Our Keynote and Featured Speakers Will Help You Launch Lifelong Learners

 2015 VaHomeschoolers ConferenceAll homeschoolers know that education is fluid. It can’t be contained by a schedule, or a room, or a curriculum. And it certainly doesn’t end when our kids walk out the door and become their own independently functioning adults. What do we want them to take out into the world with them when they go? Whether their path takes them to college or an apprenticeship, traditional employment or entrepreneurship, we want them to have one thing in common: a love for learning that continues to enhance their lives wherever they are and whatever they do.

Conference Speaker Update! We regret to inform you that Peter Gray has suddenly had to cancel his appearance due to medical reasons. We wish Peter all the best, and hope he returns to good health soon. But have no fear! We have lined up a new and just as fantastic speaker – many thanks to Blake Boles for stepping in as our new Keynote Speaker! Be sure to download the updated Conference Registration Book in the sidebar.

Keynote Speaker – Blake Boles

Blake Boles | Keynote SpeakerIn 2003 Blake Boles was studying astrophysics at UC Berkeley when he stumbled upon the works of John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, and other alternative education pioneers. Deeply inspired by the philosophies of unschooling, Blake custom-designed his final two years of college to study education full-time. After graduating he joined the Not Back to School Camp community and began writing and speaking widely on the subject of self-directed learning.

Blake Boles now builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed LearningBetter Than College, and College Without High School.

Blake and his work have appeared on TEDx, The Huffington PostUSA TodayThe New York Times, BBC Travel, Fox Business, Ignite, NPR affiliate radio, and the blogs of The Wall Street Journal and Wired.com. Learn more about Blake on his website.

Join Blake as he presents his keynote address: The Art of Self-Directed Learning. You also won’t want to miss his other three sessions: How to Talk to Anyone (a special teen only session on Friday), The Psychology of Self-Motivation and Better Than College.

Featured Speaker – Carlita Boyles

Carlita BoylesFeatured speaker Carlita Boyles’ approach to life and learning is directly influenced by her extensive background in child education with particular emphasis in the field of learning disabilities. Carlita holds a bachelor of science degree in child development, a master of arts in special education, and multiple credentials from the state of California. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience, including more than 12 years in the public school system, with much of that in special education classes for fourth, fifth and sixth grade learning-handicapped children.

All this professional experience, as well as 17 years of homeschooling, come to bear in Carlita’s homeschool math curriculum, Math on the Level. Math on the Level emphasizes teaching to the child’s individual developmental level while taking advantage of the unique environment of homeschooling, and that theme recurs throughout the weekend in her two-part session The Brain, Memory and Learning and in her sessions on making math fun and meaningful.