Topic: Motivational

Title:The History of Homeschooling
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Legal, Motivational
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers
Description:Many new homeschoolers do not realize how dramatically homeschooling has grown and changed in the last 30 years. Come hear about the exciting victories and narrow escapes as God has worked to protect parents’ freedom to teach their children at home.

Title:When Do I Get a Coffee Break?
Speaker:Vickie Farris
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational
Audience:Mothers
Description:Often homeschooling mothers feel like they are on the go 24 hours a day and need a “coffee break.” Vickie Farris talks about how to balance rest, responsibility, and time in prayer with a hectic schedule. Through Scripture, she shows how God will give those who seek him the ability to accomplish the tasks in their lives.

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:The Homeschooling Mom: God Is Her Strength
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:45-minute talk plus optional performance
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers
Description:As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had multiple sclerosis 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has experienced feeling overwhelmed often in her homeschooling journey. Yet God is a refuge and strength of every mother who humbly cries out to Him. Come and be encouraged as Tracy shares how God’s grace has been her overflowing sufficiency and can be yours, too.

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:I Think I’ll Quit Homeschooling: Five Reasons Why Moms Quit School and How You Can Keep from Becoming a Dropout
Speaker:Tracy Klicka
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tracy Klicka hasn’t met a homeschool mom yet who at some point in her homeschooling experience doesn’t desperately want to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can take, but there is hope. Be encouraged not just to survive, but to thrive in raising children for the Lord.

Title:Spiritual Literacy—10 Things You Must Know and Teach
Speaker:Betty Statnick
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:Discover or be reminded of the impact of the spiritual on academic learning.

Title:Wind for Your Sails: Encouragement for Teaching High School
Speaker:Becky Cooke
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Scripture says to refresh the weary with a word. Homeschooling is a tough job, but God’s Word is overflowing with refreshing words that will help you put all things—even algebra lessons!—in proper perspective. Homeschool moms are not teaching merely academic lessons, we are teaching eternal truths. Come and be reminded of the Lord’s interaction and involvement with you as you homeschool your high schooler.

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

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

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

Title: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:For You, Dad—Leading Your Homeschool Family
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:Fathers
Description:In most homeschooling families, Mom carries the biggest burden. How can Dad pull a share of the load when he is gone all day earning a living? There are so many other good works dads are asked to do—how can we influence our families as God calls us to do? Come listen to HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly, as he discusses Kingdom priorities in homeschooling and practical ideas to balance the increasing demands on your time and resources.

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: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: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: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:“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: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:Why Homeschool? A Homeschool Graduate’s Perspective
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:Darren attended several different public schools, a private Christian school, and then was homeschooled for the last few years of his education. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home, firmly believing that it is the best choice of education. Why? Come find out!

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

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

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

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

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

Title: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: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:Hey Dad, Let’s Get Involved!
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:Fathers, New Homeschoolers
Description:Are you sitting on the sideline in your homeschool, Dad? Your wife needs you to get involved. But with so many demands in today’s world how can a busy Dad do it? How can you be involved in homeschooling? Teaching a class? Casting a vision? Leading devotions? These are important, but in order to find time to do these things, you have to manage your schedule and carefully prioritize your time. HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly shares how you can do all of this.

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

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

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

Title: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: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: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: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: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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