Homeschool Training Day

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

7th Annual


"Light for the Journey"

March 11, 2022

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!

Enter to win wonderful door prizes, including a 1 year FREE subscription to and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine ($269 value), Scentsy Cleaning Supplies, Color Street Nails, and Handmade Soaps and Lip Balm.

Featured Speakers

Dan and Debbie Gibson of Christian Home Educators of Ohio - Homeschooling Advocates since 1983

"Homeschooling 101" &

"Ohio Legislative Update"

Debbie and her husband Dan have 9 wonderful children ages 17- 35, numerous grandchildren, and have been married 36 years! With a lifetime of homeschooling experience they are delighted to serve on CHEO’s Board of Directors.

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

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.

Amanda Sillin of Excellence in Learning Community Co-op

High School Record Keeping

Couponing with Digital Coupons

Amanda is a homeschooling mom of three high school grads, two college grads, and one soon to be firefighter. 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 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.

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.

Drason Sillin of Excellence in Learning Community Co-op

"Homeschool Support for Fathers"

Drason is a career security professional with a Bachelors in Emergency Management and a Masters 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 who is wondering if homeschooling is right for your family, come to this session!

Topic: Unpacking Homeschool Assessments and Portfolio Reviews - Mandee Adams, Coshocton Christian Learning Co-op, Homeschool Mom of 5

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.

Mandee is a homeschool mother of 5, ages are 2-17. Mandee graduated from Canisius College with a bachelor's in both Elementary Education and Special Education. She holds her Masters degree from Marygrove College and is a certified K-12 intervention specialist with the state of Ohio. She serves homeschooling students revieving the Jon Peterson Scholarship and/or the Autism Scholarship and is passionate about working with children that struggle to read and help them overcome that weakness.

Topic: How Orton Gillingham can help your struggling reader!

Shandi Lanning is a wife of 9 years and mother of 3 children, Ava, Ryder, and Bo. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from OSU. She is currently completing her practicum to become a tutor for students with Dyslexia and struggling readers. Come learn how your struggling reader/writer can see leaps of improvement using the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Topic: Understanding College Credit Plus - Toni Trowbridge, 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.

Aaron Greene - IN The College Planning Experts

"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!

Topic: Homeschooling High School - Cornerstone Co-op, Pataskala Ohio

Homeschooling through high school can be a challenge, but there are many paths through high school and you CAN homeschool your child through graduation. Cornerstone co-op is a high school focused, Christian co-op in Pataskala, Ohio. Come and learn how you can homeschool through high school.

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.

Topic: Ask Anything About Homeschooling!

Veteran Homeschooling Parent Panel

We are wrapping up with a Q&A session!

Are you struggling in a certain area? 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 be talking 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


Homeschooling 101 - perfect for those in their first year or two of homeschooling - Debbie Gibson of CHEO

Homeschooling High School - Cornerstone Co-op

Helping your struggling reader/writer with Orton Gillingham tutoring - Shandi Lanning

Encouragement for Homeschooling Dads - Drason Sillin


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

Understanding the Jon Peterson Scholarship for your struggling learner - Lisa Cox - School Solutions

Unpacking Assesments and Portfolio Reviews - Mandee Adams

Legislative Update - Debbie Gibson - CHEO


Finding College Scholarships for Homeschoolers - Aaron Greene - IN The College Planning Expert

Homeschooling, Homemaking, Homesteading - Tami Claggett - Thrive Life, Thundering Hills

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

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


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

Digital Couponing- Amanda Sillin

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

Venue Layout & Door Prizes

Subscription - donated by The Old Schoolhouse

Scentsy Basket - Donated by Heather Stokes, Scentsy Consultant
Handmade Soaps Donated by Amy and Gabriela Fraunfelter
Color Street Nails Donated by Morgan Allen

*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.