There will be three workshop sessions during the day, with many informative options to choose from. Browse the workshop offerings below, and read about our presenters. Be sure to get your registration in by June 9 to get the workshops you want and save money with the early registration discount!

Browse Workshops

Title Description Presenter Session
Helping Kids Find Their Passion

The New York Times recently ran an article titled "Our Push for ‘Passion’ and Why It Harms Kids." Its premise is that we should let kid be kids and stop forcing them to be the best of the best. Tara would argue that by homeschooling you can do both. Without the time constraints of school, you can let kids pursue their latest interests and hobbies to the full extent.

Tara Atkinson Adult Session 1
Homeschooling In Oregon: How to Get Started

Are you considering homeschooling or just getting started? Or a veteran homeschooler with questions about the current statutes and opportunities? Learn about legal requirements, homeschooling methods, pros and cons, resources, and much more. This is a great opportunity to get answers to your questions. OHEN presents this informational workshop at libraries and community centers around Oregon, and it has been one of our most popular services.

Christine Engelke Adult Session 1
Avoiding Burnout

After homeschooling three children into college, Bethany can attest that burnout is real and can happen to anyone. Discover tips and tricks to keep your fires stoked and how to avoid giving up on your homeschooling journey especially when times get tough. Learn how to not lose yourself and stay successful.

Bethany Gardiner Adult Session 1
Creating Mavericks: Beacons of Authentic Learning

The significance of creative learning and expression is finding a foothold in education dialogue thanks to folks like Sir Ken Robinson (TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity,” The Element), and Daniel H. Pink (A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future).

Sue Haynes Adult Session 1
Motivating Your Homeschooler

Where’s that postcard picture of learning with a smile on everyone’s face at the kitchen table? We’ll take an academic look at the latest research in motivation to understand how to bring a smile to even the most reluctant learner’s face. We'll also explore tips for structuring learning goals in a way that will enhance your child’s intrinsic motivation to learn. Learning is a natural drive; it’s our job, as our child’s teacher, to keep that love of learning alive.


Lori Walker Adult Session 1
The Superpower of Mindfulness

You can't always change the world around you, but you can change your body's and your mind's reaction to things that happen. This workshop offers an introduction to being mindful and learning ways to shift your internal reactions to the outside world. You will practice basic meditation skills, become aware of your own body’s dashboards, and redirect your thoughts to become more focused and less stressed. Effects are felt instantly as the mind quiets, the blood pressure lowers, and thoughts become clear.

Tara Atkinson Adult Session 2
Enjoying the Process of Art

Learn the fun and importance to process-based art, and how to incorporate art into your lesson plans. This is a hands-on workshop that will dive into paint exploration, recycled art, how to make affordable art supplies, and more! Scrappy boxes and take-homes are available!

Aria Leighty Adult Session 2
Research Tricks and Tips

Whether you're teaching your kids the skill, or doing research yourself, this workshop will help you out. Learn the tricks of doing research, both online and in the library, and come away with a list of helpful tips.

Tamra Orr Adult Session 2
Partnering with Charter Schools

There are many approaches to homeschooling. One way is to enroll in a virtual (online) charter school - technically a public program, but done primarily at home. This workshop will explore the pros, the cons, the how, the why, and the why not of collaborating with a charter school.

Sean Gallagher Adult Session 2
The Art of Parenting Self-Directed Learners

Education is the process by which a person acquires the knowledge, values, and skills that are conducive to a satisfying and meaningful life. By this definition, one could argue that conventional schooling significantly hinders education. Self-directed homeschooling clears the way for the education process to unfold naturally through curiosity, play, social engagement, and the drive for self-empowerment. But self-directed education (SDE) is a whole-life process - not limited to traditional "educational" activities.

Scott Noelle Adult Session 2