Convention Schedule
2014 TPA Homeschool Convention Schedule


Thursday, May 29

7:00 pm - FREE Starting Points Workshop

Friday, May 30

8:30 am - Registration Begins
8:30 am - 7:00 pm - Exhibitor Hall Open

9:00 am - 11:45 am Workshop Sessions 1-3
11:45 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch and Shopping
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Jonathan Lewis Keynote Session*
2:45 - 4:30 pm - Workshop Sessions* 4 & 5
4:45 - 6:30 pm - Dinner and Shopping
6:30 pm - Exhibitor Hall Closes
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Special Event with Pam Tebow

Saturday, May 31

8:30 am - Registration Begins
8:30 am - 5:30 pm - Exhibitor Hall Open

9:00 am - 10:45 am - Workshop Sessions* 6 & 7*
11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch and Shopping
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Jonathan Lewis Keynote Session*
2:45 - 4:30 pm - Workshop Sessions* 8 & 9
4:45 - 5:30 pm - Shopping and AIC Parents’ Program*

*AIC in Session


Friday, May 30

8:15 am - Doors Open
8:30 - 11:45 am - AIC Session
11:45 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch Break
12:45 pm - Doors Open
1:00 - 5:00 pm - AIC Session
5:00 - 6:15 pm - Dinner Break
6:15 pm - Doors Open
6:30 - 8:30 pm - AIC Session

Saturday, May 31

8:15 am Doors Open
8:30 - 11:45 am - AIC Session
11:45 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch Break
12:45 pm - Doors Open
1:00 pm - 4:45 pm - AIC Session
5:00 pm AIC Parent Presentation

2013 Adventures in Character

Join us for another exciting year of Adventures in Character as we delve into our true identity in Jesus Christ and peel away layers of false identities that often destroy us from the inside out. We’ll explore the life of Daniel as he was taken captive in a hostile culture, yet chose to remain faithful to the one true God in the face of many challenges and pressures. Each student will be challenged to look beyond their external circumstances to recognize that they are whole and complete just how they are in God’s eyes.

Adventures In Character is a children’s program for 6-12-year-olds that runs concurrently with the Teaching Parents Association Convention each year, enabling families to enjoy the benefits and inspiration of attending the weekend convention together. Our mission statement is, “Coming together to support parents in instilling the principles of God’s Word in the lives of the next generation.”

For more information, please visit the AIC website at or contact AIC Director Natalie Weber at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (316) 207-3134.

8:45 Doors Open
9:00-11:45 AIC Session
11:45-1:00 Lunch Break
12:45 Doors Open
1:00-4:45 AIC Session
4:45-6:15 Dinner Break
6:15 Doors Open
6:30-8:00 AIC Session

8:45 Doors Open
9:00-11:30 AIC Session
11:30-1:00 Lunch Break
12:45 Doors Open
1:00-4:30 AIC Session
4:45 AIC Parent Presentation

2014 Keynote Speakers

2014 TPA Convention
to May 30 - May 31
Keynote Speakers
Pam Tebow and Jonathan Lewis

Pam Tebow

Join us Friday night, May 30, 2014, for a special night with Pam Tebow.  This event is included in your full convention registration price.  However, you can pay just to attend this special event. Just click below to register.

Pam TebowAs the daughter of an army colonel, Pam Tebow lived all over the world until she was seventeen, when she entered the University of Florida. She graduated with honors from the College of Journalism and Communications at UF. While in college, Pam met Bob, and they were married upon graduation in 1971. The Tebows have five children, two sons-in-law, three granddaughters, and one grandson. Each of the children and their spouses are active in various ministries!

Pam and Bob have been called “homeschool pioneers.” They began homeschooling in 1982, when “homeschool” was not yet a word. All five of their children were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, and every one of them received college scholarships.

The Tebows lived for a number of years as missionaries in the Philippines, where Bob continues to have an ongoing ministry, the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association. BTEA supports 50 nationals, who preach the gospel throughout the Philippines and stimulate church planting. Through the preaching of the national evangelists and the Americans who accompany Bob on numerous mission trips, over one million people a year are professing their faith in Jesus Christ. Bob and Pam also run an orphanage (Uncle Dick’s Home) in the Philippines, which has been home to scores of orphans since 1992. Pam is very involved in her husband’s ministry and coordinates numerous projects and personnel.

Pam enjoys speaking for women’s groups, nonprofit fundraisers, and various events in many cities across the country, and is currently writing a book on parenting. The notoriety of the Tebow family increased when their youngest son won the Heisman Trophy following his sophomore football season with the Florida Gators. Because ESPN aired the portion of the interview with Pam that focused on her refusal to abort “Timmy” when she was advised to do so, she has been given a national platform to encourage the pro-life message. In 2010, Pam and Tim were in a Super Bowl commercial that celebrated family and life, which, according to a Barna survey, resulted in 5.5 million people “having cause to rethink their stand on abortion.” Pam is also passionate about encouraging women to trust the Lord with all their hearts for all their lives and to use the incredible influence God has given them to eternally impact their world.

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Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan LewisJonathan Lewis, 29, is a homeschool graduate—and yes, he’s glad to be one! Taught at home from the last nine weeks of his first grade year through his completion of high school, Jonathan has experienced both public school and home education, and says that homeschooling wins hands down as the best approach to life and learning. “It’s not just an academic alternative,” he says. “It’s a way of life.”

Jonathan currently serves as the Editor of Home School Enrichment Magazine, a national Christian publication dedicated to equipping parents to teach their children at home successfully and joyfully. He is also close to completing his first book about homeschooling, which he describes as part memoir, part manifesto.

In May of 2011, Jonathan was married to Linnea, a wonderful, godly young lady—and fellow homeschool graduate!—following a courtship relationship. On May 27th of 2012—one day before their first anniversary—they welcomed their first baby, Patrick Christopher Lewis, into the world. Jonathan and Linnea are looking forward to teaching their own children at home, carrying into a second generation the vision God first placed within the hearts of their parents.

Hailed as one of the most articulate communicators of the homeschool vision, Jonathan says, “I believe God is doing an incredible work through the ordinary moms and dads who have chosen the path of Christian home education. I’m delighted to be a homeschool graduate, and my life purpose is to spread the message that homeschooling really does work, and that you really can do it successfully.” He is enjoying sharing his message of vision and hope with homeschoolers across the nation.

2014 TPA Convention Workshop Schedule

Here is the workshop schedule for the 2014 TPA Convention.  Please remember that this schedule may change. 2014_Workshop_Schedule.pdf

Descriptions of the workshops: 2014_workshop_descriptions.pdf

Attention Support Group Leaders and Those Wanting to Create a Support Group
You are invited to the REVIVE workshop, Friday, May 30, 2:45-3:30pm.  You give so much to others, we want to give some back to you!  We’ll have dessert to show you some appreciation, some discussion to share ideas, plus a panel of veteran support group leaders who will share what has worked for them, and we’ll take your questions.  RSVP requested by 5/15 but not required to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A Workshop to Checkout the Homeschool Extracurricular Opportunities that are available for Wichita Area Homeschoolers
Want some social opportunities for your homeschooled kids or yourself?  We’ve got the perfect workshop for you called “The Homeschool CONNECTion.” We’ll have representatives from about 15 local homeschool organizations (sports teams, p.e. and camp groups, support groups that are accepting new members, robotics, music and drama, Trail Life and American Heritage Girls, and more)!  Join us and see how you can get connected!  This workshop is Saturday, May 31, 3:45pm.

Exhibitor Registration

The 2014 TPA Convention will be held on Friday, May 30 - Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Century II Exhibition Hall in Wichita, Kansas. Our keynote speakers this year are Pam Tebow and Jonathan Lewis.

Our host hotel offering a discount to TPA exhibitors is the Hyatt Hotel. Please follow this link to make your discount hotel reservations: TPA Discount 

If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for registration information.

2014 TPA Convention Vendors:
A Beka Academy
A Beka Book
Abiding Truth Ministry, Inc.
Academy 103: The Great Ideas Evaluated & Expressed
Accelerated Christian Education
Alpha Omega Publications
Angels Academy
BJU Press/Homeworks by Precept
Bible Quest: Classical Bible Curriculum
Books Bloom
Bows By Lisa Luann
Butler Community College
Butler Community College Adult Education
Calvary Bible College
Cat & Dog Theology: Unveilinglory
Character First
Cheryl’s Homey Hands
Christian Light Education
Classical Conversations
College Hill Music Studio
Cowley College
Creating A Masterpiece
Creation Instruction Association
Creation Science Education
Derby Invasion
Dr. Milton Wolf for US Senate
Eastern Cowley County Resource Center & Lighthouse Library
Exploration Place
For His Glory Church
For Our Master
Fort Hays State University
Friends University
Fun Adventure Wildlife
Fundamental Learning Center & Right Lab Academy
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
Golden Prairie Press
Grace and Truth Books
Growing Healthy Homes
Gumdrop Books
Harvey Homemade Goods
Heart of America SRC
Home School Legal Defense Association
Home Works
i9 Sports - Wichita
Imagine That Toys
Institute for Basic Life Principles
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Irlen Clinic/Counseling Resourcs
John Baylor Test Prep
Kansans Against Common Core
Kansas Humane Society
Kansas Society of Land Surveyors
Knowledge Box Central
Koinonia Senior Care, Inc.
Light of Faith
Math-U-See/Demme Learning
Matthew Five Six
MerrieNan Melodies
Miller Pads and Paper
Music Scene
My Father’s World
Northrock Lanes
On This Day History
Paula’s Bread
Preserving A Nation Through Political Involvement
Rainbow Resources
Rod & Staff Publishers
Senseney Music, Inc.
Sibro Publishing
Spanish for You
Spanish Horizons
Stage Lights Homeschool Drama
Sticky Business
Teaching Textbooks
The TheraPlay Spot
Titanic Museum Attraction
Total language Plus
Usborne Books & More
Wichita Area Technical College
Wichita Homeschool Robotics
Wichita Homeschool Warriors
Wichita YMCA
YWAM Publishing


Attention all Youth Homeschool Entrepreneurs!!

For just $50.00 you can market your business and encourage other homeschool students to start their own business.  Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details and an application. 

General Convention Information

Ordinary World Changers

Registration for the 2014 TPA Homeschool Convention is open!
Remember to register early to take advantage of the Early Bird rates!

Full Convention Price: This special price will give you complete access to all of the 2014 TPA Convention, including the special event with Pam Tebow, all keynotes, workshops and shopping!
Early Bird: $35.00
After May 16th: $55.00

Shopping Only: This gives you access to the vendor hall ONLY.  Does not include Pam Tebow event, keynotes or workshops.
Early Bird: $20.00
After May 16th: $25.00

AIC (price per child): $25.00  Your children ages 6-12 can enjoy the convention while experiencing the awesome teaching and drama from Adventures In Character!
Please note that there are NO Youth XL t-shirts available

FREE Starting Points Workshop
Should I Homeschool?  Come to this free workshop to help you learn more about homeschooling.

STARTING POINT: “What is This Homeschooling Thing All About Anyway?”
Come and find out the Thursday evening before convention!  Teaching Parents Association is offering a FREE class for those considering homeschooling, those who are new to homeschooling, and those who have never before attended our convention.   

Are you wondering if homeschooling is really the best option for your child?  “What is home schooling and is it for me?”  If that is a question you would ask, you need to come to our STARTING POINT Class!  In addition to giving you the information you need to make a decision about homeschooling, you will also get some great tips on navigating the curriculum-filled convention hall to maximize your experience and minimize your anxiety.  The evening will end with an opportunity to visit one-on-one with members of the TPA board of directors—all veteran homeschoolers themselves—whose hearts are passionate about encouraging and equipping you for diving into the privileged role of parent-teacher.  Let us welcome you to the TPA homeschool family—come for an evening then come for a lifetime!
When: Thursday, May 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Century II Convention Center, Hyatt Room _____.
Convention registration is not necessary to attend this class, but we would like to know if you are coming.  If you have questions, or if you are not registering for the convention, please register for the Starting Point class by contacting: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:Our host hotel is Hyatt Regency Hotel, adjacent to Century II Convention Center.  CLICK HERE to book your room at a discount rate!