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Kimba Armbrust-Kohler

Let’s talk LGBTQIA+ lit and more Together we will create a safe place for the teens to sit and talk about the books that appeal to them as they journey through life. Join Kimba Armbrust-Kohler for a round table discussion about LGBTQIA+ literature and more. Open to teens (13+). An infusion of information about herbs We’ll brew a cup of tea and chat about herbs, herbal medicine, phytochemistry and how growing, harvesting, foraging for, preserving, and preparing herbs are an amazing ways to learn about the world and ties into (the homeschooling) life beautifully. Depending on the size of the of the group we will make an herbal blend that they can take home with them (or drink later in their hotel room). Open to tweens (10-12) and teens (13+). Kimba’s Biography I’m a recovering goth, a pop-culture junkie, a full-time unschooling SAHM, a part-time librarian WOHM, a professional artist/crafts person, an herbalist, an avid reader, and occasionally an interesting person to talk with. FacebookFollow...

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Susan Moss O’Donnell

Lego free build with optional design challenges Session Description Free build with Lego bricks, wheels, gears, motors, and sensors. Kids work individually or as groups to build vehicles, towers, bridges, villages and engage in creative Lego play. This is a child-led adult supervised activity. Open to kids 6 and up. Best session length 1-2 hours. No adults helpers needed. Kids will need to help clean up bricks at end of session (about 5 minutes).   Susan’s Biography Susan O’Donnell is a homeschool parent of two active 8 year old twin boys. She is a strong believer in child-led learning through hands-on, creative projects and experimental play. She and her family are active members of the LEAD homeschool community in Atlanta, GA. She also has a BA from Johns Hopkins University and MS from Emory University with extensive training in mathematics and statistics; she is a freelance statistician for the Centers for Disease Control in her spare...

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Sara Morrison

Actionable Advice for Homeschool Teens Session Description Homeschool students are uniquely positioned to jumpstart their professional development due to their self-driven and flexible schedules. Come learn how to leverage your status as a homeschooler to build an awesome career and get project ideas you can start on today to create a “digital footprint” of your skills, interests, and experiences. Want to learn how to thrive in the professional world today and hear success stories from other homeschool graduates? This session is for you.   Sara’s Biography Sara Morrison is the Director of Operations for Praxis. She spent the first part of her career running student programs at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) where she met most of the Praxis staff before joining the team in November 2016. Now she runs the application process for Praxis and spends her time interviewing applicants, advising participants, and keeping up with the company...

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Kristi Ashley

Incorporating LGBTQ into Curriculum Session Description History is the secular homeschooler’s white whale as most curriculum offer a male, white centric view of the past. Marginalized peoples are often forgotten and rarely highlighted and showcased for their contributions in history and culture. Let’s discuss ways in which to organically include the LGBTQ community into our homeschool experience, including literature, pop culture, support and ally ship. Kristi’s Biography Kristi is a former textile artist, a photographer, a TaeKwonDo Instructor and a homeschooling mom of three kids ages 14, 11 and 9. She is a PFLAG facilitator and active LGBTQ...

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Amir Nathoo

How Tech and SEA Homeschooling can combine for disruptive change in education Session Description If some new approach is going to disrupt the current education system and change it radically for the better, it is likely it will come from outside the existing system. In the past two decades we’ve seen how technology has disrupted major industries to change how we live and work. Yet the regular school system has remained relatively untouched. The ingredients for disruptive change are a step forward in technology combined with an under-recognized and innovative early adopter community. I believe these ingredients are now in place in education with the SEA Homeschooler’s community at the forefront. I will draw parallels between my experience with tech startups and the innovation I see in the SEA Homeschoolers community. I will talk about why new tech companies in education like Mystery Science, Jam, Wonderschool, CottageClass and Outschool are so excited to work with homeschoolers.   Amir’s Biography   Amir is co-founder and CEO of Outschool – the marketplace for live online classes for kids. Both his parents were teachers and his interest in learning outside of regular school started early when he taught himself to code. His parents, seeing his interest, found a retired economics professor who was starting to teach computer science on the side. He has worked in tech his entire career including stints at...

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Networking & Hors D’Oeuvres Saturday Evening at the Convention

A Networking Event for the Secular Homeschool Community July 14, 2018 Did you know that secular homeschooling is the fastest growing sector of the homeschool community? You might be surprised to learn that Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers is a start-up. We are not even three years old yet! Let’s get together to socialize, network, and build stronger relationships as we build our businesses together. We’ll be there to chat, talk business and strategy, and mix and mingle. Bring lots of business cards! Food and drinks will be provided. Secular Homeschool Networking Event This event is open at no additional...

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Amy Sharony

Beyond Readalouds: How to Teach Literature and Literary Theory From Preschool Through High School Session Description People often save “the good parts” of teaching literature for high school and beyond, but introducing kids to ideas like Marxism, feminism, and structuralism in the elementary years can make your read-alouds and conversations about read-alouds even more interesting. We’ll cover the basics of age-appropriate literary theory that you can implement from preschool through high school in your homeschool — without any curriculum or special training required. These simple strategies will help you add a little rigor to your homeschool literature studies without...

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Gina Oldendorf

Teaching Higher Level Sciences at Home Session Description As students get older, it often becomes harder to provide the rigorous curriculum that they may need to transition from the homeschool to the university. This session will focus on how you can teach higher level sciences and include rigorous lab assignments to go along with these sciences in traditional and non-traditional ways. Gina’s Biography   Gina Oldendorf has 20 + years experience teaching chemistry (Chemistry 1 and 2, Dual Enrollment and AP), physics (Physics 1 and Physics AP), and Biology (Biology 1, Dual Enrollment, and AP). She has extensive training in Teaching Using STEM and STEAM. She has recently left the classroom to pursue a dream of owning a small business....

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Ben Tate & Amy Medford

Game Play as Education Session Description We will host sample role play games for people to see and understand what Unwritten Legacies has to offer and how role play games can enhance student learning. Students 8-15 are encouraged to sign up and play a mini-game to see what Unwritten Legacies is all about. These are drop off games, parents are not expected to stay and watch, although they are welcome to drop in if they wish. Demonstration games will be held Friday 1:30-5pm; Saturday 9:00am-12:30pm; and Saturday 1:30-5:00pm. We can accommodate 6 students per session as game players. Other students are welcome to watch if we fill all participation slots. Sign up at the Unwritten Legacies booth in the vendor hall.  Amy & Ben’s Biography Ben Tate, our Game Master, has been involved in role playing games for 20 years. He has run several gaming tables over the years and for the last 2 years has been writing and running custom games specifically for kids aged 8+ . Amy Medford, a homeschooling mom of 4, is the Administrator. She handles all the scheduling and...

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