Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA)

High School at Home

22nd Annual Conference

Monday, April 24, 2017

Philip Bongiorno Conference Center

 430 Union Hall Rd, Carlisle, PA 17013, (717) 243-7381;

(schedule as of April 20, 2017; subject to change)

8:45-9:00 AM Registration and Snacks- Visit college, vendor, and co-op group tables in Hotel D (most will be open until 3:20 PM).

9:00-9:10 AM Welcome- Susan Richman.

9:10-9:50 AM Keynote Address by Jennifer Campbell, homeschool and Peabody Music School grad, professional pianist, composer, piano teacher

How Homeschooling Can Help You Find Your Passion in Life!

First  Breakout Session 10:00-10:50 AM

A.   How to Achieve Excellence in High School at Home- An introduction to the PHAA Diploma Program—Howard Richman, PHAA Executive Director

B.   Join The Excelsior! PHAA’s Student Newsletter- for students. Learn how to hone your writing and journalistic skills, and make great friends, by working on the staff of The Excelsior! Abby Frailey, 2017-2018 The Excelsior! editor

C.   Making Your Way through the College Financial Aid Maze– Elizabeth Walter and Debra Thro, CollegeAdmissionsHQ

D.   Bringing Music into Your Life - great for students and parents. Making music a key part of your life—and maybe even your livelihood! – Jennifer Campbell.


Second  Breakout Session 11:00-11:50 AM

A.   Making the Transition to High School at Home – for mothers. A panel of mothers who’ve successfully done it – moderated by Margaret Pasztor and including Ann DePaulis, Bonny Frailey, Maria Hendershot, and Sue Meyer,

B.   How to integrate Our Religious Faith into Our Homeschooling -- for fathers. Timothy Anger and Laszlo Pasztor.

C.   Getting Involved in Citizen Science: find out how to join folks from all across the nation to add to scientific knowledge!for students. Eli DePaulis and student panel. Sharing experiences, resources, and new ideas for expanding your science program.

D.   Confused about the Common App for evaluators and parents. Bonnie Gonzalez and Howard Richman.


Luncheon Buffet 12:00-12:50 PM  -- Head to the Dining Hall!


Third  Breakout Session 1:00-1:50 PM 

A.   Advanced Placement Online Classes from PA Homeschoolers AP Online- Adding unique excellence-- Susan Richman moderator and a panel of current AP teachers

B.   Partnering with Your Evaluator: Roles and Expectations – for parents. Timothy Anger and a panel of experienced PHAA evaluators.

C.   High Tech Careers: Your Ticket to the Future—Don Hill moderator with panel of admissions officers from technical colleges including Harrisburg University, Johnson and Wales University and Penn College, South Hills School of Business, Triangle Tech,

D.   Homeschool Theater: Gaining a Vision for What is PossibleBeth Barshinger of Players of the Stage, a very successful homeschool theater group in Allentown. Getting started, getting students involved, reaching out to the community. How theater supports PHAA goals.

Fourth  Breakout Session 2:00-2:50 PM

A.   PHAA Evaluators’ Meeting-  Discuss concerns and questions; clarify procedures and goals- Howard Richman (evaluators only). Suzanne Tallman, homeschool liaison at the PA Department of Education will be there to answer your questions.

B.   Writing a Powerful College Application Essay- Ruth Green, AP English Literature teacher. For students, parents welcome too.

C.   Finding Balance in Your Homeschool Life and Avoiding Overload – for parents, evaluators and students Bonnie Gonzalez, family counselor and AP Psychology online instructor; Laszlo Pasztor, veteran army officer.

D.   Helping Students who Struggle—academically, socially, or with life-goals  – for parents and evaluators - Timothy Anger and Patti Stoudt

Afternoon Refreshment Break 2:50-3:20 PM  - Free Snacks, visit tables in Hotel D.


Student Performances! 3:20 – 3:50  - Hotel D - your 1-5 min performance can be scheduled here!


Fifth  Breakout Session 4:00 to 4:50 PM

A.   PHAA Annual Membership Meeting—(PHAA members only – parents and evaluators) Elect a Board Member, consider by-laws changes- chaired by Howard Richman, PHAA Executive Director

B.   Are the Military Academies and/ or Military Service for You?—The how, what and why of military service- Julia Reed, AP Government online instructor, homeschooling mother, retired Air Force Lt. Col. and Air Force Academy liaison in the state of PA

C.   Community Service—making a difference!especially for students – Masison Shaw and a panel of students.

D.   Co-op Learning—a natural for the high school years. Learn the what, where, how, and why of being involved in co-operative learning—and how this can help you meet key PHAA goals! Denise George and Karen MacDonald, board members of the Excelsior Co-op in Allentown, will help you see all that is involved in developing a vibrant long-term co-op program.