Author: Blair Lee

2018 College and Trades Fair Vendor/Sponsor Application Form

2018 Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschoolers Atlanta Convention - College & Trades Fair Vendor Participation Form Participant InformationPlease read through the entire exhibitor information and complete the selections applicable. After the form is submitted, the application will be reviewed by the Secular Eclectic Academic (SEA) Homeschoolers Convention board. Upon approval by the board, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know your application has been approved, and you are accepted as an exhibitor for our College & Trades Fair. Upon notification of your application approval, you have five full business days to pay the fee which secures your spot....

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Building a Homeschool Co-Op From Scratch

Building a Homeschool Co-op from Scratch: the behind-the-scenes story of STAC, a secular, inclusive community of learners Homeschoolers all dream of their perfect co-op, their perfect line-up of classes, and their perfect community to spend time in. In this panel, you’ll hear from the founders of Space, Time, and Community (STAC) co-op about how we, very imperfectly but successfully, started our own secular, inclusive homeschooling co-op and community. We will share tips and pitfalls, lofty goals and down-to-earth reality, the whole nitty-gritty and sometimes fun stories. We’ll tell you what we learned about becoming a non-profit, building a budget,...

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Mary Herrington

Homeschooling & Mental Wellness Mary Herrington, and her daughter Lyz, talk about their real-life journey of homeschooling with a teen who suffers from bipolar, anxiety and depression. Mary wrote a book that focuses on achieving mental wellness, From Stressed to Best, which is a best seller on Amazon and was also reviewed by Pat Feranga on www.johnholtgws.com. The talk covers important topics most are uncomfortable discussing: bullying, suicide attempts, anorexia, and self-harm. This talk is not appropriate for young children, but teens and parents will benefit from the real-life, in-depth discussion. Success with Triple LD and Vision Disorder Sara,...

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Passionately Engaged: A Scientist’s Journey

Women in Science: Why I Became A Scientist by Blair Lee, M.S. My journey to becoming a scientist is one a homeschooler can appreciate. I became a scientist by falling down a rabbit hole while pursuing an interest that grew into a passion. I come from an entrepreneurial family. One that, for the most part, thinks the only reason to get a science degree is to become a medical doctor. I have always loved to read and write and if you’d asked my family what I was going to be when I grew up most of them, including me,...

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P. Andrew Torrez – Learning About Law & Government In An Era of “Fake News”

Learning About Law & Government In An Era of “Fake News” Today, media sources themselves are coming under attack as untrustworthy, with unscrupulous individuals trying to convince you that real developments are “fake news,” while promoting false stories as the truth. When those stories are cloaked in legal jargon (like “preliminary injunctive relief,” “en banc rehearing,” “certiorari” and “mandamus,” among others), it can be difficult to figure out what the truth really is. Illustrated by legal scams and stories that have fooled millions, this entertaining speech from practicing attorney and co-host of the “Opening Arguments” podcast P. Andrew Torrez will arm you with the techniques and principles you need to discern fact from fiction and real news from “fake news.” A homeschool parent himself, Torrez will help arm parents and students alike with the ability to incorporate the news into your homeschool curriculum. P. Andrew Torrez’s Biography After nearly 20 years in big firms, P. Andrew Torrez founded his own law firm in 2015 to serve start-up and small businesses in Maryland and the District of Columbia. In 2016, he started the podcast Opening Arguments to explain legal concepts in the news to non-lawyers; today, the show is one of the most popular news & politics podcasts with over 2.5 million downloads to date. Andrew Torrez is a 1997 graduate of Harvard Law School with honors, is a member...

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Blair Lee Homeschool Commencement Speaker

How Science Is Best Learned Session Description Too often academic subjects are presented from the standpoint of how  material is best taught not how it is best learned. The difference when the focus is on best learning practices instead of best teaching practices is profound for the learner. It changes the learner’s relationship learning. Join science author and educator, Blair Lee, for this talk about how science is best learned. Global Warming Is Changing the Climate: Workshop for Kids and Parents Workshop Description Climate change, Global warming, the greenhouse effect: You hear these terms a lot, but what do they mean? Are they the same thing? Do they somehow relate to each other? If you are wondering about this, you are not alone. And you might be surprised to learn that the science is actually fairly simple. In this workshop, you will learn what these terms mean and have fun doing it! Join Blair & Kat for Networking and Hors D’oeuvres on Saturday Evening Event Description It’s no secret that relationships and partnerships with the right people are critical to growing your customer base and making your business or project succeed. Despite the undisputed importance of networking, many in the homeschool community find it hard to network, since almost everything we do is online. This session is a great place to meet and build strategic relationships with other business...

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Academics after a Traumatic Brain Injury & with Post-Concussive Syndrome

 Academics after a Traumatic Brain Injury & with Post-Concussive Syndrome Talk Description In 2011, my son was in a serious ski accident. He sustained a traumatic brain injury resulting in a severe complex concussion. Overnight everything changed, academics, activities, personality, and more. It wasn’t something we dealt with in the short-term. Because of the impact, there were long lasting effects resulting in post-concussive syndrome. I homeschooled him at the time. Whether you homeschool or not this talk is for you. Post-Concussive Syndrome is something many parents deal with. There are some very basic things I learned while facilitating...

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November 2017 Letter from the Editor

Secular Homeschool Conferences hosted by Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers In this issue we are celebrating the 3 annual conferences Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers hosts! Two of our secular homeschool conferences are online and one is an in-person conference. Each of the online conferences has a themed focus. These conferences are an important part of our commitment to providing support for the secular homeschool community. I have been involved in education, both traditional and non-traditional, for many years. The only things I miss about being involved in the traditional school setting are the insight, connections, and conversations with other educators....

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Laura Kazan: Preparing for College – Homeschool Style

This session will discuss the college preparation process for homeschool students. While each college has different requirements there are general trends and understanding these trends can help parents maximize opportunities. An early understanding of college types, testing, rigor, record keeping, and other factors will help reduce stress and allow parents to spend more time proving an education and less time worrying about doing it right. As a member of the homeschool community, she is dedicated to helping homeschool students access colleges that are both a personal and financial fit. Today she does workshops aimed at helping families understand the vast...

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