True North Homeschool Academy is hosting its first-ever virtual summit – Summer SPLASH! a one-of-a-kind education event for #homeschool families.
We all know that 2020 changed how we work and how we educate, leaving parents looking for new solutions to education that are reliable and effective! And while there is no “going back” families are often left wondering what they are heading “to.”
Our True North Summer Summit mission is about giving Christian parents the tools, hope, and resources that they need to homeschool effectively in a quickly changing world. This conference will help families provide a solid Biblical foundation while helping them envision and dream for the future!
This conference is the first of its kind.
5 Days of Live sessions covering:
Panel 1: Homeschool Grads Panel
Panel 2: Entrepreneurship
Panel 3: Homeschool Mom’s Entrepreneur Panel
Workshops in these categories:
Where We’ve Been
Time Tested Educational Pedagogy
The Future of Education
Preparing our Kids for Launch
This super-affordable 5-Day event is just $25.
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Lisa Nehring has been married for over 30 years, has five children, 2 graduate degrees and a black belt in homeschooling. She has homeschooled since 1991 and wrote a Master’s Thesis on Why Parent’s Homeschool, the Literature Review being, A History of Education in America.
She has created class days and co-ops, brought national programs to her region and has written hundreds of curriculum and product reviews at her personal blog, Golden Grasses. where she has been writing about homeschooling and Christian Living since 2008.
Additionally, she worked for a large educational company as an Academic Advisor with high school students from around the world. Lisa has taught a wide variety of classes, both in the classroom and on-line including Composition and Literature, Poetry, Apologetics, Bible, Speech, Drama, Geography, Latin and more.
Education as the Transmission of Culture has been a guiding principle for Lisa for many years. She is committed to transmitting a culture of truth, beauty, and goodness, by the grace of God.
Lisa Nehring and her husband, Dr. David Nehring, a Clinical Psychologist, and Biblical Scholar speak together on a wide variety of topics, including education, classical education, vision, mission, parenting, marriage and more.
Andrew Pudewa is the founder and principal speaker of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting around the world, he addresses issues relating 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. 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 wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fourteen, making their home in Northeastern Oklahoma’s beautiful green country.
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Workshop: 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!
SAT Instructor, Jean Burk, is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX as a news contributor, CBS, NBC, ABC, WE, iON, CW, TXA21, and The Homeschool Channel. She also serves as a frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines, educational resources, and online publications. Jean currently travels across the United States and abroad teaching students how to improve their standardized test scores and speaking to parents about how to get college for FREE! As a single income family, Jean Burk and her husband did not have the financial resources to send their children to college. When Jean discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to getting huge scholarships, she began to research the test to understand how to prepare her children for it. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschooling, public school, and private school students alike. Her program ,College Prep Genius, is the culmination of more than 15 years of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise, extending worldwide.
#1: ACE the ACT: Discover how this is a learnable test and every question can be answered in 30 seconds or less.)
Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of test success that have helped tens of thousands of students raise their SAT scores as much as 700 points, ACT 9 points! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, Writing, Reading and Essay are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have kids in high school, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT and ACT!
#2: Free College at Your Fingertips: Learn different ways to get scholarships as well as FREE college
Are you ready to make $500 an hour? Although it sounds too good to be true, it’s possible to earn this much in scholarships for college. Author, Jean Burk, will teach you two important concepts: how to get into the college of your choice and how to find the scholarships
to pay for it. You will learn methods of receiving substantial scholarships that go beyond tuition and may include room and board, graduate school, and money to study abroad! Unlock the keys to finding free college at your fingertips!
Susan Hale is an award-winning educator, former Corporate America professional trainer, and now homeschooling mom who focuses on providing easy-to-use, professional-looking homeschool record-keeping and transcript tools as well as numerous online interactive self-paced courses. Susan has a passion for organization and a knack for breaking down big tasks into small, manageable steps that allows her to help reduce the busyness of today’s homeschool families. She offers several online computer software, leadership, and business skill classes that target independent-learning in a fun and interactive manner with a goal to ease the need for a parent-taught curriculum. Susan and her husband of twenty-eight years have three children and are passionate about homeschooling. They live in the south surrounded by family and the wonderful smell of sea air. We offer a variety of classes for home schooled students, easy-to-use record-keeping and transcript solutions for parents, and a Homeschooling Super Moms Facebook community.
#1: Computer Skills Necessary for Every Career
Whether heading to tech school, college, or straight into the workforce, there are certain computer skills every student needs to tuck into their academic and career toolbox. But, what are they? What is it that helps put students ahead of the game when it comes to job, education, and career opportunities? In this workshop, we’ll chat about what computer tech skills every college and employer are looking for, reducing technology fears, and where to start when it comes to learning technology.
#2: Homeschooling High School without Losing Your Mind or Your Job
We’re all managing a lot these days. How do we juggle it all? Then, add in the high school years, and there’s even more to manage. So, how do we lighten our load while helping high school students be more responsible, take on new tasks, complete them to our satisfaction, and become more independent learners? That’s what this workshop is all about. We’ll share some ideas to ease the homeschool high school journey for students and make things a little easier for mom too.
Felice is a creative, energetic, outside-of-the-box thinker. She is enthusiastic about this company which she founded in 1994. She is an author and hosts several podcasts and is founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network and the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network. Felice is a life-long Catholic Christian who loves and serves the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Felice is a graduate of Florida Southern College. She is a former teacher with a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. Felice has used her skills as a webinar host for a series of ongoing online sessions for the past nine years. She hosted the Ultimate Homeschool Expo which contains six-different events with various perspectives. She also hosts Vintage Homeschool Moms Podcast, A Few Minutes with God Podcast, Writing and Podcasting Advice and Podcast One More Child Podcast. There are no coincidences in life, so Felice believes it is by Divine Intervention that she publishes curriculum with a Biblical Creation focus and many other educational products. Felice currently hosts seminars for adults and her classes for kids are on her Media Angels Membership website. Her wide variety of topics which include science as well as writing and publishing. Jeff and Felice believe the message of Biblical Creation is vital and are convicted that it should be a focus for homeschooled Christian families.
#1: Giving Kids Time To Think
Children are overloaded with school, electronics, and extra-curricula activities. When do they have time to think, to ponder the big questions and for figuring out what they want to do when they grow up? In this session you will discover that time is on your side.
#2: Podcasting As Education
Podcasting hit the airwaves and has exploded. In this session you will discover podcasting as a way to instill creative writing, public speaking, interviewing, interpersonal skills and so much more into your student’s curriculum. Starting a podcast has never been easier, but making it a success is an entirely different story. Learn some key points to podcasting and ways to instill an education your children will not forget.
Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a physicist turned home educator who left a lucrative career in the medical device industry to teach the struggling learners in her own home after her oldest son’s diagnosis with Asperger Syndrome. Peggy founded SPED Homeschool in 2017 after working for over a decade as a special needs homeschooling consultant and while home educating her own struggling learners. She now leads an organization that empowers thousands of families across the globe each year to teach their struggling learners at home.
#1: Flipping Special Needs Education
Just as a house in shambles needs to be flipped to renew its purpose and extend its use, the typical methods for teaching special needs students in the homeschooling environment needs flipping if parents want to see better educational results for their students than the typical model provides. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the Founder & CEO, dives into the history of the special education system and where many of the current practices of teaching students with special needs stem from and how they have affected our preconceived notions on how to best teach a student with special needs. But then, with a twist of hope, she also shares how parents can take advantage of their homeschooling freedoms to flip these practices and homeschool their special needs students with renewed purpose to pursue their student’s God-given gifts and talents.
#2: An Eclectic Approach to Homeschooling Charlotte Mason
Using the Charlotte Mason pillars for instruction as a framework for homeschooling can open up wonderful opportunities for learning while providing the freedom to customize curriculum and pace to meet the needs of your family and your students. Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, takes the three basic pillars of the Charlotte Mason methodology (home environment, character training, and lifestyle learning) and expands them by sharing eclectic parenting and homeschooling ideas she has used over her 18 years of homeschooling. In this session families will be equipped with lots of practical, and customizable, ways for using the Charlotte Mason pillars in their homes and homeschooling they can easily implement into whatever homeschooling framework they choose to use.
#3: Customizing Your Curriculum
As the CEO of SPED Homeschool, and the former Special Needs Team Lead for the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) and former Special Needs Coordinator of MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators), Peggy Ployhar speaks to one of the most frequently asked questions she has received over the past 17 years: “What curriculum would be best to teach the unique needs of my child?” Whether you have a child who has a specific diagnosis or one who just struggles in one area of school or another, Peggy addresses in this talk how to take the curriculum you already own, or plan to use, adjust it to meet the specific needs of your child, and consequently dissolve the struggles you are currently seeing in homeschooling your unique child.
Mrs. Anna Knaub
Anna Knaub is a dedicated stay-at-home mom whose passions reside in making a difference and being servant hearted. When she’s not chasing her two tiny humans around, Anna loves being outdoors gardening or nerding up with the Lord of the Rings series with her husband Ethan. She is an avid baker, crafter, and adventurer. They currently live in Lancaster, PA, nestled amongst the land of chocolate and cows. Anna attended the University of Valley Forge where she met her husband and graduated with a degree in Secondary English Education with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Literature. She has over 20 years of child care and teaching experience including Vacation Bible School, Advanced Placement Courses, Life Skills, Online Teaching, and Coaching. You can get to know her better at her blog, The Nurtured Bee.
#1 Communicating well in a Digital Age
Communicating digitally can be stressful and confusing it. Doing it in an online classroom can theoretically seem downright insufficient. Walking through ways communication is evolving and making the online education community BETTER.
#2 Scriptural truths- Speaking Life Into Your Children
Speaking life & spiritual truths into your children & teens to encourage them, give them a sense of worth, identity, belonging, love, rooted in Christ.
#3 The Benefits of Belonging to The Honor Society for Your Student
Would the Honor Society be a good fit for your family? Discover why a great opportunity for students and how it prepares them for all of life and learning.
Mrs. Meredith Curtis
Meredith is a writer, speaker, and curriculum creator with Powerline Productions and teaches Literature and Composition courses such as: Who Dun It, through True North Homeschool Academy.
#1- Reimagine Living Books Preschool to Graduation
Take your children on a glorious adventure from preschool to high school graduation with timeless classics, exciting literature, and picture books for all ages. Reading increases our attention span, cultivates our imagination, and is the #1 tool of learning. Let Meredith help you to understand the process from prereading to literary analysis the easy way so you can guide your children smoothly through the years and help struggling readers enjoy books. Give your kids stories and great works that will increase their self-confidence just as specific books impacted our Founding Fathers, Charles Spurgeon, Elisabeth Eliot, Ronald Reagan, and Elon Musk. Meredith also gives tips on how to build a living book and audio book library in your home and on your tablet.
#2- 6 Easy Ways to Cultivate Faithfulness, Integrity, and Industrious in Your Teens
We all want to see our teens launch as responsible adults who enjoy success in their lives. Yet we see them struggle to finish their schoolwork and take out the trash. Is it too late for your teen? No way! Meredith shares 6 time-tested ways to cultivate faithfulness, integrity, and industriousness with Scripture, relationships, natural consequences, family projects, replacing screen time, and flexible scheduling. These things are practical and easy to implement in your home–you will love the changes you see in your teen!
#3 – Reimagine Christian Ministry for Your Teens
Your teens are not the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today. Let them loose! Teens can serve in almost any area of ministry in the local church as well at the local crisis pregnancy center, YMCA, and soup kitchen. Ministering to the needs of others cultivates responsibility, compassion, and self-confidence. Volunteering can be done in one small block of time a week. Plus it looks great on a transcript! Let Meredith Curtis envision you for ministry and share a ton of ideas with you. One of them is sure to interest your family.
Sean is a cyber expert, who holds multiple industry certifications including the OSCP, OSWP, C|EH, ITILfV3, Security+ Sean has worked in the federal government contracting industry, for fortune 10 corporations, and is presently the CEO of ArkCybr.
#1: Finding the Helpful in a World of Harmful
How to bring technology safely into your teaching plan and prepare your students for the future.
#2: Maximizing Tech, Minimizing Danger
How to create a safer technological environment for your family so you can be wise, prepared, and equipped for the future.
Amber Smith helps families find the right tools and build the mindset that they need to create a homeschool life that fits their unique, individual lives. In 2008, she created 200fingersandtoes.com, a blog for the growing homeschooling community, there she sees her role as a homeschool courage lender. While working directly with parents, Amber developed a course to overcome the six main roadblocks that keep families from experiencing success. At InDueSeason.net, Amber shares relatable, and thought provoking homeschool tools to help families dig deeper and create a personalized map that will be their guide from the first day till graduation.
#1: Successful Independent Work has Elementary Foundations
Everyone wants teens who can work independently but ensuring that your child can successfully follow through with tasks begins with simple steps as early as elementary school. In the session we share how to help create the habit of working independently and how it can promote a successful high school and college career.
#2: Transitioning to Working Homeschool Mom
After 18 years of running a successful homeschool, I got a part time job away from home. You would assume that since my children have been in the homeschool habit for many years now, the transition went quite smoothly. It was not smooth, but We made the corrections we needed to.
Let me share with you some of the ways we created accountability for the whole family and turned what could’ve been a year of frustration into a successful homeschooling year.
Homeschooling One Child
#1: How Chores Help Prepare Kids for Life After Homeschool
Teaching life skills through chores can help prepare kids of all ages for life after graduation. In this session, participants will learn how they can teach life skills in their homeschools and reinforce them through chores to prepare their children for life—and help current home life.
Gina Noble Glenn
As a homeschool mom of 4 flown and grown kids, and is the author of The Princple Approach Primer (available on Kindle/ referral) , serving as a mentor to other homeschooling families who use the Principle Approach through Pilgrim Institue and Foundation for American Christian Education.
Gina has worked as a marketing strategist in the homeschool market since 2002. She’s succesfully built several businesses and loves to inspire others to discover their own entrepreneurial spirit. She can be found at HomeschoolSocialMedia.com, podcasting at Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network or directing marketing efforts right here at True North Homeschool Academy.
#1 If you’ve always wondered how it would be possible to have a home-based business and still homeschool, this workshop will give you the tools and resources to bring entrepreneurship into your family’s homeschooling through a lifestyle of learning. Discover how the skills you learn as you build your business prepare your children for all of life and learning.
Mrs. Ferrell is a wife of 24 years and a mother of two. After a successful 17-year career in social services and mental health, she left paid employment to become a home educator, local homeschool leader, and tutor. Following a classical pedagogy, she has graduated her oldest child and will graduate her second next year. In 2021, she completed a Master’s in Education, hoping to combine her training and experience in the social sciences and education to make a positive and meaningful impact on a growing homeschool community. This combination of experience in classical education and social services has uniquely equipped Angie to speak on the topic, from how education has departed from its classical Christian roots to how social-emotional learning and modern social sciences are being used to indoctrinate children and their thinking.
History of Education
Often families leave public school to escape what they consider a broken system, but this can be dangerous thinking because later they may return under the pretense they’ve “found a good one.” Looking at the changes to our education system over time exposes that the system did not break. It transformed under a new directive. These changes to the pedagogy have been so subtle, that most parents do not realize what these new methods are about. Learn from an experienced homeschooler and social scientist how schools are indoctrinating your children and how to save your families from becoming another cog in the wheel of the government education system.
Dana is a homeschool mom to six children, aged 6, 9, 13, 15, 17, and 21. She believes the purpose of education is to teach students how to learn and to challenge them to stretch their knowledge and experience to open as many opportunities as possible. Learning a foreign language is important not only for communication in a rapidly globalizing marketplace, but to learn new ways of thinking and seeing the world which enrich our daily lives. Exploring other cultures gives us a greater understanding of others and also ourselves. Dana is passionate about her faith, homeschooling and supporting other moms through the trials of motherhood. She blogs about faith, motherhood, and homeschooling at This Unexceptional Life where she concentrates on everyday stories that encourage connection with our children and our faith. She is also active on Facebook. Mrs. Hanley has graduated one daughter who went on to become the local director for Child Evangelism Fellowship and a farrier. She has five children still at home aged six through seventeen. She has also taught other homeschool students in co-op settings. She currently teaches in a cottage school together with four other homeschool moms. She teaches German and writing to students from four to fourteen. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Kansas. She graduated with distinction. During her junior year in high school, she received a Congress-Bundestag scholarship to become an exchange student for one academic year in Germany. She also did a year of graduate work a the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany on scholarship where she concentrated on curriculum development. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas. After college, she joined Teach for America and taught two years in a low-income school in southern Texas. She went on to work as a house parent in a Christian group home then transition to family support work for foster families with the same agency. After her second child was born, she made the choice to stay home and focus on raising and homeschooling her growing family.
#1: Simple Games to Do in Your Homeschool
Gamification has been shown to increase engagement, productivity and retention of knowledge and skills. In this workshop, we will look at what gamification is, why it can be such a powerful tool and look at simple tools you can incorporate right away.
Charlotte Cantrell teaches Adapted Classes with True North Homeschool Academy.
Charlotte Cantrell teaches Adapted Classes with True North Homeschool Academy. Charlotte lives in the beautiful state of South Carolina with her husband Josh, and their two children. She has a deep love for all animals, especially her three cats. Her family spent years being a host family for international students, and this has given them a passion for learning about other cultures- including the cuisine! They love cooking together and exploring local Asian and Indian groceries. Charlotte has been homeschooling her children for the past eight years, and she would not have it any other way. She loves that she can instill a love of learning in her children, and that she can also learn alongside them. They have been active participants in a classical homeschool co-op, where she has tutored for years. Charlotte graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Retail Management and a Master’s degree in International Tourism Management. Since leaving the corporate world, she found her passion in education. She spent over four years teaching ESL, and she also assisted in creating and editing curriculum for ESL students. She spent three years as a virtual field trip host for a Chinese company: writing and producing her own dialogue along with her husband, and traveling to different locations to film documentary-style videos.
#1: Systems to Keep Your Sanity
Equipping homeschool families with tools to help balance every day life while homeschooling.
Pauline Salo loves the Lord Jesus Christ and has been a follower of HIS since 1978. She is married to her band sweetheart and has enjoyed their 40 years of growing a family and loving God. They have 8 children and 13 grandchildren. Pauline enjoys knitting and has recently begun spinning her own yarn. She serves as kitchen manager at her church and loves catering events big and small. Pauline was a supervising teacher for homeschoolers in Washington State in the 1980’s. She lobbied for the homeschooling laws that are now in place. Pauline has homeschooled all 8 of her children and supports them as they homeschool their children. She has taught in various co-ops and science clubs. She has a BA in education from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and a Master’s in math education from Western Governors University. Pauline has homeschooled all 8 of her children and has taught 7th-grade math through high school Geometry in a classroom setting. She has substituted in a variety of classrooms and has extensive experience tutoring students in all math subjects.
#1: Why Financial Literacy Matters
Want to make sure your kids can handle money when they are grown-and-flown? Start teaching financial liteary in your homeschool today. Mrs. Salo will discuss with you how the lack of financial literacy in young adults 20 years old and beyond can be changed by teaching how to handle money to your homeschool students now.
Adam teaches Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Modern American History Through Film with True North Homeschool Academy.
Mr. Pruzan was born and raised in Seattle. In 2012, he moved to Las Vegas, where he assisted in opening two new charter schools; Leadership Academy of Nevada and Founders Academy of Las Vegas. He has taught many subjects including literature, history, geography, civics, and philosophy. He continues to work as an investment manager while sharing his knowledge by teaching courses to various homeschool and online groups. Mr. Pruzan will be teaching Civics: Constitutional Studies the second semester for students who want a thorough understanding of how our government system works. Email for course details. Mr. Pruzan graduated from Saint John’s College, Santa Fe, NM, with a BA in Liberal Arts. He served six years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. In 1993, he began a 10-year career in public policy. From 2003 until 2012, he worked as a consultant and investment manager. In 2011, he earned a Master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Phoenix.
Workshop: History As Our Guide
Is it true that history repeats itself? Or is it possible that those who know and understand the past are less likely to make those same mistakes? What can History teach us? Join Mr. Pruzan for History as Our Guide.
Rabbi Fischer was born and raised in New York City. During adolescence, he was drawn to a stronger commitment to Jewish tradition, eventually earning rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University-Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. At the same time, he earned a BA in English Literature from Yeshiva University and an MA in English Literature from New York University. He has served communities in the US, Canada, and Israel as a rabbi, teacher, and cantor. Using the name Arthur J. Fischer, he has acted and directed for Jerusalem community theaters and has also appeared in a number of films made for the ultra-Orthodox community. Rabbi Fischer has long been fascinated by the Hebrew language in all its phases. Since 1986 he and his family have lived in Israel. He teaches in a number of educational frameworks, working with students to master the Hebrew language (from Scriptural to Modern), Biblical text and commentaries, and Jewish history, observance and philosophy. Avraham/Arthur is married to Cheryl, and they live with three of their six children (three are married) in Bet Shemesh, Israel. Avraham is a Hebrew teacher, actor, and editor, having recently edited Cup of Salvation. Rabbi Fischer will be teaching Biblical Hebrew as well as Hebrew History, Culture and Conversations for True North Homeschool Academy, live on-line from Israel! These classes are designed for students ages 12-99; perfect for those who are eager to read and understand the Bible in a deeper and more personal way.
Workshops: To Be Announced