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Convention 2017

2017 CHEA Annual Leadership Conference
July 13, 2017 at the Pasadena Convention Center

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Remembering Our Vision

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

What are the strengths and distinctive of private Christian home education? As homeschool leaders, we need to recognize, remember, and retain the vision that sets us apart from other educational alternatives and learn to better communicate that vision to those around us.

Conference Schedule


8:00 a.m. Registration Opens

Members of our Board of Directors and Regional Advisory Board will be on hand to say hello and visit.

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Opening Session

  • Worship with the Nieves Family

  • Town Hall Meeting - Supporting the Vision.

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Session 1

  • Enabling the Vision: A Powerful, Sustaining Vision for Leadership - Zan Tyler

  • Expanding the Vision: Growing Your Group While Remaining True to the Vision - Mary York

  • Forming the Vision: Issues with New Homeschooling Families - Forum - Penny Ross

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon & Awards

  • Casting the Vision: Leader of the Year Award

  • Believing the Vision: Dream Big - Todd Wilson - Keynote

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Session 2

  • Preserving the Vision: Legislative Updates & Issues - Nathan Pierce & Mike Smith - General Session

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Session 3

  • Living the Vision: They Look to You - Todd Wilson

  • Spreading the Vision: Using Social Media to Increase Visibility for Your Group - Andrew Vandever

  • Retaining the Vision: Helping Families of High Schoolers - Forum - Arleen Morris

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Closing Keynote

  • Embracing the Vision: Ten Lessons I Learned on my Way to Jail - Zan Tyler

Workshop Descriptions

Arleen Morris

FORUM: Retaining the Vision for High Schoolers
Join us for discussion and time of Q&A on issues of concern to groups with high school students.  How to retain the vision of discipleship and faith while trying to meet academic requirements for graduation or college admission. Some basics to be sure are in place for students at the end of high school. Helpful class recommendations beyond the core requirements. Bring your questions too!

Nathan Pierce & J. Michael Smith

Nathan and Mike will give the latest report on what is going on at the California State Capitol regarding homeschooling and parental rights. They will cover what must be done to protect our private home education and family freedoms as well as give an update on the underlying world views and trends in the war against the God-ordained family in California.

Penny Ross

FORUM: Forming the Vision and Other Issues with Families New to Homeschooling
As educational alternatives proliferate, it falls to us as leaders to help new families understand the distinctive marks of private Christian home education and then assist them in developing their own family vision. Join us for a time of discussion, questions and answers, covering issues commonly dealt with by those who minister to families new to homeschooling.

Zan Tyler

Enabling the Vision: A Powerful, Sustaining Vision for Leadership
Zan will inspire you to create or renew the vision for your group as she shares her own joys and frustrations of homeschool leadership. Zan will share tips for developing a powerful sustaining vision that encourages participation and engagement from those you are trying to serve. This session will include discussion about servant leadership and dealing with opposition, too!

Embracing the Vision: 10 Lessons I Learned on My Way to Jail
In 1984, the State Superintendent of Education told Zan Tyler that he could her put in jail for homeschooling her son. Zan knew this was no idle threat. The shock and fear riveted her and the imminent threat of being jailed forced her to count the costs of homeschooling and decide if it was really worth it. Zan learned some powerful lessons about fighting for freedom, family, and faith that remain pertinent today. Our nation is once again at a crossroads where the liberties we often take for granted are at stake. We must continue to work to preserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness while intentionally raising up a new generation of freedom fighters. But how do we do that? Come to this session to be encouraged and equipped with powerful principles to share with your group.

Andrew Vandever

Spreading the Vision: Using Social Media to Increase Visibility for Your Group
Like many other tools, social media can either be a drag or a powerful benefit for your community, depending on how you use it. In this workshop, Andrew will share some useful ways of thinking about social media as it relates to your group, along with practical ideas to empower you in leading your community.

Todd Wilson

Believing the Vision:  Dream Big
Everyone has dreams--you, your spouse, and your children, but for every dreamer, a dream killer lurks in the shadows. They're the ones who constantly remind you why you shouldn't homeschool, have more children, be a stay-at-home mom, start a new business, or take that step of faith God’s telling you to take. Dream killers grew up with you. They live in your house and sometimes they even...are you. Their intentions may be good, but if you listen to them, you will miss out on God's best for your life. Join Todd as he helps you revive old dreams, fan the dreams in others’ lives, and urges you to throw caution to the wind and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime.

Living the Vision: They Look to You
Like it or not, when you’re a homeschool leader, people watch you. Younger moms look to you for guidance and a pattern to follow. They want to be reminded that the sacrifices they make now are worth it, that the young children who are dependent on them will grow up and be okay, and that the dark days of monotonous toiling will be replaced by sunny days of success. There are husbands of homeschooling moms who are skeptical of the whole homeschooling idea, who need to see positive examples, and be encouraged to be their wife’s knight in shining armor. These young homeschoolers need you to point them to the best materials, the most effective products, and the most encouraging speakers. They look to you for answers, affirmation, and strength, all the while longing to hear that they are normal for wanting to toss in the towel, for feeling inadequate, and for failing to do what matters most. That’s a big order to fill, but one that God has called you to. You don’t need to be perfect, just real. Join Todd as he challenges you in the vital role you play as a homeschool leader.

Mary York

Expanding the Vision: Growing Your Group While Remaining True to the Vision
"Options in education" is the new buzz in the political arena. As leaders in Christian home education this "Options" movement presents us with the opportunity to revisit our initial vision, hopes,and desires for the support systems we put in place. Have our ministries lived up to our expectations? Can we do more to better communicate the benefits of Christian home education versus the public system in its many forms? Can we enhance the support we offer to our parents? Mary will address the heart issues behind serving our families, and present various training programs and promotions to help strengthen and expand our ministries.

About Our Speakers

Arleen Morris

Arleen Morris Arleen has worked in homeschool administration for over 30 years She is Administrator/Principal for Christian Heritage School in Corona which has always had a large high school population (anywhere from 90 to 130+ high schoolers each year). Her daughter was taught at home from K-12, then went to community college followed by University of California, graduating with honors (so it can be done!).

Nathan Pierce

Nathan and his wife Betsy were married in 2004 and have six children. They are homeschooling their children and plan to do so until graduation. Nathan was homeschooled through high school and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in political studies from The Master’s College. He has had over 14 years of experience doing advocacy work at the State Capitol. Nathan began his work at Family Protection Ministries in 2002 and serves as Legislative Liaison, California Director, and conference speaker to homeschool leaders, parents, and teens.

Penny Ross

Penny has been assisting homeschoolers for 30 years; homeschooling her own three children; leading Hope Chapel Academy, a private school satellite program (PSP) in Hermosa Beach; and now running Tools for the Home Educator, which offers consultations, curriculum, and classes for homeschool parents. It's her passion to help homeschool families find the best way to succeed in educating and discipling their children at home through their own unique circumstances.

J. Michael Smith

Mike is the President of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), an organization which he has been involved with since its beginning. HSLDA was established to protect the right of parents to teach their children at home, and now represents more than80,000 families. Mike became involved in defending homeschoolers after he and his wife, Elizabeth, decided to homeschool their children. Mike has been doing keynote speaking to homeschool conferences for over 30 years, and his desire is to communicate the benefits of home education and his belief that God has raised up this movement for a special purpose at this time.

Zan Tyler

Zan was threatened with jail when she began homeschooling in 1984. For the next eight years she fought for homeschool freedom and good legislation in South Carolina. In 1990 she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led her to serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capitol, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling. She is the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential. Zan currently serves as the Director of Language Arts, Bible, and Press for Apologia Educational Ministries. She homeschooled for 21 years.

Andrew Vandever

Andrew is a computer systems engineer working at a social media company. His wife Jenny is the director of SELAH, a member of the CHEA support network in the San Francisco bay area. They were both homeschooled, and are now homeschooling their two daughters, ages seven and eight.

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson Todd is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. His humor and down-to-earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what's most important through a weekly e-mail for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents. Todd, and his wife Debbie, homeschool five of their eight children (three have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile. You can read more at www.familymanweb.com.

Mary York

Mary York Married to Scott for 38 years, mother of seven, 22-year homeschool veteran. Mary was a class day coordinator for the PSP they attend, administering up to 170 families for 10 years. She most recently served the PSP as the school principal for 10 years with responsibility for the office staff and six class day sites covering San Diego County. She started one class day from "scratch" that started with 18 families and helped to relocate and rebuild another class day in North County. As a CHEA Regional Area Board member, Mary's ministry to Christian home education has expanded to include all the support groups in Orange County and south. Her desire is to help support groups with their outreach and training programs to draw more families into Christ centered education.

Special Information


  • The 34th Annual Leadership Conference is open to all who are interested in leadership of private Christian home education groups. If you know of leaders who are not CHEA Support Network Members but who may like to attend, please feel free to invite them.
  • Children are not allowed at the Leadership Conference. Nursing infants whose parents are considerate of others are welcome.
  • 34th Annual Leadership Conference registration will be available at the door for an additional fee, however, luncheon is not included.
  • The 34th Annual CHEA Convention opens Thursday at 5:00 p.m with the Exhibit Hall Preview for Premium Members and our FREE Homeschool Mini Conference for New Homeschoolers at 5:30 p.m. Separate registration and admission fees are required for entrance to all areas of the 34th Annual CHEA Convention.
  • Refund Policy: CHEA contracts and pays for space ahead of time so refunds are not possible.
  • Current CHEA Members who are attending the Leadership Conference but not attending the Annual Convention may buy an Exhibit Hall Pass to attend the Thursday evening Exhibit Hall Grand Opening. This is available only with your Leadership Conference registration. An Exhibit Hall Pass is not needed if you are registered for the Convention.

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