Join thousands of homeschoolers for the 14th Annual Not Back to School Summit SEPT 10-21, 2018 ....

Featuring dozens of POWERFUL Speakers to get your homeschool year going !

  • Totally Free LIVE video sessions - PLUS Complimentary 24 hr Replays 
  •  Completely Online - Watch from anywhere!
  • Catch ALL the speakers, ask them questions LIVE
  • NO Traveling, NO Babysitters, NO Costs

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This conference is hosted by:


Jillian Newkirk
Monday, Sept 10 at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Power Struggles

In this presentation you will learn three simple ways to put an end to power struggles.  We will help you define what is happening when you are faced with a power struggle and step by step, how to deconstruct the issue to create a more peaceful environment for learning.

Joseph Hoffman
Monday, Sept 10 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Getting Them to the Bench... and Staying There!
Motivating and Inspiring Young Musicians

We all want our children to have the enormous blessing of being able to play the piano, or any instrument, proficiently and joyfully. But why can it be so hard to get kids to want to practice? In this session, Joseph Hoffman will draw upon years of research and practical experience with directing his own music school of 300+ students to share his secrets for motivating kids to not only practice but to ENJOY it, too!

Audrey Rindlisbacher
Monday, Sept 10 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

How to Discover and Develop Your Children's Greatest Gifts

You know your children are special and unique, that's one of the reasons you chose to homeschool them. But knowing how to teach them in a way that matches their personality and needs can be illusive. More difficult, though, can be helping them discover their talents and develop them in a way that will empower their future life. After 20 years of homeschooling 6 very unique children and 15 years of studying education and human development, Audrey has found tools that will change everything in your home! You'll be given concrete actions you can take immediately following her presentation. You will also have resources you can utilize to build a homeschool catered to your children's unique needs. And you'll know how to create an environment of dynamic self-discovery!

Jill Stowell
Tuesday, Sept 11 at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Understanding and Improving Executive Function

Is your child’s lack of attention, organization, time management, and follow-through driving you crazy?  These challenges may be the result of poor executive function.

In this presentation, find out what executive function is and learn strategies for helping your children and teens to develop it! 

Amber Semerau
Tuesday, Sept 11 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Foreign Language Study in the Homeschool

In this class, Amber will talk about the advantages to introducing a foreign language to your children and how you can do it and learn along with them. Learning a foreign language is not nearly as difficult as it seems, and as children, it really is the best time to introduce another language. And it's not too late for you as the parent/teacher to learn a foreign language either. There are lots of things you can do to make it fun and easy for your kids. And it really is so much fun. Plus there is no better way to really learn and understand English grammar than by learning and studying a foreign language! Join Amber as she shares what she has learned about learning languages over the years, and how you can implement a few simple strategies to learn a foreign language this school year!

Greg Denning
Tuesday, Sept 11 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Becoming a Better Parent Mentor: 5 Keys to Unlocking Your Child’s Untapped Potential

Are your children reaching their full potential? Do they have the tools they need to succeed?
Parents are inadvertently capping their children’s potential, but I’ll be sharing how you can instead become a catalyst for positive change. Learn how today’s technology is limiting our children’s growth and what to do about it. Discover how to help your children cultivate the right mindset that will help them be more successful in every aspect of life. Achieve these amazing feats through the process of parent mentoring and WITHOUT arguing, yelling or nagging.

Dr. Angela Gonzales
Wednesday, Sept 12 at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

DYSLEXIA: I know my kid is smart…why can’t s(he) read!! How a gift can cause a deficit and what to do about it.

Why do some of the smartest people in the world struggle to read and/focus? This presentation will give you the reasoning and logic to understand why intelligent, innovative, out-of-the-box thinkers can have obstacles when it comes to reading, focusing and processing information. You will walk away with a new understanding and tools that you can implement immediately to help your children (and maybe yourself) overcome their challenges.

Andrea Hall
Wednesday, Sept 12 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Working Homeschool Moms: How You Can Be A Working Mom Pro

You want to homeschool, but you need to work too. Can you do it all? Yes you can! In this session you will hear how a mom of three, online math teacher, director of a nonprofit and owner of a learning solutions company finds time to balance work, home and school. Buckle your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Andrew Pudewa
Wednesday, Sept 12 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

However Imperfectly: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching

Andrew will share many humorous experiences (and painful lessons) he has learned over thirty years of teaching and homeschooling, including: It's hard not to do to your kids what was done to you; process over product; all kids are different; "Progressive" education doesn't mean progress; what real "college and career readiness" is; and two secret keys to successful teaching.You will be challenged or reassured (or both!), but sure to leave with an expanded vision of your calling as a homeschooling educator.

Donna Goff
Thursday, Sept 13 at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Homeschooling with a Spine

An academic “Spine,” is a key to Mastery Learning or Continuous Growth Model, where children fly at their own speed. 

Nicholeen Peck
Thursday, Sept 13 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Motivation Train: Creating Self-Governed Scholars

Math, English, writing, speaking, science, history, and many other topics are all important to a good breadth of knowledge. But, one topic is foundational to all of these; self-government. If a scholar has the skills necessary to keep on task, set and reach goals, budget time, and balance the demands of life, while also correcting personal weaknesses they become advanced beyond what mere academics can accomplish. This class will teach you how to set up an environment where your scholar or young learner will feel more accomplished and confident in their path toward adult life, and accomplish more of their academic goals.

Greg Denning
Thursday, Sept 13 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

3 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschool Highschool

Parents and youth, come learn how to create and implement a successful, happy and simple home education through the teenage years.

Inna Armstrong & Darya Yegorina
Friday, Sept 14 at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Empowering Learning Through Augmented Reality

Presentation about technology in education and its influence on the future of the kids with the focus on AR. There is an information on importance of use of emerging technologies for education as one the main steps to move education from analogue age and catch up with industry revolution 4.0.  This presentation gives a general overview on how AR can be beneficial for both educators as a tool and kids as an educational aid that involves all the senses: audio, visual and kinetic.

Andrea Hall
Friday, Sept 14 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Real World Math for Homeschoolers

Math is much more than a set of problems in a textbook. Math is all around us, but how do we get our children and ourselves it? In this session you will learn how you can teach real world math to your child through everyday activities. We will tackle not only the basics, but the more advanced levels of mathematics.

SJ Barakony
Friday, Sept 14 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

How Home Education & Entrepreneurship Empowers the New Generation

Quietly for many, there's been a shift in the global, national, & local economies. 
What shift, you might ask? 
One towards the 'E' pathway ( entrepreneurship )
Whom has driven it? 
Both Gen Y & Gen Z. 

This presentation, by the Founder of SBSL, will dig into some backstory about the shift; these two generations; the 'E' pathway ( and its 3 alternatives ); and lastly, some insights into how & why meaning & purpose matter far more than consumer goods/things.

Jessica Heilman
Monday, Sept 17 at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

We Used to Think it Took Money to Live Like This:
Schooling at Home with Ease

A presentation which covers the basic costs associated with home schooling, and household/family budgeting. The reality is there is a great cost savings to schooling from home when you know how to be creative and choose to teach children the value of money. Living in a "wealthy way" does not need to be expensive as there are many activities which can be done with limited to no cost. Years ago, we used to think highly educated children were the children who went to the most prestigious schools and had the most money... now we know it doesn't take money to become well versed, it just takes imagination.

Donna Goff
Monday, Sept 17 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Living Writing

Developing writing naturally, without workbooks, textbooks, and busywork.

​Carol Gary
Monday, Sept 17 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Homeschooling the Whole Teen

Trepidation sets into the hearts of even the bravest homeschooling parents when subjects such as chemistry, geometry, and economics loom on the horizon. Yet, while an academic plan is essential to understand and map, it is not the only area of focus to consider when preparing your teen for life after high school. Join Carol to not only unpack specific academic planning considerations for the high school years but to also identify your teen’s relational styles, communication preferences, vocational aspirations, spiritual development, life-skill needs, and production goals that converge to shape a concrete vision for their future plan. Regardless of whether your teen is in junior high, just starting high school, or well into their high school years, you will leave with a concrete understanding of steps you can take together to assimilate all of these areas into multi-year plan that is both cohesive and adaptable. While this presentation is primarily geared towards the college-bound student, all homeschooling families with teens can benefit from the wholistic perspective of life planning and the universal power of intentionality that is emphasized in this workshop.

Kathleen Cotter Lawler
Tuesday, Sept 18 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Memorizing Math Facts Without Tears

People, especially children, are visual learners. Approaching math from a visual perspective using an abacus is a sure-fire path to success! Learn how an abacus fosters quantity recognition and develops addition strategies. Investigate place value in a crystal clear format. Explain “borrowing and carrying” when adding and subtracting numbers. Discover the simplicity of multiplication. Come to this workshop and find the easy way to learn the math facts.

​Patrick Nurre
Tuesday, Sept 18 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Four Dangerous Words

There are four words that if understood correctly will help you to navigate the debate that rages around Genesis, our origins, and the Flood. These words are dangerous in that they tear down the stronghold of evolution. And these four words will help you to stand on the truth of the Scriptures.

Nicholeen Peck
Wednesday, Sept 19 at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

Are Your Expectations Trapping Your Homeschool? 

Many homeschooling parents unintentionally use their expectations to emotionally trap themselves and their children instead of using them as motivations for greater success, both academically and socially in the family. This class teaches parents how to create the kinds of expectations and environments that will keep our homeschooling days running smoothly and the inspiration sparks flying, no matter how many unexpected situations threaten to throw our days off course.

Steve Demme
Wednesday, Sept 19 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

Fundamentals of Algebra Taught Concretely

Instead of mere symbols on paper, Steve demonstrates with manipulatives, the central concepts of algebra: problem solving, exponents, squares, square roots, negative numbers, basic operations with polynomials, factoring trinomials, and graphing lines. Come and experience an “Aha” moment.

Tresta & Thom Neil
Wednesday, Sept 19 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

The Number 1 Habit of Highly Effective Learning

Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Heating water takes a long time.
Which of these statements are always true? It may be obvious to you, but imagine that thermometers weren't invented yet. Which statement would you choose now? Unlike concepts (something conceived) and procedures (to do lists/recipe), principles are discovered and not invented nor are they details that can be true or false. 
Principles are only truth. They are the most important kind of content for us to include in our homeschooling. 
We believe that when students learn to recognize and apply principles they will increase their appreciation, understanding, and retention of the subject. 
As homeschoolers, we are seekers of truth. Let's learn how to use powerful principles in whatever we are learning.

David Nicholson
Thursday, Sept 20 at 9am Pacific
(10am Mountain, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern)

DNA, Genetics, Race & Culture Made Simple 

This presentation starts the journey with how to bring to life genetics, family history, and the fact that within our DNA we are all connected. With a range of lesson plans and support on areas such as Race and Culture, we explore key topics that are central to our very understanding of who we are. 

Jean Burk
Thursday, Sept 20 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

(Truth Revealed! Learn how you've been lied to by counselors, friends, test-makers and test prep companies.)

Homeschoolers are not at a disadvantage when it comes to acing standardized tests. But there are little-known secrets that can hinder scores and scholarship money. We uncover wrong information that's been perpetrated for years. Discover why colleges are coveting homeschoolers and how they use tests like the SAT/ACT and PSAT to validate the transcript. You will join tens of thousands of informed families and walk away knowing the key to beating these tests and how your student can receive life-changing, incredible scholarship money!

​Steve Demme
Thursday, Sept 20 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Launching Your Own Business and Being an Entrepreneur

What are the pluses and minuses of starting and owning your own business? What is an entrepreneur? There will be plenty of practical information and many lessons Steve has learned in starting multiple businesses including Math-U-See.

Donna Goff
Friday, Sept 21 at 11am Pacific
(12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern)

10 ways to Inspire your Children to Love Learning

Find out some simple ways to refresh your child's desire to learn.  By implementing these suggestions, you and your child will be able to progress with happier and more motivated homeschooling.​​

Christopher Hurtado
Friday, Sept 21 at 1pm Pacific
(2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)

Models of Excellence: Why Johnny will never be a John Adams unless he reads what John Adams read

Much has been said in the homeschooling community about Thomas Jefferson’s education, the same classical education John Adams and most of the other American founding fathers had, as a model of excellence. Lists of Classics have been made available for Johnny to read. But why, exactly? Why read what the American founding fathers read? What, exactly, did they get out of reading the Classics? Who were their models of excellence and what did they learn from them? Their reading of history alone reveals a number of lessons they learned from the ancient Greek and Roman historians which they applied in the American founding: lessons from Sparta, the Persian Wars, the fall of Greece to Macedon and Rome, the rise and fall of the Roman Republic, and the rise of the Roman Empire. These lessons are still relevant today. There are no shortcuts to learning them; they cannot be learned from this presentation. But this presentation will teach you what these lessons are and how to learn them.

This conference is sponsored by: 

The NOT Back to School Summit offers:

How to Do it All

Mentors who have been through every issue and challenge imaginable, will show you how they homeschool. Whether you have one child, or multiple children.  Special needs or not. Come and learn some great ideas to help along the way.

Overcome Obstacles

What is stopping you at the gate?  Learn what is true and what the myths are in homeschooling.  Then learn how to move forward with confidence and the right resources and tools so you can really hit the target and be successful.

Intensive Training

Powerful, life-changing answers to issues you won't find in a box!  Receive personal direction and inspiration.  Get back on track. 


Having difficult days?  Don't throw in the towel!  Get real tools you can implement right away to make positive changes in your homeschool.  Let's talk!