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CHEA Presents Parenting with a Vision Conference
Reconnect with your reason for homeschooling

Why did you choose to homeschool? Let’s face it, as rewarding as homeschooling may be, it’s also one of the hardest things a mom and dad will do. As homeschooling parents we are not immune to the noise of everyday life and as such we can lose focus at times; however, it’s not too late. Join us for a day of encouragement, shopping the exhibitors, fellowship, fun, and “homeschool vision clarity.” Let us help you reconnect to your vision for homeschooling and parenting.

January 18, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Calvary Baptist Church, Santa Barbara
736 W. Islay Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Topics include:

  • A One-Size-Fits-All Education? Common Core and Your Homeschool Vision
  • Preparing Your Child for a Successful Future
  • Why Don't Children Come with Training Manuals?
  • For Fathers: Be the Husband Your Wife Needs
  • For Mothers: A Practical Blueprint
  • Will Your Child Keep the Faith to the End?

Prices and Registration

At-the-door registration

Members $27.00
Non-Members $32.00
Lunch Not available

General Information

  • One form per family.
  • Additional Family Members means children 12 and over, adult students, or other adult members of the household.
  • The content of this symposium is intended for parents and in some cases may not be appropriate for children, therefore children 11 and under are not permitted.
  • No childcare provided.
  • Nursing infants whose parents are considerate of others are welcome.

Speakers include:

Susan BeattySusan Beatty

Susan and her husband Larry began homeschooling their three children in 1982. They graduated all three children from high school at home. Susan is the co-founder of CHEA of California, a member of its Board of Directors, its communications director editing CHEA's digital magazine, The California Parent Educator, and the author of An Introduction to Home Education manual. Susan is a professional writer/journalist with a BA degree (1971) from Cal State University Los Angeles, and a graduate of CLASS seminars.

Steven MurphySteven Murphy

Steve has been associated with CHEA for more than 30 years, serving on the Board of Directors for the last several years. Before becoming a Board member, he and his wife Susan served on CHEA’s Regional Advisory Board. Steve is employed as a director of program management for a local aerospace company and has educational experience in chemistry, physics and business. Steve and Susan serve on the board of directors of a Christian private school for home educators they founded in the late 1980s. The Murphys have two children, both of whom were homeschooled from birth and are now married. Their daughter is a practicing attorney. Their son works in finance for an aerospace company.

Rebecca KocsisRebecca Kocsis

Rebecca has been married to her beloved Ed for 35 years. They homeschooled their five children for 22 years. All of them graduated from their homeschool. They are now the proud grandparents of four boys and a girl. Rebecca, a former PSP administrator, currently serves as CHEA’s Support Network director and on the CHEA Board of Directors. She is the author of Let Not Your Feathers Be Ruffled.

Jeff ByersJeff Byers

Jeff is a career firefighter for a Southern California municipal fire department. He also became an ordained minister in 1993 and established a church with his family. He and Kerry were married in 1983 and have five children (three oldest have graduated) and two grandchildren, who are second generation homeschool students. Homeschooling since 1986, they have been CHEA Members for more than 20 years. They have served as CHEA Regional Advisory Board members since 2003. They have led a Christian support group and began a private school satellite program (running it for seven years). They founded a PSP sports league in 2009.

Kerry ByersKerry Byers

Kerry is the mother of six children and has three grandchildren. She has been homeschooling since 1986, graduating three of her children so far. She is the worship leader and co-founder (with her husband Jeff) of God’s Word Church in Apple Valley. Kerry has been involved in Christian home education for years wearing many different hats, among them support group leader and private homeschool administrator. Currently she is a Regional Advisory Board member with CHEA and runs a homeschool support organization, PSP Sports And More, with her husband and family. PSP Sports And More is an outreach ministry of her church to private Christian homeschoolers designed to encourage families through the offering of sports, fine arts, and other academic classes, incorporating Christ in all. Kerry loves to serve God by bringing others to Christ and helping them realize that we are called to “do all to the glory of God.”

Gerald McKoyGerald McKoy

Gerald McKoy is a Christian, husband, father of five boys, homeschool evangelist, software developer, and Internet entrepreneur. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA of CA). Gerald created the Homeschool Netcast Network as a site devoted to supporting the existing homeschool community and evangelizing more Christian parents to homeschool their children through private school satellite programs. He does this by providing news, interviews, and inspiring stories found within the homeschool community.


08:00 a.m. - 08:30 a.m. Check-in and exhibits open
08:30 a.m. - 09:30 a.m. A One-Size-Fits-All Education? – Susan Beatty
09:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Preparing Your Child for a Successful Future – Steven Murphy
10:35 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Why Don't Children Come with Training Manuals? – Rebecca Kocsis
12:00 p.m. - 01:30 p.m. Lunch/Exhibitors
01:30 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  For Fathers: Be the Husband Your Wife Needs – Jeff Byers
  For Mothers – A Practical Blueprint for Mothers – Kerry Byers
02:35 p.m. - 03:30 p.m. Will Your Child Keep the Faith to the End? – Gerald McKoy
03:30 p.m. - 04:30 p.m. Exhibitors

Workshops include:

Susan Beatty

A One-Size-Fits-All Education? Common Core and Your Homeschool Vision
What is Common Core and how does it affect you? Let’s examine the Common Core State Standards and other one size fits all education plans. Where did they come from? More importantly, how do they affect how you teach and train up your children, not only today but tomorrow.

Steven Murphy

Preparing Your Child for a Successful Future
How do you raise your children to be successful adults? For Christians the answer is straightforward—to raise them as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. What about other aspects of life: academic, social, and civic? Join the discussion as we explore practical ways to help your child have success in all aspects of life through homeschooling.

Rebecca Kocsis

Why Don't Children Come with Training Manuals?
Do I spank my child or not? And why does she wait until I am so angry that I yell at her to obey? We get an abundance of advice from family and friends. When consulting the experts, we find that they often don’t agree. What’s a parent to do? Why don’t kids come with training manuals? There is one book with tried and true answers written by the Perfect Parent. Let’s explore what the Bible says about child training.

Jeff Byers

For Fathers: Be the Husband Your Wife Needs
The adage, “Happy wife, happy life,” speaks volumes of truth, particularly for the homeschool family. This session will explore the Biblical mandate that a man has towards his family in the role as supporter, nurturer, and provider. The primary focus will be on practical, real-world examples of how husbands can minister to and support their wives in homeschooling.

Kerry Byers

For Mothers: A Practical Blueprint for Mothers
There is more than one way to build a house, but when you begin the building process you must have a plan. This workshop will help homeschool moms develop a plan for daily family living utilizing the Bible and some practical experience from a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom for over 25 years.

Gerald McKoy

Will Your Child Keep the Faith to the End?
The technology which flattened the world is also allowing more and more people to communicate with each other regardless of geographic location and language. As the United States was once often referred to as the great American melting pot so the world has now become the new melting pot in this information age. However, there is a growing concern. How can we equip our kids to maintain their faith in this new flattened world? According to Barna statistics only three out of ten youths will keep their faith by the time they graduate from high school. Our children are being exposed to a mixture of cultures, races, ethnicities, and spiritual faiths with little to no preparation from home. Further, many in public institutions are being brought up with the philosophy of tolerance for all and as a result their spiritual heritage is being threatened. What can we do to fix this growing concern? Join us as we discuss these questions.


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