SPEAKERS & WORKSHOPS




Our conference  offers an exceptional line-up of speakers with workshops covering a wide variety of topics.

We  invite speakers who present messages of hope and encouragement along with plenty of practical ideas and insight to help you teach, nurture, and develop the gifts in your child.

We pray you'll leave refreshed, re-energized, strengthened, inspired, and full of fresh ideas for the year ahead.

Keynote Speakers
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Heidi St. John

heidistjohn.com/

Heidi's Workshops:

• Becoming MomStrong
• The Power of Godly Influence
• Hope for the Overwhelmed Mom
• Raised to Release
• Q&A with Heidi (Lunch & Learn)
• Prayers for the Battlefield


Rob Rienow

visionaryfam.com/

Rob's Workshops:

• The Power of Family Worship
• Helping Your Children Become Best Friends in Christ
• Visionary Marriage (Couples' Dinner)
• Your Family & God's Plan
• Visionary Fatherhood
• Healing Family Relationships


Featured Speakers

PEGGY PLOYHAR

Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a leader in the special education homeschooling field whose homeschooling journey when her oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome 18 years ago.

Peggy is the former Texas Home School Coalition Special Needs Team Leader, Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators Special Needs Coordinator and a Mothers of Preschoolers Area Coordinator. She is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors and trained as a Precept Bible Study leader.

Peggy and her husband Doug live in League City, TX, where they still homeschool the youngest of their three children (23, 21, and 15).

Peggy's Workshops
  • The Essentials of Homeschool Special Needs*
  • Customizing Curriculum for Students' Special Needs*
  • Post-Homeschool Transition Planning for Special Needs Students*
  • Overcoming Doubt: Your Greatest Homeschool Enemy
  • Incorporating "Mom Care" Into Your Homeschool Schedule

* Special Needs Special Track

CAROL BECKER

Carol and her husband Jim homeschooled their children K-12. With a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering, Carol started and directed two co-ops—one focused on humanities and the other on science.

At HSLDA, Carol serves as Team Leader for the High School Educational Consultants, and she works closely with homeschooling families, guiding them through the high school process.  She is a seasoned, nationally known speaker.

Carol has co-authored two e-books available on Amazon:  Develop a High School Plan and Simplify Your Recordkeeping and Transcript.

CAROL's Workshops
  • Essential Skills for Successful Teens: Study & Time Management
  • Keeping & Organizing Homeschool Records
  • Developing a Plan for High School*
  • High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips*
  • Charting Your Way Through High School for College, Career, or Military*

* High School & Beyond Special Track

LEAH NIEMAN

Speaking about technology and social media is what Leah loves!

Leah has been speaking for over 8 years to parents, homeschooling groups, schools and teens about technology, social media, and parenting.

She’s a popular speaker who offers sessions, advice, and resources so parents can raise kids with a healthy perspective of technology and social media.

You can find her eBooks, Apps All Parents Should Know, Let’s Get Social: A Straightforward Guide for Kids on Social Media, and Connected: A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat, as well as tips on technology and social media at leahnieman.com.

Leah's Workshops
  • An Introduction to Apps for Kids
  • Learning with Technology
  • Game On! Digital Media Strategies for Families
  • You Can Work AND Homeschool
Jan Bloom

Galadriel Miller

Galadriel Miller is a regular Iowa homeschool mom who has learned a lot over the years, but by no means has it all together!

She loves to pass on what the Lord has taught her – or is teaching her – to other moms along the way.

Galadriel and her husband, Monte, have six children whom they have homeschooled from the beginning, but how they homeschool now looks much different than it did when they began.

For the past eight years, Galadriel has studied and implemented Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education in teaching their children.

As this method has transformed their homeschool, she is excited to share this beautiful method with others, and to connect them with local support as they continue to learn.

Galadriel's Workshops
  • 20 Principles of a Charlotte Mason Education
  • A Charlotte Mason Co-op
  • Teaching Math Without Losing Your Children & Your Sanity
  • Charlotte Mason Nature Journaling (Make & Take – Extra Fee for Materials)
  • The Charlotte Mason Art of Standing Aside
  • Language Arts Charlotte Mason Style
Scott Woodruff
Scott Woodruff

Scott Woodruff, a follower of Christ since his conversion in 1971, earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. He's worked for HSLDA since 1998, assisting thousands of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys.

Scott has represented HSLDA members in court and has appeared before many state legislatures to fight against repressive homeschool legislation. He is a frequent speaker at homeschool conferences and on radio programs across the country. Scott and his wife, Jane, homeschooled all three of their children.

Scott's Workshops
  • Homeschooling with Confidence: Understanding Iowa's Homeschool Law*
  • Defending Homeschooling When Critics Say Homeschooling Parents Abuse Their Kids
  • Getting Through the Toughest Day in Your Life

* Beginning Homeschooling Special Track

Nancy Bjorkman

Nancy began as the ultimate homeschool skeptic. Now, after 20+ years teaching her own four children, she has become the “go-to lady” for many and a champion of the cause.

She's a certified teacher and has spoken at homeschool conferences in over 10 states where she is known for her enthusiasm, energy, and encouragement.

Having graduated all of her children, Nancy finds it exciting to have graduated herself to being a mentor for other homeschool families.

She and her husband own HEPPNER’S LEGACY, a homeschool store in Elk River, MN, where they delight in ministering to the unique needs of families year round, and where parents say, “Come for the books. Stay for the therapy.™”

Nancy's Workshops
  • Engaging Early Learners
  • Exploring Learning Styles for More Effective Instruction
  • Homeschooling: The Big Picture

Josh Bingaman

Josh Bingaman serves as the director of Harvest Bible College and as a pastor at First Church of the Open Bible in Des Moines. He has served as a lead pastor, associate pastor, student ministries pastor, and Bible professor.

The Bingamans are a homeschooling family of five (with one more on the way!).

Pastor Josh has Master of Arts in Theological Studies and has been teaching Bible & Theology courses on the collegiate level for the past 8 years. 

Josh's Workshop
  • Christian Values in an LGBT World
  • How to Make a Difference in Your World*

* Teen Track Session

Special Conference Workshop Speakers

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Hands-On, Limited-Attendance Workshops with Extra Registration Fees
Leave these workshops with your hands and heart full!
REGISTER EARLY BEFORE OPENINGS ARE FILLED!



Make & Take Workshop Presenters



Lori Heschke

Sara Carothers


Sara is a curriculum consultant for Rainbow Resource Center.

She has a B.A. degree in French/secondary education and an M.A. degree in curriculum.

Sara finds the world of homeschooling fascinating and loves her job helping home educating parents find the right curriculum for their families.

Her extensive background includes traveling overseas, writing articles, professionally painting murals, and crafting jewelry.

Sara's Make & Take Workshop
  • State of Iowa Lapbook
    (hands-on mini-books about Iowa)
Terrica Jones

STACEY SCHUURMANN


Stacey Schuurmann, mother of three, has a deep love for preschoolers and crafting.

She spent years storing art and craft supplies in her office, dining room, and bedroom before realizing she needed a dedicated space. In fact, she envisioned a place where anyone from crafting hoarders to rookies could make a mess and create.

As a result, Stacey opened Artfull, a playground for artists and DIY enthusiasts alike. Located in Valley West Mall, Artfull is a place where anyone of any age may bring art into their lives on a regular and continuous basis.

Stacey will be assisted in presenting her Make & Take workshop by Annie Pool.

Annie, a 2020 always-homeschooled graduate, is currently studying art and music at Drake University. She is new to the Artfull staff and has been giving private art instruction to homeschool students in the Des Moines area for the past 4 years

Stacey & Annie's Make & Take Workshop
  • Sensory Bins
    (an educational resource for toddlers)
Beth Glosser

Galadriel Miller


Galadriel Miller is a regular Iowa homeschool mom who has learned a lot over the years, but by no means has it all together!

She loves to pass on what the Lord has taught her – or is teaching her – to other moms along the way.

Galadriel and her husband, Monte, have six children whom they have homeschooled from the beginning, but how they homeschool now looks much different than it did when they began.

For the past eight years, Galadriel has studied and implemented Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education in teaching their children.

As this method has transformed their homeschool, she is excited to share this beautiful method with others, and to connect them with local support as they continue to learn.

Galadriel's Make & Take Workshop
  • Nature Journaling
    (a look at Charlotte Mason nature study)
Erin Peterman

TAMMI Brochman


Tammi has been a dietitian for over 25 years working in hospitals, long term care, and private practice.

She coaches using the frameworks of intuitive eating, non-diet, and body positivity to help you heal broken relationships with food and your body.

She also coaches time and health management techniques using her signature framework MADE to Prosper.

Tammi has a passion for helping parents raise children in a food and body positive environment because she believes that is the path to wiping out diet culture in our society.

Tammi lives in Minnesota along with her husband and their 16-year-old autistic son. They enjoy their chickens and time spent camping.

Tammi can be found online on her website tammibrochman.com and on Pinterest.

Tammi's Make & Take Workshop
  • Paper to Plate
    (meal planning for homeschoolers)
 

"Keep up the great work
in choosing such excellent speakers
to come and speak into our lives."

~ Homeschool Iowa Conference Attendee

 
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Speaker Inquiries

Speaking at the Homeschool Iowa Conference is by invitation only. Speakers are carefully selected to fit NICHE philosophy, vision, and mission, and to not conflict with the NICHE Board of Directors’ biblical worldview. Because of the high volume of speaker inquiries we receive, we are only able to follow up with those we are inviting to speak. If we are interested in having you speak, we will contact you before the year end preceding the scheduled conference date.

Speaker packets should include:

  • Contact information, including email address, phone number, mailing address, company name, and website
  • A list of all proposed workshop titles and descriptions
  • Speaker biography
  • A high-resolution (300dpi) digital photo
  • Any requirements or accommodations you request for your speaking
  • References or listings of previous speaking engagements
  • At least two hour-long recordings of your recently presented workshops

Submit your packet to:

Conference Speakers ℅ NICHE
PO Box 158
Dexter, IA 50070
or to: speakers @homeschooliowa.org

By sending your audio recordings, you are consenting to allow NICHE to upload them to a secure site for the speaker committee to access during the review process. Please Note: Submitted items, Including workshop recordings, will not be returned.

Join us at the 2020 Homeschool Iowa Conference!