April 21, 2018 Speaker Highlights (See Conference Scheudle page for details of the schedule for the day).
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Brian and Betsy Ray
Brian and Betsy Ray have home educated their eight children ages 19-30's from birth through high school graduation. They reside in Colorado, USA.
Brian is the founder of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), in 1990 and is the president of the institute. He holds his Ph.D. in science education from Oregon State University, his M.S. in zoology from Ohio University, and his B.S. in biology from the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Ray has been a middle school and high school classroom teacher in both public and private schools, an undergraduate college professor, and a university professor at the graduate level. He is a leading international expert with regard to homeschool research. Dr. Ray executes and publishes research, speaks to the public, testifies before legislators, and serves as an expert witness in courts.
NHERI conducts and collects research about homeschooling and publishes the research journal called the Home School Researcher. The institute has hundreds of research works documented and catalogued on homeschooling, many of which were done by NHERI. Simply put, NHERI specializes in homeschool research.
Betsy is a warm, compassionate, and fun-hearted teacher. She and Brian have been married 33 years and have eight children and four grandchildren. All were/are homeschooled through their secondary years. Betsy home educates her children, helps manage a six-acre farm, grows and preserves large amounts of food, is a part of local and statewide homeschool leadership, and is active in her community exercising her gifts of hospitality, teaching, and counseling other women. Betsy earned her B.S. in elementary education. Betsy is also a key support to her husband, Dr. Brian Ray, in his international work as president of the National Home Education Research Institute.
Special Guest Speakers:
Sandra Freedman – Federal Conservative Nomination Candidate and Christian Homeschool Graduate
Sandra grew up on Carp Road and split her time between school, sports and working at the family’s local greenhouse business.
Sandra worked as a Legislative Assistant and Policy Advisor for over three years on Parliament Hill from 2012 – 2015.
In 2016, Sandra began a second Master’s Degree at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.
She has been involved in church leadership since 2010, most recently as an Outreach Coordinator creating partnerships and overseeing projects between her local church and community organizations, including food banks and homeless shelters in the Ottawa area. Sandra is currently working at MNP, a Canadian consulting firm in Kanata North.
Sandra will have a session for parents and youth!
Peter Stock - President HSLDA
Peter Stock is an experienced pro-family leader and strategist with nearly a quarter century of success in government, media and public relations. However, his journey to homeschooling began long before marriage and children. Despite a promising career in the mining industry, Peter answered the call to Ottawa to serve in the area of public policy.
As the Legislative Assistant to the Member of Parliament for Simcoe Centre, Peter was involved in speech writing, media relations, research and committee strategy. In addition, he co-founded the Canada Family Action Coalition. He has played a significant role in legislative and judicial battles including, the age of consent; child pornography; definition of marriage; and, family taxation, to name just a few.
Peter was selected as President of the Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada in 2017 succeeding Paul Faris.
For over 10 years Peter and his wife, Tarah, have homeschooled their four children. Peter’s deep appreciation for homeschooling also comes from sharing the teaching responsibilities with his wife.
Workshop Speakers: Brian and Betsy Ray, Peter Stock, Diana Rolston, Cory McAree, Robin Gilman, Samantha Cameron, Thomas Bailey, Sarah Proud, Leanne Seel, Helen Hoffmann, Lisa Moore-Ede, Sandra Freedman
Session Sneak Peek: Swimming Upstream: Why Keep Homeschooling; On Your Toes: Homeschooling with Toddlers Underfoot; Keeping the Faith in the Scientific Age; If Homeschooling is so Good, Why Don't Educators Promote It?; Goal Setting; Teaching Electives; Teaching Writing; Life Learning; Special Needs; Homeschool 101; Teaching High School; Preschool... and so much more!
Youth Sessions: Fun and Fellowship with Cory McAree; Handling Conflict - Cory McAree; The YOUng Electorate - Sandra Freedman; Science and the Bible - Thomas Bailey