2015 Convention Information & Procedures
The 32nd Annual CHEA Convention promises to be one of the most exciting homeschool conventions around, with many new and unique attractions and a return to the Pasadena Convention Center. Our goal, as always, is to provide you with the resources you need to train your children, and to give you a quality event with an atmosphere that glorifies God. We continue to offer the popular Used Curriculum Exchange, the Exhibit Hall with more than 200 booths, exhibitor workshops, and great speakers. This year CHEA again hosts a free Mini Conference for New Homeschoolers, a Homeschool Graduation, a Children’s Convention, and a Teen Convention.
It is important that you read the information provided here to help you navigate the wealth of information related to the operation and benefits associated with the Convention. By registering for this event you are signifying that you have read and agree to abide by the Convention Information and Procedures for this event.
Additional Family Members are adult students, other adult members of the household who participate in the home education process, teens not attending the Teen Convention, or children under 12 not attending the Children's Convention. Children in this category are welcome in all sessions as space permits. We encourage families with children to take advantage of the reserved seating in the back of the room. Also, children must be accompanied by a parent at all times during the event. Individual families must register separately, even if they share a residence.
The wristband is your admission ticket to all areas of the Convention. Wristbands are for the sole use of the registered attendee and may not be transferred or shared. All registered adults will get one color wristband for Friday and a different color for Saturday. All Additional Family Members, including teens, children, or other adults, will wear the same color as their parents/registered adult. Teens registered for the Teen Convention will have a different color than their parents—one color for Friday and a different color for Saturday. Children registered for the Children’s Convention and their parents will get additional ID wristbands from the Children’s Convention.
Audio or video taping of the Convention sessions is prohibited. Audio recordings of most Convention workshops* may be purchased at the on-site CHEA Audio Store. For easy ordering and reference you will find the CD order number on the workshop grid in the Convention Program. Individual CDs are $6 each or buy five and get the sixth free. For the best deal, purchase a two-CD set containing all available workshops (in MP3 format) for $99 or already loaded on an MP3 player for $119. After the Convention, a limited quantity of CDs will be available through the CHEA office; and a few will be available for purchase as downloadable MP3s. Exhibitor workshops are not recorded.
*For workshops not available at CHEA’s Audio Store (see the workshop grid) contact the speaker.
Please turn off all cell phones and pagers (or on silent/vibrate mode) so you will not disturb the speaker, other attendees, and session recording. If you receive a call during the session, please wait until the session is over or leave the room to answer the call. Parents with children attending the Children’s Convention must place their cell phone on vibrate so Children’s Convention staff can contact you if needed but not interrupt other Convention activities.
If you wish to make any changes to your registration, please go to the Registration Assistance booth.
Be sure to visit the CHEA Bookstore where a wealth of resources is available. Purchasing at the Convention saves on shipping charges, and CHEA Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases at the CHEA Bookstore.
For the third year, there are plans in the works to have a CHEA Convention App (both iPhone and Android) that would give you instant access to the Convention schedule, workshop descriptions, list of exhibitors, Exhibit Hall floor plan, and much more! Details are coming soon.
Pick up your wristbands and other materials at the Pre-registration check-in counter. Pre-registration check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.
All children (ages 4 - 11) must either be registered for the Children's Convention or as an Additional Family Member. Seating is limited in all meeting rooms. We ask parents with children to take advantage of the reserved seating in the back of the room. Children three and under may accompany their parents at no charge. We recommend stroller use for the Exhibit Hall, but that you park strollers outside of meeting rooms due to space limitations and Fire Marshall Regulations. Strollers may never be left in aisles or walkways.
If children are pre-registered for the Children’s Convention, they are checked in beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. No lunch is provided. Children will need to be picked up for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and returned by 1:30 p.m. If you would like your child to have any snacks during the day, you will need to provide them. If your children are not pre-registered, visit the Registration booth first.
All children attending the Children’s Convention must have a completed medical release form when checking in at the Children’s Convention. When registering online, just read and then check the medical release agreement box until you arrive at the event, at which time you will be asked for your signature. If you pre-register or register through any other means, you will need to provide a printed/signed medical release form before you can leave your children at the Children’s Convention. The form can be printed from the CHEA website in advance to save time at the event.
CHEA can be reached during the event by calling a special information telephone number. The phone number is 626-844-6014. The phone hours are Thursday, July 16, noon to 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 17, 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The presence of a particular speaker or exhibitor at this Convention does not constitute an endorsement of their product or service or imply that a comprehensive evaluation of specific products or services has been made by CHEA. CHEA endeavors to present speakers and exhibitors whose materials are compatible with biblical principles, and our first choice is always to have Christians presenting these materials. However, if a speaker or exhibitor has material which would be beneficial to home educators, their participation is not restricted because they may not subscribe to specific religious doctrines. If you have convictions about doing business with non-Christians or are uncertain about the content of specific material, please clarify this with the individual speaker or exhibitor before making your purchase or signing a contract for services.
Earn bonuses by pre-registering early! Take advantage of Early Bird Pre-registration and receive these bonuses: 3 free workshop CDs; 5 additional Ultimate Giveaway tickets; and receive the absolute earliest Used Curriculum Exchange tickets. To qualify, pre-register by the 8:59 p.m. January 15 deadline.
The Exhibit Hall features displays from a variety of curriculum suppliers, resource companies, and cottage industries for browsing, making purchases, or placing orders. Exhibits are open Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m. as well as Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. To attend the Thursday evening Exhibit Hall, an attendee needs to be registered for at least Friday or Saturday, or qualify for the special one-hour preview by attending the Free Introduction to Home Education session. Saturday it is open to all graduation ticket holders.
Please shop our Exhibitors: Our exhibitors are a vital part of our Convention. While you may be able to find some of the items in our Exhibit Hall at a discount through catalogs or used curriculum resources, consider the added service value provided by our on-site exhibitors. They have gone to great effort and expense to set up materials for your examination and spend many hours providing knowledgeable information about their products. If you take their time and reap the benefits of their knowledge, please reward them with your purchase.
These special workshops provide a close-up look at specific products and companies. Exhibitors will highlight the benefits of their products and demonstrate how to use them most effectively. Be sure to check out the workshop descriptions. These workshops are available Friday and Saturday in the Conference Center Building. See the Exhibitor Workshop Schedule or Exhibitors list for the companies represented. Your Convention Program will also have a complete schedule. Please note that Exhibitor Workshops are not recorded.
There will be a special collection during the Friday morning General Session to support the work of Family Protection Ministries. We encourage you to come prepared to make a generous contribution to our partners in this vital work of protecting and defending parental rights in California. All checks should be made out to FPM (no credit cards).
Major injuries or illnesses should be reported to the Information booth immediately. Bandages, aspirin, and other over-the-counter medications are available in the hotel gift shops.
Patronizing the concession areas as available helps CHEA meet its financial obligations to the Pasadena Convention Center. Visit nearby restaurants or eat a sack lunch on the grounds. Do not bring sack lunches inside the Convention Center buildings. Please help us maintain our Christian witness to the facility staff by obeying the rules. For local restaurant information, check Pasadena Convention Center signs and directories, or click this link. For nearby attractions, information will be available at the CHEA Information booth, or on our website.
A free session, an Introduction to Home Education, will be provided Thursday, 6:35 p.m.-8:00 p.m. This session can be attended on its own or as part of our Free Mini-Conference. See information later in this document. Invite your skeptical family and friends to this informative session. After the session, attendees will receive complimentary Exhibit Hall attendance for the remainder of Thursday evening (does not include access on Friday or Saturday). Paid registration is required for all other parts of the Convention.
Each registered family will receive access to a link with hundreds of dollars worth of free curriculum, discount coupons, and other resources. This “Gift Basket” link will be found in the Convention program. Attendees can access this site as often as they want as more material is placed on the website. You can even scan the announcement’s barcode with your smart phone and see the material instantly. Also, a free Literature Bag is distributed to each registered family, and is full of information about resources to help you in your home education endeavors.
We know it can be very disappointing when you can't get into the session you were looking forward to hearing. We do the best we can to select appropriate room size for speakers. Please understand that if you are turned away by a room host/hostess it is due to Fire Marshall Regulations, which do not allow sitting on the floor or standing in the back. We suggest you choose an alternate workshop in advance, get to the room early, and if all else fails, order the audio from the CHEA Audio Store. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
A facility map can be found on the website and will be included in your Convention Program.
CHEA will host a CHEA Graduation Ceremony Saturday at 5:00 p.m. This session is open to our participating graduates, their families, and their guests. Registered Convention attendees are invited as space permits. Our graduation ceremony is sponsored by Providence Christian College of Pasadena.
The Sheraton Pasadena is adjacent to the Convention Center. This provides easy walking access to all Convention activities. Price per room is $155 single through quad. Each family staying at the Sheraton Pasadena will receive a $10 gift certificate to be used at the Convention toward CHEA audio or bookstore purchases or toward Membership or Membership renewal. Just show your room key and Convention wristband at the Convention Informtion booth. One per family.
Keynote Speakers this year are Israel Wayne and Norm Wakefield. Israel (www.ChristianWorldview.net) is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a biblical worldview. Norm is the founder and executive director of The Spirit of Elijah Ministries, International. Our Featured Speakers are Tricia Goyer, a homeschooling mom of six and award-winning author/novelist, and Rhonda Stoppe, the author of Moms Raising Sons to be Men, a book published by Harvest House Publishers.
No unauthorized literature may be distributed in any area of the Convention. Only items pre-approved by CHEA may be displayed. If you are approached by a solicitor anywhere outside the Exhibit Hall, please report it to the Information booth or to a CHEA Convention volunteer.
Items left in workshop sessions or in the Convention area may be left or picked up at the Information booth until the close of the Convention Saturday evening. Items not claimed will be left with Convention Center security.
A terrific free event is again featured this year: a Mini-Conference on July 16 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. featuring Keynote Speaker Israel Wayne. He will speak from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Paid registration is required for all other parts of the Convention.
After the Keynote Session, attend the Introduction to Home Education free session from 6:35 to 8:00 p.m. and free entry for an Exhibit Hall Preview from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Attendees may attend either or both of the first two sessions (Keynote, Intro Session), but in order to participate in the third session (Exhibit Hall Preview), attendees must attend part 2, the Free Introduction to Home Education Session.
A small nursing mother’s room will be provided in Room 206 of the Convention Center Building. Hours are Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be tables and a few regular chairs. No other furniture or baby items supplied.
There are fees to park at the Pasadena Convention Center which has 600 parking spaces, and about 2500 parking spaces within a one-block radius. While parking fees are subject to change without notice by the city, they are currently $18 with in and out privileges for overnight guests at the Sheraton, day guests $10 without in and out privileges, and day guests $15 with in and out privileges.
By attending this event, you agree to allow your photo to be taken and printed in CHEA’s print or media materials.
All Silver, Gold, and Platinum Members should check in at the Membership booth. Priority check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. Premium Members are invited to attend an exclusive preview of the Exhibit Hall and the Used Curriculum Exchange on Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Children who are three or under may attend the Convention with their parents at no charge. Children four to 11 must either be registered for the Children’s Convention ($35 per day per child) or as an Additional Family Member ($25 per child per day). See rules for Children in the Convention above.
Parents of preschoolers, who have never attended a CHEA event, are invited to attend one day of the Convention free. This offer applies to parents whose oldest child is five years and under and applies to both husband and wife. Your one-day free registration also allows you to visit the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Thursday from 6:00–9:00 p.m. We also recommend you attend the free Mini Conference Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. The one day free pre-registration for parents of preschoolers is available by telephone to the CHEA office (562-864-2432) by 4:00 p.m. June 8, 2015. Some preschool registration spots are available at the door. There are no refunds of registration fees after they are paid.
One Convention program, including the schedule and workshop descriptions, will be available for each pre-registered family. At-the-door registrants receive programs as available.
Refunds are not possible. We must contract for and reserve space in advance, therefore we cannot issue refunds.
Your individual registration fee allows your spouse to attend without charge, but registration is required. Just check the appropriate box on your registration form and provide your spouse’s name. All other family members must pay the appropriate registration fees.
For information regarding CHEA Support Network Groups, private school satellite program (PSPs), and CHEA’s Support Network services, visit the Support Network booth. A complete list of CHEA’s Support Network groups is available on our website as well.
Syllabus pages from participating speakers are posted on the CHEA website in the workshop description section. No copies will be available onsite. These will be available for a short time after the Convention as well.
Our Teen Convention is sponsored by Providence Christian College. Being Christians in a Non-Christian Culture is this year’s Teen Convention theme. Being a follower of Jesus in our culture today is a high-risk adventure. The challenge teens are facing is living as Christians in a non-Christian culture. Ideas from the post-modern and the New Age worldviews are being assimilated into the heart, mind, and soul of many Christian young people. The result is a new view of truth and a new view of morality. Truth is no longer believed to apply to all people in all places throughout all time. Morality is no longer understood to be absolute. What is your view? What is the view of your closest friends? How about your social media friends? Be one of the first 200 teens to register and get a free pair of “You and the View” sunglasses.
Only teens (12-18) registered for the Teen Convention are permitted in the teen workshops. At other times of the day, teens can attend Keynote sessions and visit the Exhibit Hall. CHEA will provide volunteer adult chaperones for the Teen Convention; however parents are responsible for their teen’s safety and behavior during the Convention. We recommend that parents and teens read over the Convention materials together, select workshops, and arrange meeting times and locations. In consideration of all in attendance we request teens follow these basic guidelines:
- Wear modest, casual clothing.
- Remain seated during the sessions.
- Do not loiter outside the rooms during sessions.
- Be attentive to the speaker.
- Turn off cell phones.
- No texting during sessions.
- Review your program schedule with your teen so you can be found if needed.
- Have lunch together.
- Arrange to meet with your teen often during the day.
- Teens will wear one color wristband for Friday and another color for Saturday; the wristbands will be included in the parents' packet at check-in.
- No medical release is needed for Teens attending the Teen Convention.
Win a special Convention prize! Adult attendees will visit each Exhibitor or Convention booth listed on the special Treasure Hunt playing card provided in your registration materials, listen to their presentation, and get your card validated. Once all squares on the card are validated, turn your card in at the Information booth. A card will be chosen at random during the Ultimate Giveaway Saturday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. One lucky person will win a special Convention prize. You must be present at the drawing to win. Adults must listen to the Exhibitor presentation to get the card validated. Please be courteous to the participating exhibitors.
Prizes may include curriculum, resources, a CHEA Platinum Membership, restaurant gift certificates, hotel accommodations, and more. You must be present to win at the Ultimate Giveaway beginning Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be awarded for: Registration (1); being pre-registered (1); being a CHEA Member (1); and having at least one child/teen registered (1 ticket regardless of how many children/teens registered). Earn 5 additional tickets during the Early Bird Pre-Registration period which ends January 15. Premium Members receive an additional ticket/s: Silver (1), Gold (2), and Platinum (3). Tickets will be included in your materials at check in and need to be deposited at the door no later than 6:45 p.m. Saturday evening.
Thousands of used books, textbooks, teaching aids, and other homeschooling items will be available at the annual Used Curriculum Exchange. Attendees are admitted by ticket Thursday night, in groups by ticket number (beginning with the lowest numbers). Announcements by the PA system in the Exhibit Hall will let you know when your ticket number is coming up. A ticket does not guarantee entrance Thursday night. Tickets are not needed Friday and Saturday. Tickets are assigned first come, first served, so the earlier you register the lower your ticket number. Be sure to request your Used Curriculum ticket during the pre-registration process.
Thursday evening from 5:00-6:00 p.m. is open only to CHEA Silver, Gold, and Platinum Members. Check the Convention schedule for the UCE hours of operation. (Note Saturday’s hours are abbreviated.)
Join the team. An event of this size depends on the help of a huge team of volunteers. Volunteers are urgently needed to help with the Convention. Those who volunteer for one session or more will receive a CD voucher for each session worked. To volunteer, please contact the volunteer coordinators Logan and Pam Bechtol by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Volunteer booth in the Exhibit Hall & Ballroom building lobby.
Because of safety and congestion problems created by the proliferation of wheeled items in the Convention facility, only small rolling suitcases will be permitted. Wagons, other four-wheel vehicles, rolling crates, or two-wheeled “shopping” carts will not be permitted. Wheeled units must be kept next to attendee when viewing curriculum or conversing with others.
A complete schedule and listing of sessions to date is available on the website and will be included in your Convention program, or you can view it here.