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8/30/2018 10:00 AM -to- 10:30 AM How Homeschoolers Benefit from Entrepreneurship
P. David Hall
Homeschoolers benefit when including entrepreneurial education into their curriculum. The homeschool wave is growing exponentially and will continue. Adding to the curriculum helps to prepare our future generation to meet the ever-changing growth and needs of this country.

Why not jump start students on the road to success by including programs that will prepare them to take charge of their destiny. With college debt skyrocketing, and the cost of a four-year degree increasing yearly, the young find themselves having to pay large amounts of debt even before they began to move on with their careers. According to Money, “students are graduating with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. Student loans have surpassed medical debt as the #1 credit issue people have today.” Entreprenuer education enhances and prepares them to meet students desired goals.

A few of the benefits for the students receiving entrepreneurial education are:
• Leadership Development Based on Strong Values
• Developing Leaders that Meet Current Population Needs
• Understanding the Value of Money & Creating A Secure Future
• Entrepreneurial Foundations that Lead to the Creation of Wealth and Security
• Learning How to Start a Business Successfully
• Personal and Financial Goal Setting
• An Understanding of How to Thrive, Not Just Survive in an Ever-changing Global Economy

These are just a few of the benefits when adding entrepreneurial education to a homeschool curriculum. Young minds are easily influenced and their ability to grasp concepts is tremendous, so why not teach them basic principles that will last them a lifetime giving them a head start on life.
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8/30/2018 10:00 AM -to- 11:00 AM Motivation Train: Creating self-governed scholars
Nicholeen Peck
By the time a youth reaches middle school and high school age they are ready to learn how to govern their studies, motivate themselves, and track their progress academically, spiritually, and socially. After years of teaching homeschool classes for youth I’ve found that teaching them how to self-govern their school days is by far the most important scholarly skill they can learn. It is also the hardest. This class will talk about how to set up an environment where scholars are motivated to self-govern themselves.
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8/30/2018 10:30 AM -to- 11:00 AM From Homeschool To College
Nicole Yacura
It’s a pretty common misconception that homeschoolers can’t get into college. In fact, parents fear homeschooling their child for that very reason. To settle the debate, I want to talk about my experience from being homeschooled to going to college. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows all the time, but nothing is. If I hadn’t been homeschooled, I don’t think I would have been as successful in college as I am now. In my presentation, I will be addressing the homeschool to college transition, its positives and negatives, and a few tips. I hope that by sharing my story, I will break the stigma behind homeschoolers going to college.
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8/30/2018 11:15 AM -to- 11:45 AM Rising Importance of Exploring College Alternatives
SJ Barakony
The American educational system is broken, evidenced by the difficulties our students face while following the traditional system of learning. In this panel discussion, we'll have three outstanding homeschool leaders discuss their experiences and views on how the homeschool community can affect the necessary changes. Meet SJ Barakony, CMA and founder of Service Before Leadership, a company that exists to fill in the gaps and root issues which exist in the traditional model of education by training students to find a path to excellence in the Entrepreneurial world. Our second panelist is's own Rebecca Kochenderfer, co-founder of the site, and author of the book Homeschooling and Loving It! Rebecca has homeschooled for over 20 years and is a leader in the homeschool community. Finally, our third panelist is Dr. Jamie Gaddy, a college professor and a homeschool mom of six children. Jamie is a proponent of individualized education and has developed a distance learning program at the college level.

With the experience and knowledge brought to the table in this panel session, you are sure to walk away with insight on how to avoid the pitfalls of following the crowd, find ways to incorporate individualized learning into your homeschool, and explore college alternatives!
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8/30/2018 11:15 AM -to- 12:15 PM Free College
Jean Burk
(Learn different ways to get scholarships as well as FREE college!)

Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. Author, Jean Burk, will teach you two important concepts: how to get into the college of your choice and how to find the scholarships to pay for it. You will learn methods of receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! Unlock the keys to finding free college at your fingertips!
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8/30/2018 11:45 AM -to- 12:15 PM Learn, Master, Retain: How to Construct the Best Science Experience for Your Student
Jeffrey Mays
The best science curriculum is one where students master essential skills and concepts, and remember them for years. It will also integrate across relevant subjects such as history, math, and even a little philosophy. Finally, it will foster the natural wonder that accompanies investigation and discovery of the world and cosmos. In this presentation attendees will learn how Novare and Centripetal Press are transforming science education to the great benefit of students in the modern world.
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8/30/2018 12:30 PM -to- 1:00 PM Using virtual schools to homeschool
Andy Wells will provide you with an overview of how virtual programs work, what is involved in synchronous versus asynchronous classes online, a look at content and levels of support for homeschool parents and much more. Join us as we provide you with a clear process for understanding, assessing and comparing homeschool programs so that you can choose online opportunities that meet the specific needs of your children and family.
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8/30/2018 12:30 PM -to- 1:30 PM How to ACE the new SAT
Jean Burk
(Discover how this is a learnable test and every question can be answered in 30 seconds or less.)

Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of SAT success that have helped hundreds of students raise their test scores as much as 600 points! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, Writing, and Verbal sections are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have kids in high school, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT!
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8/30/2018 1:00 PM -to- 1:30 PM Preparing high school students with a foundation of logic and rhetoric
Christopher Perrin
Logic and Rhetoric can reach far beyond the academic subjects. They bring clarity to our own thinking, observation to all of the available means of persuasion, and ultimately helps us think and speak with clarity in compelling ways. In this session Dr. Perrin will be discussing the importance of these principles for the high school student and how it will impact them well beyond preparing for a research paper.
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8/30/2018 1:45 PM -to- 2:45 PM Building an amazing high school transcript
Jean Burk
(Don’t fear the high school years but learn little-known information that can give your student an edge.)

There is only ONE secret ingredient to giving credibility to a homeschool transcript. If you don’t know it, author Jean Burk will share the answer in this incredible lecture. Discover the insider criteria that Harvard uses to judge applicants and why summer break needs to be more than just a vacation. Learn the differences between AP, Dual Enrollment, and CLEP courses and the pros and cons of adding them to your schedule. Find out about the 3-Tier credit plan, so you can correctly build a portfolio that will impress any admissions counselor. If your kids are planning to go to college, you cannot afford to miss his engagement.
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8/30/2018 1:45 PM -to- 2:45 PM The differences between the SAT and ACT.
Jennifer Henson
Pranoy Mohapatra
Tony Miglio
Please join Jen Henson, Pranoy Mohapatra, and Tony Miglio to learn more about the ACT and SAT Standardized tests. These experts will guide you through the complexities of each test, leveraging their vast experience and knowledge. Topics for the talk will include:
  • Why do students need to take ACT and SAT tests?
  • Differences between ACT and SAT
  • Suggested timeline for testing
Be sure to join this valuable presentation to learn how to navigate the world of Standardized Testing.
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8/30/2018 3:00 PM -to- 3:30 PM The Penn Foster experience to Graduation and beyond!
Robert Gaffey
High school is a growth experience that provides the solid foundational support that is essential to the continued success of each learner. The Penn Foster experience provides just that; the building blocks for whatever your child aspires to become. In this session, Robert Gaffey, VP of Admissions for one of the largest private high schools in the United States, will introduce the Penn Foster experience, walking you from the admissions process all the way through graduation. Discover how Penn Foster’s flexible platform can provide individualized learning to your student while getting the answers to popular questions and learning how Penn Foster helps students achieve the success they want and deserve.
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8/30/2018 3:00 PM -to- 4:00 PM Creating a four-year high school writing plan
Julie Bogart
If you’re intimidated by planning a high school writing program for your teen, you’re not alone. Julie simplifies the process by identifying the three critical writing forms needed for high school and showing you how to teach them. She’ll help you get a handle on what literature to cover each year, and how to write a transcript as well. Join Julie for this practical, popular seminar that’s helped thousands of parents.
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8/30/2018 3:30 PM -to- 4:00 PM Software Engineering: Starting Early and Exploring Career Paths
Nicholas Suwyn
As the world experiences exponential advances in technology, learning to code is becoming a requirement for all, as opposed to a skill needed only by programmers. As a software engineer, it is essential to know how to code, but did you know that a knowledge of programming is also essential in most non-technology related career paths today, especially in leadership roles? Join us as we discuss the changing landscape of technology in today’s world, the technology market and industry, the benefits of learning to program, the characteristics commonly shared by individuals who enjoy and excel at coding, and an alternative path into the software engineering industry that is growing in popularity.
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8/30/2018 4:15 PM -to- 4:45 PM How to Make College More Affordable
Rob Reynolds
One of the best ways to make college more affordable for families is by helping students earn affordable college credit for their high school studies. Completing high school courses and earning affordable college credit simultaneously motivates students in their work and prepares them for greater success when they graduate. Learn how TEL Library helps parents and students remove this financial roadblock, and how we provide a path for students to earn up to two years of college credits through our self-paced, online courses at a price anyone can afford.
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8/30/2018 4:15 PM -to- 4:45 PM Building your studentís mind with Digital Music Resources
Carey Worrod
Music education is more than an extracurricular activity. Music builds brains! Formal music education is proven to have a positive influence and impact on academic achievement. Discover more about this from one the Royal Conservatory of Music’s key instructional designers and explore the many digital tools and resources available to help your student achieve their full potential through music studies.
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8/30/2018 4:45 PM -to- 5:15 PM Keynote-Setting Your Life's Direction
Miro & Lainie
Lainie and Miro (mother and 19-year-old son) share their adventures from the Road of Life, discussing issues of humanity, global citizenship, unschooling, worldschooling, slow travel, family travel, volunteering, travel inspiration, and living in the moment as they explore the big beautiful planet, they call home.
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