MassHOPE
Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators
"Promoting and safeguarding home education to the glory of God"

 

2015 Speakers

Mike Farris
Home School Legal Defense Association

Michael Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of each organization. Mike has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. He has argued as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of the United States, eight federal circuit courts of appeals, and in the state Supreme Courts and appellate courts of thirteen states. Additionally, he is the author of numerous amicus briefs before the United States Supreme Court. As the founding president of Patrick Henry College, Farris has helped to launch a highly regarded Christian college that is founded on a strong commitment to biblical truth and the classical liberal arts—the twin pillars of the educational practices of the founding generation of the United States. At PHC, Farris teaches constitutional law, public international law, and has coached the PHC Moot Court team to seven national championships—including each of the most recent five tournaments. Mike and Vickie Farris have 10 children and 18 grandchildren.

Workshops

  • The Spiritual Power of a Mother
  • Constitutional Literacy: It's for You and Your Children
  • The Spiritual Impact of Educational Choices (General Session)
  • Real Life Courtship
  • Convention of the States
 

Andrew Pudewa
Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. He addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him "the funny man with the wonderful words." He and his beautiful, heroic wife Robin are parents of seven, grandparents of five, and educators of their two youngest children at home in Oklahoma’s Green Country.

Workshops

  • Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators (General Session)
  • The Four Language Arts
  • Nurturing Competent Communicators - The Power of Linguistic Patterns
  • Teaching and Evaluating Writing
  • The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing
  • Reaching the Reluctant Writer
 

Steve Scheibner
Character Health

Workshops

  • Second Mile Leadership (for men)
  • Living on Borrowed Time - The Nine Practices of the Proactive Parent (General Session)
  • Character Matters
  • The Put-Off/Put-On of Parenting
  • Grandparenting with Purpose
 

Eric Ludy
Ellerslie

Eric and Leslie Ludy are the best-selling authors of twenty-one books with well over a million copies in print. Their widely known classic, When God Writes Your Love Story remains one of the top-selling Christian relationship books of all time. The Ludys present a clarion call to return to triumphant, Bible-centered, Christ-empowered Christianity. Their recent works include Wrestling Prayer, The Bravehearted Gospel, and Leslie’s books, Set Apart Motherhood and The Set Apart Woman. Eric is the president of Ellerslie Training - a discipleship program that builds future world-changers.  Leslie is the founder of Set Apart Girl and Set Apart Motherhood, ministries that equip women in Christ-centered femininity. Eric and Leslie live with their six children in Colorado.

Workshops

  • The Measurement of a Man (Teen Track)
  • Ten Simple Proofs - Why we can have unshakeable confidence in the Bible (Teen Track)
  • The Power to Do It - Living a Christianity that really works (Teen Track)
  • The Man Without Mixture - Walking in the power of purity (Teen Track)
  • Five Smooth Stones - The hallmarks of the heavenly leader (Teen Track)
  • When God Writes Your Love Story part 1 (Teen Track)
  • When God Writes Your Love Story part 2 (Teen Track)
  • Overcoming Sin (Teen Track)
  • Canon - The basis for a bravehearted faith (General Session)
 

Carol Barnier

Carol Barnier is a fresh, fun and popular conference speaker unlike any other. Her objective is to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed with the depth of C.S. Lewis, but admits that most days, she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato. Her most popular talks deal with spectrum issues, teaching ADHD kids, and life in the distractible lane. She is a frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family's Weekend Magazine broadcast and other radio programs. She’s also a homeschooler of 20 years, author of four books, mother to three children, and wife to one husband. Probably the best description of her is found on her business cards: Delightful Speaker, Entertaining Author, Adequate Wife, Pitiful Housekeeper.

Workshops

  • Homeschooling 101 (Thur evening)
  • What are You Thinking? Learning Styles and Beyond
  • Empowering the Shy Child
  • Teaching Your Child to Read - Made Easy
  • Help! I Fell Off My Lesson Plan
  • A Prodigal Speaks Out
 

Carol Becker
HSLDA

Carol and her husband Jim homeschooled their son from 1st–12th grade and their daughter from K–12 using a variety of teaching options. During Carol’s homeschooling years, she established two homeschool cooperatives. She successfully guided a group of dedicated mothers and homeschooled scholars through Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Convinced that homeschoolers must develop and hone analytical writing skills, Carol has shepherded two different groups of homeschooled students through a three-year original high-school English program consisting of Composition I with Lit., Composition II with American Lit., and British Lit. She also taught Algebra I & 2 and Geometry. As a new High School Consultant for HSLDA, Carol relishes the opportunity to encourage and equip homeschooling mothers because they are raising the next generation of leaders.

Workshops

  • Developing a Plan for High School, Sample Four Year Plans
  • Teaching Options to Diversify Your High School Program
  • The College Admissions Process: the Homeschooling Students Guide
  • Extracurricular Activities: Jazz Up Your High School Program
 

Andrew Beckwith
Massachusetts Family Institute

Andrew Beckwith is President and Chief Counsel for Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), the local associate for Focus on the Family.  Since its founding in 1991, MFI has been a pro-family voice in the Massachusetts public square, from the Statehouse to local schools and houses of worship.  As the head of MFI, Andrew works to promote and defend family values, including the sanctity of life, the dignity of natural marriage, and our Constitutional right to religious freedom.  Andrew and his wife Karen homeschool their three children in Wenham and attend North Shore Community Baptist Church. A graduate of Gordon College and the University of Minnesota Law School, Andrew is a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, where he holds the rank of major.

Workshops

  • Religious Liberty and Parental Rights in Massachusetts
  • Be Salt and Light
 

Theresa Bowen
A Candle in the Window

The Bowens, Craig, a pastor, and Theresa, have enjoyed the privilege of homeschooling for 18 years… Opening their home and practicing hospitality have been an important part of their ministry and the discipleship of  their children, so much so that they desired to multiply that blessing in the homes of other  believers through launching A Candle in the Window Hospitality Network, a growing  worldwide online network  of Christian households opening their homes to one another for a meal and/or an overnight stay when traveling. The Bowens make their home in northeast Florida with their 5 children and "Nana", Theresa’s aging mom.

Workshops

  • Education through Hospitality
  • Homeschooling through Adversity
 

Marilyn Boyer
Character Concepts

"She's so ENCOURAGING!"  That's what moms say about Marilyn Boyer, home schooling author and mother of 14.  Marilyn's heartfelt speaking style is both challenging and comforting, her content based on over thirty years' experience in home schooling her own children.  Her many years in the trenches have convinced her that the most important part of an education is the building of godly character.  That's why she created Character Concepts, a Bible-based curriculum for kids from preschool through high school.

Workshops

  • A Curriculum That Fits
  • Why I'm Glad I Homeschooled Through High School
  • Lies Homeschoolers Believe
  • Character is the Key
 

Rick Boyer
Character Concepts

To home schooling parents, Rick Boyer is an author, speaker and home school pioneer who speaks from over thirty years of experience with fourteen children.  To home schooled kids, Rick is "Uncle Rick," whose audio recordings take Scripture, history and adventure stories and turn them into delightful and life-changing character lessons.  Rick presents Biblical truth with homespun wisdom and side-splitting humor, along with (sometimes) period costumes to make his live presentations even more fascinating.

Workshops

  • Breaking the Shackles - Why Parents Should Trust Themselves, Not Schools
  • Proverbs: God's Character Curriculum
  • Things I Wish I'd Known (Teen Track)
  • The Making of Mountain Movers
 

Rob Caprera

Workshops

  • Keeping Your Homeschool Legal House in Order
 

Tom Clark
VideoText Interactive

Thomas Clark is an award-winning teacher and author of Mathematics, with 49 years of experience at all levels. As a result of his work, he is convinced that everyone has the ability to understand mathematics. In the last twenty-three years, he has focused on the development of multimedia programs that have successfully challenged traditional methods of instruction, specifically directing his attention toward helping all homeschooling parents to become more effective instructors. He is the author of "Algebra: A Complete Course", and "Geometry: A Complete Course", and is president of VideoText Interactive, a company that specializes in bringing the textbook to life through technology.  Currently, his materials are available in print and DVD form, in online form, and can be accessed on an iPads, and iPhones.

Workshops

  • The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home
  • Homeschooling Math without a Plan? You've Got to Be Kidding
  • Is Math Straining Your Relationship with Your Children?
  • Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner (When are we going to need this stuff anyway?)
 

Kristen Eckenwiler
The Struggling Reader

Kristen Eckenwiler graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, where she earned a Masters degree in Reading.  She has taught first-, second-, and fourth-graders in the public schools, as well as a variety of courses in Elementary Education at the collegiate level.  Additionally, she has taught writing and literature classes for the homeschool community.  For the last 9 years she has stayed home to homeschool her two sons, while also staying very busy testing, tutoring, and collaborating with her husband, Dr. William Eckenwiler, as they provide a variety of products and services through their educational business, The Struggling Reader, LLC.  Kristen brings both a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her workshops.

Workshops

  • Do You Have a Struggling Reader?
  • Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?
  • Teaching the Learning Disabled Child
  • Strategies to Teach a Struggling Learner
 

Walt & Glenda Grayum

Workshops

  • Seven Steps to a Great Start
 

Rebecca Keller
Gravitas Publications Inc.

Dr. Keller has been a homeschool mom for over 15 years, is the author of Real Science-4-Kids and CEO/founder of Gravitas Publications Inc.. Dr. Keller earned a PhD in biophysical chemistry from the University of New Mexico and pursued postdoctoral work at the University of New Mexico and the University of California, Berkeley in molecular biology and neuroscience. Dr. Keller began writing science books for kids when she started homeschooling her own children, and through her books, Dr. Keller hopes to bring science to homeschool families that's fun, engaging, and easy for parents to teach.

Workshops

  • The Unbreakable Bubble: Fostering Scientific Discovery
  • Science Is Fun! Learn to Play Like Einstein with the ABC's of Science
  • Through the Thinking Lens
  • The Internet: Resource or Distraction or Both?
 

Victoria Kempf
Screen Retriever

Workshops

  • What You Need to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe in Today's Digital World
  • Digging Deeper into the Cyber Risks Kids Face Online
 

Kathy Lee
The Homegrown Preschooler

Workshops

  • What Every Mother of a Preschooler Needs to Know
  • Homeschooling the Early Years
 

Leslie Ludy
Ellerslie

Eric and Leslie Ludy are the best-selling authors of twenty-one books with well over a million copies in print. Their widely known classic, When God Writes Your Love Story remains one of the top-selling Christian relationship books of all time. The Ludys present a clarion call to return to triumphant, Bible-centered, Christ-empowered Christianity. Their recent works include Wrestling Prayer, The Bravehearted Gospel, and Leslie’s books, Set Apart Motherhood and The Set Apart Woman. Eric is the president of Ellerslie Training - a discipleship program that builds future world-changers.  Leslie is the founder of Set Apart Girl and Set Apart Motherhood, ministries that equip women in Christ-centered femininity.  Eric and Leslie live with their six children in Colorado.

Workshops

  • The Lost Art of True Beauty (Teen Track)
  • The Lost Art of True Purity (Teen Track)
  • When God Writes Your Love Story part 1 (Teen Track)
  • When God Writes Your Love Story part 2 (Teen Track)
  • Set Apart Femininity
 

Ray Notgrass
Notgrass History

Ray Notgrass is a Christian, a veteran homeschooling dad, and a writer. He is the author of Exploring America, Exploring World History, Exploring Government, and Exploring Economics, all for high school. Parents and students alike enjoy listening to Ray talk about history and Christian worldview at homeschooling conventions. Ray earned a bachelor's in history from Middle Tennessee State University, a master's in history from the University of Kentucky, and a master's in religion from Harding University. Before launching Notgrass History full-time, Ray was a campus minister and then a preaching minister for a total of twenty-two years. Ray and Charlene have been married for forty years. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Workshops

  • How Christianity Has Changed the World
  • The Adventure of American History
  • From the Beginning to Now
 

Lesli Richards
The Homegrown Preschooler

Workshops

  • A Year of Playing Skillfully - Getting Organized for Young Learners
 

Megan Scheibner
Character Health

Workshops

  • The A to Z of a Character Healthy Home School
  • The Character Conscious Mom
  • The Put-Off/Put-On of Parenting
  • Grandparenting with Purpose
 

TEACH-CT
TEACH-CT

Workshops

  • What's Up in Connecticut?
 

Esther Wilkison
BJU Press

Esther Wilkison knows better than most what it is like to struggle in school. Many teachers thought she would never graduate high school, and some encouraged her to give up on college, but other teachers helped her understand and, therefore, learn. Esther earned her BS in Elementary Education and her MA in Biblical Counseling. She has taught struggling and gifted learners in a variety of school and homeschool settings. Now, as an educational speaker for BJU Press, Esther encourages parents and teachers to be the most effective educators they can be.

Workshops

  • Help Your Struggling Speller
  • Hope for Discouraged Learners
 

***Stay tuned for more***

 

2015
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Hotels

Volunteer

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Coming Events

April 23 - 25, 2015
Annual Convention

June 6, 2015
Formal Graduation

June 20, 2015
Used Curriculum Sale

2015 TBA
Not Back-to-School Picnic


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