Academics with a Child Who Has Had a Traumatic Brain Injury: A Parent's Perspective
Blair Lee is the founder of Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers and has been homeschooling for 12 years while being involved in science education for over two decades, first as a community college professor and secondly as an author of science courses. She writes concept-rich, hands-on science courses for homeschoolers, co-ops and small classrooms while being a passionate advocate of innovative academics where the focus is on how subjects are best learned and finds science is best learned when there is a thoughtful pairing of information followed directly with a hands-on application of that information. She is the author for the critically acclaimed R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Series and The Science of Climate Change as well as the founder of Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers.
Homeschooling & Mental Wellness
Mary and Lyz travel across the United States speaking at different homeschooling conferences with the goal of educating and enlighting teens and their parents to the reality of the damage bullying does, especially with a child who suffers from anxiety and/or depression. Their story is one of heartbreak and triumph.
ADHD Learners, Autism Spectrum, and Aspergers
Sensory Processing Basics
Lorilei taught in private, public, parochial, and Montessori schools, grades Pre-K through 12, in History, Math, Spanish, Home Sciences, Reading, and Student Government in various capacities for 10 years. She has 1500+ hours Challenge Course Facilitation experience and 200+ hours in Challenge Course Training. She has 10 years of experience in Outdoor and Environmental Education, including canoeing, archery, riflery, ornithology, historic games, and more. She has 8 years of experience teaching swimming to students from toddlers to adults, as well as Lifeguarding. Lorilei has been homeschooling her two children for 6 years; a child living with Autism and a child living with Auditory Processing Disorder and Dyslexia. She also has over 30 years as a Girl Scout. Her experience as a gifted student and as an “Autism parent” provides her with intimate knowledge and insight into ways we do and do not respect one another, experiences that include environments that are ethnically, culturally, economically, socially and geographically diverse (from urban Southern California to rural Virginia, and lots in between).
ADHD (And Executive Function) Essentials
Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., MS. is an internationally known ADHD/Executive Function expert, and veteran educator. The host on the ADHD Essentials podcast, and highly engaging speaker, Brendan addresses the emotional, academic and lifestyle impacts the disorder has on the lives of the people who suffer from it, as well as those who love them. In his workshops, he shares multiple intervention styles, both broad and specific. These interventions are readily accessible, and useful across the many areas of children’s lives with little to no modification.
Making Creative Writing Accessible to All Learners
Chris Hansen has over a decade of experience training professional filmmakers and storytellers in creativity. He was the executive director of the Piko Fellowship in Screenwriting, a long term residency program for film and television writers. As a founding member and senior advisor to the Wedgwood Circle, he has been a creative partner among a team of award-winning artists. With the expertise and knowledge Hansen gained from this background, he started Wondertale, a company that encourages people of all ages to find and tell their stories. A published author of both novels and creative writing resources, he enjoys speaking to parents about ways they can nurture imagination in their kids. He and his wife homeschooled their three children and make their home in the gold country of California, where Chris spends his days mining for the treasures that can be found in wonder-filled stories.
2E, Asynchronous, and Gifted Learners
Design Thinking and PBL for Twice-Exceptional Learners
For over ten years, Jade Rivera has made educating gifted and twice-exceptional children her mission. She is the founder and lead educator of Sunnyside Micro-School for gifted and twice-exceptional children in Oakland, CA. She is a proud Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Ambassador and author of Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget. In 2016 she was honored by the California Association for Gifted Children for her distinguished service on behalf of gifted families.
Is My Homeschooler Gifted? Does That Matter?
Rebecca Wald, Ph.D. is an experienced homeschooler, a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Maryland, and a two-time Jeopardy! champion. She has a particular interest in the educational and mental health needs of children and teens who are gifted and/or twice exceptional. Through her clinical psychology practice, Minds in Focus (http://mindsinfocus.net/), Dr. Wald helps homeschooling families (and others outside the mainstream) identify practical solutions for children’s difficulties with learning, attention, emotions, and behavior.
Latin for Global Thinkers
Justin M. Schwamm, Jr., taught high-school Latin in a very diverse, low-wealth North Carolina school district for 22 years. He quickly discovered that “those bad lazy kids” (as they were frequently labeled) were, in fact, anything but “bad and lazy” — they tended to be highly gifted, and many had undiagnosed dyslexia, learning disabilities, and processing issues . He and his students developed a curriculum and an approach to learning now known as the Three Column Way. In 2014, Justin began his current work with “Those Kids,” offering Latin classes through Gifted Homeschoolers Forum as well as small-group and one-on-one programs for “those kids” and their adult counterparts. He also provides coaching to teachers and to small business owners who work in the broad field of education for personal transformation.
Dybuster Calcularis - Efficient, computer based intervention for children with Dyscalculia
Christian Vögeli received his M.Sc. in Computational Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 2005. He was rewarded the SFIT Medal for his outstanding Master thesis on improving the information-theoretical model behind Dybuster Orthograph, Dybuster’s intervention tool for writing. As a research assistant he directed, with the support of psychologists, the successful user study which included over 85 school children. He has effectively led the development of Dybuster Orthograph from prototype to commercial product, and was the project leader for developing Dybuster Calcularis, the first intervention tool for dyscalculia, for which neuronal improvements were shown. He was awarded multiple prices such as the Venture Leaders or ACES award. Christian Vögeli is currently the CEO and Managing Director of Dybuster and supports teachers and parents in their quest to unlock their children’s full academic potential.
Success with Triple LD Whammy & Vision Issues to Boot
Mary has been homeschooling for over 7 years. She and her daughter’s have learned the ups and downs while homeschooling children who suffer from multiple disabilities. She has successfully graduated one child, with a 3.89 GPA and has succeeded in having her youngest skip a grade level, all while encouraging learning through their passions and love of learning.
Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia
Deficits....Attentive, Cognitive and Theoretical
Thomas Morrow is President of Wave 3 Learning, Inc. He has been involved with the Home Education community since 1999 and the Home Education curriculum community for 12 years. He is a specialist in Linguistics who speaks, reads and writes three languages. His passion is for children’s acquisition of language, especially orthography, vocabulary and usage.
How to Teach Math to Children with Learning Challenges
Kathleen Cotter Lawler is the daughter of Dr. Joan A. Cotter, author and creator of the RightStart™ Mathematics program. She is one of the first children to grow up under the RightStart principles. Kathleen has a degree in Home Economics from the University of Minnesota and has two Masters Degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kathleen is the mother of four children ages 21 to 25. Three of the Lawler children have graduated from North Dakota State University and the youngest is a senior at the University of Minnesota.
Kathleen travels all across the US and Canada, sharing the RightStart mission of helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. In her spare time, Kathleen designs and creates quilts.