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					          Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN)
                    presents its 11th


HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
                     Featuring keynote speaker
                           Pat Farenga
   Pat Farenga is the President of Holt Associates and one of the
         fathers of the modern homeschooling movement!

             Saturday, March 20, 2010
                 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tigard High School - 9000 SW Durham Road in Tigard
     You’re on the Right Track!




          For more information about the OHEN Convention, visit
            our website at www.ohen.org or call 503-321-5166
               2010 OHEN Convention Schedule
                        Friday, March 19
           Family Open Swim at Tigard High School Pool
                                 8680 SW Durham in Tigard
                                 7 - 9pm           $2/person
                                  Children 2 and under are free.
All children under the age of 8 and non-swimmers must be accompanied by an adult in the water.


                                Saturday March 20
     9:00 - 10:00am         Registration and Vendor Court (open until 4:40pm)
     10:00 - 11:00am        Session 1: Welcome with Tara Atkinson, OHEN President
                                       Keynote Speaker, Pat Farenga
                                       Children and Teen Workshops
     11:00 - 11:20am        Break
     11:20am - 12:20pm      Session 2: Adult, Children and Teen Workshops
     12:20 - 2:00pm         Lunch Break, Vendor Court
     12:40 - 1:40pm         Bonus Lunch Workshops
     2:00 - 3:00pm          Session 3: Adult, Children and Teen Workshops
     3:00 - 3:20pm          Break
     3:20 - 4:20pm          Session 4: Adult, Children and Teen Workshops
     4:20 - 4:40pm          Break
     4:40 - 5:30pm          Vegas-style Magic Show for the whole family!
     5:30 - 6:00pm          Closing comments, slide show, Raffle

                       Free Hours at the OHEN Convention
Would you like to visit the vendors but are unable to attend the workshops? Please stop by
between 11:30am - 3:00pm and benefit from a complimentary admission to the vendor court,
bonus lunch workshops (space permitting), and the entrepreneurial fair, as well as the company of
hundreds of other homeschoolers.
                             (Sign in at front desk & receive name tag)
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                 Featured Speaker - Pat Farenga
        Session 1 - The Priceless Learning in Everyday Life
The simple things we do instinctively as children, that we must often re-learn as
adults, are not only the foundation for lifelong learning, but are also in danger of
being eradicated. Pat Farenga will share how we can shift our paradigm of education
as competitive consumerism to one of education as self-development.


                                  Patrick Farenga worked closely with the author
                                  and teacher John Holt until Holt‘s death in 1985.
                                  He is the president of Holt Associates Inc. and was
                                  the publisher of Growing Without Schooling
                                  magazine (GWS) from 1985 until it ceased
                                  publishing in 2001. GWS was the nation‘s first
                                  periodical about homeschooling, started by Holt in
                                  1977.

                                  Farenga speaks as a homeschooling expert at
                                  education conferences as well as on commercial
                                  radio and television talk shows. His appearances
                                  discussing homeschooling include: The Today
                                  Show, Voice of America, Geraldo, Learning
                                  Matters, Parenting Today, Fox and Friends, The
                                  Exhausted School at Carnegie Hall, and the
                                  National University of Colombia, Bogota.

Farenga and his wife homeschool their three daughters, ages 23, 20,
and 17. In addition to writing for GWS for twenty years, he has
written many articles and contributed to books about
homeschooling including his own book, The Beginner’s Guide To
Homeschooling. His latest book is Teach Your Own: The John Holt
Book of Homeschooling (Perseus), and his most recent article is the
entry about homeschooling for the International Encyclopedia of
Education, 3rd Edition (Elsevier).



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                     Adult Workshops - Session 2
201 – Working with Your Child's Strengths (Pat Farenga)
A look at how and why children learn in a wide variety of ways and how homeschooling can be
adapted to fit your children, instead of fitting your children to your homeschooling.

202 – Classical, Liberal Arts, TJEd and the Freedom to Learn (Ann Agent)
Did you know there are many forms of a World Class Classical, Liberal Arts Education? No
matter what ―style‖ of curriculum, class or program you choose to follow, there are key principles
which, when used effectively, will provide an ideal ―Leadership Education‖ unique to each child.
Let‘s explore why it‘s important to know which one you're pursuing with your child(ren). Ann has
led workshops and intro meetings on A Thomas Jefferson Education throughout the area for many
years and has always homeschooled her three sons.

203 – Partnering with Your Public Library (Oregon Public Libraries)
Public libraries offer many untapped resources for homeschoolers. Learn about the creative
programs and services available at many libraries around the state and find out how you can
partner with your local library to improve your homeschooling experience. Jana Hoffman leads an
active homeschooling program at the Ledding Library in Milwaukie. Karen McElravy is the
Homeschool Liaison for the Multnomah County Library. Rick Samuelson is Chair of the
Children's Services Division of the Oregon Library Association.

204 – Staying Connected to Your Teen/Preteen (Lyla Wolfenstein & Emily Troper)
This class focuses on the primacy of connection in parenting teenagers. Hear from two parent
educators and experienced parents of teens about how they stay(ed) connected with their
teenagers through these exciting, scary, fragile, powerful years. You will come away with an
understanding of the importance of preserving connection between parent and teen, and ideas and
inspiration for how to live together harmoniously. Preserve your teenager's autonomy, without
using threats, rewards (bribes), punishments (consequences), or any other tools of disconnection.
Lyla and Emily co-facilitate connected parenting workshops and support groups at the Zenana Spa
and Wellness Center.

205 – Auditory/Language Processing Disorders (Janell Schicker, M.A., CCC-SLP)
Janell Schicker will discuss auditory/language processing disorders and how they negatively
impact listening, reading, spelling, writing, attention, comprehension, test taking, memory and
social skills. These types of learning issues are often misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD. Janell will
also discuss the therapies used at her clinic that treat the root cause of auditory learning issues.
Janell is a speech-language pathologist in private practice and founder and co-owner of Dynamic
Learning Services.



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                     Adult Workshops - Session 2
206 – Science (Penny Okamoto)
What students need to know about science and why they need to know it. We will discuss the
basic concepts from physics, biology, and chemistry that are the foundation of science. Resource
suggestions (books and internet) will be provided. Penny has a B.S. in Biology from Aurora
University and is a homeschooling mom.

207 – Getting Started in the Writing Profession (*Tamra Orr)
Have you ever thought about being a writer? What skills does it take? Where do you find jobs?
Find out what it‘s like to be a full-time writer – the perks and the downsides! Tamra is the author
of over 250 books and enjoys teaching writing classes to future authors.

208 – Single Parents Panel (Tara Atkinson & Rosalyn Newhouse)
Are you a single parent trying to juggle homeschooling and earning a living? Is your partner away
for long periods of time? Learn some ways to make homeschooling work while going it alone.
Tara spent years homeschooling her four boys, 8-14 years old, while their dad worked long hours
and traveled for work and has been doing it on her own for the last 3 years since becoming a
single parent. Rosalyn has been a homeschooling single parent for her two children for a total of
20 years, and has learned a lifetime of lessons in the process.

209 – The Importance of Play (*Discovery Toys & *SimplyFun)
Recent studies have shown the importance of play in child development – including teaching the
emotional, social and cognitive skills necessary to grow into happy and successful adults. As
children share, negotiate, work in groups and resolve conflicts, they gain confidence, develop
resiliency and build character qualities such as honesty, generosity, kindness and compassion.
Come and see how you can promote these essential life skills through the power of play with
games and toys!

210 – Leading the Way for Our Young Adults (*American Legion)
A panel from the American Legion Post 158 will share information on the variety of programs
they offer for teens, including Boys State, Girls State, American Legion Baseball, Oratorical
Program, Do You Need a Lift Program and more. The American Legion has been working since
1919 to preserve our American traditions and values, improve the quality of life for our nation's
children, care for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teach the
fundamentals of good citizenship.




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                 Food! Glorious Food!
                      FREE MORNING COFFEE!
                             Made possible by



                           Bring your travel mugs!!
                         (Cups will also be available.)



                      SACK LUNCH ORDERS

                Sack Lunch includes:
                Grand Central Bakery sandwich, chips, water, small treat

                All sandwiches will be made dry unless noted.
                Dijon mustard and mayonnaise will be available


                       Adult Sack Lunch, $8.00
            Choice of one of the following sandwiches for an adult:

                        Turkey, provolone and lettuce

                           Ham, Swiss and lettuce

                Garden Veggie Grinder: Avocado, provolone,
                      sweet onion, lettuce, vinaigrette

              Vegan: Garden Veggie Grinder with extra veggies,
                         no cheese or mayonnaise.


                        Kid Sack Lunch, $5.50

           Choice of one of the following sandwiches for your child:

Peanut Butter and Jelly: Crunchy natural peanut butter and Glenmore farm jam

                            Turkey and Provolone


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         Adult Workshops - Bonus Lunch Session
L01 – Beyond Brainstorming: Tools to Increase Creativity & Teamwork
(*Destination Imagination)
Hands-on interactive session to provide parents with tools needed for helping students learn
generating and focusing skills, as well as teamwork. Karen Anderson has taught creative thinking,
teamwork and problem solving skills for over 20 years.

L02 – Classical Conversations (*Cara Bergeron)
During the 1800s and early 1900s, sixteen-year-old American girls schooled classrooms full of
children of various ages and at a variety of stages. How did they produce one of the most literate
societies of all time? How can we make use of their ―secrets‖? It is possible to learn more in less
time with less stress when you teach in accordance with the nature of a child. Learn how during a
workshop hosted by Classical Conversations.

L03 – Applying to Private Colleges – a “How To” for Homeschool Families
(*George Fox University)
We will take families through the process of applying to schools like (but not limited to) George
Fox. There will also be some financial aid tips and timelines given. Justin Hudec is a 2007
graduate of George Fox University and is now an admission counselor there, where he helps many
homeschool students come to the university.

L04 – Role-Playing: Teaching or Danger? (*Ancient Wonders)
Many parents are worried when their children show up playing Dungeons & Dragons or similar
games. What are the things to watch for? Can it be used to teach? How should I handle these and
other situations? Ancient Wonders specializes in Role-Playing Games, Collectible Card Games,
Comics, and Board Games at their store in Tualatin.

L05 – Why is My Smart Kid Struggling with His Schoolwork? (*HELP, Inc)
Bill Hartner will give a fascinating look into the connectivity of the right brain and left brain and
why balancing the two is so important. Parents will find out how to determine the way their child
learns and why it is important to understand the way their child processes information. You'll learn
how concentration, focus, time management, cause and effect thinking and organization can be
improved by integrating more left brain critical thinking into the learning process. Bill grew up
with an undiagnosed learning disability and is now a learning specialist and Director of Help
Eliminate Learning Problems (HELP, Inc.).




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L06 – Inspire Wonder (*OMSI)
Did you know that OMSI has 20 different educational programs with over 165 titles to choose
from? This presentation will discuss what programs will help you reach your educational goals.
OMSI wants to help make it easier for you to use their resources in your science curriculum. Katie
Keller and Michelle Ferrara have over 10 years combined experience with OMSI programs.

L07 – How the Oregon History Museum Can Enrich Your Homeschooling
(*Oregon Historical Society)
Learn from museum docents about the many artifacts, stories, photographs and more that await
you at the museum. From Native American baskets, clothing, tools and a 19 th century canoe, to
artifacts that belonged to Oregon Trail pioneers, the museum comprehensively traces the history
of human civilization in the place we call Oregon. The docents will provide specific information
about the museum‘s range of hands-on activities geared for all ages and how to arrange group
tours.

L08 – Youth Fitness Fundamentals (*Twist Sport Conditioning)
Youth obesity and associated health issues are rising in direct relation to youth activity levels
decreasing. To battle this problem Twist Sport Conditioning has developed a youth fitness class
paradigm that strikes a balance between structured movement skill acquisition, fun activities and
games targeted to increase a child's coordination, movement abilities, and overall fitness levels,
while simultaneously decreasing the child's likelihood of obesity and related health risks.

L09 – DIY Theater for Homeschool (Cwerks, Inc)
Theater skills aren‘t just fun – they‘re life skills. Learning how to add basic theater to your
curriculum is easy and fun in this active class. We‘ll cover presentational skills and then add
theater games and activities you can do at home or with a co-op group. You‘ll also receive the
handout ―8 Days of Creative Dramatics.‖ Chris and Marian Scadden have their own theater
company, Cwerks, Inc., and have been homeschooling for 17 years.

L10 – Raising Better than Average Drivers (*Oregon Driver Education Center)
Automobile collisions are the number one cause of death for teens in Oregon. Learn what you can
do to ensure that your son or daughter survives the high-risk years. This session will be of value
for parents with children of any age. We will cover such things as parent/teen contracts, zone
control, GDL implementation, commentary driving, coaching strategies, risk management
techniques, what's new in driver training, and even a section on how to begin teaching roadway
safety to your pre-teen. This session will be conducted by a DMV certified instructor from
Oregon Driver Education Center.




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                     Adult Workshops - Session 3
301 – Living Better through HomeBased Learning (Pat Farenga)
Homeschooling offers families the unique opportunity to share their lives together in ways that
are not possible when children are tied to a school desk for most of their young lives—or when
homeschoolers are on a treadmill running to activities, co-ops and classes. Keeping the focus on
the development and growth of our children is increasingly important today in a homeschooling
environment that offers so many possibilities and distractions.
302 – The Beauty of Learning: A Classical Approach to Education (Penny Okamoto)
The classical approach to education typically comprises the Trivium (grammar, logic, and
rhetoric) and emphasizes history and language; in essence, the goal of a classical education is to
teach a student how to learn. Start with the facts, stir in awesome stories from world literature
and add the historical context. Next your child learns logic and how to reason, and finally, how to
write clearly and concisely so she can express and defend her conclusions based on facts and
logic. When your student is an adult, she will be able to assess the facts of a problem, think
about it logically, and express herself eloquently. Penny has homeschooled her 13-year-old
daughter using the classical approach since she was 5.
303 – Homeschooling 101: Learning Outside the Box (Tara Atkinson & Alison Jakel)
Are you just starting your home education adventure or still only considering the
possibility? This workshop is a great starting point. We'll discuss home education approaches,
finding help and resources, what's worth worrying about and what's not, and how to handle
doubts and the "S" question (socialization). Tara is President of OHEN and has always
homeschooled her four sons. Alison is Secretary of OHEN and has always homeschooled her
two sons, 9 and 13.
304 – Parenting without Punishments or Rewards (Lyla Wolfenstein & Emily Troper)
This session focuses on respectfully parenting children of all ages without punishments, rewards,
bribes, or threats. This session touches on all aspects of connected parenting, including
respectful limit setting, developmental norms, listening to feelings and many practical ideas
about what to do instead of being either an authoritarian or a permissive parent. The session
presenters incorporate concepts from the work of Alfie Kohn (Unconditional Parenting), Dr.
Gordon Neufeld (Hold on to Your Kids), Lawrence J. Cohen (Playful Parenting) and Marshall
Rosenburg (NVC), as well as their own professional and personal experience.
305 – Unschooling with Alphabet Soup Dx (Miriam Mason, Sierra Ansley, Tammi Danielson
Weber & Amoreena Harpole) Ask questions and hear experiences from a panel of parents
living the radical unschooling life with their alphabet soup diagnosed kids. Topics might include
food allergies, working outside of the system, using a Dx to your advantage, socialization,
"structure", trust/connection trumps assessment/evaluation, biomedical interventions and
unschooling, etc. Miriam tried a variety of options before finding what works for her 2 autistic
sons. Sierra unschools her 2 boys who have a variety of health and neurological issues including
ADHD and mild autism. Tammi unschools her 2 girls with sensory issues and ADHD. Amoreena
unschools her 2 kids who probably have ADD and SPD.
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                     Adult Workshops - Session 3
306 – Dive into Science at the Oregon Coast
(*Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center)
Make your next family trip to the Oregon Coast a meaningful educational experience for
everyone. Educators from the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center will
introduce you to programs designed specifically for homeschool learners involving the whole
family. Special event days, lesson plans and activities for all ages, and animal interactions are just
a few of things you‘ll find along the beautiful Oregon Coast. From tide pooling to shrimp catching
or sleeping with the sharks, you‘ll be amazed at what you‘ll discover happening at the coast.

307 – Teaching Math to Young Children - Homeschooling Style (Alice Cotton)
Discover fun and interesting ways to bring math into your child‘s life through games, movement,
art, home projects and world observations. Alice is the author of When Buildings Speak and has
been teaching math and math artistry classes to 5 to 12-year-olds for over 20 years.

308 – Homeschooling Dads (Bob Smythe & Pat Nystrom)
Whether you are the primary homeschooling parent or supporting your partner in homeschooling
your children, men have their own needs and concerns regarding homeschooling. This ‗dads
only‘ session will allow men the freedom to talk, share and get questions out in the open. Bob and
Pat are currently stay-at-home dads but have also been the away-from-home parent.

309 – Camp Fire USA (*Camp Fire USA)
Camp Fire USA is a co-educational, community-based, non-profit organization that builds caring,
confident youth and future leaders. Camp Fire kids plan and perform service projects, learn
outdoor skills at camp, and develop close friendships at regular club meetings. In this workshop,
we'll provide an overview of the curriculum, share our experience as homeschooling Camp Fire
club leaders, and answer any questions you have about what it's like to be involved in a Camp Fire
USA club.

310 – How to Write a Great Essay (*Tamra Orr)
Learn the core basics of writing a great essay – for homework, college admissions, contest entry,
the SAT – or just for fun! Tamra is a homeschooling mom and full-time author of over 250 books
including Ace the SAT Essay – Even if You Hate to Write.




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                    Adult Workshops - Session 4
401 – “Sit Down, Shut Up, Do as I Say” and other Concepts of Education (Pat Farenga)
An overview about your many options for teaching and learning with your children besides
conventional schooling. What your rights and responsibilities are as a homeschooler.
402 – Using Learning Styles & Multiple Intelligences in Homeschooling
(Rosalyn Newhouse)
Understanding how your child learns and processes information can be the key to successful
homeschooling. Find out how learning styles and multiple intelligences can make a difference in
how you and your child work successfully together; discover effective strategies for inspiring
different kinds of learners; and learn how recognizing your own learning style can be used to
enhance your homeschooling experience. Rosalyn has homeschooled both her children, each with
very different learning styles and talents, taught elementary ages through adult in a variety of
subjects and learning environments, and currently teaches and works as a homeschool consultant
with Village Home.
403 – Everything You Wanted to Know about Oregon Homeschool Laws but Were Afraid to
Ask (Barbara Smythe)
Discuss the ins and outs of Oregon homeschool and private school laws, including registration
and testing requirements, alternatives to testing, PDPs (privately-developed plans) and
noncompliance. Barbara is a homeschooling parent, attorney, former legislative aide and OHEN‘s
Legislative Liaison
404 – Radical Unschooling Panel (Lyla Wolfenstein, Jenny Cyphers, Carolyn Winkler,
Miriam Mason, Linda Hessel & Miryam Grundner)
Ask questions and hear experiences from a panel of moms living the radical unschooling life with
their kids. Lyla has two children who previously attended alternative charter and private schools
and have been living the unschooling life for 2.5 years. Jenny has always unschooled her two
children, getting progressively better as they went along. Carolyn has worked in education but has
always unschooled her two daughters. Miriam tried a variety of educational approaches for her
two autistic sons and has been dazzled by their success since unschooling. Linda has always
radically unschooled her sons, with the exception of one disastrous foray into phonics instruction.
Miryam is anarcho-punk-hippie momma to four always unschooled people ages 10-16.
405 – Coping with Perfectionism (*OATAG)
Can having high expectations backfire with some kids, making them less likely to try new things?
Are talented and gifted kids more likely to become perfectionists? Are there strategies parents can
use to help children who experience high levels of stress because they want to be ―just right‖?
This workshop will provide answers to these and similar questions about the positive and negative
aspects of perfectionism. Judy Smith is an advocate for talented and gifted children and serves on
the board of directors of the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted.


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                     Adult Workshops - Session 4
406 - How to Get Your Kid Excited about Math! (Gayle Shanley)
In this presentation Gayle will introduce projects, games, books and environments to make math
education for the younger child come alive. Build a tetrahedron, play a math game, learn an easy
way to understand combinations and hear about math education possibilities and venues you may
not have thought of. There will be time for your questions to be answered, and you will walk
away with some concrete ideas for projects, games and books to jumpstart your child‘s love of
math. Gayle has degrees in mathematics and theatre arts and has been teaching math and drama
for the last 5 years at Village Home, Alliance Charter Academy and Saturday Academy.

407 - A Crash Course on What Makes Music Great (Allegro Music Academy)
What do Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Schoenberg, Elvis, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and
Michael Jackson all have in common? Come and find out and learn more about becoming a
discriminating listener. Kristine Parker has a DMA in flute performance and teaches piano, flute,
violin, voice, early childhood music, children‘s choir and ―all about music‖ classes for
homeschoolers.

408 - Starting & Running a Homeschool Group (Jana Jennings)
Do you long for a sense of community in your homeschool life? Ever dream of networking with a
familiar group of families to provide engaging activities for your kids? If you‘d love to build a
homeschool group but don‘t know where to start, join us to discuss the trials and triumphs of
making it happen. Jana, a recovered State PTA delegate, has been homeschooling for 6 years and
helps organize the very successful Home Grown Family Education group.

409 - Reading Basics (Rita Petherbridge)
Most of our children get here with the brain wiring that makes learning to read very natural. In
this session we will look at what the research says about learning to read, resources, materials and
strategies for what to do when it feels like it‘s not working. Rita is an Orton-Gillingham language
therapist with the Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources, teaching reading, writing, spelling and
math to students challenged by issues such as memory, sequencing, auditory processing and
dysgraphia. Rita also successfully homeschooled two daughters, now in college.

410 - Homeschool Graduates Panel (Heidi Andersen, Marshall Nystrom,
Killian O’Connor & Hannah Jackson)
Teens and young adults who have graduated from homeschooling will share their insights about
being homeschooled from the homeschoolers' perspective and share their life experiences since
graduating. Bring your questions! Heidi majors in mathematics at Willamette University and
writes articles for the Willamette /Collegian. /Marshall majors in astronomy at Mt. Hood
Community College, where he is also student teaching. Killian will graduate from PSU in May
with a mathematics degree. Hannah is a senior at Willamette University.

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                                                               Adult Sessions at a Glance

                                                                     Session 2        Lunch                                Session 3                Session 4
                                                                11:20am - 12:20pm 12:20 - 2:00pm                         2:00 - 3:00pm            3:20 - 4:20pm
                                                                                   Lunch Break
                                                                                      Session
                                                                                  12:40 - 1:40pm
     Homeschooling                                              201 - Working with Your        L01 - Beyond            301 - Living Better       401 - ―Sit Down, Shut
                                                                Child‘s Strengths              Brainstorming           through Home-based        Up, Do as I Say‖ and
                                                                                                                       Learning                  other Concepts of
                                                                                                                                                 Education

     Homeschool Methods                                         202 - Classical Liberal Arts   L02 - Classical         302 - Beauty of           402 - Using Learning
                                                                & TJED                         Conversations           Learning: A Classical     Styles and Multiple
                                                                                                                       Approach                  Intelligences

     Resources                                                  203 - Partnering with Your     L03 - Applying to       303 - Homeschooling       403 - Oregon
                                                                Libraries                      Private Colleges        101                       Homeschool Laws




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                          **Adult Session 1: 10:00 - 11:00am
     Parenting                                                  204 - Staying Connected        L04 - Role-Playing:     304 - Parenting without   404 - Radical
                                                                with Your Preteen/Teen         Teaching or Danger      Punishments               Unschooling Panel

     Special Needs                                              205 - Auditory/Language        L05 - Why My Smart      305 - Unschooling with    405 - Coping with
                                                                Processing Disorders           Kid Struggling          Alphabet Soup Dx          Perfectionism

     Math/Science                                               206 - Importance of Science L06 - OMSI: Inspire        306 - Dive into Science   406 - How to Get Your
                                                                                            Wonder                     at the Oregon Coast       Kid Excited about
                                                                                                                                                 Math

     Academic                                                   207 - Getting Started in       L07 - History Beyond    307 - Teaching Math to    407 - What Makes
                                                                Writing Profession             the Textbook            Young Children            Music Great?

     Support                                                    208 - Single Parents Panel     L08 - Youth Fitness     308 - Homeschooling       408 - Starting/Running
                                                                                               Fundamentals            Dads                      a Homeschool Group


     Young Kids                                                 209 - Importance of Play       L09 - DIY Theater for   309 - Camp Fire USA       409 - Reading Basics
                                                                                               Homeschool

                                                                210 - Leading the Way for      L10 - Raising Better    310 - How to Write a      410 - Homeschool
                                                                                                                                                                          **Closing Show 4:40pm - 5:30pm Magic Show - Everyone Welcome**




     Teens
                          Keynote Speaker Pat Farenga**
                                                                Young Adults                   Drivers                 Great Essay               Graduates Panel
                                Children and Teen Sessions at a Glance
         Session 1         Session 2                      Lunch                   Session 3                    Session 4          Closing Show
      10:00 - 11:00pm 11:20am - 12:20pm               12:20 - 2:00pm            2:00 - 3:00pm                3:20 - 4:20pm        4:40 - 5:30pm
                                                       Lunch Break
                                                          Session
                                                      12:40 - 1:40pm
     C101                  C201                       CL - 101              C301                         C401                       Magic Show
     Entertainment         Creative Children‘s Center Team Quest            Creative Children‘s Center   Creative Children‘s Center Everyone
     BJ the Clown          Color Me Crazy             Ages:                 Clay Art                     Stamp/Stomp                Welcome
     Ages: 3 - 10          Ages: 3 - 6                                      Ages: 3 - 6                  Ages: 4 - 6
     C102                  C202                      CL - 102               C302                         C402                     Magic Show
     Ancient Wonders       Ancient Wonders           Red Cross              Stagecoach                   Tamra Orr                Everyone
     Magic the Gathering   Mensa Winners             Fire and Earthquakes   Theater Arts                 Letter Writing           Welcome
     Ages: 8 & up          Ages: 10 & up             Ages: 4 - 10           Ages: 4 - 7                  Ages: 10 & up
     C103                  C203                      Lunch Break            C303                         C403                     Magic Show




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     Michaels Tote Bag     Michaels                  Vendor Court           Michaels                     Michaels                 Everyone
     Ages: 9 & up          Jewelry Making            Entrepreneurial Fair   Foam Crafts                  Wood Crafts              Welcome
                           Ages: 9 & up              Lunch Workshops        Ages: 5 & up                 Ages: 5 & up
     C104                  C204                      Lunch Break            C304                         C404                     Magic Show
     OMSI                  OMSI                      Vendor Court           Misty Stromme                Misty Stromme            Everyone
     Cowabunga Chemistry   Cowabunga Chemistry       Entrepreneurial Fair   Spiders & Snakes             Spiders & Snakes         Welcome
     Ages: 5 - 9           Ages: 10 - 14             Lunch Workshops        Ages: 10 & up                Ages: 6 - 9
     C105                  C205                      Lunch Break            C305                         C405                     Magic Show
     Do Jump               Do Jump                   Vendor Court           Moonstar Dance               Moonstar Dance           Everyone
     Acrobatics            Acrobatics                Entrepreneurial Fair   Hip Hop                      Hip Hop                  Welcome
     Ages: 4 - 7           Ages: 8 & up              Lunch Workshops        Ages: 11 & up                Ages: 8 - 10
     C106                  C206                      Lunch Break            C306                         C406                     Magic Show
     YMCA                  YMCA                      Vendor Court           Fencing Center               Fencing Center           Everyone
     Homeschool PE         Homeschool PE             Entrepreneurial Fair   Intro to Fencing             Intro to Fencing         Welcome
     Ages: 10 & up         Ages: 5 - 9               Lunch Workshops        Ages: 8 - 16                 Ages: 8 - 16
     C107                  C207                      Lunch Break            C307                         C407                     Magic Show
     DigiPen               Destination Imagination   Vendor Court           Stagecoach                   Alice Cotton             Everyone
     Make Your Own         Instant Challenges        Entrepreneurial Fair   Theater Arts                 Art & Math from          Welcome
     Video Games           Ages: 7 & up              Lunch Workshops        Ages: 8 & up                 Planet Zerd
     Ages: 13 & up                                                                                       Ages: 8 - 10
        Children and Teen Workshops - Session 1
C101 - Don’t Miss the Best Clown in Town! (BJ the Clown)
One of the Northwest‘s best known clowns performs an exciting mix of comedy, magic, juggling,
music, storytelling, puppetry, physical comedy and audience participation. A high-energy show
that children often talk about for months!
Ages: 3 - 12

C102 - Magic the Gathering: Pack Wars (*Ancient Wonders)
Participants can challenge up to 5 others to mini-games to earn extra starter decks. Decks of cards
are included in the cost.
Ages: 8 & up

C103 - Personalized Tote Bag (*Michaels Crafts)
Decorate your own tote bag using paints and gems. (All materials are provided free of charge.)
Ages: 9 & up

C104 - Cowabunga Chemistry (*OMSI)
Chemistry has never been so much fun! Students perform amazing chemical reactions as they
measure and mix ingredients and discover substances (polymers) with strange and surprising
properties. Two different gooey, slimy concoctions are made by each student for the ultimate in
chemistry fun!
Ages: 5 - 9

C105 - Physical Theater & Acrobatics (*Do Jump)
Starting with an imagery-based warm-up to build strength, flexibility and body awareness, we‘ll
explore physical theater and creative expression through games and group challenges. We‘ll also
have fun with tumbling and partner acrobatics!
Ages: 4 - 7

C106 - Homeschool PE (*Sherwood YMCA)
Bring your running shoes and get ready to have some fun in the gym playing games and
interactive sports activities!
Ages: 10 & up

C107 - Make Your Own Video Games! (*DigiPen)
Learn programming, mathematics and English by making video games! DigiPen prepares home
school students for their pathway into college to study computer science, arts, animation and
robotics.
Ages: 13 & up


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        Children and Teen Workshops - Session 2
C201 - Color Me Crazy (*Creative Children’s Center)
Dripping, slipping, silly fun! Using a variety of materials, children will have a hands-on
opportunity to explore the chemistry and art of color mixing. Paint, paper & light create learning
connections in this hour of fun!
Ages: 3 - 6

C202 - The Mensa Winners Teaching Games (*Ancient Wonders)
An opportunity to learn Fluxx, Apples to Apples, Tsuro and other ―Mensa Winners‖ easy to learn
games.
Ages: 10 & up

C203 - Jewelry Making (*Michaels Crafts)
Design your own necklace, anklet or bracelet using hemp with beads and gems!
(All materials are provided free of charge.)
Ages: 9 & up

C204 - Cowabunga Chemistry (*OMSI)
Chemistry has never been so much fun! Students perform amazing chemical reactions as they
measure and mix ingredients and discover substances (polymers) with strange and surprising
properties. Two different gooey, slimy concoctions are made by each student for the ultimate in
chemistry fun!
Ages: 10 - 14

C205 - Physical Theater & Acrobatics (*Do Jump)
Starting with an imagery-based warm-up to build strength, flexibility and body awareness, we‘ll
explore physical theater and creative expression through games and group challenges. We‘ll also
have fun with tumbling and partner acrobatics!
Ages: 8 - 12

C206 - Homeschool PE (*Sherwood YMCA)
Bring your running shoes and get ready to have some fun in the gym playing games and
interactive sports activities!
Ages: 5 - 9

C207 - Team Building – Instant Challenges (*Destination Imagination)
Like solving puzzles? Students in small groups will get to work together to solve various
challenges. This is a fun sampling of what Destination Imagination is all about!
Ages: 7 & up


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Children and Teen Workshops - Bonus Lunch Session

LC - 01 Team Quest - Mixed Martial Arts *
At Team Quest the goal is to develop our junior students into martial artists and athletes, but just
as importantly to help them develop integrity, honesty and character. This is achieved by teaching
a unique and cutting-edge mixed martial arts (MMA) curriculum - a combination of karate,
kickboxing, boxing, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The workshop and demonstrations will give
the parent and child the opportunity to see how Team Quest combines, confidence, discipline,
fitness, teamwork and self-defense in a fun, healthy environment.
Ages: 4 & up


LC - 02 Red Cross
With the help of puppets "Cool Cat" and "Disaster Dog", participants will learn earthquake, fire
preparedness and safety, as well as involving their family in learning how to be prepared for other
emergencies!
age: 4 -10




                       About Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN)

OHEN is an inclusive, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting all of Oregon‘s
homeschooling families. OHEN supports the right of all homeschoolers to educate their children
with as little government intervention as possible. Celebrating the diversity within our
homeschooling community, OHEN welcomes any person without regard to educational
philosophy, religion, creed, race, color, sex or ethnic or national origin. For more information
about OHEN, visit www.ohen.org.
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        Children and Teen Workshops - Session 3
C301 - Clay Play & Dough Art (*Creative Children’s Center)
Where does clay come from? What about playdough? How do the substances differ and what
can they both do? Together we will discover the texture and properties of the two mediums.
Squishy, gushy fun!
Ages: 3 - 6

C302 - Theater Arts (*Stagecoach)
Act, sing and dance with music theater professional. Have fun being creative, while building
skills for the stage that also apply to life: confidence, articulation, poise, self-discipline,
self-expression, teamwork and more!
Ages: 4 - 7

C303 - Foam Crafts (*Michaels Crafts)
Create a personalized jewelry or trinket box using paper mache boxes, paint, foam letters and
shapes! (All materials are provided free of charge.)
Ages: 5 & up

C304 - Spiders & Snakes (*Misty Stromme)
Shrouded in myth and surrounded in mystery, spiders and snakes are among the most feared
animals on the planet! In this program, we will examine our fears and unravel some of the
mysteries surrounding these amazing animals.
Ages: 10 & up

C305 - Hip Hop Dance (*Moonstar Dance Studio)
Moonstar Dance offers a variety of classes and in this workshop. You will learn a really great
―hip hop‖ routine. Choreographed by Shadowmoon Wolf.
Ages: 11 & up

C306 - The Olympic Sport of Fencing - Not just for Musketeers (Fencing Center)
En Garde used to warn a fencer to assume the position preparatory to a duel (in the modern sport
of fencing known as a bout). In this one hour workshop you will hear a brief history of fencing,
learn some fancy footwork and the basics of fencing, so that you can attack and defend yourself
during a battle of the kingdoms and maybe a fend off a pirate or two.
Ages: 8 - 16

C307 - Theater Arts (*Stagecoach)
Act, sing and dance with a music theater professional. Have fun being creative, while building
skills for the stage, that also apply to life: confidence, articulation, poise, self-discipline,
self-expression, teamwork and more!
Ages: 8 & up

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        Children and Teen Workshops - Session 4
C401 - Stamp & Stomp Printing (*Creative Children’s Center)
Printing and painting are two very different ways to make an impression. Using a boot or a ball; a
potato or a pine branch – printing can be a wonderful way to create a masterpiece!
Ages: 4 - 8 (3 yr. olds can participate with a parent)

C402 - The Art of Letter Writing (*Tamra Orr)
Meet new friends across the country and keep in close touch with old ones – through letter
writing. Find out what makes a good letter, how to make free stationery and where to find
pen pals.
Ages: 10 & up

C403 - Wood Crafts (*Michaels Crafts)
Decorate your own trinket wood box using decoupage, paint, paper and foam!
(All materials are provided free of charge.)
Ages: 5 & up

C404 - Spiders & Snakes (Misty Stromme)
Shrouded in myth and surrounded in mystery, spiders and snakes are among the most feared
animals on the planet! In this program, we will examine our fears and unravel some of the
mysteries surrounding these amazing animals.
Ages: 6 - 9

C405 - Hip Hop Dance (Moonstar Dance Studio)
Moonstar Dance offers a variety of classes and in this workshop. You will learn a really great
―hip hop‖ routine. Choreographed by Shadowmoon Wolf.
Ages: 8 - 10

C406 - The Olympic Sport of Fencing - Not just for Musketeers (Fencing Center)
En Garde used to warn a fencer to assume the position preparatory to a duel (in the modern sport
of fencing known as a bout). In this one hour workshop you will hear a brief history of fencing,
learn some fancy footwork and the basics of fencing, so that you can attack and defend yourself
during a battle of the kingdoms and maybe a fend off a pirate or two.
Ages: 8 - 16

C407 - Art & Math from Planet Zerd (Alice Cotton)
We will investigate the art and math from a planet called Zerd. We'll figure out how the Zerds do
their weird mathematics and how they turn this math into beautiful art.
Ages: 8 - 10


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                                    Magic Show
  Closing Show – “The Magic, Comedy & Illusion” of William Scott Anderson




William Scott Anderson combines the art of Magic, with the Theater of Illusion, and then adds his
unique Sense of Humor to create an astonishing performance everywhere he goes. Whether he is
performing his out of this world slight of hand for a small crowd, his one man cabaret, or his Las
        Vegas style production, this show will be fun and exciting for the whole family!




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               Convention Information and Policies
VENDOR AND RESOURCE COURT
Vendor displays will be accessible throughout the convention. At the Resource Court find resources for your
homeschooling needs including books and supplies. If present, you could be a winner of one of our many vendor
prizes at the drawing held during the lunch break. Authors will be on hand to sell and sign books.
HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS
Needing accommodations? The Courtyard by Marriott in Tigard will have rooms available during the conven-
tion. This Tigard Marriott hotel is centrally located in Portland Tigard off of I-5 at exit 291 and features a new
lobby with inviting, flexible spaces to work or relax in, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news,
weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard. The highlight of our new lobby experience is the Bistro - Eat,
Drink. Connect. which provides guests with healthy food and beverage offerings in the morning and evening din-
ner service. This Tigard hotel offers a well equipped fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool.
For Reservations please call 503-684-7900 or visit the website at
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcs-courtyard-portland-tigard/
Address: 15686 SW Sequoia Parkway, Tigard OR 97224
Please mention the OHEN convention to get the special rate of $69 per night.
SMALL CHILDREN & BABIES IN WORKSHOPS
Children and babies are allowed in workshop rooms, but please be respectful of other participants. If your child is
unable to remain quiet, please leave until the child is ready to return. Positioning yourself near the door or the back
of the room may be helpful.
CHILDREN AT THE CONVENTION
You are responsible for your children at all times. Your children must either be with you or checked into chil-
dren‘s sessions in which they are registered. You must check your children in and out of each workshop. Please
supervise your children closely as there are many doors that lead outside.
TEENS AT THE CONVENTION
We welcome teens to the convention and mature teens are always in demand as volunteers in children‘s sessions.
Mature teens are welcome to register for any adult workshop. You are responsible for your teen at the convention.
Throughout the convention, they must be either in a teen, child or adult session in which they are registered or
serving as a volunteer.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY
The convention takes place on two floors. Most sessions are wheelchair accessible. Please check the map in your
program when you arrive at the convention. Please note on the registration form and alert the registrar if you have
any special requirements to make your participation more comfortable.
STROLLERS
No strollers are permitted.
WORKSHOP HOSTS/HOSTESSES NEEDED
Workshop hosts help the speaker distribute handouts and monitor the room noise level. Hosts are assigned to
workshops in which they are registered. If you want to volunteer, please indicate on the registration form and/or
contact Tara at volunteer@ohen.org
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP VOLUNTEERS
Adult or mature teen volunteers are needed in some of the children‘s workshops. Volunteers willing to forgo a
workshop to help will be reimbursed $5.00 for each missed workshop at the end of the convention day. Please in-
dicate on your
registration form that you are willing to volunteer or contact Tara at volunteer@ohen.org
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                                  About Our Speakers
Ann Agent has lead workshops and intro meetings on A Thomas Jefferson Education throughout the PDX/
Vancouver area for several years. She is on the board of a ―commonwealth school‖ where her children participate
in practice -, apprentice -, and self-directed scholar projects. Ann decided she would home school her future
children long before she met her husband Jeff; they are the parents of 3 sons.

Heidi Andersen, a former homeschooler (grades 2-12) is currently a junior at Willamette University in Salem
where she is majoring in mathematics. In addition to academics, she is the subscription manager and writes articles
for the student-run Willamette Collegian. Heidi anticipates attending graduate school in mathematics.

John Andersen, a former homeschooling dad for over 10 years, owns and operates a carpet cleaning company in
Portland. He has been a docent at the Oregon Historical Society since 2001.

Karen Anderson, Affiliate Director of Oregon Destination Imagination for over 20 years, has taught numerous
workshops on creative thinking, teamwork, and problem solving to both students and adults.

William Scott Anderson - Illusions of Anderson: William Scott Anderson was born and raised in the state of
Oregon. He joined the Army right out of high school as a Military Policeman. His route into performing magic
was a direct result of his military service. After a few years, William was assigned duties as a D.A.R.E. officer.
He would travel around the five elementary schools on the installation teaching classes on the dangers of drugs
and gangs. He first started learning magic tricks as a classroom tool to keep the students' attention. Eventually, he
began to perform at birthday parties as a side job, which led to more jobs, such as working magic in restaurants.
As luck would have it, while working slight of hand magic in a local restaurant, William was befriended by one of
the best slight of hand artists in the country, Steve Dobson. Steve was eager to share his knowledge of the craft
with his "prize" student, and it wasn't much longer before William was purchasing his first illusions. The more he
performed, the bigger his shows and his audiences became. Eventually, he started performing for large
corporations and public events under the stage name "Scott Slights."

Sierra Ansley is the mother of two boys, ages 8 and 6, with a variety of health and neurological issues including
ADHD and mild autism. While both of her boys are thriving in an unschooling environment, their individual needs
(including special diets and other treatments) have sometimes been challenging and required creativity to
incorporate into our unschooling life. The results have been well worth the effort though!

Tara Atkinson is President of OHEN, homeschooling mom of 4 boys, 8-14 years old, and yoga and
fitness instructor extraordinaire.

Joy Ceilidh is in her third year as a homeschooling Camp Fire USA club leader. She is a native Portlander and
lives in NE on a little urban farm with her 9 and 10 year old always-homeschooled kids and partner. You may
have seen her posting on the local lists as domestic activist.

BJ the Clown Performing at over 300 events every year, BJ the Clown (aka Bret J. Christie) has long been
considered one of the premier children‘s entertainers in the Pacific NW. A Portland native and member of the
World Clown Association, BJ originally trained under the guidance of former Ringling Brothers clowns before
developing his own unique style of performing. After several successful years as one half of the comedy duo BJ
& Scampy‘s Merrily Magical Mischief, BJ struck out on his own in 1996 and has been entertaining non-stop ever
since. Specializing in comedy variety shows for schools, libraries, and corporate events BJ also performs at
birthdays, festivals, camps, and charitable events.

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                                  About Our Speakers
Alice Cotton has been teaching math and math artistry classes to ages 5 to 12 for over 20 years, through public
school classrooms, Saturday Academy, Young Audiences and the Village Home Education Resource Center.
Martin Culbert has been working for the DigiPen Institute of Technology since 2001 when he was hired to start
their new outreach program to high school students. Martin has taught high school students, developed new
curriculum and now, as Director of K-12 Outreach, oversees all of DigiPen's Technology Academies in 9
locations.
Jenny Cyphers currently lives in Beaverton with her family. She has 2 children ages 8 and 15. Jenny and her
husband have been unschooling since their oldest turned kindergarten age, progressively getting better at it as they
went along. Jenny's children have never been to school, nor have they been "schooled" in any traditional sense of
the word. You'll find Jenny on several international unschooling lists online, but other than that, she pretty much
spends all of her time with her family, helping her kids do the things they want to do, while finding time to do a
few things she likes to do too.
Frank Graham has been a docent at the Oregon History Museum for the past two and a half years. A history
graduate of the University of Oregon and retired Army officer, Frank has lived and traveled all over the world and
was a docent at the Montana Historical Society for six yeas before coming back to Oregon.

Miryam Grundner is momma to four always unschooled people ages 10-16. She found her parenting style in an
effort to be as different from her own parents as possible and later found there was a word for it and there were
other families doing it. She now has three teens, soon to be four, and finds she loves this phase of parenting as
much as she did baby and toddlerhood, despite all the warnings from "well-meaning" family. She is an
anarcho-punk-hippie activist passionate about gender politics, the environment, fat acceptance (body politics),
justice, compassion, non-violence, honesty, food and cooking, singing, travel, her own recovery and much more.
She loves sharing her passions and adventures with her partner, Joey, and their kids while they strive to define life,
love and family, always on their own terms.

Amoreena Harpole is an unschooling mom of 2. She and her husband live in Vancouver, WA with their
7-year-old daughter and toddler son. Before becoming a Mom, her aspirations were to be a teacher, but after a few
years teaching ESL in the public school system, she decided to stay home to homeschool her children. She found
the philosophies of people like Holt & Gatto best resonated with her own ideas about education but it was really
learning to meet the needs of her high needs daughter that pushed her towards unschooling. She began the process
of getting her daughter evaluated and started some therapy but ended up pulling out before a diagnosis could be
made. She believes that her daughter would have been diagnosed with ADD and SPD if they had stuck it out.
When she's not busy with the kids or helping with the family business, Amoreena works towards self-sufficient,
sustainable living. She is passionate about natural/attachment parenting and considers herself an urban
homesteader-in-the-making.
Bill Hartner grew up in the 1950‘s with a learning disability that went undiagnosed until he was an adult. Bill is
now a learning specialist who has changed the lives of over 3,000 children and adults. As the Director of Help
Eliminate Learning Problems (HELP, Inc.) for 26 years, he has a unique perspective of seeing learning problems
from both sides. HELP is a ―not for profit‖ organization that provides testing and drug free treatment for children
and adults with learning and processing problems.
Linda Hessel lives with her husband and four children, ages 5 to 13, in Corvallis. They have radically unschooled
pretty much since the beginning, with the exception of one disastrous foray into phonics instruction, after which
her boys became brilliant readers in their own time and in their own way. Because of this experience Linda is
especially interested in literacy issues and the phenomenon of the "late" reader. She is a long-time advocate and
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                                 About Our Speakers
Justin Hudec is a 2007 graduate of George Fox University with a Bachelor of Science in Math. He has worked as
a full-time admission counselor for George Fox where he helps many students who've been through home school
come to the university.

Alison Jakel has homeschooled her two sons, ages 9 and 13, for their entire lives. She is serving as Secretary of
OHEN, Registrar for the OHEN Convention and maintains a book blog, http://www.worducopia.blogspot.com/, in
her free time.

Jana Jennings, now a recovered State PTA delegate, began homeschooling her kids six years ago. Her
background includes teaching, public speaking, 10 years as a corporate systems analyst, and a culinary degree.

Katie Keller & Michelle Ferrara have over 10-years combined experience with OMSI programs. They have
both been in the education field for most of their careers.

Kay Mannion is a retired social worker and has been a docent at the Oregon Historical Society since 2005.

Miriam Mason is an unschooling mom who lives in Vancouver, Washington with her husband and two special
boys, ages 8 and 11. She loves her free unschooling life with her boys, watching them both passionately pursue
what‘s important to them. It wasn‘t always like that. Both Miriam‘s children developed early onset autism which
took them all on a journey, from diagnosis through standard therapies and public school classrooms. She saw
significant differences using biomedical treatments with her children, including supplementation and dietary
changes, but it became clear within a few years of living in the mainstream public schooling/therapist paradigm,
that it was not giving the boys what they really needed the most – trust and connection. Soon after, Miriam
brought both boys home and has been dazzled by them every single day, as both have taught themselves to read,
type and become more social and successful in their lives than ever before. Miriam blogs about unschooling and
about recovering from autism in her spare time.

Lisa Mitchell is so excited to be opening the first StageCoach Theatre Arts School on the West Coast of the US.
Lisa received her BA in Education from WOSC and her MA in Teaching from Pacific University. She has always
loved working with children and has had a passion for the arts since she was young. Lisa has performed in local
theatre and as a child in television commercials. StageCoach seems like the perfect way to fulfill both interests
while sharing the performing arts with a new generation of students. Lisa's Father and Grandfather both enjoyed
lifelong careers in the film industry, so she was raised visiting film sets around the globe.

Rosalyn Newhouse has homeschooled both her children, each with very different learning styles and
talents. She has taught ages elementary through adult in a variety of subjects and learning environments, and
currently teaches and works as a homeschool consultant with the Village Home Education Resource Center.

Marshall Nystrom has been unschooling since Kindergarten. He started taking classes full-time at Mt. Hood
Community College last March when he was 17. Although still in his first year, he is now assistant-teaching
astronomy classes while maintaining a full-time class load. He enjoys playing music and games in his spare time.

Pat Nystrom has been homeschooling his 3 children, now 22, 18 and 16, since 1998. He began his own business,
Nystrom Engineering, working full-time from home in 1999.



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                                 About Our Speakers
Penny Okamoto received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1988 from Aurora University in Illinois.
She and her husband have homeschooled their daughter using the classical approach since her daughter was five
years old.

Tamara Orr has been homeschooling her four kids for more than 20 years. She is the author of : The Parent's
Guide to Homeschooling, Asking Questions, Finding Answers: A Parent's Journey through Homeschooling,
Homeschooling and the Internet, After Homeschool: 15 Homeschoolers Out in the Real World and the
forthcoming 101 Questions to Ask about Homeschooling. In addition to writing homeschooling books, she has
authored more than 200 nonfiction books for readers of all ages and works for dozens of educational publishing
companies. She moved to Oregon in 2001 and lists it as one of the top 10 best decisions of her life.

Killian O'Connor*was unschooled from 3rd grade through high school. He started taking classes at PCC when he
was 17 yrs old, completed a 2-year associates degree and transferred to PSU. He will graduate with a degree in
Mathematics in June of this year and is applying to graduate schools to study statistics.

Kristine Parker has a DMA from Michigan State University in Flute Performances. She started Allegro Music
Academy in 2007 and teaches piano, flute, violin, voice, early childhood music, children‘s choir, and ―all about
music‖ classes for homeschool students. Learn more about Dr. Parker at www.allegromusicacademy.net.

Rita Petherbridge is an Orton-Gillingham language therapist with the Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources.
She teaches reading, writing, spelling and math to students challenged by issues such as memory, sequencing,
auditory processing and dysgraphia. Rita also successfully homeschooled two daughters, now in college.

Chris and Marian Scadden have been homeschooling for 17 years. Chris has a bachelor‘s in theater and a
master‘s in bilingual education. Marian has a degree in children‘s theater. They own their own theater company,
Cwerks, Inc., through which they perform for all ages, and rent Marian‘s 30+ scripts to groups throughout the
United States.

Janell Schicker, M.A., CCC, a speech-language pathologist in private practice, is the founder and co-owner of
Dynamic Learning Services. She has specialized in auditory/language processing issues since 1991. Janell has
written several articles about auditory learning issues and recently completed an e-book titled ―Beyond Tutoring:
Strategies to Improve Reading, Spelling, Comprehension and Memory.‖ You can find more information on her
website: http://www.DynamicLearningServices.net/

Bob Setterberg has been a docent at the Oregon History Museum since 2005. He retired from Regence BlueCross
Blue Shield in 2003 after 26 years where he managed sales and marketing activities for national account business.
Bob is a life-long resident of Oregon and a graduate of Portland State University earning a BS in education with a
focus on US history.

Gayle Shanley graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a double major in Mathematics and
Theatre Arts and has been teaching math and drama in homeschooling circles in the Portland area for the last five
years. Teaching at Village Home Education Resource Center, Alliance Charter Academy, and Saturday Academy
as well as small groups and individuals privately, Gayle has been unleashing her passion for engaging, hands-on
learning experiences that inspire kids.

Judy Smith is an advocate for talented and gifted children and serves on the board of directors of the Oregon
Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG). She is a parent and grandparent. She is a SENG-model parent dis-
cussion group facilitator.
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                                 About Our Speakers
Misty Stromme From an early age, I was interested in animals, especially the creatures that other kids found
unusual or scary: spiders, snakes, and frogs. So I guess it just makes sense that one day I would be teaching people
about how amazing these animals are. I started Spiders & Snakes about a year ago, and since then every day has
brought new adventures. I have been involved in home-schooling for the past 9 years. I teach science classes at
Village Home Education Resource Center. I want to share my love of nature with children. My ultimate dream
is to establish a complete outdoor education program for home-schooled children and their families. As Baba
Dioum said, ―In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will
understand only what we are taught.‖

Sharon Thorne is newly retired from a long career as a consultant & trainer to organizational managers and
leaders. Her love for history and for working with children brought her back to the Oregon Historical Society
where she's been a docent for 5 years.

Emily Troper lives in NE Portland with her husband and 4 children, 18, 10, 8, and 5 years old. She is an Early
Childhood Educator and currently operates a home-based playschool based on respectful conflict resolution.
Emily is also trained as a birth and postpartum doula and co-facilitates parenting classes and support groups with
Lyla Wolfenstein.

Tammi Danielson Weber is an unschooling mom of 2 girls, ages 10 and 5. Other than a couple years of
Montessori, they have been homeschooled, with a gradual transition to unschooling. Combined with a new
perspective on parenting with connection, it has been a radical change, but a good one! It's nice to be able to plan
our days with fun activities, or to stay home in our pjs and read, watch movies or play games if we want to. Both
of our girls were diagnosed with sensory issues and ADHD. Our oldest was also diagnosed with mild Asperger's at
age 7. We have spent the past several years using various therapy modalities, as well as biomedical treatments
with good success. It has been amazing to see the progress they are both making. I'm so glad to have the
opportunity to be home with them and help them reach their potential in a dignified and respectful way. They
amaze me every day! My other interests include traveling in our motorhome, soduku and word puzzles, bulldog
rescue and Reiki.

Carolyn Winkler and her family moved to Portland in September of 2008 after 16 years in Jackson, Wyoming.
She and her husband Bret have both worked in education, and have always unschooled their 2 daughters, ages al-
most 8 and 4.5. An avid reader and (currently not working outside the house) librarian, Carolyn started a Holistic
Moms Network in Jackson, and feels that for her family, radical unschooling was a natural progression from
attachment parenting.

Shadowmoon Wolf is the founder of Moonstar Dance Studio and she's been dancing for over 20 years throughout
the West Coast. She spent most of her high school years on the Forest Grove Vikettes dance team and went on to
instruct dance camps at Portland State and Western University. She later returned to Forest Grove to take the head
coaching position in 2005. Shadowmoon has danced with the Oregon
All-State team, Portland Forest Dragons, Semi-Pro Football Team & The Thunderbolts. She recalls that she's had
many wonderful dance experiences over the last 10 years, but she always had a dream of
owning her own dance studio. Three years ago she founded Moonstar Dance Studio and she said, "Every day I
feel excited about the opportunity to touch the lives of our youth!"

Lyla Wolfenstein lives in NE Portland with her husband and two children, 11 and 14 years old. Lyla and Emily
co-facilitate connected parenting workshops and support groups in Portland and Lyla is also a board certified lac-
tation consultant and part-owner of a maternity and parenting focused spa and wellness center.
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                Presents the
      6th Annual Homeschool Prom!

Where: The Crown Ballroom in Portland
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010
Time: 7:00 - 11:00pm
Price: $25 per ticket


Convention Special




Purchase your ticket at the
convention and save!




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        For more information got to www.ohen.org/prom
OHEN is always looking for committee members and volunteers.
If you would like to find out more or get involved, please contact
               Tara Atkinson volunteer@ohen.org

                        Board of Directors
President                          Tara Atkinson
Vice President                     Bobbi Burton
Secretary                          Alison Jakel
Treasurer                          Carol Pitkin
Legislative Liaison                Barbara Smythe
Information Coordinator            Stephanie Nystrom
Event Coordinator                  Diana McIntosh

     Non Board Members serving vital roles for OHEN
Legislative Consultant             Amy Grant
Helpline Coordinator               Carol Rulla
PR/Media Coordinator               Vacant
                OHEN Convention Committee
Chair                              Diana McIntosh
Treasurer                          Carol Pitkin
Secretary                          Alison Jakel
Vendor Coordinator                 Virginia Lenneville
Facility Coordinator               Misty Auel
Registrar                          Alison Jakel
Website Manager                    Stephanie Nystrom
Volunteer Coordinator              Tara Atkinson
Program Coordinator                Stephanie Nystrom
Children‘s Sessions                Diana McIntosh
Advertising/PR
Publications                       Barbara Hammond
Goody Bags                         Bobbi Burton
Signs Coordinator                  Caren De la Cruz
Lunch/Hospitality                  Caren De la Cruz
Entrepreneurial Fair               Trish Mitberg
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