Keynote Speaker – Leigh Bortins
Founder of Classical Conversations and Homeschool Mom of Four Children
Classical Conversations – www.classicalconversations.com
Leigh Bortins is a nationally acclaimed educator, perhaps best known for her ability to demystify the fundamental tools of learning. As a teacher, author and commentator, Leigh is credited with helping to launch the “home-centered learning” education movement.
After earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Leigh worked in the aerospace industry before beginning her work as an educator. In teaching study skills for 30 years to children and adults, she has written several books including The Core, The Question and The Conversation a series which explores the classical trivium from a parent’s perspective.
She has authored complete K-12 curriculum guides for program directors, teachers, and tutors all across the country. Leigh is the founder and CEO of Classical Conversations Inc., an organization that models the home-centered learning approach to empower learners of all ages. She trains facilitators dedicated to duplicating her methods, and is thereby transforming education and improving the quality of family and community life.
Leigh is currently working on developing a K-12 math curriculum that maps the structure of learning k-12 math from a classical, Christian perspective. Leigh’s emphasis on the time-tested enjoyment of learning and the fundamentals of education and critical thinking skills grew out of her own experiences in homeschooling her four boys with her husband Robert. They, their children and grandchildren live near Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Featured Speaker – Todd Wilson
Founder of Familyman Ministries and Homeschool Father of Eight Children
Familyman Ministries – familymanweb.com
Familyman Ministries started with this mission: “to remind dads of what’s most important.” How to accomplish this mission has grown, along with the ministry. The original weekly email (the Familyman Weekly) sent out to just over a hundred dads is now sent out to thousands of dads across the country. There are also many encouragement products available for moms and dads.
Take a look around this website. There’s lots of cool stuff like top ten lists, cartoons, articles for men, and directions on how to make a potato canon (most of it is stuff women won’t get). Remember, being a dad is the most important job you’ll ever have, and you only get one shot at it!
TODD WILSON, author of Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. His articles have appeared in various magazines. Christianity Today also posts his weekly column (The Familyman Weekly) on their website.
Todd and his wife Debbie, along with their eight children spend several months of the year traveling the country encouraging moms and dads. His humor, realness, and straight talk to men (& women) have become his trademark.