often irresponsible. They lack motivation to do what is right, in favor of doing what is easy. Drawing from personal experience as someone who has had to choose between what is right and what is easy, Joel calls on the generation of today to stand up and do what is right, because it is right, rather than what is easy.

Title:Remembering the Reason, Renewing the Vision
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Motivational, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:A general overview of the challenges, burdens, and benefits of homeschooling from a veteran homeschool father and leader. Addressing the potential homeschooler, the new homeschooler, the veteran homeschooler and all homeschoolers in between, Michael Smith outlines the success of homeschooling in academics and socialization, describes legal and legislative advances, and concludes that homeschoolers have earned the right to be left alone. For homeschoolers who are losing the vision, he reminds them of the benefits of homeschooling and offers some practical suggestions for relieving the pressure on the homeschooling family, especially Mom. “Thank you for confirming the experience of my public education,” writes one parent, “and for convicting us even more of our commitment to bettering the lives of our children.”

Title:Homeschooling and Parental Rights—Freedom Under Fire
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Parental rights and religious freedom have been the two foundations to establish a constitutional right for parents to teach their children at home. The U.S. Supreme Court some years back weakened the free exercise of religion claim as a foundation for homeschooling so that in order for homeschoolers to claim a fundamental right to homeschool, they must be able to combine the free exercise right with the parental rights claim. In other words, both rights have to co—exist. Currently, this is not a problem, but because of the fragile nature of freedom, moral decay, complacency and apathy, homeschooling freedoms are in jeopardy. An additional threat that is brewing but not well known, is the opposition to homeschooling from the intellectual elites, e.g., law and college professors. This opposition is based on a belief that the state, through public schools, should have access to all children to teach tolerance for others, which leads to collectivism. Homeschoolers are in their cross—hairs. We are clearly at risk.

Title:Balancing Responsibilities for the Busy Homeschool Family
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Many homeschoolers confess that the most difficult thing for the homeschooling family is to balance all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop will approach this challenge from a strictly biblical perspective. Mike Smith will explain that the key to solving the time crunch is establishing priorities, and how to carry out those priorities. This is an essential workshop. Lives will be changed, schedules will be met, and families, many for the first time, will go through days, months and years without the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives.

Title:The Power of Praise with Our Children
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:Life and death is in the power of tongue. Deep scars can occur as a result of negative, condemning words and withholding of praise and affirmation. The goal of this talk is to ensure that our children do not grow up feeling rejection from us as parents because of bad communication. This talk uses James 3:1–10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. The talk will explore some ways that we use our tongue to injure our children and how we can use our tongue as an instrument of blessing. The talk’s goal is to develop a relationship with our child that lasts forever.

Title:The Greatest Deterrent to Homeschooling—Fear and Inadequacy
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers
Description:This presentation is based upon scriptural principles gleaned from King Jehoshaphat of Judah and the teachings of Jesus Christ. This session involves more of a general encouragement and challenge to homeschoolers than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there will be specific application principles that will be given in a 1—2—3 etc. format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome fear of failure, one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling moms.

Title:The Spiritual Impact of Educational Choices
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Parenting, Political, Spiritual
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, Parents
Description:The best and most effective opportunity to win large numbers of Americans to Christ is found in our children. Based on the research of George Barna, Michael Farris presents homeschooling as the very best method to accomplish this. Church leaders are challenged to wake up to the spiritual damage occurring in their church’s children via public education. Parents are encouraged to make sure that the spiritual opportunity presented by homeschooling is not squandered.

Title:Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: A Guide to Effective Lobbying for the Homeschool Family
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:You may live 5,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but you can still make a difference. Find out how with HSLDA Federal Relations Director Will Estrada as he presents a compelling case for why and how every single homeschool family can be an effective lobbyist on the issues that are important to homeschoolers. Drawing on Will’s own experience as a federally registered lobbyist for HSLDA, this workshop will offer informative, practical advice for effective lobbying and will answer every homeschooler’s specific questions. Discover how to make a difference in the political world—whether you are an experienced political junkie or a busy homeschool mom who’s never tackled politics before.

Title:International Homeschooling—Why Should American Homeschoolers Care what Happens over There?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Motivational, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Homeschooling is a growing global movement, but homeschooling parents overseas face the mounting pressure and challenges similar to those American homeschoolers experienced 30 years ago: social services investigations, fines, and criminal prosecution. In a world where ideas travel at the speed of light, should American homeschoolers be concerned about the plight of homeschoolers in other countries? Should we, and how can we help? Can what happens “over there” really affect homeschooling “over here”? HSLDA Staff Attorney, Director for International Affairs and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom. He will tell you why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there” and what can be done to help.

Title:Go Home and Love your Family!
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, History, Parenting
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, and she responded: “Go home and love your family!” Homeschooling is really about putting love in action, but does homeschooling really promote world peace? Parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace, but more importantly, allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty.

Title:Grades and Graduation—Do These Belong in a Homeschool?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Why Homeschool
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your school? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we really care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children.

Title:If It’s Broke, Fix it!
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Child Protective Services, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Homeschooling families face many challenges. Financial, emotional, and physical demands put significant strain on our relationships and our families. The homeschooling community is not immune to the problems facing our society, including broken marriages and broken children. But, it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. It may be easier to try to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly was raised in a broken home and will explore the necessary ingredients to helping homeschooling families stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life.

Title:Creature of the State?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Legal, Motivational
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:In 1925 the U.S. Supreme Court said children are not mere creatures of the state. The 1945 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that parents have the “prior right” to decide what kind of education their children will have. Is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? HSLDA Staff Attorney, homeschooling father of seven, and Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly explores this question and shares a presentation he delivered at the world’s largest human rights conference on the philosophy of law and social philosophy. In this talk, Donnelly examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling.

Title:Faith of Our Founders
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, History, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:In 1775 Patrick Henry said “give me liberty or give me death.” You know that the founders of our country were mostly Christian men who understood that liberty meant Christian liberty. But how much a part of our founding was the faith of our founders? John Hancock and John Adams’ battle cry was one of “No King but King Jesus.” While secular historians want to minimize the impact of the founders’ faith, the truth is that 93% of the founders were members of Christian churches. A knowledge of our history is critical if we are to ever recover our nation’s heritage. Michael Donnelly is an HSLDA Attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Patrick Henry College where he teaches constitutional law. Listen as he unearths the truth and import of the Faith of Our Founders.

Title:The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child—It Takes a Village to Raise Your Child
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Political
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Will goes into detail about the history, content, and effects of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. He discusses the dangers it would pose to homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will discusses the shifting political support for the treaty, and what freedom-loving citizens can do to fight against this dangerous international treaty. He closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of this U.N. treaty.

Title:Constitutional Liberty, Social Services, and Your Front Door
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their Constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home.

Title:The Keys to the Kids
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45-60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, History, Motivational, Parenting, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Who really has the best interests of children at heart, parents or the state?
There is a growing chorus of voices insisting that children don’t belong to parents. Children, they say, belong to the “community.” In order for democracy to survive, these voices claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should only learn in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. Lawmakers are being prompted by these voices and misguided groups both in states and at the federal government level to hand over the keys to the kids. These forces want to dictate what children eat, what kinds of doctors they can and can’t see, and what they are taught! Skirmishes are being fought over this issue now—are you prepared?. HSLDA Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly and homeschooling father of seven will address these serious issues and tie together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control.

Title:Literature that Proclaims Christ: Stories to Show How Christians Look at Life, the Universe, and Everything
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us emulate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more.

Title:Rotten to the (Common) Core
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Educrats and statists see the education system as a means of control. But freedom in education means freedom over method and content—the increasingly federalized Common Core educational standards and related projects threaten both. And not just for homeschoolers either. Federal testing, standards, databases and more are legitimate concerns about Common Core’s threat to our freedom to homeschool. HSLDA Attorney Mike Donnelly will tell you what you need to know about these and other threats to our freedom—and what you as a homeschooling parent and concerned citizen can do about it!

Title:Taming the Hydra
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:History, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate vast legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? HSLDA attorney Michael Donnelly will explore how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces.

Title:The Common Core Con: What the Common Core is and isn’t, How it will Affect Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Will takes his audience through the history of the Common Core’s creation, how the federal government and national education bureaucrats pressured states to adopt the Common Core, and how the philosophy behind the Common Core is deeply flawed. He discusses related concerns with the Common Core, such as intrusive national databases and how the Common Core is poised to become a de facto national curriculum. He closes with how homeschoolers and their allies can unite to push back against the Common Core.

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