The International


44 Conversations With Thought Leaders in Education

Hosted and Interviewed by Kohila Sivas

Here's What You'll Discover

Diversity of Approach

Get crystal clear on your options; public schools, micro schooling, unschooling, world-schooling, and more.

Family Balance and Wellness

Explore how to fuel your kids' emotional, physical, and mental power.

Parenting and Lifestyle

Design and live your family vision and guidelines for motivation and behaviour.

Meet Your Host

Hi, I’m Kohila.

I'm thrilled to offer you free access to the 'Getting IT Together' Parenting Summit. I am confident that you will find this an informative and valuable experience.

What prompted this series was the closure of our schools during the COVID-19 lockdown. We were all affected.

As a parent, math coach, and former teacher, I hear resounding global conversations about the state of education. I know there are parents with many concerns and unanswered questions.

So, I created this summit with one goal:

1. To raise awareness about the diverse possibilities and strategies for teaching our kids

2. To help parents like you make informed decisions about your children's education and wellbeing.

For many of us, this is overwhelming.

Here, you'll discover valuable strategies, actionable advice, proven results, and new options for a healthier, happier life for you and your family.

To Your Family's Optimal Success,


Here's What Our PAST ATTENDEES Have Said...

Humaira Badr

"I just wanted to deeply thank Kohila and all the wonderful speakers. This summit couldn’t be more timely! It’s amazing that the topics covered different aspects of life from nutrition and mental health to screening for online safety etc. An alternative to traditional schooling was a scary topic for me. One thing this summit has done for sure is to eliminate all the negative beliefs I had around homeschooling and it left me feeling at ease about the topic. I also have a clear understanding of what is homeschooling and unschooling. Speakers also shared great resources. A sincere thanks to Kohila and all the knowledgeable/resourceful/experienced speakers."

Krisna Guyton

"Thank you Kohila Sivas for putting this amazing event together. I came in as a guest to share my experience as it relates to time management and took away so much more. Prior to this event, I had no idea that there were so many ways to educate your children or that I would even consider seriously switching to a complete homeschooling routine as stated during my interview with you. Now with this new-found knowledge and with my family on board, we are looking into alternative options that would not have been possible without the information provided during the summit. So again thank you very much to you and all the amazing speakers."

Jamie Konopik

"I’m absolutely LOVING the Summit! It’s teaching me SO much and I can’t wait to learn more as I jump into this homeschooling circle."-

Stephanie Alice

"This summit has provided me with so much useful information while making me so much more relaxed. Thank you so much for introducing me to many tools."

Mary Kolendar

"I learned from this summit that it doesn't hurt to try! I want to homeschool but I don't want to screw up my children. I know it is not bad if it does not work out for all 4. They can go back to traditional school if necessary."

Stephanie Alice

"Gina Riley, You put many things into perspective for me today and I left me feeling much more confident in myself and my ability to teach my children. I can’t thank you enough."

Here's What Our SPEAKERS Have Said...

Gina Riley, Ph.D.

"The Getting It Together Summit" is the perfect place for parents to learn about educational options Post-COVID. All the workshops are wonderful and informative, and Kohila is an amazing educator and organizer! I look so forward to attending other summits in the future"

Brian Scrone

“This summit comes at a time in history when families need it the most. After buying and selling companies for the last 25 years and raising two young boys, I can say with confidence that all of the education this summit offers is tangible, practical, and an exceptional alternative to traditional education. Enjoy!”

Thinus Britz

“It is a great honor to be part of this summit and working with Kohila. In a time of uncertainty, she felt a calling to orchestrate this summit to put parent's minds at ease that there are other options to traditional schooling and how to find a happier and healthy life. She executed the summit to perfection! It was a great experience!

Jamie Shepherd

The "Getting It Together Summit" had such a large group of diverse speakers! So much homeschooling experience in one place. I loved the FB group and having an opportunity to connect and chat with people who have been homeschooling for a long time or who were bringing fresh new ideas to the table. Thanks, Kohila for this huge labor of love! What a blessing for families!

Dasch Barber

"Being a part of the summit was an absolutely wonderful experience. Kohila and her team ran an incredibly professional yet very welcoming show where 1 was able to put your personal views across without feeling judged. A fantastic initiative and I certainly would take part in any more workshops in the future."

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image Judy Arnall, BA, DTM, is a Certified Family Life Educator, Distinguished Toastmaster interactive keynote speaker, and mother of 5 children. She specializes in child development and non-punitive parenting/education practices.

Talk Title: Unschooling To University: Non-Punitive Parenting and Education Practices.

Talk Description: In this talk, Judy Arnall shares her view on the current situation for parents trying to educate their kids. She also shares how to move forward in this uncertain environment. She offers tools for parenting caring responsible children without a timeout, spanking, punishment, or bribery and she shares her experience of unschooling her 5 kids. She has advice for parents for the upcoming school year and how to find balance in parenting.

image Talk Title: How important it is to take responsibility for ourselves and reclaim the joy, freedom, and aliveness we were all born with.

Talk Description: Ashley shares how she helps parents as a conscious parenting coach. Ashley also shares what she has discovered through her own life process, deep healing, and by way of her own children, just how important it is to take responsibility for ourselves and reclaim the joy, freedom, and aliveness we were all born with especially during these uncertain times.

image I am a South African residing in Germany passionate about health and fitness. Former German international rugby player, I have over 12 years of experience in the health and fitness industry working with a range of people from High Profile sportsmen and celebrities to children and families. I am a father of 1 and married to my beautiful wife Megan. I love any form of sport in my spare time and spending quality time with my family is number 1 on the priority list.

Talk Title: Making Online Fitness FUN and ADVENTURES For Kids.

Talk Description: Dasch will share how to make exercise FUN for your kids at home using just everyday objects and imagination. He explains how to teach and play sports with your kids and shares how to make boring activities into FUN workouts on the go! He will also share the benefit of working out with your kids.

image Dr. Deborah Bell is a registered psychologist who has specialized in empowering children and parents for over 20 years. Deborah’s work includes providing assessments for children and adults, and therapy to individuals, families, and parents. Dr. Bell works with clients living with anxiety, depression, behavioural challenges, and family roadblocks to healthy relationships. Deborah has extensive training in play therapy and attachment-based approaches, which informs the work she does in both counseling and parent consulting. Deborah enjoys sharing her love of clinical work and the spirit of children through teaching and supervising practitioners in their clinical work. She presents to professionals and parents both locally and internationally.

Talk Title: Mindfulness and Emotional Well-Being needs.

Talk Description: Dr. Bell explains why emotional well-being is so important for our kids, a critical factor to consider before deciding which alternative educational path is right for you.


Talk Title: It’s a Major Decision…College 101

Talk Description: Choosing a career path and program of study while maintaining your college aspirations during a pandemic, especially, COVID 19 is a challenge that many students are facing right now. Join us, as we discuss strategies to brand yourself, discover your strengths with a positive and realistic outlook. We will also explore the college advisement process and options available for high school students.

Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to identify career paths and demonstrate an awareness of the soft skills desired by colleges. Participants will gain an understanding of the resources, programs, and steps needed to accomplish when applying to Colleges.

image Margie Binder is a former Navy helicopter pilot, teacher, corporate cube dweller, government worker, entrepreneur, and my most important role—MOM to three young adults (20, 19, 17). All four of us thrived through our year of homeschooling in 2013-14 which included 5 3-week road trips around the country. Founder of Uncommon College Guide, offering free and paid resources to help parents guide their kids through the college admissions process.

Talk Title: Year of Road Schooling

Talk Description: Margie is a mom who decided to withdraw her kids from public school when they were in middle school. She will share why she did it and the benefits of doing so. In her opinion, there isn't a kid on the planet who couldn't miss a year of middle school for a year with family and travel. And this is coming from a former junior high school teacher! She also shares how to transition your kids from high school into college or university. She explains the importance of planning and starting early.

image Thinus Britz is a mind-body transformation coach who empowers people to regain their health, fitness, strength, confidence, and energy through a holistic mind-body transformation program.

Talk Title: Empowering Life Through Fitness and Nutrition: Optimal Health on Body and Mind.

Talk Description: Thinus shares his knowledge about optimal health and his Total Body Transformation 365 System that he has created. He explains the importance of healthy habits for our kids and what parents can do to foster good habits for a lifetime.

image Sue DeCaro is a heart-centered coach, educator, motivational speaker, and writer, working with individuals, corporations, and families around the globe to navigate life’s daily challenges. While integrating education, consciousness, and coaching, Sue helps individuals to feel empowered, grow, and thrive. Her passion is to help people deeply connect to themselves, to their children, and of course, to the world around them, creating a brighter future. Sue also serves as a member of the Wellness Council for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District focused on researching and identifying best practices related to improving student health. She served as a Guest Parent Specialist/Coach for Mindvalley University Training and an esteemed member on the 24-hour virtual help desk support team for month-long summer event in Pula, Croatia, 2019.

Talk Title: Heart-Centered Conscious Parenting

Talk Description: In this talk, Sue shares her years of knowledge as a Conscious coach and as a conscious parent herself. Her advice will help you feel empowered, grow, and thrive in these uncertain times.

image Antoniette Descisciolo-Rozean is the founder and former producer of the Texas Natural Wellness Expo®. She is the creator and mind behind ®, The Expert's Cafe®, as well as the online community Tranform-Nation®. Antoniette is now married and has eleven "grandbeauties," as she calls them. When not working, you will find her hiking, exploring, or simply "being" with those she treasures. She is passionate about influencing others to achieve their greatest potential and aspirations and invites you to journey with her to living #wellonpurpose. Antoniette also has the pleasure of inviting her son Dev to speak after her, to contribute with an overview of his experience with homeschooling.

Talk Title: How a Single Working Mother Improved her Child's Education "Against all Odds"

Talk Description: Antoniette Descisciolo-Rozean shares her journey as a single mom who decided to homeschool her young son Dev, while working full time as the sole income provider. She shares why she chose to transition Dev from public schooling and take a hands-on approach to his education. She pushed past all obstacles to give him something mainstream schooling would never have given him. She'll walk you through the challenges and triumphs of her decision as well the positive affects she observed in her son and how "he's turned out" now that he has a family of his own. As a special treat, she'll also share resources she's created that provide mindset guidance and holistic wellness for busy parents and executives alike. Finally, I speak with Dev, about his experience. He is now an accomplished outdoorsman, explorer, and guide/trainer.

image Dr. Joevanne Estrada is a higher education consultant & business owner from Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University; Masters of Business Administration from The University of Phoenix; and her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Morgan State University. Dr. Estrada has over 15+ years of experience in her career, she started in higher education as an administrator in Athletics at her alma mater Winston Salem State University, she has even worked in the private sector of higher education as a director of admissions and currently has gained a vast amount of experience in student services at the community college level.

Talk Title: It’s a Major Decision…College 101

Talk Description: Choosing a career path and program of study while maintaining your college aspirations during a pandemic, especially, COVID 19 is a challenge that many students are facing right now. Join us, as we discuss strategies to brand yourself, discover your strengths with a positive and realistic outlook. We will also explore the college advisement process and options available for high school students.

image Aimee Eucce is a homeschool kid with a successful corporate career. She is an accomplished business executive with over 18 years B2B marketing experience. Her expertise in the corporate world includes marketing management, branding development, research/analysis, strategy development, digital strategies and marketing based customer support. She has consistently developed and executed strategic marketing plans which resulted in an increase in brand recognition, qualified sales leads and sales revenues. However, she gave it all up during COVID to homeschool her kids and launch her dream.

Talk Title: Anyone CAN Learn to Read!

Talk Description: Aimee shares her experience as a homeschooler and her choice to attend high school. Her biggest message to all parents is that homeschool kids DO turn out well! Aimee also shares how she learned to read and shares the program that helped her become the person she is today. Her mission is to use this program to help as many children learn to read as possible.

image Caz Gaddis helps moms rediscover themselves; stand in their personal power to create an intentional life with impact, both at home and as More Than A Parent. Founder of the More Than A Parent video podcast, she invites moms to make space for themselves to “Have your kids and live life, too.”

Talk Title: 7 Ways You Can Show Up For Your Kids (And Yourself) In This Upcoming School Year

Talk Description: In this talk, Caz shares the 7 different ways you can be there for your kids, your family, and yourself. She explains how it's possible to create what you want for the upcoming school year and what you need to create this.

image Editor -in-Chief of, Educator and a Homeschooling Mom of over 25 years. Jamie loves to share her experience and help other homeschoolers find success.

Talk Title: Demystifying Homeschooling

Talk Description: Jamie will explain how to take control of your kid’s education. She explains how easy and where to find information for homeschooling your kids. She will also outline what it takes to quickly and efficiently become a successful homeschooling family.

image Dynell Garron, M.Ed, Educational Therapist, is a mom of a teen with a neuro-diverse profile. She has extensive experience in diagnostic evaluations, remediation of learning challenges, advocacy, and case management of children and adolescents with a wide range of learning disabilities. Founder of Dynell Garron Trainings, she helps teens who struggle in school stay engaged and motivated, improve their academic skills, and take ownership of their education. Dynell’s particular interest is in brain-based learning processes and developing the subskills required for effective learning. She has created several initiatives to bring quality assessment and remediation to nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations. Dynell has been awarded several grants and recognition for her work in this area.

Talk Title: Online Learning is not Working for My Kid: A checklist for parents to determine WHY students struggle, identify solutions and advocate with schools.

Talk Description: This workshop was created for parents who are scrambling to help their child adjust to online learning. Whether your student is being homeschooled or enrolled in a traditional school, online learning adds a new wrinkle to the brain’s learning processes. So, what can we do? You will learn how to build a profile of your child’s learning struggles using what you already know about your student and match it to a list of possible interventions. You can use this profile to educate your child and your child’s teachers. It can also serve as an advocacy tool for IEP/504 planning. Best of all, you can use the profile right away to lower your student’s frustration while learning at home.

image Netta has been happily free from refined sugar and grains for 5 years, when she stopped eating processed foods as a temporary experiment to help her digestive issues. As a former sweet tooth, nobody was more amazed than her at how good she felt once forms of sugar were out of her life!

Talk Title: Less Sugar, More Fun!

Talk Description: Netta shares how to prepare lots of yummy colourful foods that don't contain refined sugar or flour! She shares ideas on how to get together with your kids for regular cooking breaks that will inspire the family to get creative in the kitchen!

image Krisna is the owner and founder of My Parenting Partners; a company that specializes in giving parents back time by connecting families to professionals that can help with day to day tasks in their personal life or in their business. She currently provides time management and organizational coaching to mothers who are entering into entrepreneurship and need assistance with balancing family and business. She has helped many mothers create freedom plans that give them uninterrupted time to focus on their goals as well as have intentional time to spend with their families without feeling overwhelmed. Krisna is a proud wife and mother of three amazing children ages 13, 11, and 14 months. She enjoys spending time with her family, listening to inspirational leaders, and helping families live happier healthier lives.

Talk Title: Giving Parents Back Time

Talk Description: Krisna explains how to best manage the overwhelm that comes from parenting and working. She shares why finding balance is critical for working parents. She explores why creating a freedom plan is important to live happier healthier lives. She also shares her experience during Covid schooling as a mom of three kids and having to make adjustments for her son who has autism.

image Dr. Khaylis is a registered psychologist who has been helping individuals, couples, and families heal for over 10 years. She provides assessment and treatment to individuals struggling with a wide range of challenges, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, and substance abuse. Her treatment approach is grounded in attachment and client-centered theory, and she integrates a variety of approaches into her work, including Play Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy. Dr. Khaylis prizes the development of an authentic and meaningful relationship with her clients as central to therapy.

Talk Title: Psychological Perspective on Learning

Talk Description: Dr. Anna will explain why there is an increased awareness for parents about their kid's learning abilities. She will share her expertise in testing children with learning disabilities and she explains the benefits of labeling and their improper use. She reveals the difference between learning disabilities and learning gaps and explains how to tell the difference between behavioral issues and learning disabilities.

image My name is Krysty. I am a Life and Parent Coach who works with women through the different stages of their life and parenting journey as a whole. I have worked as a Family Assistant with different families, from different backgrounds for the past 10 years, coaching, assisting, and guiding in the areas of behavioral issues, childhood development, home management... I coach women to regain their individuality and autonomy in marriage and life as a whole.

Talk Title: Navigating Change Post COVID and Beyond

Talk Description: Kristy will talk about how to handle change and how to help your kids adjust to change. She will outline the dangers faced by kids and parents post-COVID and how to overcome them. She will go over critical elements that foster a positive relationship between family members.

image Bonnie Landry is a homeschool mom of Vancouver Island. She and her husband have raised (and are still raising….) seven children, ages 14-33, none of whom have ever been to school! She is a speaker and author in the homeschool world, and she is an advocate of joy.

Talk Title: Make Joy Normal - Make Home Education Cozy

Talk Description: Homeschooling her kids for the last twenty-nine years confirms that strong relationships are fundamental for success in education. Bonnie shares the most important things to consider when choosing a homeschool curriculum. She also shares how to make joy normal. Bonnie provides clear directions to make home education cozy.

image Kimberlynn Lavelle has been an Education Specialist for 15 years, providing individualized education to hundreds of children with 12 of the 13 qualifying disabilities (she has not had any Blind-Deaf students); along with supporting the individualized education of hundreds of other struggling learners without an identified disability through working with general education teachers and parents. Kimberlynn believes firmly that education should be fun and enjoyable, that all children can learn, that parents usually know their children better than anyone else and that connection with a student matters more than curriculum or strategies. She knows that parents can learn the strategies to provide their children with a high-quality education at home.

Talk Title: Is Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner the Right Choice?

Talk Description: In this interview, Kimberlynn will discuss the ways in which parents can learn how to teach their own child at home, despite any learning difficulties, and the benefits of homeschooling that are especially powerful for struggling learners (even kids with IEP). We will also explore the circumstances in which it might not be the right option for your child.

image Marcina is an ordinary mom with ordinary children, ranging in age from 21 down to five. She has homeschooled them for over 12 years and recently started Love is Homegrown to give parents the tools, resources, support, and encouragement for facilitating heart-based learning at home. Especially important to her is sharing the mindset that parents are the curators of their children’s education, the resource facilitators and mentors. We do not have to do it all or know it all, we simply gather the resources needed to meet each child where they are, come alongside them, and help them move forward. Marcina believes that every child is unique and has their own challenges and talents, their own path. They come with a natural desire for learning, a delight in discovery. She believes our job as parents is not to cram facts in our children's heads, our work is to nurture their hearts, gather resources and tools, provide an environment for growth, allowing them to own their education so they can be life-long learners. At least that's the goal anyway, though the reality can seem to fall short some days. With three children already graduated, Marcina has learned for herself that if we have the right mindset, keep trying, are patient with ourselves and our children, and ask for help when needed, things will turn out alright.

Talk Title: Heart-Based Learning at Home

Talk Description: A long time homeschooler of seven children, Marcina relies heavily on the Well-Educated Heart pattern of learning. She shares her mindset about home education, experiences that shaped her approach, and a run-through of a typical homeschool day.

image Nathalie uses her knowledge and training in Rapid Transformational Therapy, Huna Energy Healing and Forrest Yoga to assist others in working through their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual blocks. She believes that everyone can express their greatest purpose in life if you are willing to release past trauma, fear or pain that limits your potential.

Talk Title: How to Strike Balance with Family, Work and Personal Life

Talk Description: Nathalie will share how to align your Mind and Body to create balance in your busy life when juggling parenting, work, and personal growth. She will also share her experience about starting homeschooling 3 years ago with her 3 boys. As a rapid transformational therapy practitioner, she will outline how to 'not let your past direct or dictate your present, your kids present, and the future'. And she shares some parenting mistakes to avoid when starting alternative schooling for your kids.

image Jason LeVasseur is a leadership speaker, workshop facilitator, summer camp program director, award-winning music performer, & the creator and creative director of The Rock Star Project® – a collection of original programs that combine Jason’s knowledge in both teaching and music in his unique leadership framework. Jason graduated with a double major in education and philosophy from Wake Forest University, with plans to become a high school English teacher, 3 seasons athletic coach, and a residential summer camp counselor. However, while student teaching in the spring of his senior year he began recording his first CD with his campus rock band. Upon the album’s release, his band gained instant regional recognition so he decided to postpone the classroom teaching for a year. 25 years, 13 CDs, and 18 performance awards later - Jason is still “taking a year off”. However, this successful touring life did not keep Jason from his teaching. He has continued his work in leadership education over the years as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, summer camp counselor, wilderness guide, and is the current Program Director for the same residential summer camp he attended as a camper.

Talk Title: Making Connections Through The Screen

Talk Description: As a Summer Camp program director, Jason shares how they plan to continue this year’s summer camp and what matters the most no matter if it’s online or offline. Jason also shares how you can make online meetings fun and engage. Jason also explains his family’s decision to homeschool one of their children.

image Mara is a life-long educator, author, technologist, artist, ballroom dancer, and musician, having spent 25 years in service as a public school educator, teacher trainer, and administrator. Completing a doctorate in Instructional Technology, she went on to earn a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility in Pennsylvania. Launching “Mindful Technology Consultants” in 2013, she continues to train teachers at the masters level on the use of digital portfolios as alternative assessments, and on bringing mindfulness practices into the classroom. Mara is the international two-time best selling author of HELP! My Child Hates School and The Micro-School Builder’s Handbook.

Talk Title: Why choose a Microschool for your child?

Talk Description: Mara explains the difference between forced "homeschooling" during the pandemic and the real “home-schooling.” Dr. Mara will share another option called the microschooling movement. She will talk about microschools, who are choosing to attend them, where they can be found, and about how you can become involved in this movement to change the face of education, one small school at a time!

image For over 25 years, I have been involved in teaching, coaching, and training children, youth, and working professionals. I have developed learning techniques and memory hacks that help children face their studies with less stress and more independence. My workshops also include elements of emotional intelligence training and interpersonal skills training – two areas that are of growing importance in the digital age. I also stress the importance of virtues in order to inspire children to lead with integrity in their future teams and companies. I work with children who struggle with learning anxiety and are not able to remember much of what they studied in class. I also specialize in helping children get over gadget addiction and coaching parents on some of the best ways to create a nurturing and growth-centric home..

Talk Title: Challenges in Raising Teenagers

Talk Description: In this presentation, Esther shares how to deal with teenagers and their challenging behaviors.

image Aja McNair is a content creator, mother, and educational Curriculum Specialist. With a specialist degree in early childhood education from the University of West Georgia, she has taught and worked with various students, teachers, and parents.

Talk Title: Closing the Gap While Having Fun and Creating Memories

Talk Description: Aja shares her mission for creating her YouTube channel for activities that fosters learning. She also shares why creating memories is critical and especially when kids are young.

image Deirdre Morrison is a committed life long learner, who abandoned the mainstream education path when her son was three years old. Realizing that his non-typical brain would be a 'problem' in the mainstream system, she sought a way of avoiding the inevitable rounds of testing and assessment that mainstream school would bring. She found that alternative in the Waldorf system. Withdrawing his older sister from the local primary school, and enrolling them both in Waldorf was a life-changing step for everyone in the family and began Deirdre's journey to supporting other families to make individual choices that best suit their child's' unique talents and abilities. With a degree in Art & Design, and a background in communications, Deirdre's appreciation of lateral thinking and finding creative solutions has led her to collaborate with many experienced educators, specialists, and homeschoolers to create a support system for parents who know in their hearts that the mainstream education environment is not the right one for their child and helping them to make a confident, sustainable start towards the delivery of meaningful and fulfilling learning opportunities.

Talk Title: Bag of Rocks - How Our Beliefs About Education Can Impact Our Children's Success. *Trigger Warning - please see talk description.

Talk Description: This talk encourages you to review the feelings and emotions you experienced during your school years. It may bring up memories that have been dormant for some time. For many people, this will be an enlightening process, full of 'a-ha' moments. However, if you experienced trauma related to your school years, please be aware that this can trigger them.

image Holly Mthethwa is an author, marriage coach, wife, and homeschool mom to two kids. By day, she helps foster a love of learning in her children, and in the gap hours, helps entrepreneurial wives increase intimacy, play, and communication in their marriage.

Talk Title: How I Organize My Day As a Homeschool Mom Who Works At Home and Overcome the Guilt of Not Doing Enough

Talk Description: Holly will show you how to balance your daily routine to make homeschooling your kids effective and guilt-free. You will learn how she overcomes the guilt of not doing enough, balancing her time, and get an inside peek at how she organizes her day to inspire your unique daily schedule.

image We're the Ostranders! The family behind Raising A to Z. We live in northern Ontario, Canada where we are excitedly embarking on our homeschooling journey. You'll often find us in our kitchen, baking cookies, doing a science experiment or having a family dance party!

Talk Title: Take It From Two Teachers: You CAN Homeschool

Talk Description: Amanda and Stephane share how they planned to homeschool their kids, why they choose to homeschool, and their experience so far. Being teachers, both of them agree that any parent can homeschool their kids and be successful. They will eliminate for you most doubts and fears that surround the homeschooling option.

image Stephanie Parker is an Author, Founder of, and a homeschool mom of 8. She has taught classical piano for over 20 years and played classical piano for over 35 years. She attended Florida State University College of Music with a concentration in piano. Homeschooling her children has given her a unique skill set to learn how to teach many age ranges with many differing abilities effectively. It has also shown her parents are very capable of teaching their children piano with the proper help. This is why she is helping parents who want to give the gift of music to their child, but may feel limited by time or money to do so.

Talk Title: How To Teach Your Child Piano - Even if you have no experience

Talk Description: Stephanie will share her passion for teaching parents how to teach piano to their kids. She is an advocate for the power of learning music. She also offers advice on how to make homeschooling successful and shares her experience homeschooling her eight kids.

image My name is Marc Phil, and I've been working in the field of academic advisement for over 10 years. I now specialize in helping teens get inspired, motivated, and prepared for the transition from high school to college and university life. I hope to provide parents with valuable information to consider as their child nears a new stage in their life.

Talk Title: Bridging The Gap Between High-School and Post-Secondary Eduction.

Talk Description: As an academic advisor at the post-secondary level for over 10 years, Marc explains the gap which exists in a student's ability to face challenges and as a consequence, how ill-equipped they can be when they enter post-secondary. He shares what students can do in high school to solve the problem and bridge the gap.

image LIANNE PHILLIPSON is a Registered Nutritionist, bestselling author of two books–her latest Sprout Right Family Food. She’s the host of the fun and informative EAT THIS with Lianne Podcast and a well-known speaker. She is a leading expert and a trusted contributor to radio and television and has appeared on CityTV’s Breakfast Television, CityLine, CTV’s Your Morning,, CP24, and CHCH’s Morning Live. She’s also a nutrition expert on NewsTalk1010, part of the iHeartRadio network. Phillipson is raising two healthy daughters in Toronto and has a loyal following of thousands of health-minded families that she helps to make healthier choices, one mouthful at a time.

Talk Title: Food and Good Health Go Hand In Hand.

Talk Description: Lianne explains what good food is, why it matters, and how it impacts parents and their kid’s life. She shares how good food fuels mental power and the importance of planning and cooking as a family. She also teaches some habits that parents should instill in their kids for a healthier mind and body.

image Francis is a Mindset Coach and top sales performer with over 20 years of focused sales experience inspired by his passion to help people reawaken their inner power. He is on a mission to share his resilience revelation with the world and help others discover it for themselves with a dream to produce a documentary called The Resilience Element: A Matrix To Thrive, containing inspiring and entertaining interviews with celebrities and remarkable leaders as they explore the ups, downs, do’s and don’ts on the journey to following your heart and making it big.

Talk Title: Reawakening The Power Within.

Talk Description: Francis shares the 5 components of highly resilient people. He also explores how to take control of your life and 'live your passion to thrive'. As a mindset coach, he shares some strategies to make difficult decisions.

image Stacey Piercey is an entrepreneur, a homeschool parent, and the Director of Entrepreneurial Learning at She has been teaching her own entrepreneurship program to kids as young as six since 2015. Stacey's program was recently moved exclusively to Galileo, an innovative self-directed online global school for 8-18-year-olds which gives students the freedom to learn and excel at what interests them while preparing them for the future by exposing them to entrepreneurship, technology, and global citizenship. Stacey hosts the popular Kids 2 Market Podcast which features young entrepreneurs around the world.

Talk Title: Kids CAN Learn Without Worksheets and Traditional Schooling.

Talk Description: Stacey shares her experience as a homeschooling and unschooling parent with 3 boys for over a decade. She also shares WHY she created KIDS 2 MARKET, an entrepreneurship program teaching kids how to start their own business. She shares the valuable skills that can be taught through her program which no amount of worksheets or traditional schooling could ever duplicate.

image Scott has been with a local Arizona police department for over 28 years. He has been a detective for 13 years and has investigated everything from thefts to homicides. He is now a detective with the Computer Forensics Unit and also the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Talk Title: Bridging the Gap Between Parents and Kids: Online Safety Specialist.

Talk Description: As a detective on the Internet Crime Against Children Task Force, Scott will outline the risks of being online and the consequences. He will show you how to teach your kids about online safety. Scott will bridge the gap and help you create a dialogue between you and kids, concerning these difficult to talk about topics.

image Gina Riley, Ph.D. is the Program Leader and Clinical Professor of Adolescent Special Education at Hunter College. She is the author of Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Talk Title: Academic Research on Self-Directed Learning Outcomes: Why IT Matters Now More Than Ever.

Talk Description: In this talk, Gina will present and discuss academic research on self-directed learning outcomes. She will also examine how qualitative and quantitative research can be used as a tool to increase knowledge about the legitimacy of self-directed learning environments. She also shares her experience of unschooling her own son.

image Robyn Robertson has fifteen years of experience in education, starting as an ESL teacher before joining a private school as an admission and outreach director. Robyn, her husband, and their 2 kids started their world schooling journey in 2012. Currently, she’s an unschooling mom of 2 kids, podcast host, and school board trustee. Today, Robyn advocates politically for home education and self-directed learning. With her experience and Trustee position, she bridges the gaps between the homeschool community and local educators.

Talk Title: Joys and Challenges of Home Education and Self Directed Learning.

Talk Description: Robyn shares her experience as an unschooling mom of two children and explains the challenges associated with unschooling. She shares how to balance unschooling and family. You will also learn how she is bringing together a collective voice for change in the broader education system.

image Judy Sarden is the author of Sarden's Practical Guide: How to Start Homeschooling, host of The How to Homeschool Podcast and speaks nationally on home education and general education topics. A corporate attorney for over 20 years, Judy has homeschooled her two children for 8 years. Judy brings her corporate and legal strategy skills to families by helping them to strategically plan their children's academic and extracurricular career to position them for college admissions success and beyond.

Talk Title: Sarden’s Practical Guide: How to Start Homeschooling.

Talk Description: Judy will help you with deciding to return your kids to school or not. She explains how to strategically plan your children's academic and extracurricular career to position them for college admissions success. She will reveal why home education is better than private education. She will show you how to start homeschooling your kids and will share 5 strategies for teaching your kids critical thinking skills.

image JBrian Scrone is a leading expert in the single-family real estate investment industry, an international best-selling author, and sought after speaker! Success for Brian is spread love and always be serving!

Talk Title: Parenting Ourselves First.

Talk Description: Brain shares his 5 F's system to find balance your in life so you care for your family and yourself. He will show you how to practice the 5F's to figure out what matters the most. Brian knows how it feels to hit ‘rock bottom’, so he will share with you the system he has developed to bring your priorities into FOCUS, and your family life into FLOW post COVID and beyond.

image Elizabeth Ramirez Sharpe, M.Ed. is a mom, wife, professor, parent, health educator and marriage and family coach. She has been married for twenty-two years and has a seventeen-year-old daughter and five-year-old son, both with learning disabilities. She is certified in Feeding Dynamics and trains and teaches in the areas of holistic health, learning disabilities, academic achievement, discipline, social-emotional health, and feeding issues. A native of California, she and her family recently relocated to Fort Worth, Texas. She believes EVERY child, teen young adult and parent can thrive with the right mindset, tools and community!

Talk Title: The right mindset, tools and community to thrive 2020.

Talk Description: Elizabeth shares a presentation where she teaches parents and students the right mindset, toolset needed for success academically, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. In her talk, she shares the importance of having the right mindset, toolset, and community in these uncertain times.

image Jamie Shepherd is the Founder of Productivity Wisdom and works with people one on one to help them pursue their creative passion in life. She is the mother of 4 young men whom she homeschooled for 20 years. She was a restauranteur for 12 years and has been an independent author since 2015 when she wrote her 1st book, "The Dumb Blonde Approach" which chronicles her life as a homeschool mom and entrepreneur. Her new book "Productivity Wisdom: Inspiring Ways to Rekindle Your Passion and Become Productive With your Creative Purpose in Life" came out in June and is the basis of what she adult and parent can thrive with the right mindset, tools and community!

Talk Title: Using Your Discomfort to find your Homeschool WHY.

Talk Description: The pandemic forced millions of parents into the homeschool space unleashing a host of uncomfortable feelings like sadness, fear, and anger. Schools are opening up. Parents are making decisions for their families about what to do next for their children's education. This presentation will help you find your WHY by taking a look at all of those uncomfortable feelings and navigating through them to make the best decisions for the future for both your children and yourself.

image Kohila Sivas is a coach for struggling math students. Her math journey started at 14 years old, when as a struggling math student herself, she made up her mind to learn it, and get good at it. Solving math questions became therapeutical to her, as she 'hacked' the questions for simplification. Soon, her mission became clear: help others who struggle and hate math. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in various roles as a teacher assistant, tutor, and teacher. Over this time she quickly realized that she needed a holistic way to help her student. So she developed two unique formulas: MathCodes and Success Codes. As a Math Coach, she combines these two formulas into one powerful system which helps struggling math students transform their mindsets and marks. This system was developed for struggling students and was refined by working with struggling students. Now she is reaching a wider audience, training other tutors and teachers on the MathCodes system to reach thousands of more students. On the life side, she loves to laugh, make life easy, and enjoy life to the fullest with her family and friends.

Talk Title: Anyone Can Learn To DO Math!

Talk Description: In this interview, Kohila will explain why anyone can learn to do math. She will explore the differences between a teacher, tutor, and coach. You will hear how she helps struggling math students and how she combined two formulas to create a single powerful teaching system, MathCodes. She'll also explain to parents the best ways to teach math for easier understanding and retention.

image Dr. Erica Warren is a seasoned learning specialist, educational therapist, instructor, artist, writer, and advocate. In her private practice, Learning to Learn, Dr. Warren tells her students that she is a personal trainer for the brain and she tailors instruction and cognitive remedial therapy for each client. At Good Sensory Learning, she has available to the public, an extensive library of mindful, multisensory, educational materials that include lessons, cognitive exercises, remedial activities, and assessments.

Talk Title: Multisensory Learning: Making Instruction Fun, Empowering and Memorable.

Talk Description: Dr. Warren shares her experience and the therapy she designed to help students maximize their learning potential. She explains her best practices and reveals how to get kids motivated to learn. In addition, she discusses a multisensory approach and how it can make learning fun and memorable. Finally, Dr. Warren offers new, mindful ways for parents to work successfully with their kids.

image Mr. Weston serves as the Executive Director of the National Home School Association (formerly known as the Home Learning Association). He homeschooled his three children over a 17 year period and has authored a handbook for all people who are looking to homeschool.

Talk Title: Homeschooling for ‘REAL’ – Benefits, Requirements and Mindset.

Talk Description: J Allen Weston will share why homeschooling is a better option under the current situation. He will go over why it's important for parents to have a proper mindset when going into homeschooling. He will highlight the law and regulation when parents want to homeschool their kids. He will go over the hidden dangers of traditional schools and explain how to find social groups for homeschooling kids.