Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency
High School at Home
17th Annual Conference
Friday July 13, 2012
(schedule as of July 11, 2012, subject to change)
THEME: Taking Stock and Taking Initiative—Creating a Positive Homeschooling Atmosphere
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:
Bonnie Gonzalez, AP Psychology online teacher, Family Counselor
Family Dynamics: Helping it Work for you in High School at Home
First Breakout Session 10-10:50 AM
1. High School at Home: An Introduction to the PHAA Diploma Program—Especially for families and evaluators new to PHAA. Find out how the program works and how to comply with its requirements— Howard Richman.
2. Your Career Path: Combining Aptitude, Personality, and Passion -- Gain insights from one man's career journey from Certified Public Accountant to Civil War Historian. Also learn about Civil War soldier life, as the presenter concludes in full Union uniform and equipment -- Chris Rebmann, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide.
3. What Makes for Good Writing? – Guidelines to help parents – and teens—realize what to aim for in a strong high school writing program, across the curriculum—Kathryn Walker, AP English Language
College presentations—get your
questions answered! panel
of admissions officers from
Second Breakout Session 11-11:50 AM
Foreign Languages at Home: resources and approaches—Susan Richman, PHAA evaluator and
Peter Cahill, PHAA and
Merit Scholarships for College: Positioning
Yourself to Succeed—
3. Me? Use Statistics in real life? – find out all the ways a familiarity with basic statistics will help you understand your world. Includes hands-on activities with M&M’s! For both teens and parents – Carole Matheny, AP Statistics teacher
4. The Excelsior! PHAA’s student newsletter—Become a Part of It! And Learn about Creative Non-Fiction, too! 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!—new Excelsior! editor Joshua Johnson and Liliana Serbicki (a past Excelsior! editor).
Noon - 1 PM Buffet Lunch in main ballroom (free)
Third Breakout Session 1-1:50 PM
1. What’s life like after Homeschooling? Are we really preparing our kids for their future? (for parents) Ways to help our teens and ourselves be ready to transition to the ‘post-homeschooling’ years, and encouragement and concrete ideas to help you look ahead with hope-- Natalie Bishop, PHAA Board, PHAA evaluator.
AP Online Test Prep Classes from PA
about the AP exams from this year’s online teachers, and how online learning
can help you be well prepared—panel of teachers including Susan Richman (AP History),
Bonnie Gonzalez (AP Psychology),
3. Making Room for Travel Abroad—making a difference, broadening your vision—hear from a PHAA grad about ways to incorporate travel into your homeschooling years—and why it matters. For both teens and parents – Peter Cahill, PHAA and University of Pittsburgh Honors College graduate.
4. High Tech Careers: Your Ticket to the Future—panel of admissions officers technical and career colleges: Penn College of Technology, Pittsburgh Technical Institute, and South Hills School of Business and Technology.
Fourth Breakout Session 2-2:50 PM
1. PHAA Evaluator’s Meeting—Discuss concerns and questions about working as a PHAA evaluator. Clear up any confusions on procedures and goals—Howard Richman, Natalie Bishop, and Bonnie Gonzalez (evaluators only).
2. Writing the College Application Essay—Putting Yourself on Paper! Helps for that daunting task almost all students will face—Ruth Green, AP English Literature
3. Making Sense of Testing in High School—What’s required and what’s not, how to prepare, how not to go nuts! — Susan Richman, PHAA evaluator, PHAA Board
4. Finding and using a full range of outside classes and teachers to enrich the high school at home years—things to consider, including quality, cost, time commitment, student strengths, parent weaknesses, and more. – Joy Varner, homeschool parent.
3:00 -3:30 PM Afternoon break in main ballroom. Free snacks during time to visit tables and watch the AP Studio Art slide show in the ballroom.
Fifth Breakout Session 3:30-4:20 PM
1. PHAA Annual Membership Meeting—Elect 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)
2. How Teens Learn-- Insights into Cognitive Development
During Adolescence and How You Can Support Your Teenager's Motivation and
3. Hands-on History—ways to make history come alive! – Meghan Paher, AP European History teacher, living history interpreter.
4:30-5:00 PM Homeschool Graduates Panel in main ballroom (General Session)—Peter Cahill (moderator) and a panel of 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.