Thursday, May 6, 2021

2021 MassHOPE Virtual Convention 

Thursday’s Workshops

Today's sessions are generously sponsored by

Connie Albers is an author, speaker, and podcaster, who strengthens parents through her speaking and various leadership roles. Connie has entered the publishing world with her new #1 ranked Amazon Hot New Release book Parenting beyond the Rules, which outlines positive approaches to parenting today’s teenagers.

She is featured on Focus on the Family, The Busy Mom podcast, 100 Huntley Street and a columnist for Homeschooling Today magazine and contributor for Focus on the Family.

She is a respected leader, social media enthusiast, and trusted mom who understands the challenges of balancing demands of life, work, motherhood, and homeschool.

Connie and her husband, Tom, married 35 years, have homeschooled their five children. Join the community at for support.

Remaining Steadfast During High School

It’s often hard to stay the course during the high school years. Everything is changing: the rules, the requirements, and the relationship. Your teen is changing. The rules aren’t working like they once did.  So why is staying the course through the teen years the most critical and crucial years of your homeschooling journey? Kids need you to be the steady force in their life. When you understand how to navigate the teen years they can be the most rewarding years of your parenting journey.

Steve Demme and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and two special grandchildren. Their fourth son has Downs Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA. Steve has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.

Fear Not! You and Your Children Can Learn Math Together

Each student is unique. Since parent educators are tutors, they are able to adapt to the needs of their individual child. Find out what they know, and begin there. Giving your children a firm foundation in math will equip them to succeed at every level of math. They are not behind, they are where they are.

Andrew Pudewa is the founder and 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.

Reaching the Reluctant Writer

Many children really do not like to write. Why? This workshop will answer that basic question and teach a specific and successful method of separating the complex process of writing into the smallest possible steps, making it possible for even the most reluctant writer to produce short but complete compositions. He will be proud and motivated to write again. If you remove the problem of what to write, you will be free to help your child learn how to write, using source texts, key word outlines, and “dress-up” checklists. Results guaranteed!

Karen Potter is the National Sales Director and Church & Ministry Outreach Director for Covenant Eyes and has over 25+ years of experience working in public and private education sectors, managing sales and marketing teams, and leading strategic change initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Systems Management from Purdue University, and a Master of Arts in Education from Grand Canyon University. Speaker, educator, blogger, and community activist committed to a new moral sexual revolution. Creator of the ’12-month activation plan for addressing porn in the Church’, a leaders guide to winning the war on pornography.

Raising Courageous Kids in a Smart Phone World

Today’s kids are being exposed to pornography early (think 8 to 11 years old)  and our pop culture tells them it’s a healthy outlet for sexuality. Families will learn how to create a safe online space and encourage ongoing conversations that empower kids to not only look away from sexualized media, but also to confront our sex-obsessed culture. You can teach your kids to train their hearts and minds to be skillful, daring, and brave.

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