Conference Speakers for 2017

Andrew Pudewa

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
Children like to do what they can do, they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation, and focus on the essential requirement of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with special ways to find and create relevancy for children, even when they have no apparent interest.

Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination
Are fairy tales good, even important, for Christian students? Where did they come from, what can they teach our children, and should we spend our valuable time reading them? In this session we will discuss several basic themes in fairy tales and traditional children’s literature (goodness, truth, beauty, hope, honesty, wishes) as well as key archetypes of literature and their importance to the moral imagination. With the confusion surrounding modern fantasy writing, many parents feel uncertain in discerning the good and important literature from misleading and confusing books, stories, and movies.

From Copywork to Composition: Learning Writing by Imitation
Come and contemplate the underestimated value of simple copywork, discover the power of text reconstruction, experience the delight of author imitation, and learn the surprising relationship between text analysis and creativity.

Jean Burk

College Prep Genius

SAT Instructor, Jean Burk, is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX as a news contributor, CBS, NBC, TXA21, and The Homeschool Channel. She also serves as a frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines, educational resources, and online publications. Jean currently travels across the United States and abroad teaching students how to improve their standardized test scores and speaking to parents about how to get college for FREE!

A Cradle to Cap n Gown approach to FREE College!
Grade school is not too early to gain an edge for the future without the pressure that often accompanies students later in school. Learn to teach younger students age-appropriate goal setting while identifying their passions and directing their future. Parents will be given a roadmap for success to create future leaders, find scholarships now and teach successful life skills. Discover a fun assignment that contains the five key things that children need every day for a strong foundation of health and well-being all throughout their educational journey.

In a world of ever- changing technology, students must not lose the art of effective note taking to carry them throughout life.
If you are not note-taking you are not learning! How to trust the weakest pen over your strongest memory for high school and beyond. Perfect the art of writing to remember with proven techniques. Discover mind-mapping, code-words and pop-culture referencing. Easily organize class notes to best retain valuable information for greater academic success!

Many parents are intimidated at the thought of home schooling a teenager through high school. The idea of teaching Physics, Chemistry and Calculus elicit fear and trembling from most parents. . . throw in grading essays and creating transcripts and you’ve got a complete recipe for a true mental breakdown! Home school high school veteran Jean Burk’s two homeschooled students received full-rides to college, grad school and law school. She joyfully testifies that the high school years have been the most rewarding! She’ll share her successes and failures and everything else you need to know to home school through high school. At this workshop she’ll answer these questions and many more: Why home school high school? Statistically, how do home school graduates perform as adults? What’s the difference between credits, grades and transcripts?? What every high school student needs to know beyond academics (life skills, spiritual skills, social skills). How can middle school students acquire high school credit? How in the world do I teach chemistry, algebra and calculus? What’s the difference between CLEP, AP and Dual Enrollment? Can my home schooled student really get into college? What scholarships are available to home school students? Do I need an accredited transcript? If you have a middle or high school student and you’re considering home education through high school, you should definitely attend High School 101! You’ll walk away knowing you CAN do it!

Loni Garrigus

Loni Garrigus holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from IUPUI. She has homeschooled her five children since 2000. In 2011, she returned to school and now works full-time as a cardiac nurse. She continues to homeschool with the enormous support of her husband, Cory. Loni strongly believes in empowering homeschool parents to be emboldened to take charge of their children’s education.

You Drive the Bus!
Catholic home education is a huge responsibility and privilege. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for all of us to grow in faith, know one another, and have loads of fun! Join the discussion as we celebrate why we chose home education, and why we continue to choose it every year.

Educating Multiple Ages
Providing an individualized education for each student as our families grow can be a challenge. Learn how to combine subjects effectively, so that each child is enriched and challenged while Mom keeps her sanity.

Cory Garrigus

Cory Garrigus is a homeschooling father of five. What started for him as a grudging acceptance of homeschooling has turned into a true calling. A Renaissance Man, he enjoys his semi-retirement by encouraging science experiments in the Garrigus Stunt Academy (anything involving fire), dreaming up outrageous DIY projects for shop class (catapults, anyone?), and finding ways to bring art and math to life.

Homeschooling is a family affair, dads included. Join the discussion about the joys, fears, challenges and opportunities we have as leaders of our homes in a homeschooling family. (Practical advice included.) Come find out how parents can work together to create a strong homeschooling family - no spectators allowed!

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