Gather with homeschooling families from across Central Ohio for a FANTASTIC FREE event:

10th Annual 


"Homeschooling Together"

MARCH 1, 2024

Cornerstone Church 

4905 Jacksontown Rd. Heath, Ohio 43056

Doors open at 4pm  Exhibitor Hall 4- 9pm  Training Sessions 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.

Limited FREE Tickets available online!

Hear from dynamic speakers, Be encouraged by other homeschooling families and enter to win wonderful door prizes!


Featured Speakers

Debby Gerth of Ohio Homeschooling Parents

Topic: Embrace Your Freedom in Home Education - Debby Gerth, OHP

Do you wonder if you're doing this homeschooling thing all wrong? Are you struggling to meet standards and expectations? Are you almost certain you are failing your child?  Do all of your relatives tell you how disadvantaged your child will be? 

Don't miss this informative and enlightening session.  You CAN homeschool, but it might look a little bit different than what you are expecting, and that is a VERY good thing!

Debby is a homeschooling mother of three,  advocate, encourager, and co-learner homeschool mom.  She is also the co-chair of Ohio Homeschooling Parents, a state-wide home education and advocacy group of over 17,000 parent educators.  

Lisa Cox of School Solutions

Topic: Understanding the Jon Peterson Scholarship

Discover need to know information about the Jon Peterson Scholarship, the application process, how to access services OUTSIDE of the public schools and how to help YOUR struggling learner with at home supports that will make a HUGE difference in their lives.  

Lisa began homeschooling in 2002, and has one graduate and one who graduates in 2020.   Over a decade of annual homeschool assessments,  with over 2,000 forms signed in 2019.  HSLDA Special Education Consultant, Jon Peterson Scholarship Provider, Owner/Operator of School Solutions, Creative Writing Teacher , Author of 3 E-Books (for Spelling, Phonics and Word Study), Orton-Gillingham Reading Tutor, Homeschool Consultant, and year-round "mom encourager" and volunteer in our community.

Crystal Goehring of Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Transitioning Homeschool to College

From how to begin preparing for the transition to college during high school years … to how to prepare for success in college … to how to take advantage of the College Credit Plus option, this session will give you the information you need as you help your child through the process of becoming an adult learner.

Crystal homeschooled her four girls through most of their journey into their high school years before becoming employed at a Christian school where she taught advanced English classes, was English Department Chair, and Dean of Academics.  Now, as the Director of Dual Enrollment and Admissions Operations at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Crystal spends her day helping middle school and high school students successfully navigate the transition to college-level work and expectations.

Drason Sillin of Excellence in Learning Community Co-op

"Will by kids be weird? Homeschooling Support for Fathers"

Drason is a career security professional with a Bachelor's in Emergency Management and a Master's in Public Administration and a homeschooling father of three graduates.  Drason encourages fathers to get involved in their families' homeschooling adventure and offers practical tips for dads.  Worried that your kids will be weird? If you're a father wondering if homeschooling is right for your family, come to this session!

Topic: Understanding College Credit Plus - Nicole Thompson , COTC

College Credit Plus provides students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses through Central Ohio Technical College. The purpose of this program is to enhance students’ career readiness and postsecondary success, while providing a wide variety of options to college-ready students, at no cost to students and families.

Learn how the College Credit Plus and Concurrent Enrollment can benefit your students.  Important dates and application information will be covered in this session as well as the Two-Year Transfer Guarantee and the ability to complete many classes online, from the comfort of your own home.

Amanda Sillin of Excellence in Learning Community Co-op 

Homeschooling High School

High School Record Keeping 

Amanda is a homeschooling mom of three high school grads, two college grads, and one EMT/firefighter. Amanda encourages homeschooling families that they CAN homeschool through high school and do so with confidence and success.  Get How-to advice and answers to common questions about diplomas and transcripts and creating high school records.  

Amanda also has to feed everyone who still lives at home... learn how digital couponing can help you save money, especially during inflation, and be a wise manager of your home's finances. 

Casey Green of Civil Air Patrol Licking County Composite Squadron

Incorporating STEM into your homeschool (And How to Get Free STEM Kits through Civil Air Patrol)


The Sky Is Literally the Limit - Unlocking the Vast Opportunities for Kids in Civil Air Patrol

Casey is a homeschooling mom of five. Her kids range in age from 7 – 16, so she understands the challenges homeschooling parents face at every level. She is also a Senior Member of the Civil Air Patrol, Licking County Composite Squadron. She functions as Aerospace Education Officer for her local squadron, at Everett Park in Newark. Part of her responsibilities includes educating the public about Aerospace Education & STEM. Casey is passionate about enriching children’s education and providing educators and homeschooling parents with tools to spark an interest in children’s minds regarding science.

Marshal Sillin of Marshal's Outdoors Ltd. and Service Pulse, LLC 

"Small Business for Teens"

Is your teen interested in starting their own small business?  Is this even possible when you are still in high school?

This doesn't have to be complicated.  Learn how to find a small business that fits your busy high school schedule, including academics, extracurriculars, and social life!  Discover how starting a small business can count on transcripts, teach life skills and money management, and open up a world of opportunities for the future. Marshal is a homeschool graduate who started his landscaping business at 14 years old!  

Marshal owns and operates Marshal's Outdoors, Ltd and Service Pulse, LLC.

Topic: Unpacking Assessments and Portfolio Reviews

Debby Gerth and Lisa Cox

Discover need-to-know information about end-of-year homeschooling assessments and discover which avenue is right for your family.  Learn what an assessor is looking for, how to complete a review if you are an unschooler, and how to find an assessor who is homeschooling friendly. 

Topic: Ask Anything About Homeschooling!

Veteran Homeschooling Parent Panel - Coleen Slagle, Christy Huy, Lisa VanTilburg, Jan Rohrbaugh

We are wrapping up with a Q&A session! 

Are you struggling in a particular area? Do you wish you could talk to someone who has been homeschooling for a while? Get some advice from level-headed homeschooling moms from all walks of life. 

We will discuss family, curriculum, life balance, and all things homeschool related!  This is a fun and relaxed way to wrap up a GREAT NIGHT!

Booths in Main Hall

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Schedule of Sessions Offered

5:00 pm

Homeschooling 101 - perfect for those in their first year or two of homeschooling - Debby Gerth

Homeschooling High School - Amanda Sillin

Cursive Handwriting Guru

Will my kids be weird? Encouragement for Homeschooling Dads - Drason Sillin

6:00 pm

Utilizing College Credit Plus, free college while you're still in high school  -Nicole Thompson - COTC

Homeschooling, Homesteading, Homemaking - 

Permission to Homeschool - YES! You CAN Homeschool - Debby Gerth

Incorporating STEM into your homeschool - Sgt. Casey Green, Civil Air Patrol

7:00 pm

Transitioning Homeschool to College - Crystal Goehring, Mount Vernon Nazarene University 

High School Record Keeping - Diplomas, Transcripts and More - Amanda Sillin - Excellence in Learning Community Co-op

Understanding the Jon Peterson Scholarship for your struggling learner  - 

Small Businesses for Teens - Marshal Sillin, Marshal's Outdoors Ltd. 

8:00 pm

Homeschooling Panel  - ASK ANYTHING about homeschooling - Veteran Homeschooling Moms. 

Unpacking Assessments and Portfolio Reviews - 

The Sky Is Literally the Limit - Unlocking the Vast Opportunities for Kids in Civil Air Patrol - Sgt. Casey Green, Civil Air Patrol

Venue Layout & Door Prizes 

*There is no purchase nessesary to enter to win door prizes, ELCC board members are ineligible to win.

**Winner must be present at the event to enter & win, door prize drawings will be held at 8:00pm EST in the vendor hall and winners posted on the Excellence in Learning Community Co-op Facebook page.

***All door prizes have been generously donated and donors are not affiliate marketing partners of Excellence in Learning Community Co-op.