UHEA welcomes and serves home educators from all perspectives. For over 30 years, UHEA has held an annual Convention and Curriculum Fair for adults and teens. The Convention and Curriculum Fair runs a half day on Friday and all day on Saturday. Registration includes keynote speakers for adults and teens, panels, workshops and many home education related vendor booths and exhibits. Babes in arms are always welcome. We do not provide childcare services.
The 2015 Convention and Curriculum Fair of the Utah Home Education Association will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center (220 W. Center Street, Provo, Utah) on Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, 2015. A free showing of the movie Class Dismissed will be shown Friday May 29th at 7:00 pm.
Check out the Utah Valley Information website, it is filled with ideas for things to do and places to go while you are in Provo for the convention.
Adult Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce Steve Demme of Demme Learning (Math-U-See, Spelling You See, and Building Faith Families) as our keynote speaker. Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Their fourth son John, has Down Syndrome and lives with them in PA. Steve addresses a variety of topics at homeschool and men's conferences to encourage parents as they seek to build families of faith. He has spent years working with youth as a teacher in schools (public and Christian); as a pastor and youth leader in churches; and as a counselor and camp director at summer camps. Steve says, "In hindsight, I am absolutely convinced that the single most significant influence in a child's life is that of his parents."
A former math teacher who has taught at all levels of math in public, private and Christian schools, Steve is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families. He has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends, Eastern PA.
Teen Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce Greg Denning, teacher and mentor for Williamsburg Academy as our teen keynote speaker. Out on his own by the age of 16, Greg wenth through some difficult times as a young adult -- including being homeless, afflicted with hunger and suffering from loneliness and depression. One cold Christmas Eve, as he sat watching his breath hang in the air, all alone, with nothing to eat, he made a commitment to himself -- he would build a happy life, filled with love, and lived on purpose.
Through grit and determination, he struggled to work and graduate from high school and college. An autodidact, he studied voraciously outside of school, searching for the answers to why some are happy while others are not, or even worse -- why most continually live in the dim twilight of 'quiet desperation'.
As he discovered the secrets to success and happiness, he began to apply the principles to his life. Today he lives a 'ridiculously awesome' life -- married (and in love) with an amazing women, together they have six children, and so far they have traveled to 12 countries together.
His personal mission is to inspire and mentor others (particularly youth) as he helps them to discover and reach their full potential. Greg currently lives in Costa Rica with his family, where he spends his days reading, mentoring youth, going to the beach and jumping off bridges into tropical swimming holes.
Free Screening of CLASS DISMISSED - Friday May 29th at 7:00 pm
Frustrated with the traditional school system, a family in L.A. pulls their two children out of school and takes their education into their own hands. Class Dismissed takes a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and explores the rapidly growing movement of parents providing an education outside a classroom setting.
Convention Prices (We've extended our early registration price until May 1st!)
Early Registration Price Until May 1st After May 1st and At The Door Price
Single Adult $35.00 $45.00
Couple $45.00 $55.00
(Couples are married parents or a parent and grandparent.)
Teen $10.00 $10.00
There is no charge to attend the Curriculum Fair or the movie Class Dismissed, they are free and open to the public. For help registering or questions, please contact Tonette Harris (801) 523-2658.
If you registered online, please bring your email confirmation to the Will Call table.
Refunds will be provided upon written request until May 15th, minus a $5.00 processing fee. After May 15th, refunds will be credited toward a 2016 UHEA event. Please send written request to:
UHEA Convention Refund
P.O. Box 890
Sandy, UT 84091
Mom, Dad, or teens may work a "volunteer" shift in exchange for either a discounted admission rate or full admission to the convention. The amount of time you are able to serve will determine the scholarship. There are also many other ways to volunteer before the day of convention.
There is No Childcare.
Babes in arms are always welcome. UHEA tries to accomodate everyone and hopefully we will be able to offer childcare in the future. If circumstances require that older children are in attendance, we ask that they be taken out of the hall or workshops if they can't make it through the presentation. Please be respectful to other attendees and the presenters.
Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
Friday, May 29th
12:00 pm Registration Opens
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Curriculum Fair
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Adult and Teen Workshops
5:00 pm Curriculum Fair Closes
7:00 pm Movie Classed Dismissed - FREE and open to the public
Saturday, May 30th
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Curriculum Fair, Registration Opens
9:00 am - 10:20 am Adult and Teen Opening and Keynote Speakers
10:30 am - 11:20 am Adult and Teen Workshops
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch and Visit Curriculum Fair
1:00 pm - 3:50 pm Adult and Teen Workshops
5:30 pm Curriculum Fair Closes
Food purchased at the Utah Valley Convention Center may be eaten in the facility. Prices will range from $2 - $12. Any food purchased from outside the Utah Valley Convention Center or brought from home MUST be eaten outside the Convention Center premises.
The Hampton Inn Orem is offering us a great value of $79.00 for overnight rooms. Reserve your room before May 13th. Use the links below to receive the discounted rate or call 1-801-426-8500 and tell them you are part of the UHEA group when reserving your room.
The Hampton Inn Orem offers a free hot breakfast buffet, free internet access, fitness center and an indoor swimming pool.