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Another fantastic conference has come to a close. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for just $10. 

Where: NAIT (Edmonton) 

When: Friday November 1, 2019 - Saturday November 2, 2019

Friday session, banquet, social & ballroom dance (with instruction for those who wish to dance),
Saturday talks, panels, post-secondary institutions and answers to your questions.  

Do any of the following phrases sound familiar?

  • “Opportunity never knocks on my door.”

  • “I shied away from an opportunity because I was afraid of the risk/work involved.”

  • “It seems like others have more chances than I do.”

  • “It was the opportunity of a lifetime - and I missed it.”

    Don’t let these - or similar - statements happen to you again.  This year’s High School and Beyond Conference theme is “Opportunity”.  Completing High School at home is an opportunity that should not be missed; it is a rare chance to experience and benefit from a fantastic, immersive education. Making the most of your high school years will serve you well.  Our conference provides a fantastic program and collection of speakers to help you truly realize your opportunity.

Keynote Speakers:

Marianna Davidovich Brashear:

Understanding the value of having an entrepreneurial mindset is the key to unlocking your maximum potential to personal and professional success while simultaneously helping your community and society to prosper. Marianna Davidovich Brashear, born in Ukraine and raised in an entrepreneurial family, will share her acquired knowledge and expertise as a life-long educator, business owner, and most importantly a homeschool parent. She is the Director of Outreach at one of the world's oldest free-market think tanks The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), established in 1946 right after WWII. She has published articles and is also co-author of FEE’s first online semester course, The Economics of Entrepreneurship. Take control of your future by understanding how the world really works through an economics lens, keep strong personal character, and be individually responsible for all your actions. By combining your passion with your unique vision, you have the freedom to innovate solutions to make the world a better place in ways you never imagined!

Ted Byfield:

Ted Byfield has had many experiences in his 90 + years of life.  As a Journalist, Editor, Educator, Publisher, Author, Historian and Speaker and capitalizing on these experiences he has created opportunities for many and contributed to making Alberta and Canada a better place to live.  Never one to slow down he continues to pursue interests and create ambitious projects which continue to impact the future of this great province and country.  He is a strong advocate for home schooling and sees it as essential educational force of our time.

Aaron Harbidge (bonus potential keynote and panellist)

Aaron was born and raised in central British Columbia before moving to Alberta in 2011.  From the time he was 14, he wanted to impact the lives of youth.  Aaron began working at summer camps as a cabin leader when he was 17, and have since spent time almost every summer volunteering in various capacities in camp leadership.  Currently, he is involved with a local youth group as a leader/teacher through the school season, and is the director High Prairie Wilderness Camp every summer.

After graduating from WISDOM, Aaron attended Peace River Bible Institute. He graduated in 2010 with a 3-year BBS. Aaron has pursued various opportunities in work and business.  Working as a Field Production Operator for 4 years, growing his own successful Farrier business, and more recently, starting and growing two separate online businesses, has taught him multiple things: preparing for opportunities that arise, decision making, and planning for the future.  Youth today need to be able to think outside the box, make decisions, and understand how to take advantage of opportunity.  Aaron enjoys mentoring and talking with youth regarding life, goals, and opportunities.

Breakout sessions to inspire, guide & offer advice: 

  • Home School Grad Panel: What I did in High School
  • Home School Parent Panel: Homeschooling Through High School: Reflecting On Our Experience Now that We Are Through
  • Approaches to Documenting Your High School Opportunities
  • Trades presentation
  • WISDOM Socratic Dialogue Online Programs
  • Teen Empowerment Through Learning the Importance of Having an Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Mediated Learning Team

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 780-741-2113.

Other InformatION

Free parking is included in registration.

Click here for a map of the conference, including parking.



Friday Evening

Registration from 3:45 to 4:30

Banquet- click here for menu

First Plenary Session - Seizing Your Opportunity, as a Home Educating Student or Parent

Dance and Social

At the conclusion of the talk, we will move to a dance space for visiting, snacks, and ballroom dance. Don’t know how to dance? Participants will be led through basic steps by our talented dance instructors, as well as being led through fun group dances. Learning dance-floor etiquette is part of the experience! If you’re not sure about dancing, you’re welcome to watch or visit with other home schoolers, meet new people and plan for Saturday sessions.

Friday evening is designed to provide ample opportunity to grow in confidence with your choice to home school through high school at home.


7:45 to 8:20 – Registration (if you go to Friday’s sessions, there’s no need to re-register; simply arrive for the first session at 8:30.)

8:40 – welcome and opening remarks

8:50 – Opening Keynote – Marianna Brashear - "You Can Do Hard Things" OR "Challenge Leads to Opportunity"

9:40 – Institution 2-minute pitches

10:30-10:50 Break

10:50, 11:20, 11:50 Start times for 20-minute post-secondary/trades/career presentations.

12:10-1:30 Lunch Break – visit post-secondary/career booths, talk to facilitators, visit with friends

1:30-2:30 Select from 4 breakout sessions

  • Parent Panel: "Homeschooling Through High School: Reflecting On Our Experience Now that We Are Through"
  • Trades Panel
  • Grad Panel: "What I did in High School"
  • "Teen Empowerment Through Learning the Importance of Having an Entrepreneurial Mindset", Marianna Brashear

Break (2:30 -3:00)

3-4 Select from 4 breakout sessions:

  • WISDOM Socratic Dialogue Online Programs
  • Approaches to Documenting Your High School Opportunities
  • Mediated Learning
  • "Teen Empowerment Through Learning the Importance of Having an Entrepreneurial Mindset", Marianna Brashear

4:15-5:15 Closing Keynote – Ted Byfield – “Home Schooling: The Last Educational Frontier”

5:15 Closing Remarks

Post-secondary Institutions, Trades, Career Opportunities

We have once again invited post secondary institutions and employers to share their programs and highlight the potential opportunities for prospective individuals. Starting with 2 minute pitches, the day will allow for 3 opportunities to join the 20-minute institution presentations of your choice, as well as to spend one-on-one time at their booths.

Want more?  

This conference provides ample opportunity to network, conduct further research at the vendor/institute tables, and pick up your own WISDOM Wear.


Interested in purchasing conference recordings from 2018? All sessions except institution presentations are available as digital downloads for $8. Email us to order: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Banquet Menu:

Roasted Rosemary Rubbed Alberta Beef with au jus, horseradish and freshly baked mini Yorkshire puddings, oven roasted local fingerling potatoes, seasonal vegetables, assorted buns, a collection of salads, and a variety of desserts, including fresh fruit.