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HSLDA’s First High School Symposium
High school symposium attendees
HSLDA photos / Kimberlee Bloom

“A great teacher in-service day!” is the way one parent summed up the March 28, 2008, one-day symposium, The Essentials for Teaching High School at Home. HSLDA’s first high school symposium, was attended by over 200 moms—and a few dads—from nine East Coast states.


223 attended from 9 states:

  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

HSLDA High School Coordinators Diane Kummer and Becky Cooke led sessions on developing a plan for high school, preparing students for college, and preparing students for the marketplace, homefront, or military. “Because homeschooling parents invest so much of their time and energy into teaching high school, it’s beneficial for them to take a ‘day away’ and be refreshed and renewed,” explained Diane.

Becky expressed her delight in meeting so many parents face to face: “I was so blessed by all those who came—and by simply being able to give words of encouragement corporately and individually as well as letting moms know they are not in the journey alone.”

Essentials for Teaching High School at Home

Mike Smith speaks

HSLDA President Mike Smith welcomed parents to the symposium.

Will Estrada

Will Estrada, director of Generation Joshua, described opportunities for teens to begin changing their culture—today!

Becky Cooke

Becky Cooke, HSLDA High School Coordinator

Betty Statnick

HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Betty Statnick offered practical help for homeschooling special needs students through high school.

Diane Kummer

Diane Kummer, HSLDA High School Coordinator

Elzabeth Smith

Encouragement that homeschooling through high school is not only the right choice, but the best choice, came from Elizabeth Smith, veteran homeschooling mother and wife of HSLDA President Mike Smith.