Keynote Speakers

Durenda Wilson

With more than twenty-seven years of home education experience, Durenda Wilson is a trusted voice and resource at homeschooling conventions and on The Durenda Wilson Podcast.

Durenda and her husband, Darryl, have eight kids (7 graduated) and nine grandchildren. As an author, speaker, and podcaster her greatest joy is reminding parents how doable and effective homeschooling is and that they are, in fact, qualified for the job! Her books include The Four Hour School Day, The Unhurried Homeschooler, and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart.

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Keynote Session

Unhurried Homeschooling:  Why We Need to Slow Down

In a world that is moving at warp speed, it’s easy to forget that kids are still kids. Their needs haven’t changed:  they need time to explore and experiment with the real world around them, to absorb life through all their senses, and to process their thoughts at their own pace.  All of these are crucial in laying a firm foundation for higher learning, but this TAKES TIME.  Learn why this is so important and how to protect and defend your kids’ childhood.



Creator of A Gentle Feast and Homeschooling mom of 5. Julie H Ross believes that every child needs a feast of living ideas to grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. As a former school teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Assistant Director of a Homeschool Academy, Julie Ross has worked with hundreds of students and parents over the past 20 years. She has also been homeschooling her own five children for over fifteen years. Julie Ross developed the Charlotte Mason curriculum, A Gentle Feast, to provide parents with the tools and resources needed to provide a rich and abundant educational feast full of books, beauty, and Biblical truth. Julie lives in South Carolina with her five children. When she’s not busy homeschooling, reading children’s books, hiking, or writing curriculum, you can find her taking a nap.

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Keynote Session

Getting Unstuck: Get Out of The Mental Ruts That Are Holding You Back  

As the thermostats of our home, we are constantly setting the temperatures within our family by the thoughts that we repeatedly think. In order to transform our homeschools, we need to transform the negative thoughts that keep us stuck in self-defeating cycles. In this powerful talk, Certified Christian Life Coach and creator of A Gentle Feast, Julie Ross, will help you identify your negative mental patterns and give you practical tools to develop a success mindset. Including a combination of Charlotte Mason’s teaching on mental habits, cutting edge neuroscience, and Biblical principles, this talk will leave you empowered to transform your thoughts for a more positive homeschool.

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