Topic: Education

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: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: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:Tips on Child Training from a Mother of Seven
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers
Description:In this session, Tracy Klicka emphasizes the foundational importance of cultivating your child’s relationship with God. She will discuss a parent’s primary goal of reaching the heart of a child through godly communication and the proper role of discipline. She will share special encouragement for the toddler and teen years.

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:Crates and Critiques—Handle Some Materials Not Found at Most Homeschool Conferences
Speaker:Betty Statnick
Length:1 hour
Type:Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Education
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Take a firsthand look at general and specific in—demand tests.

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:Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four—Year Plans
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:How do you plan a program for your high school homeschooler? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four—year plan.

Title:Homeschooling the College Bound: Successfully Navigating the Road to Admission
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:If your child’s post—high school plans include college, you’ll want to carefully plan out his high school years. This seminar will provide you with tips and resources to help you better understand how you can prepare your high schooler for the challenges of college, as well as aid you in helping him select and apply to colleges as a homeschooled student. You’ll receive information on making the most of a college visit, interacting with college admissions officers, and gathering the information needed for the college application.

Title:Recordkeeping for High School: Simplifying the Process
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Why is documentation of high school course work important? Keeping good records does not need to be time consuming or burdensome; it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student’s progress through high school.

Title:The College Admissions Process: The Homeschooled Student's Guide
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:You are not only your child’s teacher, you are also his guidance counselor! Find out how to maneuver through the entire college admissions process, from narrowing down the selection of colleges to filling out college applications, applying for financial aid, and asking the right questions that will help you discern whether your child is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college.

Title:Teaching Options to Diversify Your High School Program
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Once a child hits the high school years, a myriad of teaching options for providing high school courses becomes available: parent—taught classes, co—op classes, private tutors, community college courses, online courses, and correspondence schools. Each option is viable, yet which should you pursue for your child?

Title:High School Resources at the Click of a Mouse
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School program was born out of a desire to help parents continue homeschooling through high school. The high school section on HSLDA’s website provides tons of valuable information for those who are just thinking about high school or who are already immersed in the high school years. We’ll give you a crash course in navigating through the resources listed on the website saving you time, angst, and heart burn!

Title:Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four—Year Plans
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:How do you plan a program for your high school homeschooler? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four—year plan.

Title:Homeschooling the College Bound: Successfully Navigating the Road to Admission
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:If your child’s post—high school plans include college, you’ll want to carefully plan out his high school years. This seminar will provide you with tips and resources to help you better understand how you can prepare your high schooler for the challenges of college, as well as aid you in helping him select and apply to colleges as a homeschooled student. You’ll receive information on making the most of a college visit, interacting with college admissions officers, and gathering the information needed for the college application.

Title:Recordkeeping for High School: Simplifying the Process
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Why is documentation of high school course work important? Keeping good records does not need to be time consuming or burdensome; it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student’s progress through high school.

Title:The College Admissions Process: The Homeschooled Student's Guide
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:You are not only your child’s teacher, you are also his guidance counselor! Find out how to maneuver through the entire college admissions process, from narrowing down the selection of colleges to filling out college applications, applying for financial aid, and asking the right questions that will help you discern whether your child is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college.

Title:Teaching Options to Diversify Your High School Program
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Once a child hits the high school years, a myriad of teaching options for providing high school courses becomes available: parent—taught classes, co—op classes, private tutors, community college courses, online courses, and correspondence schools. Each option is viable, yet which should you pursue for your child?

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: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: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:Building on a Sure Foundation: Staying the Course through High School
Speaker:Becky Cooke
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:High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type: 
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Creating a high school transcript is easy yet a vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPA’s). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.

Title:High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips
Speaker:Diane Kummer
Length:1 hour
Type: 
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Creating a high school transcript is easy yet a vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPA’s). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.

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:“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:Families Encouraging Families
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:20–50 minutes
Type:Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:In this interactive session, Vicki discusses four basic needs of homeschool families and shares practical way for leaders to encourage those families without discouraging their own!

Title:Fishing 101: Mentoring Groups in Action
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:50 minutes
Type:Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:Learn how to meet the needs of your newer families without losing the veterans. What is a mentoring group? Hear how some groups have mobilized their veteran homeschoolers to help pass the baton to the new families. Vicki discusses various types of mentoring programs available, practical ideas for success, and the benefits to your support group. Sample materials will be available.

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:Extracurricular Activities: Jazz Up Your High School Program
Speaker:Becky Cooke
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: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: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: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: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: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:Mentoring 2.0
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Support Group Leaders
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Spiritual
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:High-speed, interactive opportunity for this fast-paced generation of homeschoolers! Join us for a fun, hands-on demonstration of an activity to take back to your groups.

Title:LEAD with JOY
Speaker:Vicki Bentley
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Support Group Leaders
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Spiritual
Audience:Support Group Leaders
Description:Vicki Bentley, HSLDA group services director and veteran state and local group leader, shares four steps to joyful leadership.

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: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: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:Teaching a Christian Worldview Through Literature: Reading Your Way to an Understanding of 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:Join us as we look together at 2,000 years of Christian literature and discuss how to pass on a Christian worldview to our children using the riches of the past and present! Authors to be considered include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), poets and novelists, and theologians ranging from Athanasius to Lewis. Bring your own favorites, too!

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!

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