Thursday, May 9, 2024
4:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Biola University
La Mirada, CA

Are you considering homeschooling? Exploring your options? Feeling lost or overwhelmed? This Intro to Homeschooling Mini-Conference will provide you with information about how to legally educate your children at home in California, encouragement to make the right decision for your family, and an opportunity to speak with publishers and browse curriculum in the Exhibit Hall.

This event is FREE and open to the public, though registration is required.


4:30 p.m. Part I – Keynote Session
Why I’m Glad I Was Homeschooled (and Why Your Kids Will Be Too), Daniel Craig
5:30 p.m.

Part II – Introduction to Home Education, Nathan Pierce & John McGowan

7:00 p.m. Part III – Free Exhibit Hall Preview


Biola University Sigma Hall
13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639

Each suite includes two bedrooms, each with two twin beds, a sink, and mirror. With locking doors on each side, a jack-and-jill style bathroom, with a toilet and shower, is shared between the two rooms. There is a shared, large lounge with an attached kitchen on each of the three floors. Includes linens and 3 meals at the all-you-can-eat-cafeteria.

Courtyard Anaheim-Buena Park
(approx. 15 min. drive)
7621 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles Norwalk
(approx. 10 min. drive)
13111 Sycamore Dr., Norwalk, CA 90650

For more information about these accommodations and to make reservations, view our Accommodations Information.

Meet Our Speakers

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig (with his wife Megan) is a host of the internationally-attended Homeschool Summits and has spoken at homeschool conferences around the country. Daniel wrote Kickstart as a plan for homeschooled students to think through life calling and launch successfully into adulthood. His passion is to encourage homeschool parents and young people to love and embrace Biblical discipleship. Daniel is a homeschool dad of four children.

John McGowan

John McGowan

John is an attorney with a litigation practice in Los Angeles and is also an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, the world’s largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom and parental rights. He and his wife, Juleene, are homeschooling their two boys, ages 15 and 16. John is especially passionate about CHEA’s mission to protect the God-given right of parents to direct the education and training of their children, as he serves as Vice President of CHEA’s Board of Directors.

Nathan Pierce

Nathan Pierce

Nathan began working at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) in 2002 to protect private homeschooling in California. He was homeschooled himself from kindergarten through high school and received a B.A. in Political Studies from The Master’s University. Currently he serves as Director and Legislative Liaison for FPM. He works behind the scenes at the State Capitol, meeting with legislators to advocate on behalf of homeschoolers. He also serves on CHEA’s Board of Directors as Legislative Liaison. He and his wife Betsy are actively involved in their church and homeschool their own eight children.


Why I’m Glad I Was Homeschooled (and Why Your Kids Will Be Too), Daniel Craig
Parents considering homeschooling often worry about whether or not their children will turn out “normal.” They wonder if their children will emerge from homeschool truly prepared for success in life, or if they’ll emerge socially inept and uneducated. In this session, Daniel Craig, a homeschool graduate, will share why he is glad he was homeschooled, and why your children will be too. Based on both his personal experience, and the unchanging truths of God’s word, Daniel will help you understand what homeschool “success” really is, where it comes from, and the real reason it matters.

Intro to Home Education, John McGowan & Nathan Pierce
Making the decision to educate at home is only the first of many decisions. This session reviews the options, defines them, and offers criteria for deciding which one is right for your family. This is the perfect opportunity to investigate home education with no cost or obligation. (Although registration is required for admission to all parts of the Convention, there is no charge for this Mini-Con).

Exhibit Hall Preview
We invite you to attend attend either or both of the first two sessions (Keynote, Intro Session), but in order to participate in the third session (Exhibit Hall Preview), families must attend Part II – Introduction to Home Education.

Mini-Con Rates

Regular Rate CHEA Members
Intro to Homeschooling Only Free Free
Parenting & Homeschool Conference Attendees Included Included