Audience: Parents

Title:How to Protect Your Family Against a Truant Officer or Social Worker Visit
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Child Protective Services, Dealing with Social Workers, Legal
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As the government’s ever—growing role expands to encompass family life and decision—making, the information presented in this seminar is critical for every attendee. Michael Smith calls upon over two decades of defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts to inform the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well. Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.”

Title:How to Deal with Social Workers
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Dealing with Social Workers, Legal, Parenting
Audience:All, Parents
Description:One of the most chilling sounds for homeschoolers is the sound of the social worker’s knock on your door. Darren explains ways to avoid “The Knock” and how to handle contacts if they arise.

Title:A Passel of Possibilities: Teaching Tips to Lighten Your Load
Speaker:Betty Statnick
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Parenting, Special Needs
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Learn some easy—to—implement ideas that will make your teaching more effective.

Title:Tears—Someone Understands
Speaker:Betty Statnick
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Hear some Scripture references for your downtrodden spirit.

Title:Real-Life Courtship
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers, Mothers, Parents, Teens
Description:Michael Farris shares the biblical vision for courtship and its value over traditional dating, plus what he has learned through the experience of his five oldest daughters’ courtships and marriages.

Title:The Spiritual Power of a Mother
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, Parents
Description:Have you ever wondered how Samuel could remember the prayer of his mother when she sent him off to be trained by Eli? Hannah is just one example of a mother who dramatically impacted the life of her child by her prayer, her protection, her instruction, and her overcoming spirit. These uplifting stories should encourage all parents—but especially mothers—as we sacrifice to homeschool our children.

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: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:Dealing with Social Workers
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Dealing with Social Workers, Legal
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tj explains your rights and describes how to handle social services investigations. Primarily addressing your state’s laws relating to social services contacts, Tj provides general application for other states as well. This session helps equip Christian homeschool families to be prepared in the event of an investigation based on an anonymous tip.

Title:Courtship
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Marriage, Parenting, Teens
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Having firsthand experience of courtship with his wife, Susan, Tj shares how courtship can be an alternative to dating. One couple’s story of how their families sought courtship as a foundation for a lifelong commitment in marriage.

Title:CPS vs. Family
Speaker:Tom Sanders
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:Parents
Description:True stories and first—hand accounting of the current war being waged by CPS against families, with suggestions to help protect your children.

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: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:Testimony of a Homeschool Graduate
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Tj shares from his own personal testimony as a homeschool graduate. He will share from his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s, through the high school years and beyond, laying out God’s direction through it all.

Title:Juggling on a Tightrope
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Fathers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Today’s father has precious few waking hours that are spent going in countless directions to address seemingly great causes—not least of which is family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource time? And where should we be investing it for eternal value? How can we properly lead our families and serve God in an increasingly demanding and busy world of sports, music, drama, church, school, support groups, homeschool co—ops, extended family responsibilities, and ministry programs? How do we know when to say yes, and more important, when to say no? Must we choose between competing priorities to be effective stewards? Come hear thoughts on answering these questions from Mike Donnelly as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of six and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive and attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Title:“Jump-Start” to Joyful Motherhood (Psalm 113:9)
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:What comes to mind when you hear, “Joyful mother of children”? If you aren’t sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn four steps to guide you to the joyful path! We will also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.”

Title:A Mom’s Sentimental Journey
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

Title:Getting Kids to Help at Home
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Training in Diligence and Thoroughness—You know you need to let the children be more involved in helping at home, for training them in character and in practical skills, and for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to almost 50 children will share tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests.

Title:Charting Your Family’s Course
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Mom of 17 homeschooled students and curriculum consultant for a national homeschool organization, Vicki shares the secrets to mapping out a successful course of study for your children. This workshop helps beginners to get a solid start in home education, and encourages veterans to re—examine goals and priorities. Includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches.

Title:Homeschooling on a Shoestring Budget
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Homeschooling doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars per child. Vicki homeschooled seven at a time while their family was without a full—time income for four years, sometimes spending less than $100 per year.

Title:Frugal Homemaking
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Vicki shares tips on how to maintain a homeschool household on limited funds.

Title:Organized (Well, Almost!)—Time Management for Busy Moms
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching, keeping up with the laundry, and getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool? Come hear practical tips and encouragement from a fellow homeschool mom of many. Your husband and children will thank you, and you will have hope for another day of science and language arts!

Title:Organizing Your Home—Creating a Lifestyle Learning Environment
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Vicki will help you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, and will discuss organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki Bentley, fellow busy homeschool mom, shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of ten.

Note to planners: There is some content overlap in the two organization talks, since some concepts are the same for “stuff” and “time.” If you anticipate having primarily the same audience for both, you can (1) select just one, (2) contact Vicki to present both in one workshop (with very abbreviated info), or (3) contact Vicki to adapt both so there is minimal overlap.

Title:Multi-level Teaching
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:When you had one child, it seemed easy, but adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate—spinning act. Vicki shares ideas for keeping the homeschooling “plates” from crashing to the floor! Practical tips for teaching multiple ages—from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (seven school—age at a time).

Title:Lessons Learned
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Interactive session: Participants will walk through What I Will Do Again Next Year, and What I Will Definitely Change! Works best with Vicki facilitating discussion among participants divided into small groups. Interactive session, good for end of year.

Title:Getting Started
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:1 hour
Type:Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Are you overwhelmed by the options? Not sure where to begin? Good planning is the key to any successful road trip, so Vicki will walk you through a planning checklist to help you prepare for this homeschool journey! Topics include setting goals, choosing supplies and curriculum, lesson planning, and more—plus Six Tips for Success. Appropriate for any grade level.

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:Inspiring Devotion
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:30—45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Parents
Description:One of the most important things we can do with our children is to help them to meet God in daily devotional times. Come prepared to discuss ideas about family devotions and how to reach your children’s hearts with the love of God.

Title:Important Pit Stops during High School
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:For preventative maintenance during the high school years, learn what important “to—dos” and deadlines to keep in mind. Major pit stops will include information about various tests, benefits and sources of outside classes, college search and application tips, alternatives to traditional college, and career and post high school paths.

Title:Important Pit Stops during High School
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Encouragement, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:For preventative maintenance during the high school years, learn what important “to—dos” and deadlines to keep in mind. Major pit stops will include information about various tests, benefits and sources of outside classes, college search and application tips, alternatives to traditional college, and career and post high school paths.

Title:Preparing Your Teen for Life
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.

Title:Preparing Your Teen for Life
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.

Title:The Scoop on Tests for Teens
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Are you in a quandary as to what tests your teens need to take during high school? Do you know the array of possible tests—from college admissions tests; to tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment; to tests necessary for certain scholarships; to even career tests? When should they be taken? Where? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence.

Title:The Scoop on Tests for Teens
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Are you in a quandary as to what tests your teens need to take during high school? Do you know the array of possible tests—from college admissions tests; to tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment; to tests necessary for certain scholarships; to even career tests? When should they be taken? Where? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence.

Title:You Can Homeschool High School...If You Can Make It through Tomorrow!
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Why Homeschool
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future), you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Is it too hard and no fun? Come for a lighthearted approach to homeschooling the high school years and find out how it can be filled with much hope and help…and joy.

Title:You Can Homeschool High School...If You Can Make It through Tomorrow!
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Why Homeschool
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future), you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Is it too hard and no fun? Come for a lighthearted approach to homeschooling the high school years and find out how it can be filled with much hope and help…and joy.

Title:Generation Joshua: The Future of America in the Hands of Teenagers
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal, Motivational, Political
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:The future of our country is in the hands of the teenagers in our homes. While this may be a terrifying thought to some, it does not need to be—instead it is a great opportunity that we should not lose. Drawing on 15 years of experience working with teens, Joel offers both encouragement for the future and suggestions for how to help ensure our America remains both just and free.

Title:Why Teens Need the Parental Rights Amendment
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Joel 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 U.S. 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:How Do We Measure Success in Homeschooling?
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Why aren’t your Christian neighbors homeschooling? What is the number one reason that parents do not homeschool? Their lack of confidence to believe that they can actually do the job, or, put another way—fear of failure. Many homeschoolers in the midst of homeschooling are wondering how they will be able to determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike will explain in very clear and decisive terms how you can know whether or not you have been successful when you get to the end of your homeschool experience where it says “The End.” One way to answer the question is whether or not our work homeschooling with our children has been in vain. The Bible gives clear and decisive direction in this area which should be very encouraging to all of us, and hopefully give us encouragement in even the most difficult situations.

Title:The Angry Child: What Ticks Johnny Off?
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Parents
Description:Have any of your children demonstrated a tendency toward anger or a bad temper? If so, this session is absolutely essential for you. Anger is a God—given emotion and did not come about as a result of the Fall. However, the Bible says, “Be angry, and sin not.” This talk addresses anger from a biblical perspective, focusing on the positive and negative aspects of anger. Michael Smith also delineates the five steps that lead to rebellion.

Title:Elites to Homeschoolers: “You’re Next!”
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American homeschoolers need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially homeschooling. Come hear Mike Donnelly, HSLDA attorney, director of international relations and homeschooling father, as he examines this growing threat and what American homeschoolers need to do to meet it.

Title:Is Today’s Military Right for my Child?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:Fathers, Mothers, Parents, Teens
Description:Serving in the United States Military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. Is it still? Changes in society are reflected in the military. How can this impact a parents view of service in the military today? What is involved in serving in the military and how should parents mentor their children in viewing service in today’s military? Michael Donnelly is an HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father of seven who served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. He will discuss practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking.

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:How to Lead Teens
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting
Audience:Fathers, Parents
Description:The word “teenager” is not in the Bible, so where do Christian parents get the wisdom (and patience!) they need to raise their teenaged sons and daughters? In this encouraging workshop, Scott brings biblical truth and his own experience to bear on the task of raising teens.

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:When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you're on the frontlines.

Title:Holidays as Homeschool Curriculum
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Do you ever feel stuck in the day-to-day sameness of your school routine? If you circle the holidays on your calendar, you can have not just instant mini-units, but family fun and fond memories. Celebrate!

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:Generation Joshua: Civics Education with an Impact!
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Political, Teens
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:How do you make a difference while learning about government hands on? Jeremiah talks about how hands-on learning in programs like Generation Joshua not only teaches students about how the government works but also does it in a way that allows them to see that even though they do not have a vote, they can make a difference. We have to be intentional with how we teach our children about government taking into account the fact that not everyone will grow up to be president. However, every one of our kids will grow up to be citizens, and Jeremiah talks about how to equip them for that privilege.

Title:Back to the Basics: Three Keys to Winning the Culture War—Prayer, Bible study, and the Gathering of Believers
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Christians have forgotten foundational truths that are necessary for maintaining their integrity. For thousands of years, one thing that has been common with all believers is reading the Bible, seeking God’s will in prayer, and a consistent gathering of the brothers and sisters of Christ. In his talk, Jeremiah encourages Christians to focus on the log in our own eye before taking on splinters in the eyes of others.

Title:Effective Communication Inside and Outside the Circle
Speaker:Jeremiah Lorrig
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Homeschoolers need to be able to speak the language of those they are talking to. If that is a friend at church they need to be ready and able to speak and understand “Christian” words like “grace” and “sanctification.” But if we are talking with people outside of that setting we need to understand that “grace” might just be what is said before a meal. Effective communication means knowing your audience and making sure that the words you use communicate the message you are bringing, not falling into a stereotype.

Title:You Can Home School Your Struggling Learner and We Can Help!
Speaker:Faith Berens
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop will provide an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith will share diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, common roadblocks homeschooling parents face, and help you navigate around those, as well as share strategies for success with your children who learn differently.

Title:Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs
Speaker:Faith Berens
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with homeschooling struggling or atypical learners in the high school years. Do you have questions such as, “How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?” Faith discusses alternative course work, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines/high school programs for special learners, post-high school options, as well as offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for the college boards.

Title:Teaching Struggling Learners At Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success
Speaker:Faith Berens
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your home school. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared, as well as ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges.

Title:Developing and Drafting SEP’s (Student Education Plans)
Speaker:Faith Berens
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP, student education plan, the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP. Participants will look at sample student education plans, receive a template of a Student Education Plan, and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

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:You Can Home School Your Struggling Learner and We Can Help!
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop will provide an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Krisa will share common roadblocks homeschooling parents face, and help you navigate around those, as well as share strategies for success with your children who learn differently.

Title:Secrets from a Preschool Teacher
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop will provide tips for parents who want to provide a quality, early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home.

Title:Keeping Perspective on Progress
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Do you ever wonder. “Are we really on the right track?” Most likely, the answer to that question is, “Yes!” It is very possible that progress is being made, but not the way in which you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes forgotten areas of progress, and also provides some teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you “keep up the good fight” when it seems your efforts are in vain.

Title:Developing and Drafting SEP’s (Student Education Plans)
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP, student education plan, the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP. Participants will look at sample student education plans, receive a template of a Student Education Plan, and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

Title:Once More
Speaker:Krisa Winn
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:In this workshop, Krisa shares her personal testimony of God’s faithfulness in the midst of challenging circumstances. If you’ve ever experienced an answer to prayer, but find yourself in need of God’s provision, once more– this session will encourage and strengthen your faith.

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.

Title:A Journey of Grace—Coming Alongside Your Child in the Teen Years
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’ greatest needs, strengths, and weaknesses? What priorities do you as a parent embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With three adult children, one married, and four teens still living at home, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in God who is faithful and who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children in the gospel for His glory during this special season of life.

Title:Communication and the Online World—Helping Our Teens Live for Christ in the 21st Century
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Our children engage in our world through technology like no other generation has ever before. Computers and communication tools like email, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facetime can be used in ways that glorify God, but can also be a means to draw our hearts away from Him. In this talk, Tracy shares some practical tips and experience to help parents and teens navigate this ever-growing world of social networking for the glory of God.

Title:The Power of Mercy in Parenting
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are tempted to discouragement. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent/child relationships points to the reality that both parents and children need the redemptive power of the gospel. The good news is God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and foundational springboard from which we can find encouragement and grace to raise children with joyful hope and trust in the Lord.

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