Topic: Political

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: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:What is Generation Joshua?
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:30 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Political
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Support Group Leaders, Teens, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:With the goal of challenging Christian homeschool families to become more involved in government and politics, Tj explains what Generation Joshua is and the exciting opportunities it offers to young people and their families. Generation Joshua’s vision is to create an educational foundation in government and civics for homeschooled students and provide unique opportunities for homeschoolers to make a positive impact on our nation’s policitical landscape.

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: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: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: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:Singled Out!
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Political
Audience:Fathers, Mothers
Description:Homeschooling can be challenging even when Mom and Dad are pulling together with a common vision. How is it possible for single parents to manage these demands of providing for, protecting and educating a homeschooling family? Mike Donnelly was raised in a single—parent home and will share his research and thoughts on how hundreds of single moms and even dads are able to keep homeschooling on their own.

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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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.

Title:Going the Second Mile: Support Groups and Homeschool Families in Crisis
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes–1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Legal, Political
Audience:All, Support Group Leaders
Description:Support groups often have the opportunity to assist families who are experiencing difficulty in their homeschooling. Divorce, abandonment, unexpected special education needs or mental illness, or just falling behind due to too much on their plate—all of these present unique challenges to homeschooling families. HSLDA Staff Attorney Darren Jones discusses ways the homeschool community can rally to help “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

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