2022 National Leaders Conference
About the conference

About the Conference

Be equipped, inspired, and refreshed at HSLDA’s annual National Leaders Conference, with a program cultivated just for you, the leaders who help make homeschooling possible! You’ll hear from encouraging speakers and enjoy fellowship with new and old friends as we all come together in service to homeschooling.

Event Highlights

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Why Should I Attend?


Gain new information and skills to grow as a leader and meet the needs of your homeschool group.


Compare notes, ask questions, and exchange insights with fellow leaders about how to support homeschooling families.


Form friendships and build your network with others who understand the rewards and challenges of leadership.


Relax and enjoy the fun, food, fellowship, and sightseeing, and refresh your faith with daily worship and devotions.

Program Details

Program Details

We are excitedly working on the program for our 2022 conference, and hope you will check back for more updates. In the meantime, you can check out our program schedules to get an idea of what to expect.

The whole family is welcome at the National Leaders Conference! In addition to our adult program, we offer kids and teen programs for ages 5–19.

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2022 Speakers

Special thanks to our sponsors, who make this event possible! (Interested in sponsoring? Apply here.)

Micahel Farris
Michael Farris
HSLDA, Board Chairman

Michael Farris is board chairman of HSLDA and chancellor emeritus of Patrick Henry College. He was the founding president of each organization and currently serves as the president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom.

Farris is a constitutional appellate litigator who has served as lead counsel in the United States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of 13 states. He has been a leader on Capitol Hill for over 30 years and is widely known for his role in advancing homeschooling, religious freedom, and the preservation of American sovereignty.

A prolific author, Farris has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Heritage Foundation's Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship, and as one of the "Top 100 Faces in Education for the 20th Century" by Education Week magazine.

Mike and Vickie Farris have 10 children and many grandchildren.

James R, Mason
Jim Mason
HSLDA, Vice President of Litigation and Development (President as of Mike Smith's retirement on August 1, 2022)

Since joining HSLDA to lead the litigation team in 2001, Jim Mason has represented homeschooling families in a wide range of challenging situations and has set precedents that have expanded freedom for the homeschool community. Under Jim’s leadership, HSLDA’s 4th Amendment litigation work has changed the way three states (North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico) approach social services investigations. In Wilson v Russo, HSLDA won a $700,000 settlement for our client, a single parent whose children were seized by a rogue child protective services investigator. Jim was instrumental in litigating the 2008 California case Jonathan L., in which a state appellate court reversed its previous ruling that homeschooling was illegal. This put an end to years of controversy over the legal status of homeschooling in California and set a precedent that affects other states as well.

In addition to serving as HSLDA’s vice president of litigation and development, Jim is the vice president of HSLDA Action and chairman of ParentalRights.org. Jim and his wife Debbie live in Winchester, Virginia. They have seven children and four grandchildren. The Masons homeschooled all of their children through high school.

J. Michael Smith
Mike Smith
HSLDA, President (President emeritus as of August 1, 2022)

Mike Smith and his wife Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife Vickie, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members. Mike grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, he entered the US Navy and served for three years before attending law school at the University of San Diego. He graduated in 1972 and was admitted to practice law in the state of California shortly thereafter.

In 1981, Mike’s life changed drastically when he heard a radio program that introduced him to the idea of homeschooling. Mike and his wife began homeschooling one year at a time to meet the academic and social needs of their children. After several years, however, it became obvious that God had exposed the Smith family to homeschooling for many other benefits, including spiritual development and family integrity. All of Mike’s children are now grown, and three of the four were homeschooled.

When he started with HSLDA, Mike began defending homeschooling in California both in court and before the legislature. In 1987 he came to HSLDA full-time, serving as its vice president until 2000, when he became its president.

Phil Tuttle
Phil Tuttle
Walk Thru the Bible, President

For more than three decades, Phil Tuttle has been a vital member of the Walk Thru the Bible family. While pastoring in central Illinois, he began teaching Walk Thru the Bible’s live events in 1988. Since that time, he has served as dean of faculty, senior vice president for international ministries, and global teaching pastor before becoming president and CEO in 2007. Phil received his bachelor of arts degree in Christian education and Bible from Wheaton College in 1980 and his master of theology degree in Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1984. As president of Walk Thru the Bible, Phil continues to share God's Word throughout the world in churches and at Bible conferences, Christian education conventions, and corporate gatherings. He is the author of multiple Bible-study series, including Raise Up a Child: A Biblical Portrait of Parenting, Chosen: When God Calls Your Name, and Revolution: How Millennials Can Change the World. Phil and his wife, Ellen, have two children and three grandchildren.

Andrew Pudewa
Andrew Pudewa
Institute for Excellence in Writing, Founder

Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of 15, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Daniel Heffington
Daniel Heffington
Generation Joshua, Director of Communications

Daniel Heffington is a worship leader, songwriter, and recording artist. He grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he was homeschooled by parents who were also professional musicians. He is one of the worship leaders at his church (Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia) and regularly leads worship at conferences, summer camps, and churches around Virginia and the US.

In addition to music, Daniel has a heart for justice, advocacy, and empowering future leaders. He pursues these goals by serving on the senior staff team at HSLDA's Generation Joshua. Daniel lives in Berryville, Virginia, with his wife, Abigail, and their kids: Ellie, Piper, and Tuck.

If he doesn't know you already, Daniel would love to meet you, and he looks forward to lots of great conversations (that hopefully include coffee) at the National Leaders Conference!

Arizona Wildflowers
Arizona Wildflowers

The award-winning Americana band Arizona Wildflowers is a trio of sisters who love to play high-energy bluegrass, old-time country, and gospel music! Growing up on a ranch in Casa Grande, Arizona, the Arizona Wildflowers have a love for all things country—and that includes traditional American music. Being homeschooled has afforded them the opportunity to pursue their passions, and all three girls are state and national fiddle champions as well as competitive barrel racers. You are sure to love their sister harmonies and fancy fiddle licks!


HSLDA is a fantastic organization! We have been members for years and continue our supporting their efforts through membership even though our youngest graduated two years ago. Valuable resources and wonderful people.
Tina R., Facebook
I would not have been able to purchase most of these supplies had we not received a grant. We are so grateful for those who have unselfishly donated to this fund. Our family’s life has been significantly impacted by their kindness and generosity.
Andy K., Curriculum Grant recipient
Thank you for a grant this year. It came at a time when we couldn't have continued homeschooling without it. My 8-year-old daughter struggled to read. Now, two years later, because of homeschooling she is a wonderful reader and her fears are gone.
Tina E., Curriculum Grant recipient

Meet Our People

We're privileged to have an amazing team of attorneys and educational consultants who are passionate about defending homeschooling families and helping them thrive.
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2022 Sponsors







Meet Our People

We're privileged to have an amazing team of attorneys and educational consultants who are passionate about defending homeschooling families and helping them thrive.
Learn more here »

Cost to Attend

$380 $330
(Early-bird savings through 7/31/22)
TEEN (Ages 13–19)
$215 $195
(Early-bird savings through 7/31/22)
KID (Ages 5–12)
$150 $130
(Early-bird savings through 7/31/22)
(Reduced rates available through 7/31/21)

Children 4 and under are free, but no childcare is provided. Registration covers all sessions and catered meals. Lodging is not included; it is the responsibility of each attendee to make hotel reservations as needed.

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Registration closes on August 20, 2022