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Homeschool leaders and those interested in leading are invited to join us for training, refreshment, and encouragement with an emphasis on training in civic involvement.

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Schedule – Friday, February 12, 2021

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.Town Hall
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.Mike Smith: What We Can Expect with the Biden Administration
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.Breakout Sessions
4:15 – 4:45 p.m.Nathan Pierce: Legislative Issues in Post-Election California
4:45 – 5:30 p.m.Jim Mason: Homeschooling in the Time of COVID
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.Meet Your Local CHEA RAB (Regional Advisory Board) Representative

Keynote Sessions

What We Can Expect with the Biden Administration, Mike Smith
Now that that our new president has been sworn in, what can we expect as homeschoolers? Mike will share what we need to be watchful for and how we can continue to preserve the freedoms we have to direct the education and upbringing of our children.

Legislative Issues in Post-Election California, Nathan Pierce
In light of the political changes at the federal level and the California Legislature ramping up with a plateful of education bills at the ready, Nathan will discuss some issues to be prepared for this year and some strategies for protecting our homeschooling freedoms in California in the short and long term.

Homeschooling in the Time of COVID: lessons learned, risks, opportunities, and cause for hope, Jim Mason
Homeschooling the last 11 months (and counting) has looked drastically different than it ever has. Jim will discuss what we can take away from these unprecedented times. What have we learned? How is homeschooling still vulnerable? How can we continue to seize this moment when homeschooling is in the national spotlight? How can we have hope, even in the midst of frustration and discouragement?

Breakout Sessions

Rescue Mission: Three Keys to Embracing and Equipping New Homeschool Parents, Lisa Dunne
Homeschoolers have been praying for this moment for years: that parents across America would awaken to the dangers of the public school system and decide to leap into the adventure of homeschooling their children. Now that that moment has arrived, how will we steward the homeschool harvest that is flooding our co-ops, our communities, our conferences? Join Dr. Lisa Dunne as she shares her experience on the rescue mission, launching four homeschool campuses and a university in the span of four months.

Life Beyond Zoom, Sherri Payne
2020 may have forced co-ops to become virtual, but is Zoom really the best answer? In this workshop, we will focus on how to hold classes online, review the technology available and how to choose for your situation, and discuss how to adapt as leaders, manage students, and administrate effectively in the virtual world.

Addressing Child Abuse Concerns, Mary Schofield
No leader wants to deal with child abuse. Whether it involves allegations, investigations, or confirmed abuse, it’s a difficult situation. What do leaders need to know? What are your responsibilities as a leader, both ethically and legally? How can leaders best assist families dealing with this issue? What resources are available? We’ll talk about these questions and more.

Leaders for Tomorrow, Noah Wolfe & Pastor Tim Griffin, EdD.
Leadership is the catalyst for bold new ideas and forward-thinking initiatives. Leaders inspire and motivate others, serve as group advocates and push individuals toward excellence. Learn how Grand Canyon University has incorporated and utilized student leaders to grow their student impact within their university and into the world as graduates.


This event is free, but registration is required. To sign-up to attend this event, click on the button below. CHEA Members will receive free access to recordings of this event. We hope you will join us for this informative and encouraging afternoon.

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Meet The Speakers

Jim Mason
In addition to serving as HSLDA’s Vice President of Litigation and Development, Jim Mason serves as the President of ParentalRights.org and Vice President of HSLDA Action. Since joining HSLDA to lead the litigation team in 2001, he has represented homeschooling families in a wide range of challenging situations. Jim was instrumental in litigating the 2008 California case Jonathan L., in which a state appellate court reversed its previous ruling that homeschooling was illegal, putting an end to years of controversy over the legal status of home education in California. Jim and his wife Debbie live in Winchester, Virginia. They have seven children and two granddaughters. The Masons have homeschooled all of their children: six have graduated and one is still being taught at home.

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Nathan Pierce
Nathan is now in his 16th year working full time at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) to protect private homeschooling in California. He was homeschooled himself and later received a B.A. in Political Studies from The Master’s College. Currently he serves as the FPM California Director, Legislative Liaison, and conference speaker. He works behind the scenes at the State Capitol, meeting with legislators to advocate on behalf of homeschoolers. He and his wife Betsy were married in 2004 and have six children, ages 12 to baby! They are involved in their church and homeschool their own children.

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Mike Smith
Mike Smith is the President of Home School Legal Defense Association. HSLDA was established to protect the right of parents to teach their children at home. Mike’s desire is to communicate the benefits of home education and that God has raised up this movement at present for a special purpose.


Dr. Lisa Dunne
Dr. Dunne is an author, speaker, educator, and president of Chula Vista Christian University. She holds a Ph.D. in human development, a Master’s degree in communication studies, a Master’s degree in human and organizational systems, and undergraduate degrees and minors in humanities, secondary education, and musical theater. In 2020, Dr. Dunne saw the opportunity for simultaneously launching a Christian university and a K to 12 school that would equip the next generation with biblical literacy, relational resilience, and academic success. Awaken Academy and Chula Vista Christian University were born! Learn more about Dr. Dunne’s work at AwakenAcademySD.com or CVCU.us.
She is blessed to have been married to her husband, Adrian, for 29 years, and they have two homeschooled children, Ethan (22) and Cymone (16), who are their true résumé.

Pastor Tim Griffin, EdD.
Tim joined GCU in 2010 and currently serves as the dean of students, university pastor, and vice president of student affairs. Dr. Griffin has a Bachelors degree in Theology, a Master of Arts degree in Ministry and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Griffin has a professional background that includes public speaking, leadership, fundraising and resource management. He has served for more than 25 years in clergy positions, ranging from being a pastor and chaplain to university minister.

Sheri Payne
Sheri is a twenty-three year homeschool veteran, support group leader, history and government teacher, co-op leader, writer, and speaker. She is currently the Director of Leadership and Military Support for Home Educators Association of Virginia. She and her husband Jim have been married for 29 years and have three children who were always homeschooled and are now in college or college graduates.

Mary Schofield
Mary and husband Paul began homeschooling in 1986. Their children graduated, married, moved into their own homes, got decent jobs, had their own kids, and are doing fine out in “the real world.” Mary wrote The High School Handbook, a guide to home educating junior and senior high school students, based on years of experience, research, and prayer. She has spoken at home education conventions and is a former member of the Board of Directors for CHEA. After her children were grown, Mary become an attorney and serves as “of counsel” with HSLDA, manages a part time law practice in Northern California, and is now the academic dean of Northwestern California University School of Law.

Noah Wolfe
Noah is on a mission to identify what it takes to excel in community leadership. His work has provided him the opportunity to serve in a variety of positions alongside of the United Nations, National Campus Leadership Council and the World Economic Forum. Noah currently serves as the Director of Alumni Relations at Grand Canyon University and is pursuing graduate degrees in business administration and leadership science.