Plan your conference experience!

The National Leaders Conference program is designed with your organization’s needs in mind! You’ll hear from keynote speakers eager to encourage and share their leadership experience with you. Want to build your knowledge in a specific area? Choose one of our special tracks, with workshops all focused on a particular topic. Whether you are your group’s media representative, legislative liaison, or board director, you’ll find speakers and sessions meant for you.

Our schedule will continue to be updated, so check this page often! 

Floor Plan

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Wednesday | Sept. 22, 2021

TIME
EVENT/SPEAKER
LOCATION

12:00–8:00 PM
Registration
Main Lobby

Thursday | Sept. 23, 2021

TIME
EVENT/SPEAKER
LOCATION

7:30–8:30 AM
Breakfast
International Ballroom

8:30–8:40 AM
Worship
Daniel Heffington
International Ballroom

8:40–9:10 AM
Devotions
Phil Tuttle
International Ballroom

9:10–9:25 AM
Coffee Break / Youth Dismissed

International Ballroom

9:30–10:00 AM
Welcome General Session
Mike Smith
International Ballroom

10:00–12:30 PM
Exhibitors
Lower/Upper Atrium

12:30–2:30 PM
Lunch
HSLDA Compassion 
International Ballroom

2:45–4:00 PM
Against Critical Theory's Onslaught: How to Respond to its Manifestation in Critical Race Theory and the Transgender Ideology
Jonathan Butcher, Jay Richards, Bridget Weisenburger
International I
Serving Growing Communities Across Homeschool Cultures
Heather Frommack, LaNissir James, Karim Morato
International II
How to Handle Negative Press and Enhance Decent Press
Sandra Kim, Brian Ray, PhD, Tj Schmidt
International III
Bully-Proof Your Group
Candice Dugger, Kim Glanowski
International IV
Growth in the Number of US Homeschools
Steve Duvall, PhD
International V, VI

4:00–4:30 PM
Coffee Break
Atrium

4:30–5:45 PM
Looking Down the Road
Joyce Burges, Chuck Hurst, Jim Mason
International I
Culture, Curriculum, and Care: Building Community in a Time of Need
Andrew Pudewa
International II
Talking to the Media 101
Sandra Kim
International III
Bully-Proof Your Group 2
Candice Dugger, Kim Glanowski
International IV
Abuse and Neglect of Public School, and Homeschool Children: New Study
Brian Ray, PhD
International V, VI

5:45–10:00 PM
Free Time

7:00–9:00 PM
Newcomers Reception
International III

Friday | Sept. 24, 2021

TIME
EVENT/SPEAKER
LOCATION

7:00–8:00 AM
Breakfast
International Ballroom

8:00 AM
Board Buses for Ark Encounter
Hotel Parking Lot

8:30–9:00 AM
Arrive at Ark Encounter
Answers Center Auditorium

9:30–10:30 AM
General Session
Ken Ham
Answers Center Auditorium

10:30–10:45 AM
Coffee Break
Answers Center Auditorium

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
State of the Nation
Amy Buchmeyer, Peter Kamakawiwoole, Maggie McKneely, Tj Schmidt
Answers Center Auditorium

12:00–6:00 PM
Lunch / Free Time / Ark Encounter

4:00 PM
First Bus Pickup

5:00 PM
Second Bus Pickup

6:00 PM
Third Bus Pickup

7:30–9:30 PM
Movie Night: God's Not Dead: We the People
International III

Saturday | Sept. 25, 2021

TIME
EVENT/SPEAKER
LOCATION

7:30–8:00 AM
Breakfast
International Ballroom

8:30–8:40 AM
Worship
Daniel Heffington
International Ballroom

8:40–9:10 AM
Devotions
Phil Tuttle
International Ballroom

9:10–9:25 AM
Coffee Break / Youth Dismissed
International Ballroom

9:30–10:30 AM
General Session
Sam Sorbo
International Ballroom

10:30–12:30 PM
Exhibitors
Lower/Upper Atrium

12:30–2:30 PM
Ladies' Luncheon
Sam Sorbo
International IV
Men's Huddle
Phil Tuttle
International III

2:45–4:00 PM
The Next Chapter in Homeschool Policy: How to Be Prepared
Dan Beasley, Amy Buchmeyer, Maggie McKneely
International I
What We've Learned about Cross-Cultural Outreach: Effective Engagement Principles
Heather Frommack, Anita Gibson, LaNissir James, Natalie Mack, Karim Morato
International II
Media Savvy: How to Tell Your Story So People Will Listen
Richard Lorenzen
International III
Co-ops, Crisis, and Checklists: Issues to Consider When Leading a Homeschool Group
Darren Jones
International IV
It's a Global Battle!
Sylvia Copio, Mike Donnelly
International V,VI

4:00–6:00 PM
Free Time

6:00–8:00 PM
Closing Banquet
Mike Farris
International Ballroom