Conference Schedule

We are excited to share with you the 2017 National Leaders Conference program! The keynote sessions and conference workshops will boost your understanding of homeschool leadership, and you'll enjoy warm fellowship at our special conference events. This is a working schedule, so please check back often for updates!

(Click on the dates to expand each day's information.)

Time Topic Speaker(s) Location
1:00–5:00 p.m. Registration   Foothills
6:00–9:00 p.m. Opening Festivities Scott MacIntyre Ballroom 1
 

 

Time Topic Speaker(s) Location
8:30–9:15 a.m. Devotions & Worship
Coffee and Tea Sponsored by:
Samaritan Ministries
Dr. Everett Piper
Scott MacIntyre (worship)
Ballroom 1
9:15–9:30 a.m. Youth dismissed to Children's, Elementary, and Teen Programs   Pikes Peak Ballrooms (first floor)
9:30–10:30 a.m. General Session Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
J. Michael Smith
Ballroom 1
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Meet & Greet Exhibitors
Sponsored by:
The Heritage Foundation
  Foothills
12:00–1:45 p.m. Luncheon
Sponsored by:
Home School Foundation
J. Michael Smith Summit Ballroom
2:15–3:30 p.m. Workshop Session 1    
  Public Policy Panel Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
Sen. Kevin Lundberg
Michael Bowman
Becky Norton Dunlop
Michael Donnelly (moderator)
Salon D
  Keep the Home Fires Burning: Maintaining a Healthy, Strong Marriage as a Busy Homeschooling Parent
Sponsored by:
Focus on the Family
Dr. Joannie DeBrito Salon E
  Digital Fundraising
Sponsored by:
BJU Press
Justin Murff Salon F
  How HSLDA's Educational Consultants Can Equip You to Successfully Serve Vicki Bentley
Faith Berens, MEd
Salon G
  Solve Your Toughest Problems: Raise Money and Build Membership
Sponsored by:
Leadership Institute
Steven Sutton Rampart
3:30–4:00 p.m. Workshop break
Sponsored by:
Alpha Omega Publications
  Ballroom 1 & Hall
4:00–5:15 p.m. Workshop Session 2    
  The Latest Research in Homeschooling Dr. Debra Bell
Lindsey M. Burke
Dr. Brian Ray
Salon D
  Fundraising: How to Build a Firm Foundation to Accomplish Your Cause
Sponsored by:
Leadership Institute
John Davis Salon E
  "Homeschooled? You're Fired!" How to Fight Homeschool Discrimination
Sponsored by:
BJU Press
Dan Beasley
Will Estrada
Tj Schmidt
Salon F
  Not Born in the USA Michael Donnelly Salon G
  HSLDA Resources for Homeschooling Teens Carol Becker
Colin Black
Steve Oberlander
Rampart
Evening Free time & dinner    
7:30–9:00 p.m. Newcomers Reception
Sponsored by:
Classical Conversations
  Ballroom 1
 

 

Time Topic Speaker(s) Location
8:30–9:15 a.m. Devotions & Worship
Coffee and Tea Sponsored by:
Samaritan Ministries
Dr. Everett Piper
Scott MacIntyre (worship)
Ballroom 1
9:15–9:30 a.m. Youth dismissed to Children's, Elementary, and Teen Programs   Pikes Peak Ballrooms (first floor)
9:30–10:45 a.m. Meet & Greet Exhibitors
Sponsored by:
BJU Press
  Foothills
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Workshop Session 3    
  Groups and HSLDA: Working Together to Help the Homeschool Community Vicki Bentley
Darren Jones
Salon D
  Pro-family Issues: A View from the Trenches
Sponsored by:
The Heritage Foundation
Lindsey M. Burke
Michael Costigan
Becky Norton Dunlop
Salon E
  Social Media
Sponsored by:
BJU Press
Justin Murff Salon F
  Persuading Public Opinion: Make Them Care Bob Trent Salon G
Afternoon & evening Free time    
 

 

Time Topic Speaker(s) Location
8:30–9:15 a.m. Devotions & Worship
Coffee and Tea Sponsored by:
Samaritan Ministries
Dr. Everett Piper
Daniel Heffington
Ballroom 1
9:15–9:30 a.m. Youth dismissed to Children's, Elementary, and Teen Programs   Pikes Peak Ballrooms (first floor)
9:30–10:45 a.m. State of the Nation   Ballroom 1
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Meet & Greet Exhibitors
Sponsored by:
Homeschool Now USA
  Foothills
12:30–2:30 p.m. Ladies' Luncheon Dr. Jen Murff Summit Ballroom
  Men's Huddle Dr. Everett Piper Ballroom 1
2:45–4:00 p.m. Workshop Session 4    
  However Imperfectly: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching
Sponsored by:
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Andrew Pudewa Salon E
  Threats to Freedom . . . from Homeschoolers?
Sponsored by:
BJU Press
Tj Schmidt
J. Michael Smith
Scott Woodruff
Salon F
  Court Battles and Homeschool Freedom Darren Jones
Jim Mason
Salon G
6:30–8:30 p.m. Closing Banquet Michael P. Farris Ballroom 1

 

* Indicates invited speaker

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