The annual Alaska Statewide Homeschool Convention is slated for April 12-13 in Anchorage. Hosted by Alaska Private and Home Educators Association (APHEA), the event is the gathering of completely independent Alaskan homeschoolers – families that choose to forgo all state-funded allotments in order to maximize their parental rights and educational freedoms from government intrusion.
APHEA is a non-profit coalition of parents and families who work to further educational excellence through alternatives to state-operated public schools – including public homeschool programs. Since 1986, the group has actively resisted any attempt by the government to infringe on the freedom to exercise parental rights in education.
This year’s event takes place in Anchorage at Muldoon Community Assembly (7041 Debarr). It includes a lineup of national presenters and local speakers who will give workshops related to myriad aspects of homeschooling. A silent auction is also part of the gathering.
Tailored for the entire family, the gathering includes events for all ages, including special workshops for children, a nursery/play area for younger kids and a room for nursing moms. Childcare is not provided, and parents are responsible for their children at all times, but childcare helpers are welcome to attend as part of a family’s overall registration, which is $75.
“We are thrilled to present a dynamic lineup of speakers, workshops, and vendors this year,” an announcement for the convention states. “Whether you’re considering homeschooling or you’re a long-time veteran, come join us for a great time!”
The headline speaker is Rick Green a former Texas state representative, national speaker, author, and radio host. He and his family travel the nation bringing America’s forgotten history and heroes to life in fun and entertaining ways, with an emphasis on America’s moral and constitutional heritage.
Green founded Patriot Academy, an elite program that has a mission to “equip and educate a generation of citizen leaders to champion the cause of freedom and truth in every sector of society, as we help restore our Constitutional Republic and the Biblical principles that cause a Nation to thrive.”
Renton Rathbun, director of the Center for Biblical Worldview at Bob Jones University, will also speak during the conference. According to his profile at BJU, he is “committed to developing a biblical worldview in faculty, staff, and students which begins in the heart, is refined by the mind, and leads to service for others.”
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Rounding out the keynoters is Hanna Sims, who’s NETworkers TEC ministry seeks to provide Christians with a network of resources to assist with Biblical ministries to the next generation.
“What makes my ministry different is that instead of focusing on promoting one ministry, I connect believers with various resources for various ministry needs,” Sims said on her website.
There will also be a vendor hall featuring a wide variety of businesses and organizations, both local and national. These entities will provide vendor workshops, educational demonstrations, and special events to inspire and equip Alaska homeschool families.
“Come learn about curriculums, teaching tools, youth organizations, and even camps and colleges,” the event notice states.
All pastors, widows, widowers and grandparents can attend the convention for free and there are limited sponsorships for families in financial need.