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Convention 2018

2018 CHEA Annual Homeschool
Leadership Conference
June 28, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center

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Leaders Developing Leaders

Hotel information. Come early and stay for the Convention. Pre-registration postmark deadline of May 24.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)

Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m. Registration Opens/Check-in for those Pre-Registered:

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

8:30 – 9:40 a.m. Opening Session:

  • Worship with the Nieves Family

  • Town Hall Meeting

9:50 – 10:40 a.m. Session 1:

  • Developing Influence by Bringing Out the Best in Others - Zan Tyler

  • Social Media for Homeschool Groups - Hal & Melanie Young

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. Session 2:

  • Developing the Next Generation of Leaders Hal & Melanie Young

  • Supporting Parents Through Tough Times: a Forum - Michaela Roeckle

11:50 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon & Awards:

  • Support Network Awards

  • Understanding and Reaching Across Generations - Hal & Melanie Young - Keynote

2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Session 3:

  • Legislative Updates & Issues - Nathan Pierce & Mike Smith - General Session

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Session 4:

  • Developing Advocacy in Your Group - TBD

  • Homeschool to College - Forum - Marie Stout

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Closing Keynote:

  • Developing Your Leadership Legacy - Zan Tyler

Workshop Descriptions

Nathan Pierce & J. Michael Smith

Legal/Legislative Update and Issues

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 worldviews and trends in the war against the God-ordained family in California.

Michaela Roeckle

Leading and Supporting Homeschool Parents Through Tough Times—A Forum
“How do we stay strong as leaders when we experience crisis? How can we come alongside others during their struggles? We are called to be the salt and the light. We offer what no public charter school can. Our genuine relationship with a living God, our spiritual gifts and the word of our testimony, are what sets us apart like a city on a hill. Throughout marriage, motherhood and leadership, I’ve overcome the death of parents, a life-threatening battle with a 13-pound tumor, job loss, pregnancy complications, child health scares and marriage crisis. The struggles are real, but God is greater. Come join the conversation, to encourage one another as the body of Christ.”

Marie Stout

Homeschool to College—A Forum
Empower your group members when they apply to colleges. The beginning comments will briefly cover helping your group members write a four-year plan, understand UC requirements, writing course descriptions that will later be used on the Common App, transcripts, transcript legends, testing, honors courses, dual enrollment, High School Handbook suggestions and more! Additionally we want to hear from YOU and what you are doing to empower your group members

Zan Tyler

Developing Influence by Bringing out the Best in Others
As Christian homeschool leaders, we are called to be ambassadors for Christ first and foremost, and in the process we become ambassadors for the family and homeschooling. In this session, we will discuss how to present homeschooling in the best possible light. We will also discuss principles and actions that motivate and inspire others, as well as those that cripple them. These principles are valuable whether you are working with children, your spouse, other homeschoolers, the media, or local officials

Developing Your Leadership Legacy
Our founding fathers and other pioneers have left us a rich legacy as we consider how to teach and train our children and how to value and preserve liberty. We will discuss the lessons we can learn from our history as we determine what type of legacy we need to leave for those who follow us. We will discuss six traits of servant leaders and what it takes to fill the leadership gap. Zan will talk specifically about family life and homeschool leadership so that we do not alienate our spouses or our children as we work to encourage other homeschool families. You’ll learn ways to effectively incorporate your children so that your leadership becomes a mission that unites that family.

Hal and Melanie Young

Developing the Next Generation of Leadership
Don't wait until you are so burnt out that you quit cold turkey and your support group dies, as leaders we know have done. Learn what to look for in potential leaders, how to recruit them, and how to disciple them to take over and keep the ministry going for your children's generation.

Understanding and Reaching Across Generations
Our support groups are changing around us and we must figure out how to minister to the new generation of homeschoolers! Find out how to understand the differences in the next generation--both those coming out of institutional schools and homeschool grads--and reach out to them in a way they can hear with what they need!

Social Media for Homeschool Groups
Many leaders say, "I don’t do Facebook. It's a waste of time." When you look at the statistics, the folks you're trying to reach are deeply engaged in social media. Shouldn't we be where they are? Our fan page is among the top 6% on Facebook! Find out how to use social media for ministry and marketing without losing your life to it, and how to communicate better with members as well as interested families.

About Our Speakers

Nathan Pierce

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 more than 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.

Michaela Roeckle

Michaela was homeschooled from first grade through graduation; growing up, she attended CHEA Conventions with her parents. As a second-generation homeschooling mom, Michaela loves teaching her three children and is passionate about the ministry of private, Christian home education. She serves as the Administrator of Grace and Glory Academy PSP -- a California non-profit organization and works to support families on their homeschooling journey.

J. Michael Smith

Mike 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 than 80,000 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 more than 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.

Marie Stout

Marie, married to Don for 33 years, made the decision to homeschool prior to having their first child in 1986. They have five children, all of whom were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and then went on to four-year colleges or universities. Don and Marie have been active in the homeschooling community in various activities, including serving together on the board of a PSP, for 25 years. Additionally, Marie was a founding board member for Stoa, a national homeschooling speech and debate league.

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, 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.

Hal and Melanie Young

Hal and Melanie are the award-winning authors of Raising Real Men, My Beloved and My Friend: How to Be Married to Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses, and several other books. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are the parents of six real boys (four grown) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina.

Leadership Conference Prices

Support Network Member Rate:
$74 - Individual
$126 - Married Couple (15% discount)

Non-Support-Network Rate:
$84 - Individual
$151 - Married Couple (10% discount)

At the Door - SN Member (ATD does not include luncheon):
$50 - Individual
$90 - Married Couple (10% discount)

Special Information

  • Hotel information
  • The 35th Annual Homeschool 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.
  • 35th Annual Homeschool Leadership Conference registration will be available at the door for an additional fee, however, luncheon is not included.
  • CHEA's 35th Annual CHEA Convention opens Thursday at 5 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 CHEA's 35th Annual Homeschool Convention.
  • Refund Policy: CHEA contracts and pays for space ahead of time so refunds are not possible.
  • Current CHEA Members who are attending the Homeschool 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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