HSLDA Conference – 2012

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Sunday Sep 30, 2012 Under Homeschool, Travel

I was so blessed to have received  a scholarship provided by Classical Conversation to attend the Homeschool Legal Defense Association’s  Leadership Conference. This year it was held in Orlando, Fl. The conference was so different from other homeschool conferences that I have attended.  It focuses on helping leaders develop skills to more effectively run statewide associations.

I have always known about HSLDA but never been a member.  After this conference I will never NOT be a member. I saw the dedication, commitment and heart they have for the  homeschool community. They impressed me with all they have done for the homeschool community and their future plan. I tell everyone now that they should be a member of this organization not because you may need them one day but because we ALL need them.

At every conference, I fall in love with a speaker and want to soak up everything they have to teach me. This time it was Heidi St John with First Class Homeschool Ministries.  She spoke at the Woman’s Tea and she truly spoke to my heart. One of the things she said that I have not forgotten was “We need to put down the banner of homeschooling and wave the banner of Jesus Christ.” I think that is so true and I am guilty of waving the homeschool banner. And the other cool thing was I ended up sitting with her at dinner and I did not even have to stalk her.

Another speaker that I really enjoyed was Ken Sande, who founded Peacemakers Ministries and now has started Relational Wisdom 360. He does an amazing job of approaching relationships with a Biblical foundation in mind. I look forward to seeing the materials he is developing that will teach about relationships using movies.

Another highlight of the weekend was a movie screening of Hero by Advent Film Group. It is a wonderful story about striving to restore  a broken relationship between a father and  a son. The movie even used homeschool kids from the Winston-Salem area. It is a great story with great actors and professional done. Everyone who had or has been a father should go see this movie when it comes out.

I am so thankful for Melanie Young with Raising Real Men for encouraging me to make this happen, HSLDA for putting it on and for Classical Conversations for paving the way. I was so blessed by attending and will use many things that I learned from the conference. I believe I am a better homeschool leader because of this conference.

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