Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency

High School at Home

16th Annual Conference

Friday July 15, 2011

Hotel Carlisle, Carlisle PA

(schedule as of July 12, subject to change)


THEME: Setting Goals and Finding your Path


8:45-9:00 Registration and snacks in main ballroom then visit college and vendor tables and science fair projects which will be open until 3:30.


9:00-9:45 Welcome & Keynote Talk in main ballroom:

Jeannette Webb, author and consultant

Called to Influence: A New Approach to Life, Education, and College Admissions

10 Mistakes Homeschoolers Make When Planning for College—

and how you can avoid them all!


First  Breakout Session 10-10:50 AM

1.      The Excelsior: PHAA’s student newsletterBecome a Part of It! 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 Catherine Troll and staff.

2.      High School at Home: An Introduction to the PHAA Diploma ProgramEspecially for families and evaluators new to PHAA. Find out how the program works and how to comply with its requirements— Howard Richman.

3.      Family Dynamics: Meeting the Challenges of the High School Years—Bonnie Gonzalez, Family Counselor, AP Psychology teacher online with PA Homeschoolers.

4.      High Tech Careers: Your Ticket to the Future—panel of admissions officers from Harrisburg University and Triangle Tech.


Second  Breakout Session 11-11:50 AM

1.      Foreign Languages at Home: resources and approaches-- Ray Leven, AP Spanish teacher and Hebrew teacher, PHAA evaluator

2.      Discovering Your Learning Passions— Theater, Art and More!— Natalie Bishop and Nancy Emerson

3.      Merit Scholarships for College: Positioning yourself to Succeed—Debra Bell, AP English online teacher, author, homeschool parent, and more!

4.      Beyond the science textbook: Utilizing science fairs for hands-on learning and scholarshipsPatti Achee, codirector of the CCHSF Science Fair and science fair judge for 5 years.


Noon - 1 PM Buffet Lunch in main ballroom (free)




Key: 1=Franklin, 2=Cumberland, 3=Carlisle, 4=Penn



Third  Breakout Session 1-1:50 PM 

1.      Scared of Public Speaking? Overcoming ‘communication apprehension’—Shay Jones (HACC speech teacher/ former homeschool parent)

2.      AP Online Test Prep Classes from PA Homeschoolers: Learn 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), Debra Bell (AP English Language and AP English Literature), Cynthia Lang (AP Computer Science), Lilianna Serbicki (AP English Literature & Language), Dianne Settino and Linus Meldrum (AP Studio Art), Lisa Hawkins (AP US History), Mary Lanctot (AP Art History), Jeff Lanctot (AP Physics), Howard Richman (AP Macroeconomics).

3.      College presentations—get your questions answered! panel of admissions officers from Shippensburg University, Penn State University and Houghton College

4.      Incorporating CLEP exams for college credit, high school honors, and even a college degree in high school!Patti Achee, evaluator, homeschool advisor, leader of small group classes for homeschoolers – including CLEP classes with a 94% pass rate.


Fourth  Breakout Session 2-2:50 PM

1.      A Guide to AP Classes (by & for students) Kyle DeMaria moderator

2.      PHAA Evaluator’s MeetingDiscuss concerns and questions about working as a PHAA evaluator. Clear up any confusions on procedures and goals—Howard Richman, Natalie Bishop, Patti Achee and Bonnie Gonzalez (evaluators only).

3.      E-Portfolios: going hi-tech with portfolios… just like colleges are doing!—Nanette Blank, PHAA evaluator and homeschooling parent.

4.      College the Homeschool WayHow to earn a Bachelor’s Faster, for Less, and for Sure – presenter Benjamin Paulding is a homeschool graduate and is on his way to earning a business degree after just 2 post-high-school years.


3:00 -3:30 PM Afternoon break in main ballroom.  Free snacks during time to visit tables.


Fifth  Breakout Session 3:30-4:20 PM

1.      Something Old, Something New: Potentials and Pitfalls of Using the Internet in Homeschooling—Lisa Hawkins, AP US History teacher, homeschooling parent.

2.      PHAA Annual Membership MeetingElect 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)

3.      Making College Decisions—why consider a prestigious college? – Jeannette Webb

4.      Battling Robots: great fun way to learn to program computers! – Cynthia Lang, AP Computer Science teacher, homeschooling parent.


4:30-5:00 PM Homeschool Graduates Panel in main ballroom (General Session)—Anna Rebmann (moderator) and a panel of recent 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.


Key: 1=Franklin, 2=Cumberland, 3=Carlisle, 4=Penn