Homeschool Training Day

Growing Together

March 06, 2020

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

5th Annual


"Growing Together"

March 06, 2020

Christian Life Center

665 Linnville Rd. Heath, Ohio 43056

Doors open at 4:00pm

Exhibitor hall open from 4pm-9pm

Featured Speakers

Christian Home Educators of Ohio - Homeschooling Advocates since 1983

Melanie Elsey of CHEO

"Homeschooling 101" and

"Homeschooling in Ohio: Legislative Update"

Melanie and her husband John serve on CHEO’s Board of Directors. She has also been serving as the Legislative Liaison for CHEO since 1994. In this capacity she has monitored the work of the State Board of Education and Ohio Legislature to ensure policies proposed would not adversely affect the rights of parents to home educate their children. She and her husband John also serve as members of the CHEO Board of Directors. She has publicly addressed effects of state and federal policies at the invitation of more than 350 local communities since 1993. She and John have been married 35 years and are the parents of 3 grown children and blessed with their families and four grandchildren.

CHEO is a member supported 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with the Christ-centered ministry of supporting equipping and protecting families in the home education of their children. As a year-round ministry, they function to inform and educate families through various means including sponsored seminars and regional events. They diligently work to monitor the Ohio legislative process in order to protect our freedom to home educate.

Debby Gerth of Ohio Homeschooling Parents

"Permission to Homeschool? Embrace Your Freedom in Home Education"

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 10,000 parent educators.

Lisa Cox of School Solutions and Ohio Homeschooling Parents.

"To Test, or Not to Test" Portfolio Assesments Might be your Answer!

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

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.

Dr. Kelli Sears of Mindscapes LLC

"Understanding the Jon Peterson Scholarship"


"Homeschooling Students with Dyslexia"

Dr. Kelli Sears is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). She earned her PhD in School Psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Sears is dually-licensed in school psychology by the Ohio Board of Psychology and the Ohio Board of Education. She has provided school psychological services to students in grades PreK-12 in public, private, and charter school settings, as well as homeschools.

She has significant experience in the diagnosis and treatment of educationally-related disabilities, with particular focus on emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, trauma, and autism. Dr. Sears has received a multitude of awards and recognitions within her field, which serve as a testament to her high standards of professionalism.

Casey Green of Civil Air Patrol Licking County Composite Squadron

The Importance of STEM Education (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 Civil Air Patrol, Licking County Composite Squadron. She functions as the Aerospace Education Officer for her local squadron, located at Everett Park in Newark. Part of her responsibilities include educating the public about Aerospace Education & STEM. Casey is passionate about enriching children’s education and providing tools to educators and homeschooling parents to spark an interest in children’s minds regarding science.

Amanda Sillin of Excellence in Learning Community Co-op

"Homeschooling High School and Record Keeping"

Amanda is a homeschooling mom of three, one high school grad, one college grad, and one still in high school. Amanda encourages homeschooling families that they CAN home school through high school and do so with confidence and success. Get How-to advice and answers to common questions about diplomas and transcripts as well as resources for developing a plan for high school and creating high school records.

Tami Claggett of Thundering Hills, Claggett Farms, and Thrive Life.

Homeschooling, Homesteading, Homemaking

Do you desire to serve your family but feel overwhelmed at the idea of homeschooling, homemaking and homesteading? Join Tami for some encouragement and wisdom from the farm. Tami is a Homeschooling Mother of 5, Co-Owner of Claggett Family Farm, Co- Owner of Thundering Hills and lives on a 100 acre working farm in Licking County.

Jennifer Adkins of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and

Brant Baker of COTC

Understanding College Credit Plus

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.

Tim Keep Jr of Ohio Christian University

"Transitioning Homeschool to College"

What are colleges looking for? What sort of documents do I need to keep? Will I have to bring in 13 years of worksheets?

Come and learn what colleges are looking for from homeschooling students and how you can use College Credit Plus to get a jump start on your degree at OCU.

Lauren Harville - Sylvan Learning

"When to incorporate tutoring into your Homeschool. "

Do you have a struggling learner? Are you preparing to take the ACT/SAT?

What if you have a student who just has no interest in school work?

If any of these situations apply to your family, it might be time to consider incorporating some tutoring into your homeschool. Find out how tutoring can be tailored to your families needs, desires, and budget! With a customized plan that puts you and your student in the drivers seat, you might be suprised how much your child can LOVE homeschooling!

David Glasmeier of Glasmeier Plumbing, Second Generation Homeschooling Family

"Generations of Homeschooling: What homeschooling can be for your family. "

David and his three siblings are all homeschooling graduates and now David and his wife Shia, homeschool their four children.

Homeschooling can be liberating! Hear from a second generation homeschooling dad how homeschooling has benefited him in life, how it is benefiting his children, and how homeschooling can be a huge benefit to your family! Break out of the mindset of only one way of learning and discover how homeschooling your children could be the best decision you ever make!

Marshal Sillin of Marshal's Outdoors Ltd.

"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 within your busy high school schedule including academics, extra curriculars, and a social life! Discover how starting a small business can count on transcipts, teach life skills and money management, and open up a world of opportunities for the future. Marshal is a homeschool graduate who started his own landscaping business at 14 years old! He now owns and operates Marshal's Outdoors, Ltd.

Drason Sillin of Excellence in Learning Community Co-op

"Homeschool Support for Fathers"

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 who is wondering if homeschooling is right for your family, come to this session!

Aaron Greene - College LiftOff

"Finding Scholarships for Homeschool Students"

Finding scholarships for your homeschooling student couldn't be easier - or more profitable!

Aaron shares his expeience in finding college scholarships for homeschooling families by focusing in on each students giftings, abilities, and passions. Come and learn how you can save THOUSANDS off of your studen's college tuition!

Amy Gantt - Licking County Library

"Using the Local Library to Homeschool!"

Licking County library hosts a pleathora of resources for homeschooling families as well as classes and social gatherings to benefit any homeschooler! Come and learn more about how to get involved, how to check out every thing from a sewing machine to an online foreign language class and everything in between!

Beth Gerbert - TeenPact Leadership Schools

"Discovering your Potential"

Through dynamic experiences, TeenPact seeks to inspire youth in their relationship with Christ and train them to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage the culture around them. “Changing lives to change the world” is more than a vision statement to us. It’s what we do every day.

Booths in Main Hall

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Tentative Schedule of Sessions offered


Homeschooling 101 - perfect for those in their first year or two of homeschooling - Melanie Elsey of CHEO

Using the Library to homeschool! - Amy Gantt - Newark Public Library

Homeschooling High School - Amanda Sillin - Excellence in Learning

When to incorporate Tutoring into your homeschool - Lauren Harville, Sylvan Learning Centers

Discovering your potential - Beth Gerbert -TeenPACT Leadership Schools


The Importance of STEM Education (And How to Get Free STEM Kits through Civil Air Patrol) - Sgt.Casey Green of Civil Air Patrol

Understanding College Credit Plus - Jennifer Adkins/Brant Baker - MVNU/COTC

"To Test or Not to Test" Portfolio Assessments Might be your Answer! - Lisa Cox School Solutions

Utilizing the Jon Peterson Scholarship - Dr. Kelli Sears of Navigating Autism Plus Dr. Kelli Sears of Mindscapes

Generations of Homeschooling: What homeschooling can be for your family - David Glasmeier - Glasmeier Plumbing and 2nd generation homeschooling dad.


Transitioning Homeschool to College with CCP - Ohio Christian University

Permission to Homeschool? Embrace your Freedom in Home Education! Debby Gerth, Ohio Homeschooling Parents

Ohio Legislative Update - Melanie Elsey – CHEO

Homesteading, Homeschooling, Homemaking - Tami Claggett, Claggett Farms, Thive Life, Thundering Hills

Homeschooling a Stuggling Learner - Jenny Truex, A Perfect Fit Learning Center


Finding College Scholarships for Homeschoolers - Aaron Greene - College Lift Off

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

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

Homeschooling a student with Dyslexia - Dr. Kelli Sears of Mindscapes

Homeschooling styles and groups, discovering where you fit - Panel

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