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Program for July 16 2010 High School at Home Conference
Howard Richman, 6/14/2010

Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency
High School at Home
15th Annual Conference
Friday July 16, 2010
Hotel Carlisle, Carlisle PA

(schedule as of 6/14/2010, subject to change)

 THEME: Gaining Vision, Gaining Tools

8:45-9:00 Registration and snacks in main ballroom then visit college and  vendor tables which will be open until 3:30.

9:00-9:45 Welcome & Keynote Talk in main ballroom

Why Homeschooling WorksDebra Bell, author of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling & forthcoming  book about high school at home, and AP English teacher online with PA Homeschoolers

First  Breakout Session 10-10:50 AM

  1. Share Ways You’re Involved in Your Broader Community (for students) — Will Byrnes and teen panel
  2. High School at Home: An Introduction to the PHAA Diploma ProgramEspecially for families and evaluators new to PHAA. Find out how the program works and how to comply with its requirements— Howard Richman.
  3. Dual Crediting and the CLEP exam. How to turn your High School course into an Honors Course and get College credit at the same time—Maribeth Spangenberg & Patty Achee.
  4. Family Dynamics: Meeting the Challenges of the High School Years—Bonnie Gonzalez, Family Counselor, AP Psychology teacher online with PA Homeschoolers

Second  Breakout Session 11-11:50 AM

  1. Photographing Your World: the Excelsior Photo Challenge— Will Byrnes, Tabitha DeHart, and panel of students. Share what you are doing with photography, learn about the 1st annual Excelsior photo contest, gain new ideas and learn about nifty tools!
  2. Writing Your College Application Essay-- Help for getting YOU down on paper!—Ruth Green
  3. Foreign Languages at Home: finding the tools to make it possible—Susan Richman and panel
  4. High Tech Careers: Your Ticket to the Future—panel of admissions officers from technical schools

 Noon - 1 PM Buffet Lunch in main ballroom (free) 

Third  Breakout Session 1-1:50 PM 

  1. Speech and Debate Options— Moderator, Shay Jones (HACC speech teacher/ former homeschool parent), along with Will Byrnes and teen panel
  2. Logging of High School Credits—Patti Achee
  3. AP Online Test Prep Classes from PA Homeschoolers: Learn about the AP exams from this year’s online teachers, and how online learning can help you be well prepared—panel of teachers
  4. Opportunities Available at Protestant Christian Colleges -- panel of admissions officers.

 Fourth  Breakout Session 2-2:50 PM 

  1. A Guide to AP Classes (by & for students) — Hope Pasztor and panel
  2. PHAA Evaluator’s MeetingDiscuss concerns and questions about working as a PHAA evaluator. Clear up any confusions on procedures and goals—Howard Richman, Natalie Bishop, Patty Achee and Bonnie Gonzalez (evaluators only).
  3. Free Online Learning for Homeschoolers for High School—Debra Bell
  4. College Scholarships for Homeschoolers: the tools you need— Susan Richman

 3:00 -3:30 PM Afternoon break in main ballroom.  Free snacks during time to visit tables. 

 Fifth  Breakout Session 3:30-4:20 PM 

  1. The Excelsior: PHAA’s student newsletterBecome a Part of It! Learn about one of the best ways to extend your homeschool friendships and hone your writing skills— by working on the staff of The Excelsior!—Excelsior staff.
  2. PHAA Annual Membership MeetingElect a Board Member, discuss any needed changes in by-laws,  possibly put such changes on a written ballot, and more (for PHAA members only) — led by Howard Richman. (PHAA members only – parents and evaluators)
  3. Opportunities available at Public, Private, & Catholic Colleges—by a panel of admissions officers
  4. Technology: changing from consumers to producers – Nanette Blank. Helping students learn to create their own learning tools, games, digital videos, presentations, websites, applications, and more. Find the tools you need—mostly for free!

4:30-5:00 PM Homeschool Graduates Panel in main ballroom, including a digital photography show of PHAA student work (General Session)—Aaron Jones (moderator) and a panel of recent homeschool graduates. Hear from a full range of PHAA grads who’ve made many different types of choices in their lives A chance to ask all of your questions.

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