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HSLDA staff are experts on topics such as homeschooling, freedom, education, & parenting. Please review our staff list below to identify a speaker that will engage your homeschool group or conference audience.

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Darren Jones
Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us imitate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more. View details »
James R. Mason
A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces still 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 freedom we have to homeschool is secured for posterity? Come hear Mike, a homeschooling father of seven, answer that question. View details »
Michael Donnelly
If you understand your rights, the law, and how to manage the interaction with government workers, there is no need to fear. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come Mike discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike discusses how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about why the Parental Rights Amendment is so critical to the future of parental rights and homeschool freedom. He discusses the history of parental rights in our courts and law, the current threats, future challenges to our liberty, and how the Parental Rights Amendment would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the God-given right of parents to raise their children. He closes with information on how each member of the audience can help in this crucial battle to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren. View details »
Dan Beasley
Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1775, Patrick Henry famously 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 was their faith a part of our founding? 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 percent of the founders were members of Christian churches. An accurate knowledge of our history is critical if we are to ever recover our nation’s heritage. Listen as Mike unearths the truth about, and the importance of, the faith of our founders. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is growing globally, 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 help? How can we help? Mike has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom, and in this talk, he shares why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there”—and how we can help. View details »
Michael Donnelly
When someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, she responded: “Go home and love your family!” You know homeschooling is putting love in action, but does homeschooling actually promote world peace? Well, parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? In this talk, Mike shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace—and more importantly, how it allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty. View details »
William A. Estrada
The Common Core Con: What the Common Core Is (and Isn’t), How It Affects Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about the history, content, and effects of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He discusses how U.S. ratification of these treaties would threaten homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will also discusses the shifting political support for these dangerous international treaties, what freedom–loving citizens can do to fight them, and how homeschoolers have defeated these treaties in the past.

For longer sessions, he closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of these and other U.N. treaties. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate too much legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? Mike explores how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home. View details »
Darren Jones
Many homeschooled students have detailed knowledge of the history of the United States, its Founding Fathers, and the Constitution’s principles. But do they know the history of the Church and Christianity? Rediscover 2,000 years of heritage and practice of the faith. View details »
Darren Jones
In many homeschooling families, Mom is the day-to-day teacher with input and support from Dad, but it doesn’t have to be that way—and it often isn’t. What happens when Dad is more involved or even the primary educator (and not just for the seriously cool science experiments)? Navigating play dates, setting schedules, maintaining the routine—all bring their own special challenges. In this workshop, Darren gives advice and encouragement for dads who homeschool. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Vicki Bentley
This workshop offers practical, hands-on ideas for surrounding your preschoolers with God’s Word as you sit in your house or walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:5-9). View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Faith Berens
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Krisa Winn
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 in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain. View details »
Vicki Bentley
You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence from and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How does your leadership work affect your homeschooling? How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you’re on the frontlines, especially in a crisis situation. (There is some focus on specific life crises.) View details »
Vicki Bentley
This is a 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. (Room set-up help needed.) View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
In a constitutional democratic republic, we the people have the ability (and sometimes the responsibility) to make our voices heard. In this session, learn about the three-meeting rule, the importance of working with elected officials from all parties, and the keys to building relationships with elected officials. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Join Vicki to hear four steps to joyful support group leadership. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is growing globally, 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 help? How can we help? Mike has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom, and in this talk, he shares why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there”—and how we can help. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas to help your kids learn as you celebrate! View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1775, Patrick Henry famously 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 was their faith a part of our founding? 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 percent of the founders were members of Christian churches. An accurate knowledge of our history is critical if we are to ever recover our nation’s heritage. Listen as Mike unearths the truth about, and the importance of, the faith of our founders. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
Dan Beasley
Despite many stereotypes, homeschooling programs are unique and vary widely based on the student. Dan, a homeschool graduate himself, shares from his experience the benefits and challenges of homeschooling as well as the reasons why he is homeschooling his children. View details »
Dan Beasley
Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come. View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
When our Founders started the great American experiment, they drew on a heritage of freedom that can be traced through history. They studied Jerusalem and the nature of law and the principle of Golden Rule, Athens with its contribution of rule of the people, Rome with its ideas of natural law, and London with its concept of the rights of man. This extended presentation traces these ideas and explores how the Founders relied on them to knit together the remarkable system of government that they handed down to us. View details »
Carol Becker
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Diane Kummer
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Carol Becker
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Vicki Bentley
What is a mentoring group? In this workshop, hear how some groups have mobilized their veteran homeschoolers to help pass the baton to the new families. Learn how to meet the needs of your newer homeschooling families without losing the veterans. Vicki discusses various types of mentoring programs available, practical ideas for success, and the benefits to your support group. Sample materials will be available. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Are you overwhelmed by all the homeschooling options? Not sure where to begin? In this workshop, Vicki walks you through a planning checklist to help you prepare for this homeschool journey (good planning is the key to any successful road trip)! Topics include research, goal-setting, getting supplies, scheduling, six tips for success, and more! Appropriate for parents with children of any grade level. View details »
Carol Becker
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? This session will answer your questions—but more importantly, it will encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home. View details »
Diane Kummer
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? This session will answer your questions—but more importantly, it will encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home. View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
Diane Kummer
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Carol Becker
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.

*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Clutter and mess is a big joy-stealer and a leading cause of burn-out. Research shows that clutter causes kids stress too. Join Stacey as she helps you calm the chaos, one simple step at a time. You owe it to your family to put the joy back in your home and homeschool. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Are you feeling overwhelmed? As all-consuming as being a homeschooling mom can be, we want to keep it in perspective: homeschooling is only ONE part of the life God created us for. Join us as we explore five major areas of our lives as women and discover the greatest gift we can give our kids. Stacey also shares ideas for how to keep the “peace that passes all understanding” through the good, the bad, AND the ugly as we examine the definition and the three key elements of a “successful homeschool.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “joyful mother”? If you aren’t sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn six steps to guide you to the joyful path! We also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, here’s what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat—and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

*NOTE: Suitable for keynote; may be re-titled “A Parent’s Sentimental Journey.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Letting your children be more involved in helping at has some great benefits—both for training them in character and practical skills AND for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to over 50 children shares tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests. View details »
Stacey Wolking
As our children head into the middle school years, we are often at a loss for how to keep them motivated and engage their interests and passions. Join us as we discuss how to inspire your children, encourage lifelong productive habits, and determine reasonable expectations—not only in academics, but also in character. We will also explore the tough issues of honesty, integrity, and purity of heart and how to equip our middles with the confidence they need to achieve success. Be encouraged as Stacey shares strategies for enjoying this season with your middle schooler—and making good use of those in-between years! View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, she shares some of her secrets to homeschooling on a tight budget. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Drawing on her experience as a mom of 17 homeschooled students and a curriculum counselor for a statewide 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 veteran homeschoolers to re-examine their goals and priorities. It also includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches. View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, 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 17. Your husband and children will thank you, and you will have hope for another day of science and language arts! View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this session, Vicki helps you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, how to overcome organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki also shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of 10. View details »
Vicki Bentley
When you had one child, it seemed easy. But adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate-spinning act. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas for keeping the homeschooling “plates” from crashing to the floor! Come hear practical tips for teaching multiple ages from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (up seven school-aged kids at one time!). View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this workshop, Vicki helps you walk through “What I Will Do Again Next Year,” and “What I Will Definitely Change”! This works best with Vicki facilitating discussion among participants divided into small groups. This is an interactive session, good for the end of the year; it works better for a local group than for a convention workshop. View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this interactive session, Vicki discusses four basic needs of homeschooling families and shares practical ways for groups to meet those needs. The workshop includes tips for dads on getting involved. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Yes, YOU can teach preschool and kindergarten! In this session, Stacey shares seven foundational abilities and eight key areas of development that you will want to nurture in your children to give them a strong foundation for learning—plus lots of practical ideas for developing pre-K skills and meeting your little ones where they are. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Don't waste your time and energy jumping through hoops to make your home look like the local preschool or kindergarten. In this session, Stacey reveals what little ones really need most as you nurture language development. You will also come away with lots of (easy and no-curriculum-needed) practical ideas for teaching your littles to love language! View details »
Stacey Wolking
Boys as young as 11 or 12 often see themselves as men long before we do. Consequently, it can be challenging for moms to convey the deep respect that their sons are hungry for. In this workshop, Stacey discusses how to guide your son into a successful, productive, and confident path for his future. Even if Dad is not as involved as he would like, there are many ways that mom can encourage her son on his journey to God-honoring manhood—including navigating unpredictable hormones and inspiring his purity of heart. View details »
Carol Becker
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. However, setting limits is important, too! Come and receive ideas and suggestions to consider as you explore many different extracurricular options. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. However, setting limits is important, too! Come and receive ideas and suggestions to consider as you explore many different extracurricular options. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Maybe you haven’t always homeschooled—you’re starting a few years in, or even mid-year. Can you start mid-year? What does it look like? Where do you begin? What should you expect? How can you ease the transition for all of you? This workshop answers these questions and more. There’s a Q&A time included, so bring your questions! View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooled students may be better prepared for college than many other college-bound teens, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. But what alternatives do our bright, well-educated, well-socialized homeschooled students have? In this talk, Mike offers practical tips and insightful advice on finding resources and apprenticeships to help guide teens towards their callings. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains how you can homeschool your child with special educational needs all the way through graduation! He also discusses how to know when a certification of completion may be more appropriate than a diploma, how to prepare transcripts for your special needs child, and how to get accommodations for the SAT or ACT. This session also touches on dealing with discrimination that a child with special needs might encounter. Finally, Tj looks briefly at Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability benefits and times when you may want to pursue guardianship or conservatorship. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
This workshop covers everything you need to know about your legal rights when homeschooling a child with a special educational need. Tj discusses your right to homeschool and highlights any reporting requirements across the country that are unique for families of children with special needs. This workshop also covers your right to seek an evaluation from the public school of your child’s needs as well as your right to decline a school’s individualized education plan (IEP) for your child. Tj shares information for parents who live in states where homeschool students are eligible for special education services and talks about the pros and cons of seeking these services through the public school. To ensure that your specific issue or question is addressed, this workshop has plenty of time for your questions. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. This session gives you a crash course in navigating through the resources listed on the website saving you time, angst, and heart burn! View details »
Carol Becker
Once a teen 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—but which should you pursue for your teen? We’ll help you narrow down the list. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses humor, and his experiences as a homeschool graduate and graduate of a distance-learning law school, to discuss options for high school and beyond. He gives parents and teens a practical roadmap for a successful high school program that will open the doors to future careers and callings, whether or not college is included. He encourages teens and parents to finish strong on their homeschool journey. View details »
Diane Kummer
How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? 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 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
If your teen’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. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. View details »
Diane Kummer
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re 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 teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. View details »
Diane Kummer
Once a teen 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—but which should you pursue for your teen? We’ll help you narrow down the list. View details »
Diane Kummer
Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records—but it doesn’t have to be hard! In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. The session will guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts showing other formats for you to consider. View details »
Carol Becker
Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records—but it doesn’t have to be hard! In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. The session will guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts showing other formats for you to consider. View details »
Carol Becker
How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? 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 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. View details »
Carol Becker
If your teen’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. View details »
Carol Becker
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. In this workshop, you’ll learn how and when to track your student’s progress through high school. View details »
Carol Becker
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re 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 teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
With the goal of challenging Christian homeschooling families to become more involved in government and politics, Tj explains what Generation Joshua is and outlines the exciting opportunities it offers to young people and their families. He shares Generation Joshua’s vision to create an educational foundation in government and civics for homeschool students and to provide unique opportunities for homeschoolers to make a positive impact on our nation’s political landscape. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj shares his story as a homeschool graduate, starting with his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s and moving through the high school years and beyond. Tj traces God’s direction and provision through it all. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this session, Tracy emphasizes the foundational importance of cultivating your child’s relationship with God. She discusses a parent’s primary goal of reaching the heart of a child through godly communication, describes the proper role of discipline, and shares special encouragement for the toddler and teen years. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy 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. View details »
Darren Jones
Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us imitate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this workshop, Tracy discusses the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and highlights principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. She offers special encouragement for both ‘messies’ and ‘born-organizers.’ View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy has never met a homeschooling mom who, at some point in her homeschooling experience, hasn’t desperately wanted to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can handle—but there is hope. In this talk, Tracy encourages parents to thrive, not just survive, in raising their children for the Lord. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Life and death is in the power of tongue. Negative, condemning words or withholding praise and affirmation can leave deep scars. The goal of this talk is to ensure that our children do not grow up feeling rejection from us as parents because of bad communication. Mike uses James 3:1–10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. He also explores some ways that we might use our tongue to injure our children—and how we can instead use our tongue as an instrument of blessing. The talk’s goal is to help you develop a relationship with your child that lasts forever. View details »
J. Michael Smith
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 homeschooling parents than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there are specific application principles that will be given in a 1–2–3 format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling parents: fear of failure. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had multiple sclerosis for 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has at times felt 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 how it can be yours, too. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom are the two pillars of parents’ constitutional right to teach their children at home—but can they withstand a new threat to homeschool freedom? In this session, Mike explains how homeschool freedom was established and reveals why it’s still in jeopardy. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many homeschooling parents confess that the most difficult thing for their family is balancing all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop approaches this challenge from a biblical perspective. Mike explains the key to solving the time crunch and defeating the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Almost every father has heard that he must lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. However, many fathers will tell you that no one has ever shown them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Mike presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a leader in the home and a helpful participant in the homeschool program. He also offers suggestions to men on being more effective husbands. Mike candidly shares his many failures and a few successes. The session concludes with a list of the six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family’s homeschool program. In one father’s words, “Inspiring and convicting—thanks for the straight talk!” View details »
Darren Jones
Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us imitate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more. View details »
Darren Jones
Darren attended several different public schools and a private Christian school before being homeschooled. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home—but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect! Come hear Darren’s 8 (+1) reasons for homeschooling, and be inspired to find your own reasons. View details »
James R. Mason
A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom. View details »
James R. Mason
Are you a homeschooling dad like I am? Do you need an occasional booster shot like I do? Come let us reason together, encourage one another, bear each other’s burdens, and leave refreshed to carry out our vital role. View details »
Scott Woodruff
When your child gives you that look and says, “Don’t judge me!” you are at a crossroads, a moment of truth, a moment of great peril and great opportunity. This session will give you the tools you need to turn what could be an ugly situation into a transformative moment of healing and redemption. If your head sometimes swims when you try to figure out whether it’s right or wrong to judge your child in a particular situation, this session will plant your feet on solid ground in ways that may surprise you. This presentation requires a projector screen. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Having struggled herself for many years with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number–one priority. Moms can find time to walk joyfully with the Lord in this busy season of life! View details »
Michael Donnelly
In most homeschooling families, Mom carries the biggest burden. How can Dad share the load when he is gone all day earning a living? How can we fathers influence our families as God calls us to do? In this talk, Mike discusses Kingdom priorities in homeschooling as well as practical ideas to balance the increasing demands on your time and resources. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. This session gives you a crash course in navigating through the resources listed on the website saving you time, angst, and heart burn! View details »
Stacey Wolking
Boys as young as 11 or 12 often see themselves as men long before we do. Consequently, it can be challenging for moms to convey the deep respect that their sons are hungry for. In this workshop, Stacey discusses how to guide your son into a successful, productive, and confident path for his future. Even if Dad is not as involved as he would like, there are many ways that mom can encourage her son on his journey to God-honoring manhood—including navigating unpredictable hormones and inspiring his purity of heart. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Don't waste your time and energy jumping through hoops to make your home look like the local preschool or kindergarten. In this session, Stacey reveals what little ones really need most as you nurture language development. You will also come away with lots of (easy and no-curriculum-needed) practical ideas for teaching your littles to love language! View details »
Stacey Wolking
Yes, YOU can teach preschool and kindergarten! In this session, Stacey shares seven foundational abilities and eight key areas of development that you will want to nurture in your children to give them a strong foundation for learning—plus lots of practical ideas for developing pre-K skills and meeting your little ones where they are. View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this interactive session, Vicki discusses four basic needs of homeschooling families and shares practical ways for groups to meet those needs. The workshop includes tips for dads on getting involved. View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this workshop, Vicki helps you walk through “What I Will Do Again Next Year,” and “What I Will Definitely Change”! This works best with Vicki facilitating discussion among participants divided into small groups. This is an interactive session, good for the end of the year; it works better for a local group than for a convention workshop. View details »
Vicki Bentley
When you had one child, it seemed easy. But adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate-spinning act. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas for keeping the homeschooling “plates” from crashing to the floor! Come hear practical tips for teaching multiple ages from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (up seven school-aged kids at one time!). View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this session, Vicki helps you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, how to overcome organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki also shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of 10. View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, 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 17. Your husband and children will thank you, and you will have hope for another day of science and language arts! View details »
Vicki Bentley
Drawing on her experience as a mom of 17 homeschooled students and a curriculum counselor for a statewide 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 veteran homeschoolers to re-examine their goals and priorities. It also includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, she shares some of her secrets to homeschooling on a tight budget. View details »
Stacey Wolking
As our children head into the middle school years, we are often at a loss for how to keep them motivated and engage their interests and passions. Join us as we discuss how to inspire your children, encourage lifelong productive habits, and determine reasonable expectations—not only in academics, but also in character. We will also explore the tough issues of honesty, integrity, and purity of heart and how to equip our middles with the confidence they need to achieve success. Be encouraged as Stacey shares strategies for enjoying this season with your middle schooler—and making good use of those in-between years! View details »
Vicki Bentley
Letting your children be more involved in helping at has some great benefits—both for training them in character and practical skills AND for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to over 50 children shares tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, here’s what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat—and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

*NOTE: Suitable for keynote; may be re-titled “A Parent’s Sentimental Journey.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “joyful mother”? If you aren’t sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn six steps to guide you to the joyful path! We also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.” View details »
Michael Donnelly
Even when Mom and Dad are pulling together with a common vision, homeschooling can be challenging. How is it possible for single parents to manage these demands of providing for, protecting, and educating their children? Mike, who was raised in a single-parent home, shares his research and thoughts on how hundreds of single moms and dads can keep homeschool successfully on their own. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Are you feeling overwhelmed? As all-consuming as being a homeschooling mom can be, we want to keep it in perspective: homeschooling is only ONE part of the life God created us for. Join us as we explore five major areas of our lives as women and discover the greatest gift we can give our kids. Stacey also shares ideas for how to keep the “peace that passes all understanding” through the good, the bad, AND the ugly as we examine the definition and the three key elements of a “successful homeschool.” View details »
Stacey Wolking
Clutter and mess is a big joy-stealer and a leading cause of burn-out. Research shows that clutter causes kids stress too. Join Stacey as she helps you calm the chaos, one simple step at a time. You owe it to your family to put the joy back in your home and homeschool. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Today’s father spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association. View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.

*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Diane Kummer
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Are you overwhelmed by all the homeschooling options? Not sure where to begin? In this workshop, Vicki walks you through a planning checklist to help you prepare for this homeschool journey (good planning is the key to any successful road trip)! Topics include research, goal-setting, getting supplies, scheduling, six tips for success, and more! Appropriate for parents with children of any grade level. View details »
Vicki Bentley
What is a mentoring group? In this workshop, hear how some groups have mobilized their veteran homeschoolers to help pass the baton to the new families. Learn how to meet the needs of your newer homeschooling families without losing the veterans. Vicki discusses various types of mentoring programs available, practical ideas for success, and the benefits to your support group. Sample materials will be available. View details »
Carol Becker
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Dan Beasley
Despite many stereotypes, homeschooling programs are unique and vary widely based on the student. Dan, a homeschool graduate himself, shares from his experience the benefits and challenges of homeschooling as well as the reasons why he is homeschooling his children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas to help your kids learn as you celebrate! View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 societal problems, including broken marriages and broken families. It may be easier to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. But it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. In this talk, Mike shares how he was raised in a broken home and explores the necessary ingredients for homeschooling families to stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 all important, and in order to do these things, you must manage your schedule and carefully prioritize your time. In this talk, Mike shares how you can do all of this. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is growing globally, 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 help? How can we help? Mike has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom, and in this talk, he shares why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there”—and how we can help. View details »
Michael Donnelly
When someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, she responded: “Go home and love your family!” You know homeschooling is putting love in action, but does homeschooling actually promote world peace? Well, parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? In this talk, Mike shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace—and more importantly, how it allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty. View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Join Vicki to hear four steps to joyful support group leadership. View details »
Vicki Bentley
This is a 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. (Room set-up help needed.) View details »
Vicki Bentley
You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence from and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How does your leadership work affect your homeschooling? How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you’re on the frontlines, especially in a crisis situation. (There is some focus on specific life crises.) View details »
Krisa Winn
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 in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Faith Berens
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Scott Woodruff
One day a terrible parent in your state may do something criminal to a child—and the media may push the narrative that because the child was homeschooled, more restrictions should be placed on homeschooling families. This session will analyze some real-life situations where this has actually happened and equip you to give a compassionate, commonsense answer when family, friends, coworkers, or the local media assert that the problem is not enough homeschool regulations. This presentation requires a projector screen and an audio connection. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
Scott Woodruff
Sooner or later, we all have it: the most absolutely horrendous day of our lives. Maybe it’s a whole week! You know the story: Job goes through terrible suffering, God responds, and Job’s fortunes are restored. But there’s more to the story. In this session, Scott reveals the powerful, hidden tools within Job’s story that can help you not just survive, but overcome, when your day of testing comes. It could turn out to be your finest hour. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason. View details »
Vicki Bentley
“Help! I’m committed to homeschooling, but I’m feeling overwhelmed just by everyday life!” Have you ever felt like this?For many of us, standard organizing suggestions don’t “stick,”  and we wonder what’s wrong with us. In this workshop, Vicki shares some tools that have helped her (and other busy moms) homeschool and get dinner on the table . . . on the same day. (Even if you were “born organized,” you’ll glean a lot from this workshop!) View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, keeping up with the laundry, AND getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool? Learn to apply these 7 truths of juggling skills to take your homeschool journey from sanity-defying circus act to a joyful and peaceful experience. View details »
Tracy Klicka
What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’s greatest needs? What priorities do you embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With seven adult children, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in a faithful God who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children together during this special season of life. View details »
Tracy Klicka
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 Snapchat can be used in ways that glorify God, but they 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are discouraged. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent-child relationships points to the reality that families need help! Thankfully, God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and springboard from which parents and children can grow in communicating with grace. This workshop from Tracy, a veteran homeschooling mom of seven now-adult children, is sure to encourage you! View details »
Scott Woodruff
Parenting can bring out the worst in us. Every unresolved conflict and unhealed wound 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 chosen you. God knows every one of your failures and flaws, and He still picked you to be the parent of your child! In this session, Scott presents God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. Parents who have bought into the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will leave this session with powerful reason for hope, excitement, and confidence. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
William A. Estrada
In a talk that is applicable to all ages and all backgrounds (including non-homeschoolers), Will uses biblical and historical stories as well as personal anecdotes to inspire audiences to make a difference in their communities and in our world. Instead of looking around and seeing a world that drives us to despair, Will encourages audiences to rise above and be the change that we need in society. Will discusses spiritual, social, and community ways for all of us to make a difference for good in our spheres of influence. View details »
Darren Jones
Homeschool support groups often have the opportunity to assist families who are experiencing difficulty. Divorce, abandonment, unexpected special education needs or mental illness, or just falling behind with too much on their plate—all of these present unique challenges to homeschooling families. Darren discusses ways the homeschool community can rally to help “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” View details »
Darren Jones
In many homeschooling families, Mom is the day-to-day teacher with input and support from Dad, but it doesn’t have to be that way—and it often isn’t. What happens when Dad is more involved or even the primary educator (and not just for the seriously cool science experiments)? Navigating play dates, setting schedules, maintaining the routine—all bring their own special challenges. In this workshop, Darren gives advice and encouragement for dads who homeschool. View details »
Darren Jones
In many homeschooling families, Mom is the day-to-day teacher with input and support from Dad, but it doesn’t have to be that way—and it often isn’t. What happens when Dad is more involved or even the primary educator (and not just for the seriously cool science experiments)? Navigating play dates, setting schedules, maintaining the routine—all bring their own special challenges. In this workshop, Darren gives advice and encouragement for dads who homeschool. View details »
Scott Woodruff
Parenting can bring out the worst in us. Every unresolved conflict and unhealed wound 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 chosen you. God knows every one of your failures and flaws, and He still picked you to be the parent of your child! In this session, Scott presents God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. Parents who have bought into the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will leave this session with powerful reason for hope, excitement, and confidence. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are discouraged. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent-child relationships points to the reality that families need help! Thankfully, God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and springboard from which parents and children can grow in communicating with grace. This workshop from Tracy, a veteran homeschooling mom of seven now-adult children, is sure to encourage you! View details »
Tracy Klicka
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 Snapchat can be used in ways that glorify God, but they 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’s greatest needs? What priorities do you embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With seven adult children, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in a faithful God who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children together during this special season of life. View details »
Vicki Bentley
This workshop offers practical, hands-on ideas for surrounding your preschoolers with God’s Word as you sit in your house or walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:5-9). View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
Scott Woodruff
One day a terrible parent in your state may do something criminal to a child—and the media may push the narrative that because the child was homeschooled, more restrictions should be placed on homeschooling families. This session will analyze some real-life situations where this has actually happened and equip you to give a compassionate, commonsense answer when family, friends, coworkers, or the local media assert that the problem is not enough homeschool regulations. This presentation requires a projector screen and an audio connection. View details »
Michael Donnelly
When someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, she responded: “Go home and love your family!” You know homeschooling is putting love in action, but does homeschooling actually promote world peace? Well, parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? In this talk, Mike shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace—and more importantly, how it allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Serving in the United States military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. But how can societal changes reflected in the military impact a parent’s view of military service today? What is involved in serving in the military, and how should parents mentor their children considering military service? Mike served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. In this talk, he discusses practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 all important, and in order to do these things, you must manage your schedule and carefully prioritize your time. In this talk, Mike shares how you can do all of this. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 societal problems, including broken marriages and broken families. It may be easier to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. But it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. In this talk, Mike shares how he was raised in a broken home and explores the necessary ingredients for homeschooling families to stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life. View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas to help your kids learn as you celebrate! View details »
Dan Beasley
Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come. View details »
Vicki Bentley
What is a mentoring group? In this workshop, hear how some groups have mobilized their veteran homeschoolers to help pass the baton to the new families. Learn how to meet the needs of your newer homeschooling families without losing the veterans. Vicki discusses various types of mentoring programs available, practical ideas for success, and the benefits to your support group. Sample materials will be available. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Today’s father spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Clutter and mess is a big joy-stealer and a leading cause of burn-out. Research shows that clutter causes kids stress too. Join Stacey as she helps you calm the chaos, one simple step at a time. You owe it to your family to put the joy back in your home and homeschool. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Are you feeling overwhelmed? As all-consuming as being a homeschooling mom can be, we want to keep it in perspective: homeschooling is only ONE part of the life God created us for. Join us as we explore five major areas of our lives as women and discover the greatest gift we can give our kids. Stacey also shares ideas for how to keep the “peace that passes all understanding” through the good, the bad, AND the ugly as we examine the definition and the three key elements of a “successful homeschool.” View details »
Michael Donnelly
Even when Mom and Dad are pulling together with a common vision, homeschooling can be challenging. How is it possible for single parents to manage these demands of providing for, protecting, and educating their children? Mike, who was raised in a single-parent home, shares his research and thoughts on how hundreds of single moms and dads can keep homeschool successfully on their own. View details »
Vicki Bentley
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “joyful mother”? If you aren’t sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn six steps to guide you to the joyful path! We also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, here’s what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat—and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

*NOTE: Suitable for keynote; may be re-titled “A Parent’s Sentimental Journey.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Letting your children be more involved in helping at has some great benefits—both for training them in character and practical skills AND for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to over 50 children shares tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests. View details »
Stacey Wolking
As our children head into the middle school years, we are often at a loss for how to keep them motivated and engage their interests and passions. Join us as we discuss how to inspire your children, encourage lifelong productive habits, and determine reasonable expectations—not only in academics, but also in character. We will also explore the tough issues of honesty, integrity, and purity of heart and how to equip our middles with the confidence they need to achieve success. Be encouraged as Stacey shares strategies for enjoying this season with your middle schooler—and making good use of those in-between years! View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, she shares some of her secrets to homeschooling on a tight budget. View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, 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 17. Your husband and children will thank you, and you will have hope for another day of science and language arts! View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this session, Vicki helps you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, how to overcome organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki also shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of 10. View details »
Vicki Bentley
When you had one child, it seemed easy. But adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate-spinning act. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas for keeping the homeschooling “plates” from crashing to the floor! Come hear practical tips for teaching multiple ages from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (up seven school-aged kids at one time!). View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this workshop, Vicki helps you walk through “What I Will Do Again Next Year,” and “What I Will Definitely Change”! This works best with Vicki facilitating discussion among participants divided into small groups. This is an interactive session, good for the end of the year; it works better for a local group than for a convention workshop. View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this interactive session, Vicki discusses four basic needs of homeschooling families and shares practical ways for groups to meet those needs. The workshop includes tips for dads on getting involved. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Yes, YOU can teach preschool and kindergarten! In this session, Stacey shares seven foundational abilities and eight key areas of development that you will want to nurture in your children to give them a strong foundation for learning—plus lots of practical ideas for developing pre-K skills and meeting your little ones where they are. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Don't waste your time and energy jumping through hoops to make your home look like the local preschool or kindergarten. In this session, Stacey reveals what little ones really need most as you nurture language development. You will also come away with lots of (easy and no-curriculum-needed) practical ideas for teaching your littles to love language! View details »
Stacey Wolking
Boys as young as 11 or 12 often see themselves as men long before we do. Consequently, it can be challenging for moms to convey the deep respect that their sons are hungry for. In this workshop, Stacey discusses how to guide your son into a successful, productive, and confident path for his future. Even if Dad is not as involved as he would like, there are many ways that mom can encourage her son on his journey to God-honoring manhood—including navigating unpredictable hormones and inspiring his purity of heart. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj shares the personal journey that he and his wife took to marriage. The discussion will focus on the support the family can provide in this journey by way of personal testimony and observations. While Tj and Susan took more of a courtship path to marriage, this workshop does not elevate courtship over dating or other potential paths to marriage. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooled students may be better prepared for college than many other college-bound teens, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. But what alternatives do our bright, well-educated, well-socialized homeschooled students have? In this talk, Mike offers practical tips and insightful advice on finding resources and apprenticeships to help guide teens towards their callings. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In most homeschooling families, Mom carries the biggest burden. How can Dad share the load when he is gone all day earning a living? How can we fathers influence our families as God calls us to do? In this talk, Mike discusses Kingdom priorities in homeschooling as well as practical ideas to balance the increasing demands on your time and resources. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses humor, and his experiences as a homeschool graduate and graduate of a distance-learning law school, to discuss options for high school and beyond. He gives parents and teens a practical roadmap for a successful high school program that will open the doors to future careers and callings, whether or not college is included. He encourages teens and parents to finish strong on their homeschool journey. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Having struggled herself for many years with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number–one priority. Moms can find time to walk joyfully with the Lord in this busy season of life! View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this session, Tracy emphasizes the foundational importance of cultivating your child’s relationship with God. She discusses a parent’s primary goal of reaching the heart of a child through godly communication, describes the proper role of discipline, and shares special encouragement for the toddler and teen years. View details »
Scott Woodruff
When your child gives you that look and says, “Don’t judge me!” you are at a crossroads, a moment of truth, a moment of great peril and great opportunity. This session will give you the tools you need to turn what could be an ugly situation into a transformative moment of healing and redemption. If your head sometimes swims when you try to figure out whether it’s right or wrong to judge your child in a particular situation, this session will plant your feet on solid ground in ways that may surprise you. This presentation requires a projector screen. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy 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. View details »
James R. Mason
Are you a homeschooling dad like I am? Do you need an occasional booster shot like I do? Come let us reason together, encourage one another, bear each other’s burdens, and leave refreshed to carry out our vital role. View details »
James R. Mason
We homeschooling parents invest a lot of ourselves in our children. When one of them strays, it is a painful, prayerful time. As one who has wandered himself, and one who has shepherded seven children through sometimes challenging times, Jim has a word of encouragement, reconciliation, and hope for walking through troubled times. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
Darren Jones
One of our most important duties as parents is to help our children encounter God, in part through devotional times. Come prepared to discuss specific, practical advice in how devotions can serve as an opportunity for the whole family to experience the love and grace of God. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Almost every father has heard that he must lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. However, many fathers will tell you that no one has ever shown them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Mike presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a leader in the home and a helpful participant in the homeschool program. He also offers suggestions to men on being more effective husbands. Mike candidly shares his many failures and a few successes. The session concludes with a list of the six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family’s homeschool program. In one father’s words, “Inspiring and convicting—thanks for the straight talk!” View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many homeschooling parents confess that the most difficult thing for their family is balancing all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop approaches this challenge from a biblical perspective. Mike explains the key to solving the time crunch and defeating the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Have any of your children demonstrated a tendency toward anger or a bad temper? If so, this session is essential for you. Anger is a God-given emotion and did not come about as a result of the Fall. However, the Bible says, “Be angry, and sin not.” This talk addresses anger from a biblical perspective, focusing on the positive and negative aspects of anger. Mike also delineates the five steps that lead to rebellion. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
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 homeschooling parents than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there are specific application principles that will be given in a 1–2–3 format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling parents: fear of failure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Life and death is in the power of tongue. Negative, condemning words or withholding praise and affirmation can leave deep scars. The goal of this talk is to ensure that our children do not grow up feeling rejection from us as parents because of bad communication. Mike uses James 3:1–10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. He also explores some ways that we might use our tongue to injure our children—and how we can instead use our tongue as an instrument of blessing. The talk’s goal is to help you develop a relationship with your child that lasts forever. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this workshop, Tracy discusses the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and highlights principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. She offers special encouragement for both ‘messies’ and ‘born-organizers.’ View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy has never met a homeschooling mom who, at some point in her homeschooling experience, hasn’t desperately wanted to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can handle—but there is hope. In this talk, Tracy encourages parents to thrive, not just survive, in raising their children for the Lord. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy has never met a homeschooling mom who, at some point in her homeschooling experience, hasn’t desperately wanted to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can handle—but there is hope. In this talk, Tracy encourages parents to thrive, not just survive, in raising their children for the Lord. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this workshop, Tracy discusses the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and highlights principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. She offers special encouragement for both ‘messies’ and ‘born-organizers.’ View details »
J. Michael Smith
Life and death is in the power of tongue. Negative, condemning words or withholding praise and affirmation can leave deep scars. The goal of this talk is to ensure that our children do not grow up feeling rejection from us as parents because of bad communication. Mike uses James 3:1–10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. He also explores some ways that we might use our tongue to injure our children—and how we can instead use our tongue as an instrument of blessing. The talk’s goal is to help you develop a relationship with your child that lasts forever. View details »
J. Michael Smith
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 homeschooling parents than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there are specific application principles that will be given in a 1–2–3 format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling parents: fear of failure. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Have any of your children demonstrated a tendency toward anger or a bad temper? If so, this session is essential for you. Anger is a God-given emotion and did not come about as a result of the Fall. However, the Bible says, “Be angry, and sin not.” This talk addresses anger from a biblical perspective, focusing on the positive and negative aspects of anger. Mike also delineates the five steps that lead to rebellion. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had multiple sclerosis for 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has at times felt 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 how it can be yours, too. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many homeschooling parents confess that the most difficult thing for their family is balancing all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop approaches this challenge from a biblical perspective. Mike explains the key to solving the time crunch and defeating the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Almost every father has heard that he must lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. However, many fathers will tell you that no one has ever shown them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Mike presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a leader in the home and a helpful participant in the homeschool program. He also offers suggestions to men on being more effective husbands. Mike candidly shares his many failures and a few successes. The session concludes with a list of the six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family’s homeschool program. In one father’s words, “Inspiring and convicting—thanks for the straight talk!” View details »
Darren Jones
Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us imitate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more. View details »
Darren Jones
One of our most important duties as parents is to help our children encounter God, in part through devotional times. Come prepared to discuss specific, practical advice in how devotions can serve as an opportunity for the whole family to experience the love and grace of God. View details »
Darren Jones
Darren attended several different public schools and a private Christian school before being homeschooled. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home—but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect! Come hear Darren’s 8 (+1) reasons for homeschooling, and be inspired to find your own reasons. View details »
James R. Mason
We homeschooling parents invest a lot of ourselves in our children. When one of them strays, it is a painful, prayerful time. As one who has wandered himself, and one who has shepherded seven children through sometimes challenging times, Jim has a word of encouragement, reconciliation, and hope for walking through troubled times. View details »
James R. Mason
Are you a homeschooling dad like I am? Do you need an occasional booster shot like I do? Come let us reason together, encourage one another, bear each other’s burdens, and leave refreshed to carry out our vital role. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this session, Tracy emphasizes the foundational importance of cultivating your child’s relationship with God. She discusses a parent’s primary goal of reaching the heart of a child through godly communication, describes the proper role of discipline, and shares special encouragement for the toddler and teen years. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Having struggled herself for many years with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number–one priority. Moms can find time to walk joyfully with the Lord in this busy season of life! View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj shares his story as a homeschool graduate, starting with his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s and moving through the high school years and beyond. Tj traces God’s direction and provision through it all. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Drawing on her experience as a mom of 17 homeschooled students and a curriculum counselor for a statewide 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 veteran homeschoolers to re-examine their goals and priorities. It also includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Are you feeling overwhelmed? As all-consuming as being a homeschooling mom can be, we want to keep it in perspective: homeschooling is only ONE part of the life God created us for. Join us as we explore five major areas of our lives as women and discover the greatest gift we can give our kids. Stacey also shares ideas for how to keep the “peace that passes all understanding” through the good, the bad, AND the ugly as we examine the definition and the three key elements of a “successful homeschool.” View details »
Michael Donnelly
Today’s father spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Serving in the United States military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. But how can societal changes reflected in the military impact a parent’s view of military service today? What is involved in serving in the military, and how should parents mentor their children considering military service? Mike served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. In this talk, he discusses practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking. View details »
Vicki Bentley
This is a 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. (Room set-up help needed.) View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
John Quincy Adams was just a teenager when he became one of America’s first diplomats and opened diplomatic ties with Russia. Then he became president of the United States! But his most inspiring contribution to America came after all that, when he spent his sunset years fighting for the freedom of the slaves, becoming the American William Wilberforce. In this session, Jeremiah explains that lasting impact does not depend on your title, age, or vocation. Instead, it comes from doing what you were designed to do to the best of your ability. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Join Vicki to hear four steps to joyful support group leadership. View details »
Scott Woodruff
Sooner or later, we all have it: the most absolutely horrendous day of our lives. Maybe it’s a whole week! You know the story: Job goes through terrible suffering, God responds, and Job’s fortunes are restored. But there’s more to the story. In this session, Scott reveals the powerful, hidden tools within Job’s story that can help you not just survive, but overcome, when your day of testing comes. It could turn out to be your finest hour. View details »
Vicki Bentley
This workshop offers practical, hands-on ideas for surrounding your preschoolers with God’s Word as you sit in your house or walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:5-9). View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason. View details »
Tracy Klicka
What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’s greatest needs? What priorities do you embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With seven adult children, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in a faithful God who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children together during this special season of life. View details »
Tracy Klicka
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 Snapchat can be used in ways that glorify God, but they 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are discouraged. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent-child relationships points to the reality that families need help! Thankfully, God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and springboard from which parents and children can grow in communicating with grace. This workshop from Tracy, a veteran homeschooling mom of seven now-adult children, is sure to encourage you! View details »
Scott Woodruff
Parenting can bring out the worst in us. Every unresolved conflict and unhealed wound 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 chosen you. God knows every one of your failures and flaws, and He still picked you to be the parent of your child! In this session, Scott presents God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. Parents who have bought into the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will leave this session with powerful reason for hope, excitement, and confidence. View details »
Darren Jones
Many homeschooled students have detailed knowledge of the history of the United States, its Founding Fathers, and the Constitution’s principles. But do they know the history of the Church and Christianity? Rediscover 2,000 years of heritage and practice of the faith. View details »
Darren Jones
Homeschool support groups often have the opportunity to assist families who are experiencing difficulty. Divorce, abandonment, unexpected special education needs or mental illness, or just falling behind with too much on their plate—all of these present unique challenges to homeschooling families. Darren discusses ways the homeschool community can rally to help “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” View details »
William A. Estrada
Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home. View details »
Scott Woodruff
This session covers everything you need to know about your state’s homeschool law so you can homeschool with confidence. It includes a thorough presentation of the basics with plenty of time for questions. View details »
Scott Woodruff
You don’t know when it could be you. But knowing beforehand what to do when a caseworker knocks on your door can mean the difference between quickly resolving a child abuse / neglect investigation and watching helplessly as a caseworker takes your children away and puts them in a foster home. After helping more than a thousand families in abuse and neglect investigations, Scott offers wisdom based on experience. This presentation includes an easy-to-understand explanation of the 4th Amendment, six proven strategies, and instruction that may help you keep your family together should government agents appear on your doorstep. View details »
Darren Jones
Guard your support group against legal surprises! In this workshop, Darren helps you understand issues that affect your group, including civil rights law, child abuse prevention, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Don’t miss this important discussion of policies your support group should adopt when addressing membership issues and child protection! View details »
William A. Estrada
You may live 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but you can still make a difference. Find out how as Will presents a compelling case for why and how every single homeschool family can be an effective lobbyist on the issues that are important to homeschooling families. Drawing on Will’s own experience as a federally registered lobbyist for HSLDA and ParentalRights.org, this workshop will offer informative, practical advice for effective lobbying and will answer every homeschooler’s specific questions. Whether you are an experienced political junkie or a busy homeschool mom who’s never tackled politics before, discover how to make a difference in the political world. View details »
Dan Beasley
Homeschool graduates still encounter this phrase when applying for employment, admission to colleges and trade schools, social security, disability, and veteran’s benefits, and participation in extracurricular competitions and programs. While homeschooling is now widely recognized as a legal form of education, there is still much work to be done to ensure that students and graduates are not discriminated against because their parents choose to exercise their right to homeschool.

HSLDA continues to advocate for students and graduates who face this kind of discrimination. Come hear the stories, legal battles, and solutions for how to end homeschool discrimination. View details »
William A. Estrada
The Common Core Con: What the Common Core Is (and Isn’t), How It Affects Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about the history, content, and effects of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He discusses how U.S. ratification of these treaties would threaten homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will also discusses the shifting political support for these dangerous international treaties, what freedom–loving citizens can do to fight them, and how homeschoolers have defeated these treaties in the past.

For longer sessions, he closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of these and other U.N. treaties. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American homeschoolers need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially homeschooling. Come hear Mike examine this growing threat and discuss how American homeschoolers must face it. View details »
Dan Beasley
The first step in safeguarding your homeschool is knowing your state’s homeschool law. Dan regularly communicates with school officials, social workers, and others regarding the legal requirements and legitimacy of homeschooling. In this workshop, Dan makes sure you know what is legally required of you while equipping you to confidently handle interactions with government officials. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
Dan Beasley
Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come. View details »
Dan Beasley
Dan breaks down your homeschool law in easy-to-understand steps to help you homeschool with confidence. He also highlights legal issues and legislation that impact homeschooling and shares some of the ways he is advocating on behalf of homeschooling families. This workshop can be tailored to audience interest and background. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
Someday, your kids are going to be our nation’s voters. They’ll make decisions that shape the behavior of our government and our county. That’s serious business. Here’s why you should help them learn about those rights and responsibilities beforehand. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about why the Parental Rights Amendment is so critical to the future of parental rights and homeschool freedom. He discusses the history of parental rights in our courts and law, the current threats, future challenges to our liberty, and how the Parental Rights Amendment would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the God-given right of parents to raise their children. He closes with information on how each member of the audience can help in this crucial battle to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains how you can homeschool your child with special educational needs all the way through graduation! He also discusses how to know when a certification of completion may be more appropriate than a diploma, how to prepare transcripts for your special needs child, and how to get accommodations for the SAT or ACT. This session also touches on dealing with discrimination that a child with special needs might encounter. Finally, Tj looks briefly at Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability benefits and times when you may want to pursue guardianship or conservatorship. View details »
Michael Donnelly
If you understand your rights, the law, and how to manage the interaction with government workers, there is no need to fear. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come Mike discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike discusses how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
This workshop covers everything you need to know about your legal rights when homeschooling a child with a special educational need. Tj discusses your right to homeschool and highlights any reporting requirements across the country that are unique for families of children with special needs. This workshop also covers your right to seek an evaluation from the public school of your child’s needs as well as your right to decline a school’s individualized education plan (IEP) for your child. Tj shares information for parents who live in states where homeschool students are eligible for special education services and talks about the pros and cons of seeking these services through the public school. To ensure that your specific issue or question is addressed, this workshop has plenty of time for your questions. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces still 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 freedom we have to homeschool is secured for posterity? Come hear Mike, a homeschooling father of seven, answer that question. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses ripped-from-the-headlines stories and personal anecdotes to share what issues homeschooling families face on Capitol Hill, what the current political environment is like, what HSLDA is doing at the federal level, and why grassroots activism 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. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj discusses current legal problems homeschooling families encounter in your state and what HSLDA has done to protect homeschooling within your state. The workshop also looks at national homeschool issues and how HSLDA is addressing them. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains your rights and provides general information on how to handle social services investigations, school officials at your door, or police welfare checks, social services contacts, and interaction with school officials. Tj shares stories and examples from his experience of over 15 years with HSLDA. This session helps prepare homeschooling families to deal with questions about their homeschool program and with anonymous tips / false reports. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
James R. Mason
A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom. View details »
Darren Jones
The best way to safeguard the future is to learn from the past. Homeschooling’s history of close calls and exciting victories sheds light on upcoming challenges to homeschool freedom. Come hear the secret to keeping homeschool freedom free. View details »
J. Michael Smith
In light of the government’s ever-growing encroachment into family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical. Drawing on over two decades of experience defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts, Mike informs the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well.

Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.” View details »
J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom are the two pillars of parents’ constitutional right to teach their children at home—but can they withstand a new threat to homeschool freedom? In this session, Mike explains how homeschool freedom was established and reveals why it’s still in jeopardy. View details »
J. Michael Smith
In light of the government’s ever-growing encroachment into family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical. Drawing on over two decades of experience defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts, Mike informs the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well.

Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.” View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 societal problems, including broken marriages and broken families. It may be easier to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. But it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. In this talk, Mike shares how he was raised in a broken home and explores the necessary ingredients for homeschooling families to stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life. View details »
Dan Beasley
The first step in safeguarding your homeschool is knowing your state’s homeschool law. Dan regularly communicates with school officials, social workers, and others regarding the legal requirements and legitimacy of homeschooling. In this workshop, Dan makes sure you know what is legally required of you while equipping you to confidently handle interactions with government officials. View details »
J. Michael Smith
In light of the government’s ever-growing encroachment into family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical. Drawing on over two decades of experience defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts, Mike informs the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well.

Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.” View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains your rights and provides general information on how to handle social services investigations, school officials at your door, or police welfare checks, social services contacts, and interaction with school officials. Tj shares stories and examples from his experience of over 15 years with HSLDA. This session helps prepare homeschooling families to deal with questions about their homeschool program and with anonymous tips / false reports. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj shares his story as a homeschool graduate, starting with his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s and moving through the high school years and beyond. Tj traces God’s direction and provision through it all. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Having struggled herself for many years with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number–one priority. Moms can find time to walk joyfully with the Lord in this busy season of life! View details »
Scott Woodruff
When your child gives you that look and says, “Don’t judge me!” you are at a crossroads, a moment of truth, a moment of great peril and great opportunity. This session will give you the tools you need to turn what could be an ugly situation into a transformative moment of healing and redemption. If your head sometimes swims when you try to figure out whether it’s right or wrong to judge your child in a particular situation, this session will plant your feet on solid ground in ways that may surprise you. This presentation requires a projector screen. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy has never met a homeschooling mom who, at some point in her homeschooling experience, hasn’t desperately wanted to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can handle—but there is hope. In this talk, Tracy encourages parents to thrive, not just survive, in raising their children for the Lord. View details »
J. Michael Smith
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 homeschooling parents than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there are specific application principles that will be given in a 1–2–3 format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling parents: fear of failure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
This session offers 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, Mike outlines the success of homeschooling in academics and socialization, describes legal and legislative advances, and concludes that homeschooling families have earned the right to be left alone. He reminds listeners 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.” View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this workshop, Tracy discusses the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and highlights principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. She offers special encouragement for both ‘messies’ and ‘born-organizers.’ View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many homeschooling parents confess that the most difficult thing for their family is balancing all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop approaches this challenge from a biblical perspective. Mike explains the key to solving the time crunch and defeating the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom are the two pillars of parents’ constitutional right to teach their children at home—but can they withstand a new threat to homeschool freedom? In this session, Mike explains how homeschool freedom was established and reveals why it’s still in jeopardy. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had multiple sclerosis for 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has at times felt 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 how it can be yours, too. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure. View details »
Darren Jones
Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us imitate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more. View details »
Darren Jones
Darren attended several different public schools and a private Christian school before being homeschooled. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home—but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect! Come hear Darren’s 8 (+1) reasons for homeschooling, and be inspired to find your own reasons. View details »
Darren Jones
The best way to safeguard the future is to learn from the past. Homeschooling’s history of close calls and exciting victories sheds light on upcoming challenges to homeschool freedom. Come hear the secret to keeping homeschool freedom free. View details »
James R. Mason
We homeschooling parents invest a lot of ourselves in our children. When one of them strays, it is a painful, prayerful time. As one who has wandered himself, and one who has shepherded seven children through sometimes challenging times, Jim has a word of encouragement, reconciliation, and hope for walking through troubled times. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Are you feeling overwhelmed? As all-consuming as being a homeschooling mom can be, we want to keep it in perspective: homeschooling is only ONE part of the life God created us for. Join us as we explore five major areas of our lives as women and discover the greatest gift we can give our kids. Stacey also shares ideas for how to keep the “peace that passes all understanding” through the good, the bad, AND the ugly as we examine the definition and the three key elements of a “successful homeschool.” View details »
Michael Donnelly
Today’s father spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Clutter and mess is a big joy-stealer and a leading cause of burn-out. Research shows that clutter causes kids stress too. Join Stacey as she helps you calm the chaos, one simple step at a time. You owe it to your family to put the joy back in your home and homeschool. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Letting your children be more involved in helping at has some great benefits—both for training them in character and practical skills AND for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to over 50 children shares tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, here’s what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat—and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

*NOTE: Suitable for keynote; may be re-titled “A Parent’s Sentimental Journey.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “joyful mother”? If you aren’t sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn six steps to guide you to the joyful path! We also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.” View details »
Michael Donnelly
Even when Mom and Dad are pulling together with a common vision, homeschooling can be challenging. How is it possible for single parents to manage these demands of providing for, protecting, and educating their children? Mike, who was raised in a single-parent home, shares his research and thoughts on how hundreds of single moms and dads can keep homeschool successfully on their own. View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, 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 17. Your husband and children will thank you, and you will have hope for another day of science and language arts! View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, she shares some of her secrets to homeschooling on a tight budget. View details »
Stacey Wolking
As our children head into the middle school years, we are often at a loss for how to keep them motivated and engage their interests and passions. Join us as we discuss how to inspire your children, encourage lifelong productive habits, and determine reasonable expectations—not only in academics, but also in character. We will also explore the tough issues of honesty, integrity, and purity of heart and how to equip our middles with the confidence they need to achieve success. Be encouraged as Stacey shares strategies for enjoying this season with your middle schooler—and making good use of those in-between years! View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this interactive session, Vicki discusses four basic needs of homeschooling families and shares practical ways for groups to meet those needs. The workshop includes tips for dads on getting involved. View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this workshop, Vicki helps you walk through “What I Will Do Again Next Year,” and “What I Will Definitely Change”! This works best with Vicki facilitating discussion among participants divided into small groups. This is an interactive session, good for the end of the year; it works better for a local group than for a convention workshop. View details »
Vicki Bentley
When you had one child, it seemed easy. But adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate-spinning act. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas for keeping the homeschooling “plates” from crashing to the floor! Come hear practical tips for teaching multiple ages from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (up seven school-aged kids at one time!). View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this session, Vicki helps you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, how to overcome organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki also shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of 10. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
Someday, your kids are going to be our nation’s voters. They’ll make decisions that shape the behavior of our government and our county. That’s serious business. Here’s why you should help them learn about those rights and responsibilities beforehand. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
People in leadership often feel that they have to be perfect—or at least fake it well. This can be a crushing burden for a leader, particularly a young one. In this session, Joel explains a wiser model of leadership that admits that the leader will fail, apologize for his or her failures, and go on to lead sacrificially. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
This is a lecture series on the fine art of leadership and communication. It can be tailored to teens or adults and can be delivered in stages, from a single session to a 4-workshop series. View details »
Diane Kummer
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Carol Becker
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Vicki Bentley
What is a mentoring group? In this workshop, hear how some groups have mobilized their veteran homeschoolers to help pass the baton to the new families. Learn how to meet the needs of your newer homeschooling families without losing the veterans. Vicki discusses various types of mentoring programs available, practical ideas for success, and the benefits to your support group. Sample materials will be available. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses ripped-from-the-headlines stories and personal anecdotes to share what issues homeschooling families face on Capitol Hill, what the current political environment is like, what HSLDA is doing at the federal level, and why grassroots activism 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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces still 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 freedom we have to homeschool is secured for posterity? Come hear Mike, a homeschooling father of seven, answer that question. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In most homeschooling families, Mom carries the biggest burden. How can Dad share the load when he is gone all day earning a living? How can we fathers influence our families as God calls us to do? In this talk, Mike discusses Kingdom priorities in homeschooling as well as practical ideas to balance the increasing demands on your time and resources. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. This session gives you a crash course in navigating through the resources listed on the website saving you time, angst, and heart burn! View details »
Michael Donnelly
If you understand your rights, the law, and how to manage the interaction with government workers, there is no need to fear. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come Mike discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike discusses how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooled students may be better prepared for college than many other college-bound teens, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. But what alternatives do our bright, well-educated, well-socialized homeschooled students have? In this talk, Mike offers practical tips and insightful advice on finding resources and apprenticeships to help guide teens towards their callings. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Boys as young as 11 or 12 often see themselves as men long before we do. Consequently, it can be challenging for moms to convey the deep respect that their sons are hungry for. In this workshop, Stacey discusses how to guide your son into a successful, productive, and confident path for his future. Even if Dad is not as involved as he would like, there are many ways that mom can encourage her son on his journey to God-honoring manhood—including navigating unpredictable hormones and inspiring his purity of heart. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1775, Patrick Henry famously 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 was their faith a part of our founding? 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 percent of the founders were members of Christian churches. An accurate knowledge of our history is critical if we are to ever recover our nation’s heritage. Listen as Mike unearths the truth about, and the importance of, the faith of our founders. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
Dan Beasley
Despite many stereotypes, homeschooling programs are unique and vary widely based on the student. Dan, a homeschool graduate himself, shares from his experience the benefits and challenges of homeschooling as well as the reasons why he is homeschooling his children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 societal problems, including broken marriages and broken families. It may be easier to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. But it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. In this talk, Mike shares how he was raised in a broken home and explores the necessary ingredients for homeschooling families to stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life. View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas to help your kids learn as you celebrate! View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 all important, and in order to do these things, you must manage your schedule and carefully prioritize your time. In this talk, Mike shares how you can do all of this. View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is growing globally, 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 help? How can we help? Mike has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom, and in this talk, he shares why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there”—and how we can help. View details »
Vicki Bentley
You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence from and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How does your leadership work affect your homeschooling? How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you’re on the frontlines, especially in a crisis situation. (There is some focus on specific life crises.) View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
John Quincy Adams was just a teenager when he became one of America’s first diplomats and opened diplomatic ties with Russia. Then he became president of the United States! But his most inspiring contribution to America came after all that, when he spent his sunset years fighting for the freedom of the slaves, becoming the American William Wilberforce. In this session, Jeremiah explains that lasting impact does not depend on your title, age, or vocation. Instead, it comes from doing what you were designed to do to the best of your ability. View details »
Scott Woodruff
One day a terrible parent in your state may do something criminal to a child—and the media may push the narrative that because the child was homeschooled, more restrictions should be placed on homeschooling families. This session will analyze some real-life situations where this has actually happened and equip you to give a compassionate, commonsense answer when family, friends, coworkers, or the local media assert that the problem is not enough homeschool regulations. This presentation requires a projector screen and an audio connection. View details »
William A. Estrada
You may live 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but you can still make a difference. Find out how as Will presents a compelling case for why and how every single homeschool family can be an effective lobbyist on the issues that are important to homeschooling families. Drawing on Will’s own experience as a federally registered lobbyist for HSLDA and ParentalRights.org, this workshop will offer informative, practical advice for effective lobbying and will answer every homeschooler’s specific questions. Whether you are an experienced political junkie or a busy homeschool mom who’s never tackled politics before, discover how to make a difference in the political world. View details »
Scott Woodruff
Sooner or later, we all have it: the most absolutely horrendous day of our lives. Maybe it’s a whole week! You know the story: Job goes through terrible suffering, God responds, and Job’s fortunes are restored. But there’s more to the story. In this session, Scott reveals the powerful, hidden tools within Job’s story that can help you not just survive, but overcome, when your day of testing comes. It could turn out to be your finest hour. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
William A. Estrada
In a talk that is applicable to all ages and all backgrounds (including non-homeschoolers), Will uses biblical and historical stories as well as personal anecdotes to inspire audiences to make a difference in their communities and in our world. Instead of looking around and seeing a world that drives us to despair, Will encourages audiences to rise above and be the change that we need in society. Will discusses spiritual, social, and community ways for all of us to make a difference for good in our spheres of influence. View details »
Darren Jones
In many homeschooling families, Mom is the day-to-day teacher with input and support from Dad, but it doesn’t have to be that way—and it often isn’t. What happens when Dad is more involved or even the primary educator (and not just for the seriously cool science experiments)? Navigating play dates, setting schedules, maintaining the routine—all bring their own special challenges. In this workshop, Darren gives advice and encouragement for dads who homeschool. View details »
Scott Woodruff
Parenting can bring out the worst in us. Every unresolved conflict and unhealed wound 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 chosen you. God knows every one of your failures and flaws, and He still picked you to be the parent of your child! In this session, Scott presents God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. Parents who have bought into the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will leave this session with powerful reason for hope, excitement, and confidence. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are discouraged. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent-child relationships points to the reality that families need help! Thankfully, God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and springboard from which parents and children can grow in communicating with grace. This workshop from Tracy, a veteran homeschooling mom of seven now-adult children, is sure to encourage you! View details »
Tracy Klicka
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 Snapchat can be used in ways that glorify God, but they 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’s greatest needs? What priorities do you embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With seven adult children, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in a faithful God who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children together during this special season of life. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason. View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, keeping up with the laundry, AND getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool? Learn to apply these 7 truths of juggling skills to take your homeschool journey from sanity-defying circus act to a joyful and peaceful experience. View details »
Vicki Bentley
“Help! I’m committed to homeschooling, but I’m feeling overwhelmed just by everyday life!” Have you ever felt like this?For many of us, standard organizing suggestions don’t “stick,”  and we wonder what’s wrong with us. In this workshop, Vicki shares some tools that have helped her (and other busy moms) homeschool and get dinner on the table . . . on the same day. (Even if you were “born organized,” you’ll glean a lot from this workshop!) View details »
Darren Jones
Many homeschooled students have detailed knowledge of the history of the United States, its Founding Fathers, and the Constitution’s principles. But do they know the history of the Church and Christianity? Rediscover 2,000 years of heritage and practice of the faith. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Dan Beasley
Despite many stereotypes, homeschooling programs are unique and vary widely based on the student. Dan, a homeschool graduate himself, shares from his experience the benefits and challenges of homeschooling as well as the reasons why he is homeschooling his children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Carol Becker
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Diane Kummer
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Darren Jones
Darren attended several different public schools and a private Christian school before being homeschooled. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home—but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect! Come hear Darren’s 8 (+1) reasons for homeschooling, and be inspired to find your own reasons. View details »
J. Michael Smith
This session offers 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, Mike outlines the success of homeschooling in academics and socialization, describes legal and legislative advances, and concludes that homeschooling families have earned the right to be left alone. He reminds listeners 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.” View details »
J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom are the two pillars of parents’ constitutional right to teach their children at home—but can they withstand a new threat to homeschool freedom? In this session, Mike explains how homeschool freedom was established and reveals why it’s still in jeopardy. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces still 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 freedom we have to homeschool is secured for posterity? Come hear Mike, a homeschooling father of seven, answer that question. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses ripped-from-the-headlines stories and personal anecdotes to share what issues homeschooling families face on Capitol Hill, what the current political environment is like, what HSLDA is doing at the federal level, and why grassroots activism 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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
If you understand your rights, the law, and how to manage the interaction with government workers, there is no need to fear. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come Mike discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike discusses how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about why the Parental Rights Amendment is so critical to the future of parental rights and homeschool freedom. He discusses the history of parental rights in our courts and law, the current threats, future challenges to our liberty, and how the Parental Rights Amendment would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the God-given right of parents to raise their children. He closes with information on how each member of the audience can help in this crucial battle to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren. View details »
Dan Beasley
Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American homeschoolers need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially homeschooling. Come hear Mike examine this growing threat and discuss how American homeschoolers must face it. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate too much legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? Mike explores how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces. View details »
William A. Estrada
You may live 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but you can still make a difference. Find out how as Will presents a compelling case for why and how every single homeschool family can be an effective lobbyist on the issues that are important to homeschooling families. Drawing on Will’s own experience as a federally registered lobbyist for HSLDA and ParentalRights.org, this workshop will offer informative, practical advice for effective lobbying and will answer every homeschooler’s specific questions. Whether you are an experienced political junkie or a busy homeschool mom who’s never tackled politics before, discover how to make a difference in the political world. View details »
Dan Beasley
Homeschool graduates still encounter this phrase when applying for employment, admission to colleges and trade schools, social security, disability, and veteran’s benefits, and participation in extracurricular competitions and programs. While homeschooling is now widely recognized as a legal form of education, there is still much work to be done to ensure that students and graduates are not discriminated against because their parents choose to exercise their right to homeschool.

HSLDA continues to advocate for students and graduates who face this kind of discrimination. Come hear the stories, legal battles, and solutions for how to end homeschool discrimination. View details »
William A. Estrada
The Common Core Con: What the Common Core Is (and Isn’t), How It Affects Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about the history, content, and effects of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He discusses how U.S. ratification of these treaties would threaten homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will also discusses the shifting political support for these dangerous international treaties, what freedom–loving citizens can do to fight them, and how homeschoolers have defeated these treaties in the past.

For longer sessions, he closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of these and other U.N. treaties. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home. View details »
Darren Jones
Homeschool support groups often have the opportunity to assist families who are experiencing difficulty. Divorce, abandonment, unexpected special education needs or mental illness, or just falling behind with too much on their plate—all of these present unique challenges to homeschooling families. Darren discusses ways the homeschool community can rally to help “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about the history, content, and effects of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He discusses how U.S. ratification of these treaties would threaten homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will also discusses the shifting political support for these dangerous international treaties, what freedom–loving citizens can do to fight them, and how homeschoolers have defeated these treaties in the past.

For longer sessions, he closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of these and other U.N. treaties. View details »
William A. Estrada
The Common Core Con: What the Common Core Is (and Isn’t), How It Affects Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
In a constitutional democratic republic, we the people have the ability (and sometimes the responsibility) to make our voices heard. In this session, learn about the three-meeting rule, the importance of working with elected officials from all parties, and the keys to building relationships with elected officials. View details »
William A. Estrada
You may live 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but you can still make a difference. Find out how as Will presents a compelling case for why and how every single homeschool family can be an effective lobbyist on the issues that are important to homeschooling families. Drawing on Will’s own experience as a federally registered lobbyist for HSLDA and ParentalRights.org, this workshop will offer informative, practical advice for effective lobbying and will answer every homeschooler’s specific questions. Whether you are an experienced political junkie or a busy homeschool mom who’s never tackled politics before, discover how to make a difference in the political world. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate too much legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? Mike explores how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American homeschoolers need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially homeschooling. Come hear Mike examine this growing threat and discuss how American homeschoolers must face it. View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is growing globally, 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 help? How can we help? Mike has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom, and in this talk, he shares why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there”—and how we can help. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
When our Founders started the great American experiment, they drew on a heritage of freedom that can be traced through history. They studied Jerusalem and the nature of law and the principle of Golden Rule, Athens with its contribution of rule of the people, Rome with its ideas of natural law, and London with its concept of the rights of man. This extended presentation traces these ideas and explores how the Founders relied on them to knit together the remarkable system of government that they handed down to us. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1775, Patrick Henry famously 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 was their faith a part of our founding? 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 percent of the founders were members of Christian churches. An accurate knowledge of our history is critical if we are to ever recover our nation’s heritage. Listen as Mike unearths the truth about, and the importance of, the faith of our founders. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about why the Parental Rights Amendment is so critical to the future of parental rights and homeschool freedom. He discusses the history of parental rights in our courts and law, the current threats, future challenges to our liberty, and how the Parental Rights Amendment would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the God-given right of parents to raise their children. He closes with information on how each member of the audience can help in this crucial battle to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren. View details »
Michael Donnelly
If you understand your rights, the law, and how to manage the interaction with government workers, there is no need to fear. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come Mike discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike discusses how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses ripped-from-the-headlines stories and personal anecdotes to share what issues homeschooling families face on Capitol Hill, what the current political environment is like, what HSLDA is doing at the federal level, and why grassroots activism 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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces still 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 freedom we have to homeschool is secured for posterity? Come hear Mike, a homeschooling father of seven, answer that question. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Even when Mom and Dad are pulling together with a common vision, homeschooling can be challenging. How is it possible for single parents to manage these demands of providing for, protecting, and educating their children? Mike, who was raised in a single-parent home, shares his research and thoughts on how hundreds of single moms and dads can keep homeschool successfully on their own. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
People in leadership often feel that they have to be perfect—or at least fake it well. This can be a crushing burden for a leader, particularly a young one. In this session, Joel explains a wiser model of leadership that admits that the leader will fail, apologize for his or her failures, and go on to lead sacrificially. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
Someday, your kids are going to be our nation’s voters. They’ll make decisions that shape the behavior of our government and our county. That’s serious business. Here’s why you should help them learn about those rights and responsibilities beforehand. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
With the goal of challenging Christian homeschooling families to become more involved in government and politics, Tj explains what Generation Joshua is and outlines the exciting opportunities it offers to young people and their families. He shares Generation Joshua’s vision to create an educational foundation in government and civics for homeschool students and to provide unique opportunities for homeschoolers to make a positive impact on our nation’s political landscape. View details »
Carol Becker
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Diane Kummer
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Carol Becker
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses humor, and his experiences as a homeschool graduate and graduate of a distance-learning law school, to discuss options for high school and beyond. He gives parents and teens a practical roadmap for a successful high school program that will open the doors to future careers and callings, whether or not college is included. He encourages teens and parents to finish strong on their homeschool journey. View details »
Diane Kummer
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re 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 teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. View details »
Diane Kummer
If your teen’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. View details »
Diane Kummer
How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? 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 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. View details »
Carol Becker
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re 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 teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. View details »
Carol Becker
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. In this workshop, you’ll learn how and when to track your student’s progress through high school. View details »
Carol Becker
If your teen’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. View details »
Carol Becker
How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? 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 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. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Maybe you haven’t always homeschooled—you’re starting a few years in, or even mid-year. Can you start mid-year? What does it look like? Where do you begin? What should you expect? How can you ease the transition for all of you? This workshop answers these questions and more. There’s a Q&A time included, so bring your questions! View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about why the Parental Rights Amendment is so critical to the future of parental rights and homeschool freedom. He discusses the history of parental rights in our courts and law, the current threats, future challenges to our liberty, and how the Parental Rights Amendment would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the God-given right of parents to raise their children. He closes with information on how each member of the audience can help in this crucial battle to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses ripped-from-the-headlines stories and personal anecdotes to share what issues homeschooling families face on Capitol Hill, what the current political environment is like, what HSLDA is doing at the federal level, and why grassroots activism 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. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom are the two pillars of parents’ constitutional right to teach their children at home—but can they withstand a new threat to homeschool freedom? In this session, Mike explains how homeschool freedom was established and reveals why it’s still in jeopardy. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
William A. Estrada
You may live 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but you can still make a difference. Find out how as Will presents a compelling case for why and how every single homeschool family can be an effective lobbyist on the issues that are important to homeschooling families. Drawing on Will’s own experience as a federally registered lobbyist for HSLDA and ParentalRights.org, this workshop will offer informative, practical advice for effective lobbying and will answer every homeschooler’s specific questions. Whether you are an experienced political junkie or a busy homeschool mom who’s never tackled politics before, discover how to make a difference in the political world. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 all important, and in order to do these things, you must manage your schedule and carefully prioritize your time. In this talk, Mike shares how you can do all of this. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In most homeschooling families, Mom carries the biggest burden. How can Dad share the load when he is gone all day earning a living? How can we fathers influence our families as God calls us to do? In this talk, Mike discusses Kingdom priorities in homeschooling as well as practical ideas to balance the increasing demands on your time and resources. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj shares the personal journey that he and his wife took to marriage. The discussion will focus on the support the family can provide in this journey by way of personal testimony and observations. While Tj and Susan took more of a courtship path to marriage, this workshop does not elevate courtship over dating or other potential paths to marriage. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Today’s father spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Krisa Winn
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 in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain. View details »
Faith Berens
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills. View details »
William A. Estrada
In a talk that is applicable to all ages and all backgrounds (including non-homeschoolers), Will uses biblical and historical stories as well as personal anecdotes to inspire audiences to make a difference in their communities and in our world. Instead of looking around and seeing a world that drives us to despair, Will encourages audiences to rise above and be the change that we need in society. Will discusses spiritual, social, and community ways for all of us to make a difference for good in our spheres of influence. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
In a constitutional democratic republic, we the people have the ability (and sometimes the responsibility) to make our voices heard. In this session, learn about the three-meeting rule, the importance of working with elected officials from all parties, and the keys to building relationships with elected officials. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
When our Founders started the great American experiment, they drew on a heritage of freedom that can be traced through history. They studied Jerusalem and the nature of law and the principle of Golden Rule, Athens with its contribution of rule of the people, Rome with its ideas of natural law, and London with its concept of the rights of man. This extended presentation traces these ideas and explores how the Founders relied on them to knit together the remarkable system of government that they handed down to us. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Serving in the United States military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. But how can societal changes reflected in the military impact a parent’s view of military service today? What is involved in serving in the military, and how should parents mentor their children considering military service? Mike served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. In this talk, he discusses practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj shares his story as a homeschool graduate, starting with his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s and moving through the high school years and beyond. Tj traces God’s direction and provision through it all. View details »
Carol Becker
How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? 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 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. View details »
Carol Becker
If your teen’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. View details »
Carol Becker
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. In this workshop, you’ll learn how and when to track your student’s progress through high school. View details »
Carol Becker
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re 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 teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. View details »
Carol Becker
Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records—but it doesn’t have to be hard! In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. The session will guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts showing other formats for you to consider. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses humor, and his experiences as a homeschool graduate and graduate of a distance-learning law school, to discuss options for high school and beyond. He gives parents and teens a practical roadmap for a successful high school program that will open the doors to future careers and callings, whether or not college is included. He encourages teens and parents to finish strong on their homeschool journey. View details »
Diane Kummer
Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records—but it doesn’t have to be hard! In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. The session will guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts showing other formats for you to consider. View details »
Diane Kummer
Once a teen 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—but which should you pursue for your teen? We’ll help you narrow down the list. View details »
Diane Kummer
How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? 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 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
If your teen’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. View details »
Diane Kummer
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re 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 teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj shares the personal journey that he and his wife took to marriage. The discussion will focus on the support the family can provide in this journey by way of personal testimony and observations. While Tj and Susan took more of a courtship path to marriage, this workshop does not elevate courtship over dating or other potential paths to marriage. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. However, setting limits is important, too! Come and receive ideas and suggestions to consider as you explore many different extracurricular options. View details »
Carol Becker
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. However, setting limits is important, too! Come and receive ideas and suggestions to consider as you explore many different extracurricular options. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Maybe you haven’t always homeschooled—you’re starting a few years in, or even mid-year. Can you start mid-year? What does it look like? Where do you begin? What should you expect? How can you ease the transition for all of you? This workshop answers these questions and more. There’s a Q&A time included, so bring your questions! View details »
Stacey Wolking
Boys as young as 11 or 12 often see themselves as men long before we do. Consequently, it can be challenging for moms to convey the deep respect that their sons are hungry for. In this workshop, Stacey discusses how to guide your son into a successful, productive, and confident path for his future. Even if Dad is not as involved as he would like, there are many ways that mom can encourage her son on his journey to God-honoring manhood—including navigating unpredictable hormones and inspiring his purity of heart. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. This session gives you a crash course in navigating through the resources listed on the website saving you time, angst, and heart burn! View details »
Carol Becker
Once a teen 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—but which should you pursue for your teen? We’ll help you narrow down the list. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooled students may be better prepared for college than many other college-bound teens, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. But what alternatives do our bright, well-educated, well-socialized homeschooled students have? In this talk, Mike offers practical tips and insightful advice on finding resources and apprenticeships to help guide teens towards their callings. View details »
Diane Kummer
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? This session will answer your questions—but more importantly, it will encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Carol Becker
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? This session will answer your questions—but more importantly, it will encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home. View details »
Diane Kummer
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Carol Becker
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Diane Kummer
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
People in leadership often feel that they have to be perfect—or at least fake it well. This can be a crushing burden for a leader, particularly a young one. In this session, Joel explains a wiser model of leadership that admits that the leader will fail, apologize for his or her failures, and go on to lead sacrificially. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
This is a lecture series on the fine art of leadership and communication. It can be tailored to teens or adults and can be delivered in stages, from a single session to a 4-workshop series. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
This is a lecture series on the fine art of leadership and communication. It can be tailored to teens or adults and can be delivered in stages, from a single session to a 4-workshop series. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
This is a lecture series on the fine art of leadership and communication. It can be tailored to teens or adults and can be delivered in stages, from a single session to a 4-workshop series. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
When our Founders started the great American experiment, they drew on a heritage of freedom that can be traced through history. They studied Jerusalem and the nature of law and the principle of Golden Rule, Athens with its contribution of rule of the people, Rome with its ideas of natural law, and London with its concept of the rights of man. This extended presentation traces these ideas and explores how the Founders relied on them to knit together the remarkable system of government that they handed down to us. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
John Quincy Adams was just a teenager when he became one of America’s first diplomats and opened diplomatic ties with Russia. Then he became president of the United States! But his most inspiring contribution to America came after all that, when he spent his sunset years fighting for the freedom of the slaves, becoming the American William Wilberforce. In this session, Jeremiah explains that lasting impact does not depend on your title, age, or vocation. Instead, it comes from doing what you were designed to do to the best of your ability. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
What does it mean to be a superpower? What is the difference between just and unjust war? Is there such a thing as a just war? How does the American Revolution inform the way we make choices today? In this session, move beyond the simple soundbites of neo-cons and isolationists to deal with the important issues of making hard choices when life is hard. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
In a constitutional democratic republic, we the people have the ability (and sometimes the responsibility) to make our voices heard. In this session, learn about the three-meeting rule, the importance of working with elected officials from all parties, and the keys to building relationships with elected officials. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
What does it mean to be a superpower? What is the difference between just and unjust war? Is there such a thing as a just war? How does the American Revolution inform the way we make choices today? In this session, move beyond the simple soundbites of neo-cons and isolationists to deal with the important issues of making hard choices when life is hard. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
What does it mean to be a superpower? What is the difference between just and unjust war? Is there such a thing as a just war? How does the American Revolution inform the way we make choices today? In this session, move beyond the simple soundbites of neo-cons and isolationists to deal with the important issues of making hard choices when life is hard. View details »

AUDIENCES

J. Michael Smith
Life and death is in the power of tongue. Negative, condemning words or withholding praise and affirmation can leave deep scars. The goal of this talk is to ensure that our children do not grow up feeling rejection from us as parents because of bad communication. Mike uses James 3:1–10 as a model for how we use words to edify and build up rather than to tear down. He also explores some ways that we might use our tongue to injure our children—and how we can instead use our tongue as an instrument of blessing. The talk’s goal is to help you develop a relationship with your child that lasts forever. View details »
J. Michael Smith
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 homeschooling parents than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there are specific application principles that will be given in a 1–2–3 format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling parents: fear of failure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
This session offers 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, Mike outlines the success of homeschooling in academics and socialization, describes legal and legislative advances, and concludes that homeschooling families have earned the right to be left alone. He reminds listeners 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.” View details »
J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom are the two pillars of parents’ constitutional right to teach their children at home—but can they withstand a new threat to homeschool freedom? In this session, Mike explains how homeschool freedom was established and reveals why it’s still in jeopardy. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many homeschooling parents confess that the most difficult thing for their family is balancing all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop approaches this challenge from a biblical perspective. Mike explains the key to solving the time crunch and defeating the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives. View details »
Darren Jones
Darren attended several different public schools and a private Christian school before being homeschooled. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home—but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect! Come hear Darren’s 8 (+1) reasons for homeschooling, and be inspired to find your own reasons. View details »
Darren Jones
One of our most important duties as parents is to help our children encounter God, in part through devotional times. Come prepared to discuss specific, practical advice in how devotions can serve as an opportunity for the whole family to experience the love and grace of God. View details »
Darren Jones
Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us imitate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more. View details »
Darren Jones
The best way to safeguard the future is to learn from the past. Homeschooling’s history of close calls and exciting victories sheds light on upcoming challenges to homeschool freedom. Come hear the secret to keeping homeschool freedom free. View details »
James R. Mason
A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
Scott Woodruff
When your child gives you that look and says, “Don’t judge me!” you are at a crossroads, a moment of truth, a moment of great peril and great opportunity. This session will give you the tools you need to turn what could be an ugly situation into a transformative moment of healing and redemption. If your head sometimes swims when you try to figure out whether it’s right or wrong to judge your child in a particular situation, this session will plant your feet on solid ground in ways that may surprise you. This presentation requires a projector screen. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses ripped-from-the-headlines stories and personal anecdotes to share what issues homeschooling families face on Capitol Hill, what the current political environment is like, what HSLDA is doing at the federal level, and why grassroots activism 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. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses humor, and his experiences as a homeschool graduate and graduate of a distance-learning law school, to discuss options for high school and beyond. He gives parents and teens a practical roadmap for a successful high school program that will open the doors to future careers and callings, whether or not college is included. He encourages teens and parents to finish strong on their homeschool journey. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces still 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 freedom we have to homeschool is secured for posterity? Come hear Mike, a homeschooling father of seven, answer that question. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. View details »
Michael Donnelly
If you understand your rights, the law, and how to manage the interaction with government workers, there is no need to fear. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come Mike discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike discusses how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooled students may be better prepared for college than many other college-bound teens, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. But what alternatives do our bright, well-educated, well-socialized homeschooled students have? In this talk, Mike offers practical tips and insightful advice on finding resources and apprenticeships to help guide teens towards their callings. View details »
Carol Becker
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. However, setting limits is important, too! Come and receive ideas and suggestions to consider as you explore many different extracurricular options. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. However, setting limits is important, too! Come and receive ideas and suggestions to consider as you explore many different extracurricular options. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about why the Parental Rights Amendment is so critical to the future of parental rights and homeschool freedom. He discusses the history of parental rights in our courts and law, the current threats, future challenges to our liberty, and how the Parental Rights Amendment would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the God-given right of parents to raise their children. He closes with information on how each member of the audience can help in this crucial battle to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Boys as young as 11 or 12 often see themselves as men long before we do. Consequently, it can be challenging for moms to convey the deep respect that their sons are hungry for. In this workshop, Stacey discusses how to guide your son into a successful, productive, and confident path for his future. Even if Dad is not as involved as he would like, there are many ways that mom can encourage her son on his journey to God-honoring manhood—including navigating unpredictable hormones and inspiring his purity of heart. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Clutter and mess is a big joy-stealer and a leading cause of burn-out. Research shows that clutter causes kids stress too. Join Stacey as she helps you calm the chaos, one simple step at a time. You owe it to your family to put the joy back in your home and homeschool. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Are you feeling overwhelmed? As all-consuming as being a homeschooling mom can be, we want to keep it in perspective: homeschooling is only ONE part of the life God created us for. Join us as we explore five major areas of our lives as women and discover the greatest gift we can give our kids. Stacey also shares ideas for how to keep the “peace that passes all understanding” through the good, the bad, AND the ugly as we examine the definition and the three key elements of a “successful homeschool.” View details »
Stacey Wolking
As our children head into the middle school years, we are often at a loss for how to keep them motivated and engage their interests and passions. Join us as we discuss how to inspire your children, encourage lifelong productive habits, and determine reasonable expectations—not only in academics, but also in character. We will also explore the tough issues of honesty, integrity, and purity of heart and how to equip our middles with the confidence they need to achieve success. Be encouraged as Stacey shares strategies for enjoying this season with your middle schooler—and making good use of those in-between years! View details »
Carol Becker
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? This session will answer your questions—but more importantly, it will encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home. View details »
Diane Kummer
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? This session will answer your questions—but more importantly, it will encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
People in leadership often feel that they have to be perfect—or at least fake it well. This can be a crushing burden for a leader, particularly a young one. In this session, Joel explains a wiser model of leadership that admits that the leader will fail, apologize for his or her failures, and go on to lead sacrificially. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
This is a lecture series on the fine art of leadership and communication. It can be tailored to teens or adults and can be delivered in stages, from a single session to a 4-workshop series. View details »
Dan Beasley
Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come. View details »
Dan Beasley
Dan breaks down your homeschool law in easy-to-understand steps to help you homeschool with confidence. He also highlights legal issues and legislation that impact homeschooling and shares some of the ways he is advocating on behalf of homeschooling families. This workshop can be tailored to audience interest and background. View details »
Dan Beasley
Despite many stereotypes, homeschooling programs are unique and vary widely based on the student. Dan, a homeschool graduate himself, shares from his experience the benefits and challenges of homeschooling as well as the reasons why he is homeschooling his children. View details »
Dan Beasley
The first step in safeguarding your homeschool is knowing your state’s homeschool law. Dan regularly communicates with school officials, social workers, and others regarding the legal requirements and legitimacy of homeschooling. In this workshop, Dan makes sure you know what is legally required of you while equipping you to confidently handle interactions with government officials. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1775, Patrick Henry famously 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 was their faith a part of our founding? 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 percent of the founders were members of Christian churches. An accurate knowledge of our history is critical if we are to ever recover our nation’s heritage. Listen as Mike unearths the truth about, and the importance of, the faith of our founders. View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is growing globally, 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 help? How can we help? Mike has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom, and in this talk, he shares why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there”—and how we can help. View details »
Michael Donnelly
When someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, she responded: “Go home and love your family!” You know homeschooling is putting love in action, but does homeschooling actually promote world peace? Well, parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? In this talk, Mike shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace—and more importantly, how it allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 societal problems, including broken marriages and broken families. It may be easier to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. But it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. In this talk, Mike shares how he was raised in a broken home and explores the necessary ingredients for homeschooling families to stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life. View details »
William A. Estrada
The Common Core Con: What the Common Core Is (and Isn’t), How It Affects Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about the history, content, and effects of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He discusses how U.S. ratification of these treaties would threaten homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will also discusses the shifting political support for these dangerous international treaties, what freedom–loving citizens can do to fight them, and how homeschoolers have defeated these treaties in the past.

For longer sessions, he closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of these and other U.N. treaties. View details »
Scott Woodruff
One day a terrible parent in your state may do something criminal to a child—and the media may push the narrative that because the child was homeschooled, more restrictions should be placed on homeschooling families. This session will analyze some real-life situations where this has actually happened and equip you to give a compassionate, commonsense answer when family, friends, coworkers, or the local media assert that the problem is not enough homeschool regulations. This presentation requires a projector screen and an audio connection. View details »
Dan Beasley
Homeschool graduates still encounter this phrase when applying for employment, admission to colleges and trade schools, social security, disability, and veteran’s benefits, and participation in extracurricular competitions and programs. While homeschooling is now widely recognized as a legal form of education, there is still much work to be done to ensure that students and graduates are not discriminated against because their parents choose to exercise their right to homeschool.

HSLDA continues to advocate for students and graduates who face this kind of discrimination. Come hear the stories, legal battles, and solutions for how to end homeschool discrimination. View details »
Scott Woodruff
This session covers everything you need to know about your state’s homeschool law so you can homeschool with confidence. It includes a thorough presentation of the basics with plenty of time for questions. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate too much legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? Mike explores how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
Scott Woodruff
Sooner or later, we all have it: the most absolutely horrendous day of our lives. Maybe it’s a whole week! You know the story: Job goes through terrible suffering, God responds, and Job’s fortunes are restored. But there’s more to the story. In this session, Scott reveals the powerful, hidden tools within Job’s story that can help you not just survive, but overcome, when your day of testing comes. It could turn out to be your finest hour. View details »
William A. Estrada
You may live 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but you can still make a difference. Find out how as Will presents a compelling case for why and how every single homeschool family can be an effective lobbyist on the issues that are important to homeschooling families. Drawing on Will’s own experience as a federally registered lobbyist for HSLDA and ParentalRights.org, this workshop will offer informative, practical advice for effective lobbying and will answer every homeschooler’s specific questions. Whether you are an experienced political junkie or a busy homeschool mom who’s never tackled politics before, discover how to make a difference in the political world. View details »
Scott Woodruff
Parenting can bring out the worst in us. Every unresolved conflict and unhealed wound 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 chosen you. God knows every one of your failures and flaws, and He still picked you to be the parent of your child! In this session, Scott presents God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. Parents who have bought into the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will leave this session with powerful reason for hope, excitement, and confidence. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home. View details »
Scott Woodruff
You don’t know when it could be you. But knowing beforehand what to do when a caseworker knocks on your door can mean the difference between quickly resolving a child abuse / neglect investigation and watching helplessly as a caseworker takes your children away and puts them in a foster home. After helping more than a thousand families in abuse and neglect investigations, Scott offers wisdom based on experience. This presentation includes an easy-to-understand explanation of the 4th Amendment, six proven strategies, and instruction that may help you keep your family together should government agents appear on your doorstep. View details »
William A. Estrada
In a talk that is applicable to all ages and all backgrounds (including non-homeschoolers), Will uses biblical and historical stories as well as personal anecdotes to inspire audiences to make a difference in their communities and in our world. Instead of looking around and seeing a world that drives us to despair, Will encourages audiences to rise above and be the change that we need in society. Will discusses spiritual, social, and community ways for all of us to make a difference for good in our spheres of influence. View details »
Darren Jones
Homeschool support groups often have the opportunity to assist families who are experiencing difficulty. Divorce, abandonment, unexpected special education needs or mental illness, or just falling behind with too much on their plate—all of these present unique challenges to homeschooling families. Darren discusses ways the homeschool community can rally to help “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” View details »
Darren Jones
Many homeschooled students have detailed knowledge of the history of the United States, its Founding Fathers, and the Constitution’s principles. But do they know the history of the Church and Christianity? Rediscover 2,000 years of heritage and practice of the faith. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy has never met a homeschooling mom who, at some point in her homeschooling experience, hasn’t desperately wanted to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can handle—but there is hope. In this talk, Tracy encourages parents to thrive, not just survive, in raising their children for the Lord. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this workshop, Tracy discusses the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and highlights principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. She offers special encouragement for both ‘messies’ and ‘born-organizers.’ View details »
J. Michael Smith
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 homeschooling parents than to specific direction on how to homeschool. However, there are specific application principles that will be given in a 1–2–3 format to help those who like to take away specific points to overcome one of the greatest enemies of homeschooling parents: fear of failure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom are the two pillars of parents’ constitutional right to teach their children at home—but can they withstand a new threat to homeschool freedom? In this session, Mike explains how homeschool freedom was established and reveals why it’s still in jeopardy. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many homeschooling parents confess that the most difficult thing for their family is balancing all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop approaches this challenge from a biblical perspective. Mike explains the key to solving the time crunch and defeating the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives. View details »
J. Michael Smith
In light of the government’s ever-growing encroachment into family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical. Drawing on over two decades of experience defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts, Mike informs the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well.

Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.” View details »
Darren Jones
The best way to safeguard the future is to learn from the past. Homeschooling’s history of close calls and exciting victories sheds light on upcoming challenges to homeschool freedom. Come hear the secret to keeping homeschool freedom free. View details »
James R. Mason
A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Having struggled herself for many years with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number–one priority. Moms can find time to walk joyfully with the Lord in this busy season of life! View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj discusses current legal problems homeschooling families encounter in your state and what HSLDA has done to protect homeschooling within your state. The workshop also looks at national homeschool issues and how HSLDA is addressing them. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
With the goal of challenging Christian homeschooling families to become more involved in government and politics, Tj explains what Generation Joshua is and outlines the exciting opportunities it offers to young people and their families. He shares Generation Joshua’s vision to create an educational foundation in government and civics for homeschool students and to provide unique opportunities for homeschoolers to make a positive impact on our nation’s political landscape. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains your rights and provides general information on how to handle social services investigations, school officials at your door, or police welfare checks, social services contacts, and interaction with school officials. Tj shares stories and examples from his experience of over 15 years with HSLDA. This session helps prepare homeschooling families to deal with questions about their homeschool program and with anonymous tips / false reports. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains how you can homeschool your child with special educational needs all the way through graduation! He also discusses how to know when a certification of completion may be more appropriate than a diploma, how to prepare transcripts for your special needs child, and how to get accommodations for the SAT or ACT. This session also touches on dealing with discrimination that a child with special needs might encounter. Finally, Tj looks briefly at Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability benefits and times when you may want to pursue guardianship or conservatorship. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
This workshop covers everything you need to know about your legal rights when homeschooling a child with a special educational need. Tj discusses your right to homeschool and highlights any reporting requirements across the country that are unique for families of children with special needs. This workshop also covers your right to seek an evaluation from the public school of your child’s needs as well as your right to decline a school’s individualized education plan (IEP) for your child. Tj shares information for parents who live in states where homeschool students are eligible for special education services and talks about the pros and cons of seeking these services through the public school. To ensure that your specific issue or question is addressed, this workshop has plenty of time for your questions. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Yes, YOU can teach preschool and kindergarten! In this session, Stacey shares seven foundational abilities and eight key areas of development that you will want to nurture in your children to give them a strong foundation for learning—plus lots of practical ideas for developing pre-K skills and meeting your little ones where they are. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Don't waste your time and energy jumping through hoops to make your home look like the local preschool or kindergarten. In this session, Stacey reveals what little ones really need most as you nurture language development. You will also come away with lots of (easy and no-curriculum-needed) practical ideas for teaching your littles to love language! View details »
Michael Donnelly
Today’s father spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Vicki Bentley
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “joyful mother”? If you aren’t sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn six steps to guide you to the joyful path! We also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, here’s what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat—and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

*NOTE: Suitable for keynote; may be re-titled “A Parent’s Sentimental Journey.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Letting your children be more involved in helping at has some great benefits—both for training them in character and practical skills AND for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to over 50 children shares tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests. View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, she shares some of her secrets to homeschooling on a tight budget. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Drawing on her experience as a mom of 17 homeschooled students and a curriculum counselor for a statewide 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 veteran homeschoolers to re-examine their goals and priorities. It also includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches. View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, 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 17. Your husband and children will thank you, and you will have hope for another day of science and language arts! View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this session, Vicki helps you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, how to overcome organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki also shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of 10. View details »
Vicki Bentley
When you had one child, it seemed easy. But adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate-spinning act. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas for keeping the homeschooling “plates” from crashing to the floor! Come hear practical tips for teaching multiple ages from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (up seven school-aged kids at one time!). View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this workshop, Vicki helps you walk through “What I Will Do Again Next Year,” and “What I Will Definitely Change”! This works best with Vicki facilitating discussion among participants divided into small groups. This is an interactive session, good for the end of the year; it works better for a local group than for a convention workshop. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Are you overwhelmed by all the homeschooling options? Not sure where to begin? In this workshop, Vicki walks you through a planning checklist to help you prepare for this homeschool journey (good planning is the key to any successful road trip)! Topics include research, goal-setting, getting supplies, scheduling, six tips for success, and more! Appropriate for parents with children of any grade level. View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
Carol Becker
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Diane Kummer
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Carol Becker
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Diane Kummer
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.

*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Dan Beasley
Dan breaks down your homeschool law in easy-to-understand steps to help you homeschool with confidence. He also highlights legal issues and legislation that impact homeschooling and shares some of the ways he is advocating on behalf of homeschooling families. This workshop can be tailored to audience interest and background. View details »
Dan Beasley
The first step in safeguarding your homeschool is knowing your state’s homeschool law. Dan regularly communicates with school officials, social workers, and others regarding the legal requirements and legitimacy of homeschooling. In this workshop, Dan makes sure you know what is legally required of you while equipping you to confidently handle interactions with government officials. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is growing globally, 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 help? How can we help? Mike has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom, and in this talk, he shares why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there”—and how we can help. View details »
Michael Donnelly
When someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, she responded: “Go home and love your family!” You know homeschooling is putting love in action, but does homeschooling actually promote world peace? Well, parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? In this talk, Mike shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace—and more importantly, how it allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 all important, and in order to do these things, you must manage your schedule and carefully prioritize your time. In this talk, Mike shares how you can do all of this. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 societal problems, including broken marriages and broken families. It may be easier to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. But it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. In this talk, Mike shares how he was raised in a broken home and explores the necessary ingredients for homeschooling families to stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life. View details »
Vicki Bentley
You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence from and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How does your leadership work affect your homeschooling? How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you’re on the frontlines, especially in a crisis situation. (There is some focus on specific life crises.) View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas to help your kids learn as you celebrate! View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Faith Berens
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Krisa Winn
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 in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate too much legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? Mike explores how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
Tracy Klicka
What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’s greatest needs? What priorities do you embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With seven adult children, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in a faithful God who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children together during this special season of life. View details »
Tracy Klicka
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 Snapchat can be used in ways that glorify God, but they 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are discouraged. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent-child relationships points to the reality that families need help! Thankfully, God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and springboard from which parents and children can grow in communicating with grace. This workshop from Tracy, a veteran homeschooling mom of seven now-adult children, is sure to encourage you! View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason. View details »
Vicki Bentley
This workshop offers practical, hands-on ideas for surrounding your preschoolers with God’s Word as you sit in your house or walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:5-9). View details »
Vicki Bentley
“Help! I’m committed to homeschooling, but I’m feeling overwhelmed just by everyday life!” Have you ever felt like this?For many of us, standard organizing suggestions don’t “stick,”  and we wonder what’s wrong with us. In this workshop, Vicki shares some tools that have helped her (and other busy moms) homeschool and get dinner on the table . . . on the same day. (Even if you were “born organized,” you’ll glean a lot from this workshop!) View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, keeping up with the laundry, AND getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool? Learn to apply these 7 truths of juggling skills to take your homeschool journey from sanity-defying circus act to a joyful and peaceful experience. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Darren Jones
Guard your support group against legal surprises! In this workshop, Darren helps you understand issues that affect your group, including civil rights law, child abuse prevention, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Don’t miss this important discussion of policies your support group should adopt when addressing membership issues and child protection! View details »
Darren Jones
In many homeschooling families, Mom is the day-to-day teacher with input and support from Dad, but it doesn’t have to be that way—and it often isn’t. What happens when Dad is more involved or even the primary educator (and not just for the seriously cool science experiments)? Navigating play dates, setting schedules, maintaining the routine—all bring their own special challenges. In this workshop, Darren gives advice and encouragement for dads who homeschool. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy has never met a homeschooling mom who, at some point in her homeschooling experience, hasn’t desperately wanted to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can handle—but there is hope. In this talk, Tracy encourages parents to thrive, not just survive, in raising their children for the Lord. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this workshop, Tracy discusses the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and highlights principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. She offers special encouragement for both ‘messies’ and ‘born-organizers.’ View details »
J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom are the two pillars of parents’ constitutional right to teach their children at home—but can they withstand a new threat to homeschool freedom? In this session, Mike explains how homeschool freedom was established and reveals why it’s still in jeopardy. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many homeschooling parents confess that the most difficult thing for their family is balancing all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop approaches this challenge from a biblical perspective. Mike explains the key to solving the time crunch and defeating the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives. View details »
J. Michael Smith
In light of the government’s ever-growing encroachment into family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical. Drawing on over two decades of experience defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts, Mike informs the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well.

Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.” View details »
James R. Mason
A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
James R. Mason
Are you a homeschooling dad like I am? Do you need an occasional booster shot like I do? Come let us reason together, encourage one another, bear each other’s burdens, and leave refreshed to carry out our vital role. View details »
James R. Mason
We homeschooling parents invest a lot of ourselves in our children. When one of them strays, it is a painful, prayerful time. As one who has wandered himself, and one who has shepherded seven children through sometimes challenging times, Jim has a word of encouragement, reconciliation, and hope for walking through troubled times. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Having struggled herself for many years with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number–one priority. Moms can find time to walk joyfully with the Lord in this busy season of life! View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj discusses current legal problems homeschooling families encounter in your state and what HSLDA has done to protect homeschooling within your state. The workshop also looks at national homeschool issues and how HSLDA is addressing them. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
With the goal of challenging Christian homeschooling families to become more involved in government and politics, Tj explains what Generation Joshua is and outlines the exciting opportunities it offers to young people and their families. He shares Generation Joshua’s vision to create an educational foundation in government and civics for homeschool students and to provide unique opportunities for homeschoolers to make a positive impact on our nation’s political landscape. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains your rights and provides general information on how to handle social services investigations, school officials at your door, or police welfare checks, social services contacts, and interaction with school officials. Tj shares stories and examples from his experience of over 15 years with HSLDA. This session helps prepare homeschooling families to deal with questions about their homeschool program and with anonymous tips / false reports. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains how you can homeschool your child with special educational needs all the way through graduation! He also discusses how to know when a certification of completion may be more appropriate than a diploma, how to prepare transcripts for your special needs child, and how to get accommodations for the SAT or ACT. This session also touches on dealing with discrimination that a child with special needs might encounter. Finally, Tj looks briefly at Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability benefits and times when you may want to pursue guardianship or conservatorship. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
This workshop covers everything you need to know about your legal rights when homeschooling a child with a special educational need. Tj discusses your right to homeschool and highlights any reporting requirements across the country that are unique for families of children with special needs. This workshop also covers your right to seek an evaluation from the public school of your child’s needs as well as your right to decline a school’s individualized education plan (IEP) for your child. Tj shares information for parents who live in states where homeschool students are eligible for special education services and talks about the pros and cons of seeking these services through the public school. To ensure that your specific issue or question is addressed, this workshop has plenty of time for your questions. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Vicki Bentley
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “joyful mother”? If you aren’t sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn six steps to guide you to the joyful path! We also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, here’s what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat—and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

*NOTE: Suitable for keynote; may be re-titled “A Parent’s Sentimental Journey.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Letting your children be more involved in helping at has some great benefits—both for training them in character and practical skills AND for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to over 50 children shares tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests. View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, she shares some of her secrets to homeschooling on a tight budget. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Drawing on her experience as a mom of 17 homeschooled students and a curriculum counselor for a statewide 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 veteran homeschoolers to re-examine their goals and priorities. It also includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches. View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, 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 17. Your husband and children will thank you, and you will have hope for another day of science and language arts! View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this session, Vicki helps you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, how to overcome organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki also shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of 10. View details »
Vicki Bentley
When you had one child, it seemed easy. But adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate-spinning act. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas for keeping the homeschooling “plates” from crashing to the floor! Come hear practical tips for teaching multiple ages from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (up seven school-aged kids at one time!). View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this workshop, Vicki helps you walk through “What I Will Do Again Next Year,” and “What I Will Definitely Change”! This works best with Vicki facilitating discussion among participants divided into small groups. This is an interactive session, good for the end of the year; it works better for a local group than for a convention workshop. View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
Carol Becker
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Diane Kummer
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Carol Becker
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Diane Kummer
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Carol Becker
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Diane Kummer
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.

*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Dan Beasley
Dan breaks down your homeschool law in easy-to-understand steps to help you homeschool with confidence. He also highlights legal issues and legislation that impact homeschooling and shares some of the ways he is advocating on behalf of homeschooling families. This workshop can be tailored to audience interest and background. View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American homeschoolers need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially homeschooling. Come hear Mike examine this growing threat and discuss how American homeschoolers must face it. View details »
Vicki Bentley
You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence from and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How does your leadership work affect your homeschooling? How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you’re on the frontlines, especially in a crisis situation. (There is some focus on specific life crises.) View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas to help your kids learn as you celebrate! View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Faith Berens
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Krisa Winn
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 in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate too much legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? Mike explores how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
Tracy Klicka
What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’s greatest needs? What priorities do you embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With seven adult children, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in a faithful God who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children together during this special season of life. View details »
Tracy Klicka
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 Snapchat can be used in ways that glorify God, but they 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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are discouraged. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent-child relationships points to the reality that families need help! Thankfully, God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and springboard from which parents and children can grow in communicating with grace. This workshop from Tracy, a veteran homeschooling mom of seven now-adult children, is sure to encourage you! View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason. View details »
Vicki Bentley
This workshop offers practical, hands-on ideas for surrounding your preschoolers with God’s Word as you sit in your house or walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:5-9). View details »
Vicki Bentley
“Help! I’m committed to homeschooling, but I’m feeling overwhelmed just by everyday life!” Have you ever felt like this?For many of us, standard organizing suggestions don’t “stick,”  and we wonder what’s wrong with us. In this workshop, Vicki shares some tools that have helped her (and other busy moms) homeschool and get dinner on the table . . . on the same day. (Even if you were “born organized,” you’ll glean a lot from this workshop!) View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, keeping up with the laundry, AND getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool? Learn to apply these 7 truths of juggling skills to take your homeschool journey from sanity-defying circus act to a joyful and peaceful experience. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
William A. Estrada
In a talk that is applicable to all ages and all backgrounds (including non-homeschoolers), Will uses biblical and historical stories as well as personal anecdotes to inspire audiences to make a difference in their communities and in our world. Instead of looking around and seeing a world that drives us to despair, Will encourages audiences to rise above and be the change that we need in society. Will discusses spiritual, social, and community ways for all of us to make a difference for good in our spheres of influence. View details »
Darren Jones
Guard your support group against legal surprises! In this workshop, Darren helps you understand issues that affect your group, including civil rights law, child abuse prevention, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Don’t miss this important discussion of policies your support group should adopt when addressing membership issues and child protection! View details »
Darren Jones
In many homeschooling families, Mom is the day-to-day teacher with input and support from Dad, but it doesn’t have to be that way—and it often isn’t. What happens when Dad is more involved or even the primary educator (and not just for the seriously cool science experiments)? Navigating play dates, setting schedules, maintaining the routine—all bring their own special challenges. In this workshop, Darren gives advice and encouragement for dads who homeschool. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this workshop, Tracy discusses the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and highlights principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. She offers special encouragement for both ‘messies’ and ‘born-organizers.’ View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Have any of your children demonstrated a tendency toward anger or a bad temper? If so, this session is essential for you. Anger is a God-given emotion and did not come about as a result of the Fall. However, the Bible says, “Be angry, and sin not.” This talk addresses anger from a biblical perspective, focusing on the positive and negative aspects of anger. Mike also delineates the five steps that lead to rebellion. View details »
J. Michael Smith
In light of the government’s ever-growing encroachment into family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical. Drawing on over two decades of experience defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts, Mike informs the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well.

Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.” View details »
Darren Jones
One of our most important duties as parents is to help our children encounter God, in part through devotional times. Come prepared to discuss specific, practical advice in how devotions can serve as an opportunity for the whole family to experience the love and grace of God. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
James R. Mason
We homeschooling parents invest a lot of ourselves in our children. When one of them strays, it is a painful, prayerful time. As one who has wandered himself, and one who has shepherded seven children through sometimes challenging times, Jim has a word of encouragement, reconciliation, and hope for walking through troubled times. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy 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. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains your rights and provides general information on how to handle social services investigations, school officials at your door, or police welfare checks, social services contacts, and interaction with school officials. Tj shares stories and examples from his experience of over 15 years with HSLDA. This session helps prepare homeschooling families to deal with questions about their homeschool program and with anonymous tips / false reports. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj shares his story as a homeschool graduate, starting with his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s and moving through the high school years and beyond. Tj traces God’s direction and provision through it all. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses humor, and his experiences as a homeschool graduate and graduate of a distance-learning law school, to discuss options for high school and beyond. He gives parents and teens a practical roadmap for a successful high school program that will open the doors to future careers and callings, whether or not college is included. He encourages teens and parents to finish strong on their homeschool journey. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj shares the personal journey that he and his wife took to marriage. The discussion will focus on the support the family can provide in this journey by way of personal testimony and observations. While Tj and Susan took more of a courtship path to marriage, this workshop does not elevate courtship over dating or other potential paths to marriage. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Maybe you haven’t always homeschooled—you’re starting a few years in, or even mid-year. Can you start mid-year? What does it look like? Where do you begin? What should you expect? How can you ease the transition for all of you? This workshop answers these questions and more. There’s a Q&A time included, so bring your questions! View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about why the Parental Rights Amendment is so critical to the future of parental rights and homeschool freedom. He discusses the history of parental rights in our courts and law, the current threats, future challenges to our liberty, and how the Parental Rights Amendment would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the God-given right of parents to raise their children. He closes with information on how each member of the audience can help in this crucial battle to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Yes, YOU can teach preschool and kindergarten! In this session, Stacey shares seven foundational abilities and eight key areas of development that you will want to nurture in your children to give them a strong foundation for learning—plus lots of practical ideas for developing pre-K skills and meeting your little ones where they are. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Don't waste your time and energy jumping through hoops to make your home look like the local preschool or kindergarten. In this session, Stacey reveals what little ones really need most as you nurture language development. You will also come away with lots of (easy and no-curriculum-needed) practical ideas for teaching your littles to love language! View details »
Michael Donnelly
Today’s father spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Vicki Bentley
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “joyful mother”? If you aren’t sure this describes your perspective on motherhood right now, come learn six steps to guide you to the joyful path! We also discuss practical strategies to help us stay “tuned up.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Twenty-plus years and 17 kids later, here’s what a veteran homeschool mom would repeat—and what she would do differently on this homeschooling journey!

*NOTE: Suitable for keynote; may be re-titled “A Parent’s Sentimental Journey.” View details »
Vicki Bentley
Letting your children be more involved in helping at has some great benefits—both for training them in character and practical skills AND for your sanity! But where do you begin? This foster mom to over 50 children shares tips and practical helps that have enabled her to homeschool 17 children and still be able to open the front door to guests. View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, she shares some of her secrets to homeschooling on a tight budget. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Drawing on her experience as a mom of 17 homeschooled students and a curriculum counselor for a statewide 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 veteran homeschoolers to re-examine their goals and priorities. It also includes a basic overview of different teaching approaches. View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, 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 17. Your husband and children will thank you, and you will have hope for another day of science and language arts! View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this session, Vicki helps you decide what is important to your family, where you need to begin, how to overcome organizational challenges unique to homeschoolers. Vicki also shares practical ideas that have helped her manage her household of 10. View details »
Vicki Bentley
When you had one child, it seemed easy. But adding more children sometimes makes homeschooling feel like a zany plate-spinning act. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas for keeping the homeschooling “plates” from crashing to the floor! Come hear practical tips for teaching multiple ages from a mom of 17 homeschooled students (up seven school-aged kids at one time!). View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this workshop, Vicki helps you walk through “What I Will Do Again Next Year,” and “What I Will Definitely Change”! This works best with Vicki facilitating discussion among participants divided into small groups. This is an interactive session, good for the end of the year; it works better for a local group than for a convention workshop. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Are you overwhelmed by all the homeschooling options? Not sure where to begin? In this workshop, Vicki walks you through a planning checklist to help you prepare for this homeschool journey (good planning is the key to any successful road trip)! Topics include research, goal-setting, getting supplies, scheduling, six tips for success, and more! Appropriate for parents with children of any grade level. View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Carol Becker
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Diane Kummer
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Carol Becker
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Diane Kummer
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use 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. View details »
Carol Becker
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. View details »
Diane Kummer
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Joel D. Grewe
Someday, your kids are going to be our nation’s voters. They’ll make decisions that shape the behavior of our government and our county. That’s serious business. Here’s why you should help them learn about those rights and responsibilities beforehand. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
People in leadership often feel that they have to be perfect—or at least fake it well. This can be a crushing burden for a leader, particularly a young one. In this session, Joel explains a wiser model of leadership that admits that the leader will fail, apologize for his or her failures, and go on to lead sacrificially. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
This is a lecture series on the fine art of leadership and communication. It can be tailored to teens or adults and can be delivered in stages, from a single session to a 4-workshop series. View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.

*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
When our Founders started the great American experiment, they drew on a heritage of freedom that can be traced through history. They studied Jerusalem and the nature of law and the principle of Golden Rule, Athens with its contribution of rule of the people, Rome with its ideas of natural law, and London with its concept of the rights of man. This extended presentation traces these ideas and explores how the Founders relied on them to knit together the remarkable system of government that they handed down to us. View details »
Dan Beasley
Despite many stereotypes, homeschooling programs are unique and vary widely based on the student. Dan, a homeschool graduate himself, shares from his experience the benefits and challenges of homeschooling as well as the reasons why he is homeschooling his children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American homeschoolers need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially homeschooling. Come hear Mike examine this growing threat and discuss how American homeschoolers must face it. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Serving in the United States military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. But how can societal changes reflected in the military impact a parent’s view of military service today? What is involved in serving in the military, and how should parents mentor their children considering military service? Mike served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. In this talk, he discusses practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is growing globally, 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 help? How can we help? Mike has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom, and in this talk, he shares why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there”—and how we can help. View details »
Michael Donnelly
When someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, she responded: “Go home and love your family!” You know homeschooling is putting love in action, but does homeschooling actually promote world peace? Well, parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? In this talk, Mike shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace—and more importantly, how it allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 societal problems, including broken marriages and broken families. It may be easier to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. But it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. In this talk, Mike shares how he was raised in a broken home and explores the necessary ingredients for homeschooling families to stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life. View details »
Vicki Bentley
You had a wonderful plan at the beginning of the school year for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence from and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then . . . life happened. How does your leadership work affect your homeschooling? How do you find “normal” again? In this workshop, Vicki helps you focus on the essentials when you’re on the frontlines, especially in a crisis situation. (There is some focus on specific life crises.) View details »
Vicki Bentley
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. In this workshop, Vicki shares ideas to help your kids learn as you celebrate! View details »
William A. Estrada
The Common Core Con: What the Common Core Is (and Isn’t), How It Affects Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about the history, content, and effects of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He discusses how U.S. ratification of these treaties would threaten homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will also discusses the shifting political support for these dangerous international treaties, what freedom–loving citizens can do to fight them, and how homeschoolers have defeated these treaties in the past.

For longer sessions, he closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of these and other U.N. treaties. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
John Quincy Adams was just a teenager when he became one of America’s first diplomats and opened diplomatic ties with Russia. Then he became president of the United States! But his most inspiring contribution to America came after all that, when he spent his sunset years fighting for the freedom of the slaves, becoming the American William Wilberforce. In this session, Jeremiah explains that lasting impact does not depend on your title, age, or vocation. Instead, it comes from doing what you were designed to do to the best of your ability. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
What does it mean to be a superpower? What is the difference between just and unjust war? Is there such a thing as a just war? How does the American Revolution inform the way we make choices today? In this session, move beyond the simple soundbites of neo-cons and isolationists to deal with the important issues of making hard choices when life is hard. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
In a constitutional democratic republic, we the people have the ability (and sometimes the responsibility) to make our voices heard. In this session, learn about the three-meeting rule, the importance of working with elected officials from all parties, and the keys to building relationships with elected officials. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Faith Berens
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Krisa Winn
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 in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate too much legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? Mike explores how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
Tracy Klicka
What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’s greatest needs? What priorities do you embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With seven adult children, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in a faithful God who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children together during this special season of life. View details »
Tracy Klicka
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 Snapchat can be used in ways that glorify God, but they 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. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason. View details »
Vicki Bentley
This workshop offers practical, hands-on ideas for surrounding your preschoolers with God’s Word as you sit in your house or walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:5-9). View details »
Vicki Bentley
“Help! I’m committed to homeschooling, but I’m feeling overwhelmed just by everyday life!” Have you ever felt like this?For many of us, standard organizing suggestions don’t “stick,”  and we wonder what’s wrong with us. In this workshop, Vicki shares some tools that have helped her (and other busy moms) homeschool and get dinner on the table . . . on the same day. (Even if you were “born organized,” you’ll glean a lot from this workshop!) View details »
Vicki Bentley
As a busy mom, do you sometimes struggle with lesson planning, keeping the house somewhat presentable, teaching your kids, keeping up with the laundry, AND getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool? Learn to apply these 7 truths of juggling skills to take your homeschool journey from sanity-defying circus act to a joyful and peaceful experience. View details »
Carol Becker
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills. View details »
Diane Kummer
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
William A. Estrada
In a talk that is applicable to all ages and all backgrounds (including non-homeschoolers), Will uses biblical and historical stories as well as personal anecdotes to inspire audiences to make a difference in their communities and in our world. Instead of looking around and seeing a world that drives us to despair, Will encourages audiences to rise above and be the change that we need in society. Will discusses spiritual, social, and community ways for all of us to make a difference for good in our spheres of influence. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Almost every father has heard that he must lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. However, many fathers will tell you that no one has ever shown them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Mike presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a leader in the home and a helpful participant in the homeschool program. He also offers suggestions to men on being more effective husbands. Mike candidly shares his many failures and a few successes. The session concludes with a list of the six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family’s homeschool program. In one father’s words, “Inspiring and convicting—thanks for the straight talk!” View details »
James R. Mason
Are you a homeschooling dad like I am? Do you need an occasional booster shot like I do? Come let us reason together, encourage one another, bear each other’s burdens, and leave refreshed to carry out our vital role. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In most homeschooling families, Mom carries the biggest burden. How can Dad share the load when he is gone all day earning a living? How can we fathers influence our families as God calls us to do? In this talk, Mike discusses Kingdom priorities in homeschooling as well as practical ideas to balance the increasing demands on your time and resources. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Today’s father spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Even when Mom and Dad are pulling together with a common vision, homeschooling can be challenging. How is it possible for single parents to manage these demands of providing for, protecting, and educating their children? Mike, who was raised in a single-parent home, shares his research and thoughts on how hundreds of single moms and dads can keep homeschool successfully on their own. View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.

*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Serving in the United States military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. But how can societal changes reflected in the military impact a parent’s view of military service today? What is involved in serving in the military, and how should parents mentor their children considering military service? Mike served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. In this talk, he discusses practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking. View details »
Michael Donnelly
When someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, she responded: “Go home and love your family!” You know homeschooling is putting love in action, but does homeschooling actually promote world peace? Well, parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? In this talk, Mike shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace—and more importantly, how it allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 all important, and in order to do these things, you must manage your schedule and carefully prioritize your time. In this talk, Mike shares how you can do all of this. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 societal problems, including broken marriages and broken families. It may be easier to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. But it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. In this talk, Mike shares how he was raised in a broken home and explores the necessary ingredients for homeschooling families to stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Faith Berens
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Krisa Winn
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 in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Darren Jones
In many homeschooling families, Mom is the day-to-day teacher with input and support from Dad, but it doesn’t have to be that way—and it often isn’t. What happens when Dad is more involved or even the primary educator (and not just for the seriously cool science experiments)? Navigating play dates, setting schedules, maintaining the routine—all bring their own special challenges. In this workshop, Darren gives advice and encouragement for dads who homeschool. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Tracy has never met a homeschooling mom who, at some point in her homeschooling experience, hasn’t desperately wanted to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can handle—but there is hope. In this talk, Tracy encourages parents to thrive, not just survive, in raising their children for the Lord. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this workshop, Tracy discusses the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and highlights principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. She offers special encouragement for both ‘messies’ and ‘born-organizers.’ View details »
Tracy Klicka
As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had multiple sclerosis for 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has at times felt 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 how it can be yours, too. View details »
Tracy Klicka
As Tracy has experienced, it’s 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. If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure. View details »
Tracy Klicka
In this session, Tracy emphasizes the foundational importance of cultivating your child’s relationship with God. She discusses a parent’s primary goal of reaching the heart of a child through godly communication, describes the proper role of discipline, and shares special encouragement for the toddler and teen years. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Having struggled herself for many years with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number–one priority. Moms can find time to walk joyfully with the Lord in this busy season of life! View details »
Michael Donnelly
Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Yes, YOU can teach preschool and kindergarten! In this session, Stacey shares seven foundational abilities and eight key areas of development that you will want to nurture in your children to give them a strong foundation for learning—plus lots of practical ideas for developing pre-K skills and meeting your little ones where they are. View details »
Stacey Wolking
Don't waste your time and energy jumping through hoops to make your home look like the local preschool or kindergarten. In this session, Stacey reveals what little ones really need most as you nurture language development. You will also come away with lots of (easy and no-curriculum-needed) practical ideas for teaching your littles to love language! View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Even when Mom and Dad are pulling together with a common vision, homeschooling can be challenging. How is it possible for single parents to manage these demands of providing for, protecting, and educating their children? Mike, who was raised in a single-parent home, shares his research and thoughts on how hundreds of single moms and dads can keep homeschool successfully on their own. View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.

*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court said that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Serving in the United States military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. But how can societal changes reflected in the military impact a parent’s view of military service today? What is involved in serving in the military, and how should parents mentor their children considering military service? Mike served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. In this talk, he discusses practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking. View details »
Michael Donnelly
When someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, she responded: “Go home and love your family!” You know homeschooling is putting love in action, but does homeschooling actually promote world peace? Well, parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? In this talk, Mike shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace—and more importantly, how it allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Grades and graduation may be part of school, but should they be part of your homeschool? Are we limiting ourselves by thinking in these terms? Should we care about grades in a classroom of one? Or is there another way to think about academic, spiritual, and emotional progress? In this talk, Mike explores the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers you and your children. View details »
Michael Donnelly
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 societal problems, including broken marriages and broken families. It may be easier to hide the pain than to confront essential elements required for “fixing” these complex and serious issues. But it’s never too late to try to fix something that’s broken. In this talk, Mike shares how he was raised in a broken home and explores the necessary ingredients for homeschooling families to stay connected and whole amidst the pressures and stresses of life. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Faith Berens
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Krisa Winn
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 in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Tracy Klicka
Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are discouraged. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent-child relationships points to the reality that families need help! Thankfully, God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and springboard from which parents and children can grow in communicating with grace. This workshop from Tracy, a veteran homeschooling mom of seven now-adult children, is sure to encourage you! View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Darren Jones
In many homeschooling families, Mom is the day-to-day teacher with input and support from Dad, but it doesn’t have to be that way—and it often isn’t. What happens when Dad is more involved or even the primary educator (and not just for the seriously cool science experiments)? Navigating play dates, setting schedules, maintaining the routine—all bring their own special challenges. In this workshop, Darren gives advice and encouragement for dads who homeschool. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj discusses current legal problems homeschooling families encounter in your state and what HSLDA has done to protect homeschooling within your state. The workshop also looks at national homeschool issues and how HSLDA is addressing them. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
With the goal of challenging Christian homeschooling families to become more involved in government and politics, Tj explains what Generation Joshua is and outlines the exciting opportunities it offers to young people and their families. He shares Generation Joshua’s vision to create an educational foundation in government and civics for homeschool students and to provide unique opportunities for homeschoolers to make a positive impact on our nation’s political landscape. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj shares his story as a homeschool graduate, starting with his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s and moving through the high school years and beyond. Tj traces God’s direction and provision through it all. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj shares the personal journey that he and his wife took to marriage. The discussion will focus on the support the family can provide in this journey by way of personal testimony and observations. While Tj and Susan took more of a courtship path to marriage, this workshop does not elevate courtship over dating or other potential paths to marriage. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
Someday, your kids are going to be our nation’s voters. They’ll make decisions that shape the behavior of our government and our county. That’s serious business. Here’s why you should help them learn about those rights and responsibilities beforehand. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
People in leadership often feel that they have to be perfect—or at least fake it well. This can be a crushing burden for a leader, particularly a young one. In this session, Joel explains a wiser model of leadership that admits that the leader will fail, apologize for his or her failures, and go on to lead sacrificially. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
This is a lecture series on the fine art of leadership and communication. It can be tailored to teens or adults and can be delivered in stages, from a single session to a 4-workshop series. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
When our Founders started the great American experiment, they drew on a heritage of freedom that can be traced through history. They studied Jerusalem and the nature of law and the principle of Golden Rule, Athens with its contribution of rule of the people, Rome with its ideas of natural law, and London with its concept of the rights of man. This extended presentation traces these ideas and explores how the Founders relied on them to knit together the remarkable system of government that they handed down to us. View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Serving in the United States military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. But how can societal changes reflected in the military impact a parent’s view of military service today? What is involved in serving in the military, and how should parents mentor their children considering military service? Mike served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. In this talk, he discusses practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
John Quincy Adams was just a teenager when he became one of America’s first diplomats and opened diplomatic ties with Russia. Then he became president of the United States! But his most inspiring contribution to America came after all that, when he spent his sunset years fighting for the freedom of the slaves, becoming the American William Wilberforce. In this session, Jeremiah explains that lasting impact does not depend on your title, age, or vocation. Instead, it comes from doing what you were designed to do to the best of your ability. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
What does it mean to be a superpower? What is the difference between just and unjust war? Is there such a thing as a just war? How does the American Revolution inform the way we make choices today? In this session, move beyond the simple soundbites of neo-cons and isolationists to deal with the important issues of making hard choices when life is hard. View details »
Jeremiah Lorrig
In a constitutional democratic republic, we the people have the ability (and sometimes the responsibility) to make our voices heard. In this session, learn about the three-meeting rule, the importance of working with elected officials from all parties, and the keys to building relationships with elected officials. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason. View details »
William A. Estrada
In a talk that is applicable to all ages and all backgrounds (including non-homeschoolers), Will uses biblical and historical stories as well as personal anecdotes to inspire audiences to make a difference in their communities and in our world. Instead of looking around and seeing a world that drives us to despair, Will encourages audiences to rise above and be the change that we need in society. Will discusses spiritual, social, and community ways for all of us to make a difference for good in our spheres of influence. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
In light of the government’s ever-growing encroachment into family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical. Drawing on over two decades of experience defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts, Mike informs the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well.

Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.” View details »
J. Michael Smith
Almost every father has heard that he must lead his family spiritually, physically, and in every other way. However, many fathers will tell you that no one has ever shown them how to effectively lead their children, especially in the area of spiritual development. Mike presents encouraging and practical tips to fathers for becoming a leader in the home and a helpful participant in the homeschool program. He also offers suggestions to men on being more effective husbands. Mike candidly shares his many failures and a few successes. The session concludes with a list of the six things homeschooling mothers have identified as the primary ways their husbands can be more effective in the family’s homeschool program. In one father’s words, “Inspiring and convicting—thanks for the straight talk!” View details »
James R. Mason
A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
James R. Mason
We homeschooling parents invest a lot of ourselves in our children. When one of them strays, it is a painful, prayerful time. As one who has wandered himself, and one who has shepherded seven children through sometimes challenging times, Jim has a word of encouragement, reconciliation, and hope for walking through troubled times. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this workshop, Tj discusses current legal problems homeschooling families encounter in your state and what HSLDA has done to protect homeschooling within your state. The workshop also looks at national homeschool issues and how HSLDA is addressing them. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
With the goal of challenging Christian homeschooling families to become more involved in government and politics, Tj explains what Generation Joshua is and outlines the exciting opportunities it offers to young people and their families. He shares Generation Joshua’s vision to create an educational foundation in government and civics for homeschool students and to provide unique opportunities for homeschoolers to make a positive impact on our nation’s political landscape. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains your rights and provides general information on how to handle social services investigations, school officials at your door, or police welfare checks, social services contacts, and interaction with school officials. Tj shares stories and examples from his experience of over 15 years with HSLDA. This session helps prepare homeschooling families to deal with questions about their homeschool program and with anonymous tips / false reports. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj explains how you can homeschool your child with special educational needs all the way through graduation! He also discusses how to know when a certification of completion may be more appropriate than a diploma, how to prepare transcripts for your special needs child, and how to get accommodations for the SAT or ACT. This session also touches on dealing with discrimination that a child with special needs might encounter. Finally, Tj looks briefly at Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability benefits and times when you may want to pursue guardianship or conservatorship. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
This workshop covers everything you need to know about your legal rights when homeschooling a child with a special educational need. Tj discusses your right to homeschool and highlights any reporting requirements across the country that are unique for families of children with special needs. This workshop also covers your right to seek an evaluation from the public school of your child’s needs as well as your right to decline a school’s individualized education plan (IEP) for your child. Tj shares information for parents who live in states where homeschool students are eligible for special education services and talks about the pros and cons of seeking these services through the public school. To ensure that your specific issue or question is addressed, this workshop has plenty of time for your questions. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Vicki Bentley
In this interactive session, Vicki discusses four basic needs of homeschooling families and shares practical ways for groups to meet those needs. The workshop includes tips for dads on getting involved. View details »
Vicki Bentley
What is a mentoring group? In this workshop, hear how some groups have mobilized their veteran homeschoolers to help pass the baton to the new families. Learn how to meet the needs of your newer homeschooling families without losing the veterans. Vicki discusses various types of mentoring programs available, practical ideas for success, and the benefits to your support group. Sample materials will be available. View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
Carol Becker
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Diane Kummer
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.

*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Dan Beasley
Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come. View details »
Dan Beasley
Dan breaks down your homeschool law in easy-to-understand steps to help you homeschool with confidence. He also highlights legal issues and legislation that impact homeschooling and shares some of the ways he is advocating on behalf of homeschooling families. This workshop can be tailored to audience interest and background. View details »
William A. Estrada
In this fast-paced and informational talk, Will uses humor and his personal story as a [failed] candidate for public office, [successful] lobbyist for HSLDA, and [so-so] political activist to encourage attendees to be involved in politics. Whether you are a savvy politico, a political neophyte, or a jaded voter—or you don’t know what you are!—and whether you have a lot of time on your hands or barely any time at all, be inspired that you can make a difference in our nation and through political activity. Gain up-to-date information and training in making a difference, whether it’s through grassroots lobbying, political activity at the local level, or even running for political office. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American homeschoolers need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially homeschooling. Come hear Mike examine this growing threat and discuss how American homeschoolers must face it. View details »
Vicki Bentley
This is a 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. (Room set-up help needed.) View details »
Vicki Bentley
Join Vicki to hear four steps to joyful support group leadership. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Dan Beasley
Homeschool graduates still encounter this phrase when applying for employment, admission to colleges and trade schools, social security, disability, and veteran’s benefits, and participation in extracurricular competitions and programs. While homeschooling is now widely recognized as a legal form of education, there is still much work to be done to ensure that students and graduates are not discriminated against because their parents choose to exercise their right to homeschool.

HSLDA continues to advocate for students and graduates who face this kind of discrimination. Come hear the stories, legal battles, and solutions for how to end homeschool discrimination. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate too much legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? Mike explores how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Who really has the best interests of children at heart: parents or the state?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses the Biblical account of Esther as a springboard to encourage homeschoolers and non–homeschoolers alike in their walk with God and their family, community, and civic life. He reminds us how God has placed each of us in a unique position in life for a reason. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
William A. Estrada
In a talk that is applicable to all ages and all backgrounds (including non-homeschoolers), Will uses biblical and historical stories as well as personal anecdotes to inspire audiences to make a difference in their communities and in our world. Instead of looking around and seeing a world that drives us to despair, Will encourages audiences to rise above and be the change that we need in society. Will discusses spiritual, social, and community ways for all of us to make a difference for good in our spheres of influence. View details »
Darren Jones
Guard your support group against legal surprises! In this workshop, Darren helps you understand issues that affect your group, including civil rights law, child abuse prevention, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Don’t miss this important discussion of policies your support group should adopt when addressing membership issues and child protection! View details »
Darren Jones
Homeschool support groups often have the opportunity to assist families who are experiencing difficulty. Divorce, abandonment, unexpected special education needs or mental illness, or just falling behind with too much on their plate—all of these present unique challenges to homeschooling families. Darren discusses ways the homeschool community can rally to help “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” View details »
Carol Becker
Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records—but it doesn’t have to be hard! In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. The session will guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts showing other formats for you to consider. View details »
Carol Becker
How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? 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 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. View details »
Carol Becker
If your teen’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. View details »
Carol Becker
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. In this workshop, you’ll learn how and when to track your student’s progress through high school. View details »
Carol Becker
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re 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 teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. View details »
Diane Kummer
How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? 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 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. View details »
Diane Kummer
If your teen’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. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. View details »
Diane Kummer
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re 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 teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. View details »
Diane Kummer
Once a teen 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—but which should you pursue for your teen? We’ll help you narrow down the list. View details »
Diane Kummer
Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records—but it doesn’t have to be hard! In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. The session will guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts showing other formats for you to consider. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses humor, and his experiences as a homeschool graduate and graduate of a distance-learning law school, to discuss options for high school and beyond. He gives parents and teens a practical roadmap for a successful high school program that will open the doors to future careers and callings, whether or not college is included. He encourages teens and parents to finish strong on their homeschool journey. View details »
Carol Becker
Once a teen 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—but which should you pursue for your teen? We’ll help you narrow down the list. View details »
Diane Kummer
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. This session gives you a crash course in navigating through the resources listed on the website saving you time, angst, and heart burn! View details »
Vicki Bentley
Maybe you haven’t always homeschooled—you’re starting a few years in, or even mid-year. Can you start mid-year? What does it look like? Where do you begin? What should you expect? How can you ease the transition for all of you? This workshop answers these questions and more. There’s a Q&A time included, so bring your questions! View details »
Krisa Winn
In this workshop, Krisa discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them) as well as strategies for success with your children who learn differently. This workshop also provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. View details »
Faith Berens
In this workshop, Faith defines what dyslexia is (and what it is not), discusses the different types of dyslexia as well as levels of struggle (mild, moderate, severe), and then offers hope by sharing the types of necessary teaching methods, research-based interventions, and programs that you can implement in your homeschool. Faith offers hope and encouragement in addition to tricks and strategies to add to your teaching toolkit! View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Carol Becker
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Diane Kummer
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a child who just isn’t getting phonics—or is struggling with beginning reading instruction? Or perhaps you have a child who has sloppy speech or doesn’t seem to hear things correctly? Poor phonemic awareness could be partly to blame. This session provides parent-teachers with an understanding of phonemic awareness skills and how these skills (or lack thereof) impact a child’s ability to become a proficient reader. Participants receive a phonemic awareness assessment that they can use at home, take part in interactive activities in order to “play” with phonemic awareness, and receive a list of curriculum, materials, and games that address these important, foundational skills. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith addresses the importance of spelling and presents the developmental stages of spelling. She also shares various strategies, techniques, and fun, hands-on, multi-sensory methods for spelling practice, as well as specialized spelling programs and strategies to help you transform “I am a terrible speller” into “I am a good speller!” View details »
Faith Berens
Do you have a student who is having reading difficulties? This session introduces the 5 Pillars of Reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding and word recognition), fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Faith offers guidance for identifying the area and the level of your child’s reading difficulty, and she also shares practical teaching tools, strategies, and techniques for remediating your child’s reading struggles.

*NOTE: This workshop can be broken into two sessions to allow for more in-depth coverage. Session 1 will address decoding and fluency problems. Session 2 will cover reading comprehension. View details »
Faith Berens
In this session, Faith discusses the ultimate goal of reading instruction: comprehension. She also explores various types of thinking and processing skills required for proficient comprehension. Faith shares tips, techniques, and strategies for developing the vocabulary of very young, as well as good habits of mind in order to lay a solid foundation for comprehension with our wee ones (up to age 5). View details »
Faith Berens
This encouraging workshop offers ideas for how to make homeschooling fit with your family’s unique situation and needs as well as your teaching style and your children’s learning styles. Faith offers suggestions for scheduling, time management, organization, and teaching children of different ages simultaneously. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop provides an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner / Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Faith shares diagnostic checklists for struggling learners, discusses common roadblocks homeschooling parents face (and how to navigate around them), and shares strategies for achieving success with your children who learn differently. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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 coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, and post–high school options. She also offers tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »
Faith Berens
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Faith explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction. She also shares ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Faith Berens
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop provides practical tips for parents who want to provide a quality early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home. View details »
Krisa Winn
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 in the way you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes-forgotten areas of progress. She also provides teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you persevere when it seems your efforts are in vain. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your child have a learning disability or severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants of this workshop learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP (student education plan), the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance on drafting an SEP. Participants look at sample student education plans and receive a template of a Student Education Plan as well as a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan. View details »
Krisa Winn
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. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula to equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Krisa presents ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges. View details »
Krisa Winn
In this second half of “Nuts and Bolts for Success,” Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, and practical teaching strategies you can use regardless of your curriculum program. Krisa explains multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, and modeled teaching. View details »
Krisa Winn
Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop includes a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond the suggestions found in traditional teacher manuals. View details »
Krisa Winn
This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with teaching struggling or atypical learners at home 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?” Krisa discusses alternative coursework, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines, high school programs for special learners, post–high school options. She also offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for College Board tests. View details »

SESSION TYPES

J. Michael Smith
This session offers 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, Mike outlines the success of homeschooling in academics and socialization, describes legal and legislative advances, and concludes that homeschooling families have earned the right to be left alone. He reminds listeners 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.” View details »
J. Michael Smith
Parental rights and religious freedom are the two pillars of parents’ constitutional right to teach their children at home—but can they withstand a new threat to homeschool freedom? In this session, Mike explains how homeschool freedom was established and reveals why it’s still in jeopardy. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Have any of your children demonstrated a tendency toward anger or a bad temper? If so, this session is essential for you. Anger is a God-given emotion and did not come about as a result of the Fall. However, the Bible says, “Be angry, and sin not.” This talk addresses anger from a biblical perspective, focusing on the positive and negative aspects of anger. Mike also delineates the five steps that lead to rebellion. View details »
J. Michael Smith
Many homeschooling parents confess that the most difficult thing for their family is balancing all the responsibilities the family has. This workshop approaches this challenge from a biblical perspective. Mike explains the key to solving the time crunch and defeating the frustration of feeling like a failure because you have not accomplished your goals and objectives. View details »
Darren Jones
Darren attended several different public schools and a private Christian school before being homeschooled. With his diverse educational experience, he and his wife have chosen to teach their own children at home—but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect! Come hear Darren’s 8 (+1) reasons for homeschooling, and be inspired to find your own reasons. View details »
Darren Jones
Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us imitate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more. View details »
Darren Jones
The best way to safeguard the future is to learn from the past. Homeschooling’s history of close calls and exciting victories sheds light on upcoming challenges to homeschool freedom. Come hear the secret to keeping homeschool freedom free. View details »
James R. Mason
A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom. View details »
James R. Mason
Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help. View details »
James R. Mason
Are you a homeschooling dad like I am? Do you need an occasional booster shot like I do? Come let us reason together, encourage one another, bear each other’s burdens, and leave refreshed to carry out our vital role. View details »
James R. Mason
We homeschooling parents invest a lot of ourselves in our children. When one of them strays, it is a painful, prayerful time. As one who has wandered himself, and one who has shepherded seven children through sometimes challenging times, Jim has a word of encouragement, reconciliation, and hope for walking through troubled times. View details »
Scott Woodruff
When your child gives you that look and says, “Don’t judge me!” you are at a crossroads, a moment of truth, a moment of great peril and great opportunity. This session will give you the tools you need to turn what could be an ugly situation into a transformative moment of healing and redemption. If your head sometimes swims when you try to figure out whether it’s right or wrong to judge your child in a particular situation, this session will plant your feet on solid ground in ways that may surprise you. This presentation requires a projector screen. View details »
Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
In this session, Tj shares his story as a homeschool graduate, starting with his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s and moving through the high school years and beyond. Tj traces God’s direction and provision through it all. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
William A. Estrada
Will uses humor, and his experiences as a homeschool graduate and graduate of a distance-learning law school, to discuss options for high school and beyond. He gives parents and teens a practical roadmap for a successful high school program that will open the doors to future careers and callings, whether or not college is included. He encourages teens and parents to finish strong on their homeschool journey. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces still 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 freedom we have to homeschool is secured for posterity? Come hear Mike, a homeschooling father of seven, answer that question. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Are you curious about home education but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member who says you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join Mike to see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. In this talk, Mike helps you understand the basics of homeschooling, shows how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and sheds light on the myths surrounding homeschooling. View details »
Michael Donnelly
In most homeschooling families, Mom carries the biggest burden. How can Dad share the load when he is gone all day earning a living? How can we fathers influence our families as God calls us to do? In this talk, Mike discusses Kingdom priorities in homeschooling as well as practical ideas to balance the increasing demands on your time and resources. View details »
Michael Donnelly
If you understand your rights, the law, and how to manage the interaction with government workers, there is no need to fear. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come Mike discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike discusses how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Homeschooled students may be better prepared for college than many other college-bound teens, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. But what alternatives do our bright, well-educated, well-socialized homeschooled students have? In this talk, Mike offers practical tips and insightful advice on finding resources and apprenticeships to help guide teens towards their callings. View details »
Vicki Bentley
Maybe you haven’t always homeschooled—you’re starting a few years in, or even mid-year. Can you start mid-year? What does it look like? Where do you begin? What should you expect? How can you ease the transition for all of you? This workshop answers these questions and more. There’s a Q&A time included, so bring your questions! View details »
William A. Estrada
Will goes into detail about why the Parental Rights Amendment is so critical to the future of parental rights and homeschool freedom. He discusses the history of parental rights in our courts and law, the current threats, future challenges to our liberty, and how the Parental Rights Amendment would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the God-given right of parents to raise their children. He closes with information on how each member of the audience can help in this crucial battle to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Today’s father spends his precious few waking hours going in countless directions to address seemingly great needs—not least of which is his family. Our children have only one earthly father and our wives but one husband. How can we best invest our most precious resource: time? 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, and extended family responsibilities? How can 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 as he shares insights gained from his experiences as a father of seven and as an army officer, entrepreneur, company executive, and attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association. View details »
Michael Donnelly
Even when Mom and Dad are pulling together with a common vision, homeschooling can be challenging. How is it possible for single parents to manage these demands of providing for, protecting, and educating their children? Mike, who was raised in a single-parent home, shares his research and thoughts on how hundreds of single moms and dads can keep homeschool successfully on their own. View details »
William A. Estrada
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. View details »
Carol Becker
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Diane Kummer
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. View details »
Joel D. Grewe
People in leadership often feel that they have to be perfect—or at least fake it well. This can be a crushing burden for a leader, particularly a young one. In this session, Joel explains a wiser model of leadership that admits that the leader will fail, apologize for his or her failures, and go on to lead sacrificially. View details »
Dan Beasley
Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come. View details »
Dan Beasley
Despite many stereotypes, homeschooling programs are unique and vary widely based on the student. Dan, a homeschool graduate himself, shares from his experience the benefits and challenges of homeschooling as well as the reasons why he is h