EVENT SUMMARY

It's finally here! Homeschoolers across the country have been asking for answers to their questions about homeschooling high school. That help is finally here with a dedicated virtual homeschool convention addressing the most troublesome aspects of homeschooling high school. Don't hesitate to reserve your opportunity to receive encouragement, tips, tricks, and solutions to homeschool high school successfully. 
All Speaker Sessions and Vendor Hall information will be On Demand for 90 Days!  

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All times are Eastern Time Printable Schedule || Times, presenters and sessions are subject to change.

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How Homeschoolers Benefit from Entrepreneurship

 

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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Motivation Train: Creating self-governed scholars

 

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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10:30 AM
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From Homeschool To College

 

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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11:15 AM
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12:15 PM


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Free College

 

(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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11:15 AM
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11:45 AM


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Rising Importance of Exploring College Alternatives

 

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 Homeschool.com'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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12:15 PM


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Learn, Master, Retain: How to Construct the Best Science Experience for Your Student

 

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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12:30 PM
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How to ACE the new SAT

 

(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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12:30 PM
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1:00 PM


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Using virtual schools to homeschool

 

HomeschoolVirtual.com 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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1:00 PM
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Preparing high school students with a foundation of logic and rhetoric

 

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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1:45 PM
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2:45 PM


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Building an amazing high school transcript

 

(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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1:45 PM
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The differences between the SAT and ACT.

 

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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3:00 PM
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Creating a four-year high school writing plan

 

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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3:00 PM
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3:30 PM


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The Penn Foster experience to Graduation and beyond!

 

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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3:30 PM
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Software Engineering: Starting Early and Exploring Career Paths

 

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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How to Make College More Affordable

 

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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Building your student’s mind with Digital Music Resources

 

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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4:45 PM
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Keynote-Setting Your Life's Direction

 

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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Time4Learning provides an award-winning, comprehensive online curriculum for students in PreK-12th grade. It offers lessons in math, language arts, science, social studies, and more. More than 500,000 families have used Time4Learning for homeschool, afterschool enrichment, and skill building.

 




Entrepreneur University is focused on changing the world through building profitable businesses. A business is much more than developing a product or offering a service. A successful business happens on purpose, not by accident. At Entrepreneur University we teach students all the facets of establishing and operating a successful business.

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Combining 25 years of experience, Jen Henson ACT Prep, NKY Tutoring and PM Tutoring offer families an individualized, practical approach to conquering the college entrance tests.  Our care for your child is the same care we give our own.




Classical Academic Press is a K–12 educational publishing, media, and consulting company for schools and homeschools. Their motto, “Classical Subjects Creatively Taught,” describes their goal to create curricula, media with a touch of creativity and flair.




We teach how to ace standardized tests like the SAT/PSAT/CLT… Learn that these are logic and not IQ tests and questions can be answered in 30 seconds or less. College rankings mean - that higher scores equal more scholarship money!




Novare Science & Math and Centripetal Press are producing a fresh, mastery-based sequence of science curriculum for middle and high school. Centripetal Press serves secular schools and homeschoolers while Novare targets faith-based educators who embrace mainstream science. All textbooks feature concise, lucid, and up-to-date narrative designed to bring about real learning and retention. We integrate science history, mathematics, written communication, and even a little philosophy. Aesthetically-sensitive page formatting strives to avoid loud, overblown or goofy graphics on one hand, and boring, minimalist presentation on the other. Our curriculum is already in 140 schools around the country and thousands of homeschools! Check out our website for sample pages and TOCs.




When it comes to parenting, Nicholeen Peck is a worldwide phenomenon and leader — and for good reason! Her proven system based on Four Simple Skills transforms even the most out-of-control teenagers and homes from chaos to calm within days. Though she’s an international speaker, author, mentor, former foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens, and even President of the Worldwide Organization for Women (an approved consultant for the United Nations), Nicholeen spends most of her time at home with her husband and four children, which she knows will be her greatest impact and legacy. The fact that she has such an international influence while still being a stay-at-home mom is evidence of the effectiveness of her teachings. Learn more about her mission and methods at www.teachingselfgovernment.com.

Teaching Self-Government's mission is to mentor parents to analyze family relationships and problem solve difficult situations by teaching principles of self-government, the structure of a unified family atmosphere, and the tools and skills needed for self-mastery and personal freedom.




TEL Library offers a parent-friendly, inclusive solution for college-bound homeschool students. Our Collegiate High School package provides a catalog of high-quality, self-paced courses that provide the equivalent of a 3-hour college course, while also covering core high school requirements. Our courses are designed to support a wide range of study models and we provide implementation guides to help parents make the most of this educational opportunity and provide their students the best learning experience possible.




Music builds minds, and for 130 years, The Royal Conservatory of Music has been dedicated to developing human potential through leadership in music education. With over 5 million alumni, including Sarah McLachlan, David Foster, and Oscar Peterson, our program is used by 30,000 teachers to support 500,000 students across North America and is recognized globally as a comprehensive and effective system of music study and assessment. Our extensive digital resources focus on developing musical literacy through the study of music theory and history and creating well-rounded musicians!




HomeSchoolVirtual.com is a program of Virtual Schools of Excellence and provides students in K-12 with online and full service educational opportunities. High school students can enroll full-time or part-time and may earn a fully accredited high school diploma (SACS/NCA/NWAC/CASI). The program has been recognized as a top site by Homeschool.com, is NCAA approved, and AP classes are College Board approved. We have over 300 courses including all core subjects, electives, career and technical classes with industry certifications, dual enrollment college classes, and faith based religion classes.

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Brave Writer grows writers not just writing students. We provide materials and award-winning online classes. We help kids get in touch what they have to say. We help parents learn how to support their kids in taking those writing risks.

Over 30,000 families have taken our classes and countless others have used our materials. Let us help you have writing breakthroughs!