Adult Workshops

2017 Adult Workshops

We are excited to announce the schedule for the 37th Annual UHEA Homeschool Convention and Curriculum Fair. Whether you are a beginner, investigating, or a battle-hardened veteran, you’ll find something just for you.


  • 8:00   Registration Opens
  • 8:00am-7:00pm   Curriculum Fair Open to the Public
  • 9:00-10:20           Welcome and Keynote
  • 10:30-11:20         Workshop #1
  • 11:30-12:20         Workshop #2
  • 12:20-2:00           Lunch Break
  • 2:00-2:50             Workshop #3
  • 3:00-3:50             Workshop #4
  • 4:00-4:50             Workshop #5
  • 5:00-5:50             Workshop #6
  • 5:50-7:30             Dinner Break         (7:00-10:00 Youth Dance, Ages 12+)
  • 7:30-9:00             Evening Keynote



  • 8:00   Registration Opens
  • 8:00am-6:00pm   Curriculum Fair Open to the Public
  • 9:00-10:20           Welcome and Keynote
  • 10:30-11:20         Workshop #1
  • 11:30-12:20         Workshop #2
  • 12:20-2:00           Lunch Break
  • 2:00-2:50             Workshop #3
  • 3:00-3:50             Workshop #4
  • 4:00-4:50             Workshop #5
  • 7:00-9:00             UHEA Graduate Recognition Night (at Clearfield Community Church)


To view the 2017 Workshop Schedule click this link:


We are very pleased to have such a variety of wonderful Presenters this year to bring ideas and inspiration to you in your home education adventure!


jSaturday 9:30 am

How can homeschooling parents “think outside the box” to provide their children with an engaging, interesting, and inspirational education? Join Jeff Harmon, a leading brand development expert, who will discuss creative marketing ideas as they apply to parenting and education in the home.

Jeff and his siblings were homeschooled as children, and now Jeff and his wife are also homeschooling their own kids. Jeff is the creative mind behind some of the most popular viral ads in recent years, including Squatty Potty and Poo-Pourri. He is also a co-founder of VidAngel, a popular company that allows families to filter content out of movies and TV shows.

Jeff will be sharing many unique insights from his professional world and successful creative marketing background to help parents consider new approaches to traditional education ideas, empowering us all to be and do better.



merrileeboyackFriday 7:30-9:00 pm

Merrilee Boyack is a popular public speaker around the country on a wide range of issues, from parenting to public service. An author of over a dozen books, she is eager to motivate, inspire, and educate large crowds on ideas that matter.

Merrilee is an estate-planning attorney who conducts her law practice from home. She graduated with High Honors from Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Management—Finance and was a summa cum laude graduate from University of Santa Clara Law School.

Merrilee will be speaking to our convention on how to inspire your children to want to make a positive difference in the world around them.



Adam’s educational journey really began when he was 13 years old. He had an experience that caused him to realize that it was up to him to get an education—no one else was going to do it for him.

After college Adam started two small businesses. He had big plans and it was a great learning experience, but something was missing. He longed for the opportunity to once again help people obtain a greater education. Then, a few years ago, he sold his businesses and joined the team at Williamsburg Learning. Together their team of homeschoolers has built a world-class program that is disrupting the system and helping students live meaningful lives as principled leaders.


Keynote: Teaching Students How To Think

Friday 9:30 am

For our children to be successful in the 21st century it is imperative that they learn how to think. But most of today’s curriculum and educators instead teach students what to think. Sadly, even many homeschoolers fall into this trap and continue the cycle of teaching what to think. In this presentation Adam Hailstone will show you how to overcome this problem, so you can help your children reach their greatest potential.

The Top 3 Detrimental Mistakes Most Homeschoolers Make

Friday 10:30 am

Homeschooling is an awesome undertaking; simply having the courage to take such a leap is incredible. However, after growing up as a homeschooler, homeschooling now and speaking with homeschoolers across the country, Adam Hailstone has discovered some common mistakes that most homeschoolers make. Come learn what they are and, more importantly, how to avoid them.

The Science of Motivation

Friday 11:30 am 

As both parent and primary educator we find ourselves having to motivate our children a lot. However, for the sake of getting from point A to point B, sometimes we employ motivational tactics that work in the short run, but can be detrimental long term. Come learn how we can instead create deep motivation in our students and avoid common motivational mistakes.


Chris and Melanie Matt's WeddingChristopher and Melanie Ballard are the homeschooling parents of seven children​. Together they have founded​: Moms’ Retreat, Dads’ Retreat, ​and​ The Homeschool Tribe–all these organizations are 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to support and​ strengthen homeschooling families. Chris and Melanie also serve as a lead couple for Marriage Enrichment​. Together Chris and Melanie have a mission ​to protect and ​strengthen families


Achieving Success in Homeschooling Through Family Councils

Saturday 10:30 am, 11:30 am 

​Have you ever wondered if you are succeeding at homeschooling?  Have you ever wished that your husband could be more involved in the homeschooling process? Have you wanted help figuring out how to cater the homeschooling experience to each child and their mission?  Do you want to create better family systems and unity? We will answer these questions and more in our presentation about the power and miracles of Family Councils.  (LDS)



Dan Hunter and his wife Janice have been married for thirty-seven years, have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. They have home schooled since 1993. Dan is the author of nine history books which are used across the nation in private schools and home schools. He is a graduate of George Wythe University in Cedar City, Utah in Business and Biblical Studies, and was a private school teacher for 10 years.  Dan started Living History in 1999 when he started writing his history books.  In 2004 Dan and Jan bought Archive Publishers and Wholesome Books which they run with a lot of help from their children.  Wholesome Books is a home school/private school bookstore, and under the Archive Publishers’ name they re-publish out-of-print LDS and non-LDS books, with 170 titles currently available.  To add a little variety to his life, Dan is a driver’s education instructor.

 Building Character Through Homeschooling

Friday 10:30 am, Saturday 11:30 am

The 1828 dictionary defines character as “the peculiar qualities, impressed by nature or habit on a person, which distinguish him from others”.  Homeschool parents have the opportunity to teach their children how to prepare to accomplish that mission which they were sent to earth to perform.  They have a greater opportunity to be self motivated and not be “like everybody else”, but to be a thinker and a leader and not a follower or, as Oliver DeMille puts it, “to receive a conveyer belt education”.  In this class we will discuss the principles that will bring about this opportunity for our children. (religious)



Audrey Rindlisbacher is a popular speaker, author and homeschooling mom of 6, who is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Education. She is in LOVE with learning! You can find her on Facebook here:

The 7 Stages of Life Mission

Friday 10:30 am, 11:30 am

The idea of life mission is very popular is homeschooling circles. In fact, many of us began homeschooling our children precisely because we wanted something better for them. Yet, although the concept is inspiring, a clear picture of what life mission actually looks like and how to discover and fulfill a mission are steps that can be quite elusive. Through more than a dozen years of studying the great men and women of history Audrey has uncovered a consistent pattern in their lives which can not only be learned but followed with amazing success. Come learn what these 7 Stages are and how YOU can implement them in your home today!


julieboucheJulie Bouche has been an English teacher for the last 15 years and is a mother of six.  While earning two Master’s Degrees (one in Curriculum and Instruction and one in Management and Leadership) she has worked in public, private, and charter schools, teaching junior-high, high school, and university students.


Helping Our Kids with Change and Transitions

Friday 2:00 pm, Saturday 4:00 pm

Whether your child is transitioning from public school to home school, home school to public school, high school to college, or any other number of transitions, this presentation will give you the tools necessary to empower them to conquer those transitions.  This presentation focuses on putting transitions in the context of a larger journey, and focuses on how we, as parents and teachers, can be the best possible mentors for our children and students as they face transition and change.  



David McKay Barker was born in Salt Lake City, and currently resides in Utah.

Author of Science and Religion: Reconciling the Conflicts, retired Bank Examiner/CPA


 Evolution: Problems with the theory each parent and child should be aware of

Friday 11:30 am, Saturday 4:00 pm

The word “evolution” is often used to mean change, diversity, adaptation, or development. When used as such there is little if any dispute. Other uses of the word involve untestable and highly speculative theories which seem contrary to the scriptures. Micro-evolution (minor change) is demonstrated, while Macro-evolution (change from one kind to another) is only inferred, and definitely not demonstrable. (religious)


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Paul L. Glanton, born and raised in Knoxville, TN.  Background includes over twenty-five years of experience in student-athletics (U of MM & NFL Kansas City Chiefs), program management (Upward Bound, Job Corps), college admissions (at Carleton College, Wesleyan University, Brown University, & Westminster College), organizational development & marketing (Management & Training Corp., Sylvan Learning, & K12 Inc.).  Lives in Roy, UT with beautiful wife Debbie, two daughters, grandsons CJ & Cayden, and dog Cocoa.

Utah Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP) Partnerships

Friday 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, Saturday 10:30 am, 11:30 am 

Come learn how the SOEP, Utah Virtual Academy, homeschools, local district schools, approved charter schools, and private schools are now working in partnership to support Utah students (grades 9-12) with additional academic curriculum and resources.  

(NONPROFIT Vendor Presentation)   



Sara Erling has been a TDI (Targeted Developmental Intervention) Specialist for the National Association for Child Development (NACD) for 20 years. She has trained extensively under Robert Doman, Jr., founder of NACD, who at the age of 70 has spent the last 50 years developing the work of the Neurodevelopmental Approach. Utilizing the Neurodevelopmental Approach, Sara has had the opportunity to evaluate, design, and supervise individualized TDI programs for thousands of children all over the world. 


 Homeschooling Children with Learning and Attention Issues: Individualizing their education to include remediation and acceleration!

Friday 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will learn essential Neurodevelopmental keys that need to be addressed to help their struggling learner. Taking advantage of neuroplasticity, NACD Targeted Developmental Intervention programs are designed to help each individual child accelerate to their own unique potential.  NACD utilizes key principles that will be discussed when teaching a child, any child, to be able to receive, process, store, and utilize information faster and more efficiently.


charleneadamsCharlene Adams is a certified Advanced Voice Instructor through The Institute for Vocal Advancement and teaches private voice lessons at Pitched Perfectly Studios in Layton, UT.  She has spent over 30 years performing and producing community theatre projects as actor, singer, director, music director, and board member. She has taught music and theatre at the elementary and secondary level in the public schools.



You Can’t Have smARTS without ARTS

Friday 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm 

How can the Arts boost your child’s academics? Teaching children critical thinking skills is the key to unlocking their learning potential. Acting and singing employ these skills so why not use them to ensure your child’s success? This class will explore strategies and hands-on application for using acting and singing games with reading, writing, and arithmetic.



The Kinmonts were among the first families to homeschool in Utah (1975), which resulted in occasional threatening meetings with officials, less-threating media interviews, and lots of phone calls from new homeschoolers.  Joyce helped “birth” the UHEA, later founded the LDS Home Educators Assn., and now at 75 years of age (when wisdom is expected) she enjoys sharing her experiences, observations, and suggestions with thoughtful homeschooling parents.

Nobody Teaches a Bird to Sing: How do they know when it’s time to begin?

Friday 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:30 am

We will discuss the importance of our children’s pre-birth experiences, what they bring with them, what their most basic needs are as we teach them, how the LDS Church is “restoring” education, education in the temple block in Zion, the best reasons for homeschooling, and how we can protect ourselves from government overreach.  (LDS)


new sizeI started schooling in an EPIC way long before I learned about EPIC Adventures.  I have 7 children and 11 wonderful grandchildren.


EPIC Adventures: Lighting the Fire Within

Friday 4:00 pm, Saturday 3:00 pm

EPIC Adventures are a method of learning based on current brain research.  Using year-long themes, engaging all the senses, and exposing our children to a smorgasbord of ideas, we can help our children learn in a brain-firing way.


D. Mark WeissMark and Cyndy were pioneering home schoolers prior to the law being pass in the state of Washington. We were timid beginners, but over time homeschooled all 11 of our children who are since all been accepted to the college of their choice, and all fulfilled LDS missions all over the world. We have presented at conventions all over the Northwest and during the heyday did a blog, Mark is currently a PhD Candidate at Utah State and will defend his multiple paper dissertation this summer. His emphasis is inquiry based learning such as problem-based learning, project-based learning and online instruction strategies.

 Problem-based Learning In the Home-schooling Environment

Friday 2:00 pm

Finally, education for K-12 aged children is slowly moving beyond factoid memorization and regurgitation to include emphasizing the developing thinking skills. Problem-based learning in middle school students has been shown to help lower performing students catch up and higher performing students go beyond their memorization skills. We will talk about the ideas behind Problem-based learning, and them create together several Problem-based learning units.

 Project-based Learning In the Home-schooling Environment

Saturday 11:30 am 

Project-based learning supports students as they learn how to imagine, design, execute and complete a project. You will be surprised at what kinds of things can be used as a “project”. We will emphasize projects that will range from Utah Standards topics E-textiles that can be done in the home. The vision of project based learning goes beyond K-12 education and emphasized skills that when mastered will help students graduate from college. We will create together several project-based units.


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As an educator with 20 years of experience and three of my own children with varied learning styles and challenges, I have had an effectual “lab” to test and prove the effectiveness of what I’ll be teaching. I teach strategies that help individuals learn effortlessly and live more joyfully.


Ignite the Mind, Fuel Your Child’s Learning

Friday 10:30 am, 11:30 am

Spark your child’s academic success and love of learning. Experience ah ha’s as you explore successful teaching strategies based on cutting-edge brain research. Explore the power of learning styles, color, music and movement to fuel your child’s learning.



bio_connorConnor Boyack is the founder and president of Libertas Institute, a free market think tank in Utah. In that capacity, he has spearheaded a number of successful policy reforms in areas such as homeschooling deregulation, civil asset forfeiture, food freedom, civil liberties, and government transparency. Connor is the author of several books, including the popular “Tuttle Twins” series for children, teaching kids age 5-10 about the principles of liberty. His most recent book, Feardom, is a unique exposé of how politicians use fearmongering to acquire more power. The book has been endorsed by a wide range of people, from conservative commentator Walter Williams to the liberal president of the ACLU, Anthony Romero. Connor is a homeschooling father of two and board member for the Utah Home Education Association. He is a frequent public speaker and commentator on current events, and is regularly featured on TV, radio, and online media outlets. He lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and two children.

 Passion-Driven Education: How to Use Your Child’s Interests to Spark a Lifelong Love of Learning

Saturday 10:30 am

Homeschooling families—especially those who have recently decided to leave the government school constantly find themselves on the hunt for good curriculum to help them teach their children. Sincere parents struggle to give their children a solid educational road-map, and in the process end up recreating within their home the problems that pervade the public education system. Should faceless curriculum creators dictate what your child learns, and when? Or is there a better way?

Join Connor as he explains the theory of passion-driven education, and some compelling examples of how it works. More importantly, you’ll learn simple, practical tips for helping your children discover their interests and acquire both general and specialized knowledge as they pursue those interests. Especially as homeschoolers, we should never hear the question “Why do I have to learn this?” from our children. Come learn how passion-driven education solves that problem, and can enable your child to truly love learning.



Josh and Camille Chapman have a cumulative 40 years of home schooling experience, and 20 years public school experience. With both backgrounds they have a wide perspective of benefits and pitfalls of educational methods.


Educational Risk Factor. How will my inadequacies affect my child?

Friday 2:00 pm

I don’t know how to teach algebra! I’m not very scientific! I’m a terrible historian! I know nothing about biology!

If you have admitted any of these concerns or are worried about your ability to teach your children, come join a discussion about your role as a homeschooling parent. How will your precious children turn out if you can never give them the more difficult subjects? What if you are not that good at the easy subjects? Will your children be short-changed because of the education they receive (or don’t receive) at home? This is a class for new homeschoolers and veterans alike to find reassurance about how to give their children an excellent education despite their own imperfections. Learn from a successful engineer, who was homeschooled himself, how to use your unique abilities and resources to help your children achieve success.



Jane Poulton, LCSW, is a social worker and former school teacher.  As a Positive Education Facilitator she has a passion for enriching the educational environment by teaching the principles and practices of Positive Education to students and those who work with them.

Positive Education:  Bringing Happiness Back Into Learning

Friday 10:30 am

Positive Education is focused on ‘what’s right and doing more of it’ rather than ‘what’s wrong and trying to fix it’.  Learn simple techniques to boost positivity, flourishing , meaning and creativity not only for the student, but for those who teach them.  Understand methods to help students use their individual strengths to conquer challenging projects. Positive Education brings the excitement of learning and teaching back into education.

It is life changing!


phil winklerPhil is a Charter school founder, Distinguished Toastmaster, and the author of two books on American history. In addition to some original research, he developed a cross reference between the actions of the British, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.

This Miracle Nation – Part 1

Friday 3:00 pm, Saturday 10:30 am

Miraculous events from 450 A.D. to the War for Independence that helped make America a free nation. (religious)

This Miracle Nation – Part 2

Friday 4:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am

Miraculous events from the War for Independence to the present that helped spread freedom and keep America free. (religious)



We’ve spent over 10 years educating our six children at home. We’ve had many opportunities to study, observe and experience methods of time management and effective home education. We’re by no means perfect, but we’re hoping for an opportunity to inspire others in their efforts of teaching their children, giving them opportunity to learn from our personal observations, studies, and shortcomings.


Inspiring Joy in Learning

Saturday 11:30 am

Charles Swain Thomas, who later became a professor in the Harvard Graduate School of Education said, “The only kind of education worthwhile is self-education.” Today, there is a strong trend in society to force-feed our children from a predetermined common cup of knowledge. But, as Mr. Thomas said, and many others have since restated, it is far better that we inspire our children to find joy in learning. We’ll discuss methods we have found to encourage our children to develop a passion for self-education and feast on the wealth of information available in today’s world.

It’s About Time

Saturday 2:00 pm

Time is our most valuable resource. There are so many things in life that try and lay claim to this limited possession of ours. In homeschooling our children we often spend all day with them, and yet, at the end of the day, we look back and realize the time we spent with them was completely lacking in quality interaction, interpersonal development, and joyous learning experiences. We’ll discuss ways to dedicate more time to our children, how to improve the quality of that time, and make our learning/teaching experiences become more meaningful.


Josh has long been passionate about unleashing the potential in others.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Business at Snow College and founder of Straight Course Learning Company.


3 Things to Tackle Before Your Teen Leaves Home

Friday 10:30 am, 11:30 am

The economy is changing which means that old career paths are dying.  To thrive in the new economy, young adults entering the workforce need to embrace their individuality, work smart, and master the art of influence.  In this class, we’ll give you a few tips on how teens can prepare to do so.


Mike Christiansen is Professor Emeritus in the Music Department at Utah State University where he was the Director of Guitar Studies for 39 years. He is the author of over 40 books on guitar and ukulele.


Adding Guitar in the Home Education Curriculum

Saturday 3:00 pm

Guitar instruction can be the perfect fit for the homeschool curriculum. With the right approach, the homeschooling parents and their children will find learning guitar exciting and easy to grasp. Noted guitar educator, Mike Christiansen, has developed unique material that will greatly assist the parent that is teaching guitar. Topics include: teaching sequential technique and curriculum, repertoire, implementing guitar ensembles, integrating blended learning and layered learning, and teaching a variety of class sizes and ages. Whether you are new to teaching guitar, or a seasoned instructor, there will be something here for you.

Ukulele: Four strings, so many possibilities

Saturday 4:00 pm

Whether you are using ukulele as a segment of a general music curriculum, or you are teaching students to play ukulele more in depth, there will be information in this session for you. Noted music educator, Mike Christiansen, will present topics including: selecting ukuleles, accompaniment techniques, repertoire, playing single note melodies, and creating and rehearsing ukulele ensembles. Attention will also be given to applying technology and implementing blended learning into your curriculum. Participants are encouraged to bring their ukuleles to the session.


Beth has a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Autism emphasis from Ball State University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, working with children in Davis and Weber counties. 


Evidence-based strategies for teaching children with autism

Friday 10:30 am, 11:30 am

Are you looking for new ways to reach your learner with autism?  Come hear an overview of evidence-based, established strategies that can be effective in children with autism.  I will be sharing a variety of techniques based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Please keep in mind that there isn’t a “cookie cutter method” for meeting the unique needs of children with autism. This class will provide an overview for your consideration and further research. For specific and individual strategies and treatments, please work with your behavioral health professionals.



Amy Kenney is a 20+ year home school veteran of nine children and recent Master of Social Work graduate of BYU.  Amy worked as a therapist with children and adolescents at Primary Children’s Center for Counseling and is experienced in treating anxiety and depression.


Recognizing Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents, and What to Do About It

Friday 5:00 pm, Saturday 4:00 pm

Academics and learning can be challenging for children who suffer a mental health disorder.  Presentation attendees will learn to recognize anxiety and depression mood and behavioral symptoms in children and adolescents and therapeutic techniques to manage them.


Mary Ann has helped thousands of individuals and families to build better relationships. Her website is an online community reaching thousands of parents. She runs Family Connection Mentoring and is also known as The Home School Coach.




 Turn Away from Technology

Friday 3:00 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm

Technology is a boon and a danger. It can bless our family or bring harm. As parents, we have the charge to use technology wisely but technology is one of the primary ways parents check out. But checking out in this way sends a clear message to our kids, one we don’t mean to send – “This is more important than you”. This class will give you strategies to help you make better decisions about technology. When you manage the technology in your life wisely, your ability to be Present increases and increased Presence will boost your personal and family happiness level.

Utilizing Touchpoints for Better Family Relationships

Friday 4:00 pm, Saturday 3:00 pm

You want to give your kids more time, more engagement, more you! But there’s just no more time to give. This class is about seeing little moments in family life as big opportunities to connect to the heart of your child.  Being Present isn’t as much about time as it is about our understanding of how to find moments to be present when we’re busy.

Six Skills for Better Family Relationships

Friday 5:00 pm, Saturday 4:00 pm

Being Present consistently will become easier if you master a few important skills. These skills can help you tune into your children. They assist you to hear what they’re saying. They help you learn more about your kids so you can appreciate who they are even when you may not be happy with a behavior. Learning these skills will allow you to connect more often in your daily activities.


Debi Tonks is a homeschooling mother to four energetic children.  She loves creativity, energy, and order.


Just a Housewife: Should Priorities Mean I Lose My Identity?

Friday 3:00 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm

Everyone has a dream. Everyone has a passion. But we keep being told we should either pursue the dream and give up home and family, or give up the dream and focus on home and family. Which is it? Is it really the best choice to give up our passions in the name of kids? Or can the family and the passions actually work together to support your strength and sanity? Join Debi Tonks, the Domestic Ninja, as she discusses this idea of priorities vs. identity.

 Everyone CAN Help

Friday 4:00 pm, Saturday 3:00 pm

Focusing on skill levels and fun, Debi will take you through ideas and principles that will help you encourage your children to help around the house and learn greater independence while strengthening family bonds and having a good time.  What you will learn will even work with your special needs kids!

 Order in the Home!

Friday 5:00 pm, Saturday 4:00 pm

Can you have a clean home when you homeschool?  You bet!  Learn how to design your time, stuff, and behavior to encourage growth and involvement in your children (even toddlers!).  Learn how to guide them from whining about chores to helping willingly; and discover what is possible when things are organized.

(Vendor Class)



John Parks Le Tellier is an author and consultant helping parents and students understand the fascinating connections between learning and the brain. Olivia is the mother of seven children and a former homeschool parent. They are known for their fun, energizing trainings that feature practical applications.


The Learner’s Edge: What Every Parent Should Know About Learning

Friday 5:00 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm

In this fast-paced, informative and fun workshop learn the four laws of learning, how to use them to accelerate your child’s learning, and how to improve retention and recall. Learn many new and surprising breakthroughs in brain science with practical applications that will empower the creation of long-term memory. Walk out of the workshop with many new “learning moves” that you can use immediately.


Molly Christensen is the founder of and She has been homeschooling her 7 children ages 3-20 for 14 years and has founded multiple homeschool co-ops, created mounds of curriculum and taught numerous classes.  She is passionate about encouraging and training others in their life journeys at events, in groups and personal mentoring!


How and Why to Encourage Entrepreneurship in Your Children

Friday 2:00 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm

Entrepreneurship is a real skill your children need in this day and age.  It’s not a job, it’s a mindset!  Learn why you need to teach this skill and how to do it to help them live life knowing they can solve any problem that comes their way.

How to Empower Your Teenagers

Friday 3:00 pm, Saturday 3:00 pm

Sometimes you might wonder how your teenagers might ever make it out in the real world. What if you were the one holding them back?

Use this simple method to help your teenagers fly!

How to be a Power Teacher

Friday 4:00 pm, Saturday 4:00 pm

As homeschooling parents, we are all teachers.  But sometimes we aren’t really sure about how to do that, because we never learned. Learn some practical tips you can implement right away to increase your level of teaching!


Boyd J. Tuttle – President, Digital Legend Press & Publishing, also serves as the Education Liaison for The Universal Model A New Millennial Science.  DLP has published over 200 titles, many regional and national best-sellers. Boyd and Holly are the parents of nine children. They have experienced homeschooling, private schooling in Japan, Public Schools in New York and Utah and Charter school. What an education!



Introduction to the UM (Universal Model) A New Millennial Science

Friday 4:00 pm, Saturday 3:00 pm

One of the biggest challenges home-schooling parents face is what to teach our children when it comes to science.  The choices tend to be unsavory on both ends of the spectrum. Creation ex nihilo on the one hand and Darwinian Evolution on the other, if you are content with one or the other of these, then this presentation is not for you. But if you are part of the majority of Utah homeschoolers who struggle to find a science that is A) understandable, B) scientific and C) harmonizes with your faith view, this is the class for you!  Until now there has been no good science curriculum for you. The UM has changed all that. Introducing The Universal Model (UM) A New Millennial Science, an empirical, fact-based, non-theoretical science.  This iconoclastic work is the product of some 30 years of research by a team of scientists who assert that modern science has been in a dark age for over a century. The UM science eschews man-made dogmas of the 17th and 18th centuries which do not hold up under the scrutiny of 21st century technology.

(religious)  (Vendor Class)


Tammy Anderson Ward is a committed mother of 8 (ages 2 to 18) who has been homeschooling for the past 10+ years. She is the host of the Winter Homeschool Conference, which has had 1,000+ attendees for the past several years.  Instead of just telling her kids to go after their dreams, she is showing them by going after her own dreams. It is possible to have a homeschool family and be a dream chaser, a dream liver and a dream believer.

Standing Out As a Passionate Homeschooler

Saturday 11:30 am   

PASSION and JOY are two words that describe my life as a homeschooling entrepreneur mama. Making a difference in this world is a POWERFUL reason why many of us do what we do. We see the GREATNESS our kids and family can achieve through homeschooling. All class attendees will receive a free instructional guide on preparing for a great homeschool. Side effects from this class may cause lingering friendships, rekindling of your inner drive and step by step on how to leave the monotony of “learning” behind…

Dynamics of a Successful Homeschool Journey

Saturday 2:00 pm

Do you really have to read every ‘homeschool how to’ book out there? Does your homeschool have to look like everyone else’s? I’d say not. Come journey off the mainstream path with me for one hour. Together, let’s explore the dynamics on what true homeschooling success looks like.


Pamela Romney Openshaw is the author of the widely acclaimed 3 volume Promises of the Constitution Complete Homeschool Curriculum on the US Constitution and correlating DVDs to teach your children love of liberty. Constitution series includes history and Founders, bible references, destructive changes to the Constitution and what we can do about it. Pamela is the mother of 8, grandmother of 31; she is a professional speaker and former public school teacher and newspaper columnist.  She blogs at; please like us on facebook at  


Teaching about Law and the Constitution

Saturday 3:00 pm

It’s a troubled world. How do we teach children wise laws based on God’s Word? Our children will lead the nation. Do they have the skills? Do you know enough to teach them?

Laws set the essential framework for our lives. Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution are brilliant documents based on God’s Divine Law. They are being ignored and destroyed. These powerful, exciting documents deserve our respect and attention. Through understanding, we can protect them as they protect us.  (LDS)

America’s Christian Heritage

Saturday 4:00 pm

As a faithful Christian nation, America has been wise, good and powerful. Our great strength began with God’s Word and remains only as we preserve God’s Word in the nation. Our Constitution is based on ancient Israel’s Law of Moses, the only civil law given directly by God. Only through these biblical principles, taught by America’s early pastors, will we preserve liberty.

Humanism, the sworn enemy of liberty, seeks to destroy both our national and Christian strengths. We must defend ourselves, but how? Join us to learn liberty principles for the home and the nation.   (LDS)



Picture of Lynne for UHEA Conference IMG_3716I have worked in many roles including classroom teacher, resource teacher, intervention teacher, preschool owner and director, and the founder of Hanson Reading, Phonics Chart System and Hanson Math Facts. I’ve spent my life making our foundation skills easier to learn for all types of learners.



WATCH ME TEACH A NON-READER TO READ IN 40 MINUTES, Prerequisite: consonant sounds

Friday 10:30 am, Saturday 10:30 am

Learn an easy, fail-proof method to learn how to read by deciphering vowel sounds with a song. Learn how to file foundation skills in children’s minds so they can find what they have learned when they need it. The System is active, with each child participating taking the role of being a “teacher,” which reinforces learning, lengthens retention and is a favorite activity of the children.

(Vendor Class)



Friday 2:00 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm

Learn how to teach multiplication facts quickly. The method builds the foundation for more advanced math skills: division, finding the common denominator etc.

(Vendor Class)


Karianne is an experienced and passionate homeschooling mom. She served the home educating families of Utah for many years as the UHEA Legislative Liaison. She has recently resigned that position in order to serve as an elected Representative in the Utah State Legislature. She continues to serve as a member of the UHEA Board.



Legal Questions about Utah Home Education

Friday 11:30 am

Join Karianne for an explanation of Utah laws and regulations concerning homeschooling. Bring any questions you may have about such issues as dual enrollment, filing your affidavit, or other concerns.




Once a writer for “Jeopardy”, Gary Lee taught school for over 30 years, during which he grew disillusioned with ineffective reading methods. Finally, frustration and serendipity combined to help him discover a revolutionary approach to reading—the Modelli Method.




Bringing Reading into the 21st Century

Friday 2:00 pm, Saturday 3:00 pm

Reading is the bedrock of modern education, yet standard reading methods and curriculum are based on 19th century techniques that too often perplex students—and home school educators. Join us to discover: – the key to written language and a simple, no-tears way to read based on that key – why eye-centered reading confuses students and why ear-centered reading works best – how you can go beyond phonics and teach all reading levels a clear, “no rules, no exceptions”method, one your children will instinctively understand This is a class designed to inform homeschoolers and presented by Gary Lee, who discovered the Modelli Method, a revolution in reading for 21st century students. His organization, Modelli Learning, operates on a cost-recovery basis, not profit.

(Vendor Class)


ToriAnn Perkey is a mother, mentor, and teacher. Homeschooling since 2004, she strives to lead each of her children–along with others that she mentors–to discover, celebrate, and prepare for the unique role that each has come to earth to play. Since 2008, ToriAnn has empowered families to feel confident and successful as they liberate their kid’s education through her interactive workshops, inspiring keynotes, and online programs. She has served as the past president of WHEN (Wasatch Home Educators Network)–the largest homeschooling network in Utah and the main teacher for The Homeschool Support Group. ToriAnn lives in Orem, Utah, with her husband Josh and their four kids.  You can learn more at

Homeschooling 101 OR Getting Started–Homeschooling Basics

Saturday 10:30 am

Thinking about homeschooling as an option for your children, but don’t know where to start? New to homeschooling and feeling overwhelmed with the wide array of available choices? Join ToriAnn as she presents a step-by-step process that explains how to begin choosing curriculum, reviews different homeschool philosophies and explains teaching styles.

Ask a Homeschooler Anything!

Saturday 11:30 am

A totally open give-and-take question-and-answer session with an experienced homeschooling mom. Come with all your crazy questions about real-life when you’re homeschooling. How do you structure your day? How do you get your kids to do the work? How do you find time to do cleaning? How…? Come away feeling confident that you can homeschool successfully!


Vincent Newmeyer was a curious child from the start, and has been a science buff his entire life. He attended BYU to study Engineering, but even when he was younger he often dabbled with various experiments and inventions. Vince ran his own computer consulting company, has designed and built solar power installations and engaged electronic technical work. He started The Catalyst Group to bring to light the science that has been ignored and all to often swept under the rug. More recently, Vince started the website to help that effort as it relates to public schools, and now the website to help parents with children in the home, home schools, private schools, and others curious about this topic. As an Amateur Geologist and science buff, he has done extensive reading and research on topics in Geology, Biology, Physics, Astronomy, and Earth Sciences.


Teaching Your Child About Human Genetics – a Science Adventure!

Friday 3:00 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm

Few science topics sound as intimidating as human genetics. Yet few science topics are as fascinating, involving, and fun for your kids! Come and learn about some of the advances in our understanding of DNA, the human genome, and some easy and exciting ways to share with your child.


Tammy Hulse:  Vice-President, HomeMakers for America. Tammy and her husband, Dale, are parents seven children and now grandparents of seven more.  Tammy started homeschooling five years ago when her youngest children were in Junior High school.  Tammy believes that parents have the right and responsibility to oversee the education of their children.  She is the principal author of the Hearthstone Education Plan, a website dedicated to giving parents a variety of resources to empower in providing a heart and liberty based education for their children.

Tammy loves America, freedom, and our great heritage.  Tammy is dedicated to defending and teaching the US Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers.

Using Stories to Bring Your Homeschool to Life

Friday 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:30 am

The Hearthstone Education Plan website has several story guides available as a free download.  The story guides help parents identify stories to teach history – organized by timeline, stories to teach about nature, and stories that teach character and values.  During Tammy’s presentation she will share how to incorporate these wonderful stories into your homeschool routine.

(NONPROFIT Vendor Presentation)


Ali Eisenach is a homeschooling mother of four kids and currently lives in Cedar City, Utah. In 2008 Ali began creating recipe books with the hopes of helping her family work their way out of debt. She launched her business Lemon Poppy Inc. in 2010.

 Ali is a self-taught food photographer and graphic designer and has printed and published over 10 recipe books. Ali recently stepped away from Lemon Poppy Inc. in order to spend more time with her children, and launch her publishing company – Millennial Standard Press.  In 2016, Ali published A Meeting with the Principle- An Education to Usher in The Millennium and is the creator/editor of a new LDS-based educational children’s magazine called, The Millennial Instructor. 

A Meeting with the Principle

Friday 3:00 pm

Why it is critical that we put God back into education – As a family, as a community and as a Nation. (LDS)



Kathy has been homeschooling her 5 children since 1999. She has served for 12 years on the Executive Committee of the Republican Party as Legislative Chair and Party Secretary.  In 2001 she began the Teenage Republicans of Davis County serving as their advisor. She has been the Director of Patriot Camp in Kaysville for the past six years. She has taught Key of Liberty, Sword of Freedom and other classes. She is a celebrated author of the Herbs To Know series.

Education to Application

Friday 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Teaching your children the Pattern of Liberty and how to apply it in our lives today.


Gavin Rich, the owner of Shield-Safety UT LLC has 20 years experience in first aid and safety.  One of the original creators of Shield-Safety,  he helped create the newest first aid kit designs including one that is sold by Costco and the newest technology for sprains and strains. He also helped create the most advanced first aid training called Injury Treatment Training and has trained doctors, nurses, EMT’s and safety directors in Utah and across the country.  He has helped businesses and families save thousands on medical costs through their training and education classes as a result of injuries on and off the job.  He has worked 15 years as a sales representative, safety trainer, and sales manager at Zee Medical.  He is OSHA 501 certified and has worked with BYU, University of Utah, the LDS Church, Dannon Company, Western Area Power and Costco.

Injury Treatment Training Course

Friday 11:30 am, 4:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am, 2:00 pm 

Learn the importance of being safe on and off the job and how E.R. and instant care visits can be eliminated through proper training and first aid products while providing a better medical outcome.

We will cover:

  • CDC – Clean, Disinfect, Cover and protect
  • Wound bandaging
  • Bleeding
  • Eye injuries
  • Chemical burns
  • Splinter removal
  • Insect stings and bites
  • Sprains and Strains
  • How to detect fractures through a fracture fork
  • Proper splinting
  • Burns
  • Dehydration
  • What is Cold Fire? How do I use it?

(Vendor Class)




Sue has been serving the homeschooling community for 28 years. She owned an educational supply store and specialized in assisting families with curriculum choices. She has been working with Math-U-See for 23 years and has a desire to impact parents’ and students’ lives in a positive way.


Math-U-See:  Math-You-Hate becomes Math-U-Love with Math-U-See      

Friday 5:00 pm

Math-U-See’s unique instructional approach uses colorful manipulatives to represent abstract math concepts in clear, relatable ways. Even reluctant mathematicians can develop a positive relationship with math.   (Vendor Class)

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