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2017 AFHE CONVENTION

Friday, July 7 and
Saturday, July 8
Phoenix Convention Center South Building
33 S. Third St. Phoenix, AZ

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Plans are underway for the 34th Annual Arizona Home Education Convention and we look forward to having you join us. The AFHE Convention is the largest gathering of homeschoolers in the state each year. In addition to having so many homeschooling families together in one place and the opportunity to hear a variety of excellent speakers, the AFHE Convention offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, unlike any other in Arizona.

Mark your calendars and check back often as more details will be added to the convention pages starting in January. Registration opens March 15, 2017.

General Information

It is our goal to help you find convention details easily and provide information so you know what to expect, how to plan, and to make your time at the AFHE Convention a delightful experience. Please visit our Convention FAQ page, which answers all of the most frequently asked convention-related questions.
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Please note that each day has its own unique schedule. We’ve provided a schedule overview here for your reference.

FRIDAY, JULY 7

Registration Open 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Keynote 8:45 – 10:15 AM
Workshops 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Shopping & Lunch 11:30 – 1:30 PM
Sponsor Workshops 12:30 – 1:15 PM
Workshops 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Workshops 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Workshops 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Shopping & Dinner 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Friday Night Event 7:00 – 9:00 PM

SATURDAY, JULY 8

Registration Open 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Workshops 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Workshops 11:00 AM – Noon
Shopping & Lunch 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Sponsor Workshops 12:30 – 1:15 PM
Workshops 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Workshops 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Closing Keynote 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Ultimate Prize Drawing 6:30 PM

EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS

FRIDAY, JULY 7 SATURDAY, JULY 8
10:30 – 11:15 AM 9:30 – 10:15 AM
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM 10:30 – 11:15 AM
12:30 – 1:15 PM 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
1:30 – 2:15 PM 12:30 – 1:15 PM
2:30 – 3:15 PM 1:30 – 2:15 PM
3:30 – 4:15 PM 2:30 – 3:15 PM
4:30 – 5:15 PM 3:30 – 4:15 PM

Whether you’re able to attend one day or two, we think you’ll find admission to the AFHE Convention is a great value for all you’ll experience and get to enjoy!

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Your name badge is your admission to all areas of the convention including workshops, keynotes, and the exhibit hall. Name badges must be worn at all times while at the AFHE Convention. Name badges may not be shared. First and last names are required on all name badges.

PICK UP YOUR NAME BADGE(S) ON-SITE
For those who participate in early registration by June 16, your name badges will be available for pick up on-site in the South Lobby of the Phoenix Convention Center. Look for the Pre-Registration sign. Name badges will be not be mailed. Those who register at the door will be issued a handwritten name badge at on-site registration.

AFHE has arranged for a discount room rate block at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, conveniently located just a short two-block walk from the Convention Center South Building. To receive the group rate, make your RESERVATION ONLINE or mention Arizona Families for Home Education when making your reservation by phone.

Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, June 21, 2017 to get the discount room rate. Rooms are limited, so make your reservation early.

Parking is available for an additional charge. Parking rates are $19 per 24-hour period for overnight self-parking with in-out privileges. Valet parking is $28. The Hyatt is offering a 25% discount on self-parking at the Regency Garage for AFHE Convention attendees registered at the Hyatt with our group rate booking.

In addition, the Hyatt is providing one complimentary wireless Internet connection per paid guest room for our group. One added bonus, the room rate is the same for up to 4 people staying in the room. No additional charge of $25 per person for the third and fourth guests in a room as it has been in the past.

Several restaurants are available in the Hyatt including an Einstein Bagel in the lobby where you can purchase breakfast, plus there are room service options. A mini-refrigerator is included in each room as well as a coffee maker, hair dryer, and iron/ironing board, among other amenities.

2017 GROUP RATE
$99 plus tax and hotel service fee – up to quadruple occupancy (tax rate approx. 12.57%)

HYATT REGENCY PHOENIX
122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix
888-421-1442
ONLINE RESERVATION LINK

Parking is plentiful near the Phoenix Convention Center. Parking downtown costs approximately $10-$15 per day.

OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING
Oversized vehicles can be parked in several places:
1) City Garage on 5th street and Washington is very large and almost always has oversize spaces available.
2) Collier Center on Washington and 3rd street. They have just over 8’ clearance.
3) Jefferson Street garage if you enter on 4th street just north of Jefferson Street.
4.) You can park at any open lot like the one on 2nd street and Washington, directly across from Chase Field.

Overnight parking is not permitted at most downtown Phoenix parking lots.

DOWNTOWN PHOENIX WEBSITE
Visit www.downtownphoenix.com for an interactive map with parking, restaurants, and road construction updates.

Food is available for purchase from on-site concessions during exhibit hall hours for your convenience. In addition, numerous restaurants and fast food locations are within walking distance. A map can be picked up at the Phoenix Convention Center information desk just inside the South Building main lobby entrance.

You are encouraged to bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated during the convention. Bottled water and other beverages are available for purchase at on-site concessions. There are drinking fountains in the hallways near the restrooms as well.

PCC’S FOOD POLICY
The Phoenix Convention Center does not allow convention attendees to bring in outside food unless they are individual meals. So, if you purchase food at a nearby fast food restaurant or you bring in your own sack lunch, you must have one sack/package/beverage per person. PCC will not allow families to bring in lunch orders for multiple people in one sack/package. Please, no family picnic baskets, ice chests, large pizzas, case water, etc.

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Convention Articles

AFHE - My Homeschool Story - Avila Family

My Homeschool Story – Avila Family

Linda Avila from Surprise, Arizona shares her homeschool story. “I don’t have it all together, but I know God is in control. God is the reason our family is still on this journey.”

AFHE - Homeschool Day at the Capitol

2018 Homeschool Day at the Capitol Hosted by AFHE

Celebrate homeschool freedom in with the Arizona homeschool community at AFHE’s 2018 Homeschool Day at the Capitol Monday, April 23, 2018. This is a family event for parents and homeschooled children of all ages, homeschool graduates, and grandparents, too! Attendees will enjoy a number of performances by homeschooled students, sing patriotic songs together, and hear several special guest speakers.

AFHE - The Ultimate Gift Giving Guide for Homeschool Families

The Ultimate Gift Giving Guide for Homeschool Families

Wondering what to give the homeschooled child or teen in your life? This great gift guide is packed with ideas recommended by Arizona homeschool parents.

AFHE Homeschool Arizona Graduation Ceremony

2018 AFHE Graduation Ceremony

Are you an Arizona homeschool family with a student graduating from high school in 2018? We’ve got a very special evening planned to celebrate with you! Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for a very special evening honoring Arizona homeschooled students graduating from senior high in a formal, beautiful, cap and gown ceremony. Admission is free for friends, family, and the homeschool community to attend.

Legislative Update Fall 2017 – HB2389 Homeschool Diploma Equivalency

2017 was a milestone year for homeschooling in Arizona. HB2389 was one of 342 bills signed into law and gives diploma equivalency to homeschoolers with Arizona state agencies.

Homeschool Transcripts: More Important Than Ever

Producing a homeschool high school transcript is more important than ever. Not only is it an encouraging synopsis of your student’s high school years, and not only is it necessary to apply for college, but now it is extremely helpful for applying to work for all state governmental agencies. Because of the 2017 AFHE bill, Arizona HB 2389, all state governmental agencies will be accepting homeschool transcripts without needing an accompanying GED. Arizona really is one of the very best states in which to homeschool, thanks in great part to the work Arizona Families for Home Education has done since 1983.

2017 AFHE Special Needs & Gifted Learners Conference

2017 AFHE Special Needs & Gifted Learners Homeschool Conference

Registration is now open for AFHE’s first Special Needs and Gifted Learners Homeschool Conference! 

James and Nancy Manos

Manos Family Update

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2017 AFHE Graduation for Arizona Homeschool Students

2017 Graduation Review

Friday, May 26, 2017 was a very special evening as 162 Arizona homeschool senior high and 35 junior high graduates were honored. The auditorium of Dream City Church was filled with more than 2,600 family members, friends, and fellow homeschoolers who came to cheer on these young men and women who have been lovingly taught at home by their parents.

2017 AFHE Homeschool Convention Schedule Highlights

2017 Convention Schedule Highlights

The 2017 AFHE Homeschool Convention will be held July 7-8 at the Phoenix Convention Center to encourage and equip Arizona homeschool families.

Convention News

AFHE - My Homeschool Story - Avila Family

My Homeschool Story – Avila Family

Linda Avila from Surprise, Arizona shares her homeschool story. “I don’t have it all together, but I know God is in control. God is the reason our family is still on this journey.”

AFHE - Homeschool Day at the Capitol

2018 Homeschool Day at the Capitol Hosted by AFHE

Celebrate homeschool freedom in with the Arizona homeschool community at AFHE’s 2018 Homeschool Day at the Capitol Monday, April 23, 2018. This is a family event for parents and homeschooled children of all ages, homeschool graduates, and grandparents, too! Attendees will enjoy a number of performances by homeschooled students, sing patriotic songs together, and hear several special guest speakers.

AFHE - The Ultimate Gift Giving Guide for Homeschool Families

The Ultimate Gift Giving Guide for Homeschool Families

Wondering what to give the homeschooled child or teen in your life? This great gift guide is packed with ideas recommended by Arizona homeschool parents.

AFHE Homeschool Arizona Graduation Ceremony

2018 AFHE Graduation Ceremony

Are you an Arizona homeschool family with a student graduating from high school in 2018? We’ve got a very special evening planned to celebrate with you! Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for a very special evening honoring Arizona homeschooled students graduating from senior high in a formal, beautiful, cap and gown ceremony. Admission is free for friends, family, and the homeschool community to attend.

Legislative Update Fall 2017 – HB2389 Homeschool Diploma Equivalency

2017 was a milestone year for homeschooling in Arizona. HB2389 was one of 342 bills signed into law and gives diploma equivalency to homeschoolers with Arizona state agencies.

Homeschool Transcripts: More Important Than Ever

Producing a homeschool high school transcript is more important than ever. Not only is it an encouraging synopsis of your student’s high school years, and not only is it necessary to apply for college, but now it is extremely helpful for applying to work for all state governmental agencies. Because of the 2017 AFHE bill, Arizona HB 2389, all state governmental agencies will be accepting homeschool transcripts without needing an accompanying GED. Arizona really is one of the very best states in which to homeschool, thanks in great part to the work Arizona Families for Home Education has done since 1983.

2017 AFHE Special Needs & Gifted Learners Conference

2017 AFHE Special Needs & Gifted Learners Homeschool Conference

Registration is now open for AFHE’s first Special Needs and Gifted Learners Homeschool Conference! 

James and Nancy Manos

Manos Family Update

...
2017 AFHE Graduation for Arizona Homeschool Students

2017 Graduation Review

Friday, May 26, 2017 was a very special evening as 162 Arizona homeschool senior high and 35 junior high graduates were honored. The auditorium of Dream City Church was filled with more than 2,600 family members, friends, and fellow homeschoolers who came to cheer on these young men and women who have been lovingly taught at home by their parents.

2017 AFHE Homeschool Convention Schedule Highlights

2017 Convention Schedule Highlights

The 2017 AFHE Homeschool Convention will be held July 7-8 at the Phoenix Convention Center to encourage and equip Arizona homeschool families.

Register Early and Save

Pre-Registration Deadline June 16, 2017

VIP CONVENTION EXPERIENCE

We have an outstanding new opportunity for a couple of very special donors who have some discretionary income and a desire to support the work of AFHE all while enjoying a deluxe convention experience with exclusive benefits.

Learn more about the Elite Convention Admission Package

Thursday Pre-Convention Activities

Convention Highlights

EXHIBIT HALL

We encourage you to plan time to visit the EXHIBIT HALL. You will find an array of some of the finest homeschool resources and enjoy a one-of-a-kind homeschool shopping opportunity in Arizona with many quality curriculum and resource providers gathered together in one place. It is quite beneficial to be able to see curriculum in person, comparing and asking questions.

To encourage on-site shopping from AFHE Convention exhibitors, we have created a fun program to reward you. Learn more about BUY IT HERE! [link to pdf or blog post]

WORKSHOPS & SPEAKERS

Each year we offer a great line-up of speakers with workshops covering a wide variety of topics. We invite speakers who have a message of hope and encouragement with plenty of practical ideas and insight to help you as you nurture, develop, teach, disciple, and unfold the gifts in your child. We pray that you come away refreshed, re-energized, strengthened, inspired, and full of fresh ideas for the year ahead.
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RECORDINGS

Workshop recordings are available for purchase from Resounding Voice in the South Lobby. Recordings of most sessions will also be available for purchase online following the convention at store.resoundingvoice.com. Each year, Resounding Voice offers a great convention special on the full-set MP3. This special is only available on-site during the convention. Please note, exhibitor workshops are not recorded.

TEEN PROGRAM

Homeschooled students ages 12-18 are invited to participate in the 2017 AFHE Convention Teen Program. Space is limited. This special two-day program is encouraging, educational, and fun!
More about Teen Program

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the annual Arizona Home Education Convention hosted by AFHE. Our convention is run almost entirely by volunteers. Our volunteers help keep costs to a minimum while continuing to provide an excellent conference. We are thankful to each and every volunteer who works so hard to make this event a success! Volunteers who serve 5 or more hours during the convention can earn free admission. Plus it’s a lot of fun!

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

We are pleased to bring back the Young Entrepreneurs program again this year! This is a great way to celebrate and encourage the entrepreneurship of the many talented homeschooled students in our state. Homeschooled students age 12-23 who have an entrepreneurial spirit and a quality product or service to sell are invited to apply.

Young Entrepreneurs Page

FIRST -TIME ATTENDEES

First-time attendees will find helpful articles, providing As a means to reach new families with information about homeschooling, AFHE offers a special discount rate to first-time attendees (limit first 500). This is a great way to invite new families to come to the convention and learn more about parent-led, privately funded, relationship-based home education.

More information for first time attendees