Teaching Your Child to Read (Friday)

Speaker:   Jessica Kersting

Based on over 25 years of experience teaching hundreds of children to read, the co-authors of the Up-Words Reading curriculum discuss the key components necessary to teach a child to read.

Thinking Like a Historian (and why it matters!)

Speaker:  Dr. Annette Laing

STEM subjects are all the rage, but did you know that the top colleges (including tech schools) put a lot of emphasis on the humanities? Former professor Annette Laing explains why, and shows how she gets kids excited about thinking historically!

How to Teach Your Child about Computers, Computer Science, and Coding

Speaker:  Natasha D Dobson

In this workshop, Natasha will share the 4 reasons why your child must learn about computer technology. Grown-ups and kids do a hands-on activity to start teaching and learning. Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Natasha D Dobson

Natasha Dodson

Natasha is the Founder of WebbyKids, an organization focused on teaching new learners about computers, computer science, and coding. She created the originally-defined computer literacy curriculum and skills lists for kids. Natasha is a practicing professional with over 20 years in technology who has first-hand experience that children can have a competitive advantage by starting early. She has two sons, one in elementary school and one in high school who are the first WebbyKids and the inspiration behind the organization. Natasha has a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication, a Master of Science in Information Technology and Electronic Commerce, and a whole lot of certificates in technology and management.

STEM Literacy: Why Every Child Needs to Be STEM Literate and the Critical Role of Teachers

Speaker:  Pam Liu

Students in the 21st century need reading and writing skills beyond basic literacy – they need to be STEM-Literate. The language of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is uniquely intricate and must be mastered by anyone who wishes to succeed in society today. Reading, writing, and using STEM language are crucial to not only solving complex problems, but more importantly, for simply navigating daily life. This workshop will be an interactive presentation and discussion on the following questions: What is STEM Literacy and why is it important? What are ways that your homeschool can facilitate STEM literacy? How can you make acquiring STEM literacy fun for your child(ren)?